New Associates Announcement

April 22, 2020

Dear Colleagues and Friends of the Institute,

We are happy to announce the membership of four new and diverse Associates to the Institute’s team:

Patricia Graham was the program administrator for the Institute for the Humanities from 1991 to 2011. She has a Master’s Degree in English from Simon Fraser University (1989) and has taught as a Sessional Lecturer in the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University. Her thesis focused on the theory of the novel and shifts in working class consciousness in the modern English novel. 

Wayne Knights is a Sessional Lecturer teaching various courses in the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University. In the deep, dark past, he taught European and Canadian history in both the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser Programs in Federal Prisons from 1978 to 1991. His interests include European Intellectual History, particularly in the interwar period, and the problem of historical time in history education. 

Helmut-Harry Loewen has devoted over three decades to anti-fascist activism. Prior to his retirement in 2015, he taught for 22 years at the University of Winnipeg, first as a sessional lecturer in German Studies and Philosophy and then as a member of the Department of Sociology where he taught race and ethnic relations, political sociology, criminological theory, sociology of law, policing and security, theories of penality, sociology of youth, and a course he developed on neofascism. 

Jeff Shantz is an anarchist writer, poet, photographer, artist, and organizer with decades of participation in community movements and as a rank-and-file workplace activist. He currently teaches social justice, critical theory, state and corporate crime, and community advocacy at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and is project lead on Anti-Poverty/Criminalization/Social War Policing at the Social Justice Center in Surrey (Unceded Coast Salish territories). 

Though “new,” these Associates are hardly strangers to the Institute’s work, and we believe their experience and expertise will aid and advance the Institute’s mission to engage the community in meaningful and critical dialogues about the world at large.

Please visit the following link for their full bios, as well as bios of our other Associates: