The Vanier Storytelling Project, in partnership with Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, is offering three workshops on storytelling, performance, writing, and ethics. Vanier students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to attend. Below you will find descriptions of each workshop, biographies of each presenter, and a registration form to sign up for one or more workshops. Please contact Stephen Dinsmore ( if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!


Oral History, Storytelling and Performance

Presented by Lisa Ndejuru
Wednesday, April 18, 12:00-1:15 (Universal Break), A-313
This workshop introduces a selection of performance pieces in which oral history and storytelling have come together for teaching and learning through community, memory and art.

Creative Writing as Storytelling

Presented by Stéphane Martelly
Fri., April 20, 2:00-4:00, A-315
This workshop will offer a few experimentations in writing and storytelling. Voice, chronology and varied forms will be mobilized to help you think and write with / against autobiographical narratives.

Ethical Issues in Oral History

Presented by Mark Beauchamp, Ben Lander, and Lisa Ndejuru
Wednesday, May 2, 12:00-1:15 (Universal Break), A-313
Sharing authority is a key tenet of oral history practice and one of the ways oral historians deal with it is through negotiating consent to record and use the interviews for research and to go public. This workshop will introduce participants to the complex ethical questions surrounding work on personal or familial narratives, when the participants are around the age of legal consent.


Concordia Public Scholar Lisa Ndejuru has been a core member of Concordia’s Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling since its inception in 2005. For seven years Lisa was a community co-applicant and steering committee member of the major SSHRC-funded community-university project Life Stories Of Montrealers Displaced By War, Genocide And Other Human Rights Violations. Motivated by her own family’s story of trauma and displacement, her current Ph.D. studies are at the intersection of community engagement, clinical practice, and arts-based research. Her extensive experimentation with storytelling, play, and improvised theatre in post-trauma settings aims for individual and collective meaning-making and empowerment in the aftermath of large-scale political violence.

Writer, painter, and scholar Stéphane Martelly, Ph. D., was born in Port-au-Prince and now lives in Montreal. Through a profoundly transdisciplinary approach, she combines theory, critical reflection, and art in her work. She has published poetry and children’s tales, and her pictorial works are showcased in a digital art book. Her scholarly publications notably include work on the Montreal-based Life Stories Of Montrealers Displaced By War, Genocide And Other Human Rights Violations, as a researcher and coordinator. At Concordia University she is Affiliate Associate Professor in the Theatre Department and Main Coordinator of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.

Mark Beauchamp and Ben Lander are teachers in the History Department at Dawson College. In 2012 they started the Dawson Oral History Project (DOHP) as a concrete way to teach ethics and allow students to conduct original research in their own communities. In 2014 DOHP was awarded an FRQSC Projets Novateurs grant to create a digital archive and interface for students to research and archive oral histories; the project has now collected 1500 life stories.


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