I’m a public historian, telling stories with communities & individuals using oral history and my artistic practice. A problem solver. Creative and motivated, I'm a team player and know how to synthesise and communicate ideas and information. I’m adaptable and I work hard to achieve my goals. Ready for challenges, ready to learn.
Currently up to: teaching history at Dawson College, interning at the Italian community archives in Montreal, blogging, editing @ Bridging, storytelling through art + public history
MA Public History, Carleton University (2019)
BA Honours Public History, Concordia University (2017)
Exchange Program, History and Political Science, Sciences Po Paris (2014)
BFA Studio Arts, Italian minor, Concordia University (2015)
DEC Creative Arts, Literature, and Languages, CEGEP Marianopolis College (2010)
Experimental Ethnographies: Oral History, Remixed, Oral History Summer School (May 2018)
Professor, Department of History, Dawson College (June 2019-present)
Continuing education instructor in the Department of History. Courses taught: 20th Century Social Revolutions in North America (Summer 2019) and Advanced Topics in History: Public History (Summer 2019).
Teacher, "All Over the Map: Imaginary places, phantom islands, and unknown lands", Enrichment Mini-Course, Carleton University (May 2019)
Prepared a week-long course called "All Over the Map: Imaginary places, phantom islands, and unknown lands" for EMCP, an enriched learning experience for bright and highly motivated students in grades 8-11.
Teaching Assistant, HIST 1300: The Making of Canada, Carleton University (2017-18)
Teaching assistant for Dr. Michel Hogue (Fall) and Dr. Matthew Bellamy (Winter), leading tutorials/discussion groups, preparing activities, and correcting weekly classwork. Nominated and awarded a Teaching Assistant Award (2018) for engaged and fun tutorials, effort taken to make sure students understood the material, clear communication and supportive messages, a class environment in which it was possible to discuss difficult topics, and passion for teaching and the subject.
History and Culture Special Counselor, Trevor Williams Kids Foundation (May-August 2016)
Developed a public history program focused on local and Canadian history in conjunction with the Trevor Williams Basketball Academy summer camp. Included walking tours, guest lectures, and activities.
Tutor & Class Aid, Dante Elementary School, English Montreal School Board (September 2011-June 2016)
Preparing group math and English tutoring sessions for grades 3-6, as well as offering in-class one-on-one assistance for students and lunch-time French learning activities.
Teen Leadership Program Coordinator, Camp Allegria, Leonardo Da Vinci Centre, Montreal (June-August 2015)
Developed the teen leadership program in summer 2015, which involved organising and scheduling outings, activities and special events, as well as promoting and developing leadership skills in participating teens. Special outings included: a walking tour in Little Italy, visits to La Ronde and the Montreal Science Centre, as well as a workshop at 4Cats art studio in NDG. Weekly special activities included: a teen Olympics day, leadership opportunities (working as monitors for the day, leading activities, being in charge of the camp-wide Olympics, and setting up/working the haunted house on "Halloween day"), advanced art projects (printing and dyeing textiles, making plaster moulds, creating posters and advertisement for camp events), glow-in-the-dark water bottle bowling, a murder mystery party, CPR training, amongst others.
Art Teacher, 4Cats Art Studio NDG (November 2013-June 2014)
Taught artist focus and mixed media classes for kids.
Volunteer, Dante Elementary School, English Montreal School Board (January 2011-December 2013)
Spent one school day a week with the art specialist. Helped prepare activities, create bulletin boards, organise the art club, and help students during class time. Worked with grades 1-6.
Mentor (Volunteer), Prometheus Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Montreal (September 2012-June 2013)
Matched with a student as their mentor for the school year. Visited student weekly for one-hour sessions. Discussed school, daily life, and future plans with the student. Provided encouragement, support, and assistance when needed
Marsillo, Cassandra. 2017. "Scaccia mal'occhio: the petits récits of five local mal'occhio healers". Offstream. Edited by Paola Bernardini, Paolo Frascà, and Sara Galli. Firenze: Franco Cesati Editore, 2019. (Coming in September)
Marsillo, Cassandra. 2019. “Visualizing the York Minster as Papercraft: First Response”. Epoiesen. Link
Marsillo, Cassandra. "'Climbing Up the Maple Tree': Black Poetic Activism in Montreal, 1970-1980". 2017. Quebec Heritage News, Winter 2018: 24-25.
Marsillo, Cassandra. "'Une porte ouverte sur la rue': the village narrative and the Carrefour d'éducation populaire in Pointe-Saint-Charles". 2015. Historiae, volume 14, undergraduate history journal at Concordia University, 2016: 122-44. Link
Sartania Molisana (2019, ongoing)
Creator of this upcoming cookbook and website, in collaboration with the Federazione delle Associazione Molisane del Québec.
The Yellow Line (2018-2019)
Creator, oral historian, and curator of this co-produced oral history exhibit.
Ottawa Love Stories: A Sonic Adventure Map (2018, ongoing)
Creator of this digital history project conceived in Carleton's HIST 5702 Guerilla Digital History course. A local, collaborative project whose final outcome will be an interactive map with sonified paths that follow anonymous participants' love stories in Ottawa.
Ottawa Love Stories Jane's Walk (May 5, 2018)
Nominated for the Senate Medal in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Carleton University (2019)
Frank H. Underhill Scholarship, Carleton University (2019)
Bursary, Canadian Italian Business Professional Association (2018)
Teaching Assistant Award, Department of History, Carleton University (2018)
Lester B. Pearson Scholarship, Department of History, Carleton University (2018)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2017-18)
Shannon Scholarship in Canadian Social History, Department of History, Carleton University (2017-18)
Graduate Entrance Scholarship, Department of History, Carleton University (2017)
Departmental Scholarship, Department of History, Carleton University (2017-18)
Bursary, Canadian Italian Business Professional Association (2016)
Special Projects Grant, Fine Arts Student Alliance, Concordia University (2012-13)
Publication Grant, Fine Arts Reading Room, Concordia University (2012)
Fine Arts Award, CEGEP Marianopolis College (2010)
Archive Intern, Italian Community Archives, Casa d'Italia (August 2019-February 2020)
Assist the archivist in organizing the Montreal Italian community archives, while doing community outreach and collecting oral history interviews for the archive.
Research Assistant, Carleton Centre for Public History (September 2018-June 2019)
Intern, Lost Ottawa (May-September 2018)
Archival research, social media and website maintenance, project assistance (second book, other projects tbd).
Intern, Museum of Jewish Montreal (January-April 2017)
Collecting and conducting oral histories, conducting research, managing volunteers, and curating part of an exhibit on the history of the garment industry in Montreal (Inside the Shmata Factory) for the Museum of Jewish Montreal.
Research Assistant, Querelle Project (September 2015-April 2017)
Transcribing, translating and correcting transcriptions of 16th century Italian texts (mainly La nobiltà delle Donne by Lodovico Domenichi) as part of the Querelle project: a SSHRC funded multidisciplinary research project at McGill and Concordia Universities under Dr. Marguerite Deslauriers. Participated in the Canadian Society for Italian Studies conference at Toronto Univeristy in May 2016, presenting "Lodovico Domenichi’s La nobiltà delle donne: A Ceremonious or a Necessary Defence of Women".
Intern, Continui-T (May-June 2015)
Used research found in the Centre d'archives de Vaudreuil-Soulanges to create a historical workshop for kids, ages 5-12, to be used in camp or class settings. My research focused on Pierrette Champoux, a radio talk show host throughout the 50s and 60s, and her show "À la vôtre, madame!" with particular attention to her coverage of Expo 67.
“The Yellow Line: Italo-Canadian Oral Histories from Montreal’s Backyards and Schoolyards,” National Council on Public History Annual Meeting poster session (March 28, 2019)
“The Yellow Line: Italo-Canadian Oral Histories from Montreal’s Backyards and Schoolyards,” 6th annual emerging scholars symposium on oral history, digital storytelling, and creative practice, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (March 22, 2019)
“The Yellow Line: Ripples in the Italo-Canadian Experience in Montreal,” Ripples, Underhill Graduate Colloquium, Carleton University (March 7, 2019)
"I have another story: or the time I interviewed Anna Arcaro, with her daughter, her husband, my mom, and my nonna about mal'occhio," Storying our Pasts: Historical Narratives and Representations, Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium, Carleton University (March 15-17, 2018)
"Tapping into the Maple Spring," with Nathalie Picard and Brianna Spiess, Memories in Motion: 5th annual emerging scholars symposium on oral history, digital storytelling, and creative practice, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University (March 2, 2018)
"Scaccia mal’occhio: The petits récits of five local mal’occhio healers," Offstream: Minority and Popular Cultures, Graduate Student Association of Italian Studies, University of Toronto (October 13-15, 2017)
"The Yellow Line: Collective Memory and the ‘Myth of Exclusion’ in Saint-Leonard, 1945-1971," Canadian Society of Italian Studies & American Association of Italian Studies, Ohio State University (April 20, 2017)
"The Yellow Line: Collective Memory and the ‘Myth of Exclusion’ in Saint-Leonard, 1945-1971," Migrations of Culture Undergraduate Conference, University of Pittsburgh (March 29-31, 2017)
"Lodovico Domenichi’s La nobiltà delle donne: A Ceremonious or a Necessary Defence of Women," Canadian Society of Italian Studies, University of Toronto (May 2016)
ARTIST TALKS & WORKSHOPS
Workshop: Beyond Reality: digital exhibits on Omeka, Workshop for Dr. Paul Nelles' graduate seminar HIST 5003: Historical Theory and Method, Carleton University (January 7, 2019)
Workshop: Performance Art, Guest workshop for Brila Summer Camp (June 2015)
Artist talk: presentation for Concordia University SCUL 210 class, invited by Dr. Danica Jojic (February 2015)
Artist talk: presentation for Concordia University SCUL 310 class, invited by Dr. Danica Jojic (January 2014)
Curator and historian: "The Yellow Line: Italo-Canadian Oral Histories from Montreal's Backyards and Schoolyards", Casa d'Italia, Montreal (March 22-24, 2019)
Group show: Mountain and Ocean (2010), Birks Student Centre, Concordia University (October 2014-November 2015)
Solo exposition: Music, Art and Health Festival with Engines of Peace, Cafe Campus, Live painting (April 5, 2014)
Solo exposition: Music, Art and Health Festival with Engines of Peace, Cafe Campus, Live painting (November 17, 2013)
Group Show: Art and Anarchy, Artdolls (fibres, 2012), Bisou, bisou (sculpture, 2012), How to mend a broken heart (interactive installation, 2012) and Make me a mix tape, Baby (interactive installation, 2012), CEDA (May 24-26, 2013)
Solo exposition: Music, Art and Health Festival with Engines of Peace, Cafe Campus, Live painting (May 19, 2013)
Group show: Fire with Water, Dirty Laundry (Installation and sound, 2010), RATS9 Collective (April 5, 2013)
Group show: Art in Action, Artdolls (Fibres, 2012), QPIRG Concordia (March 10-17 2013)
Group Show: The Tactility of Objects: A Retrospective, Bitches in Stitches (2012), Art Matters Festival, Les Territoires (March 8-22, 2013)
Group Show: In Between, How to mend a broken heart (Interactive installation, 2012), Nuit Blanche & Art Matters, MainLine Theatre (March 2, 2013)
Solo exposition: Engines of Peace Art and Health Music Festival, Café Campus, live painting and exhibit (January 5, 2013)
Solo exposition: Engines of Peace Art and Health Music Festival, Le Belmont, live painting and exhibit (November 18, 2013)
Group show: Eros, l’expo qu’on touche, Bisou, bisou (Installation, 2012), Inverness Museum (May-October 2012)
Group show: Complexities and Contradictions, Artdolls (Fibres, 2012), Concordia's Webster Library (March-April 2012)
Solo exposition: Bisou, bisou (Installation, 2012), Concordia's Vanier Library (March-April 2012)
Group show: Art in Action, Dirty Laundry (Installation and sound, 2010), QPIRG Concordia (March 2012)
Group show: Arts Fest, We are far (Installation and video, 2010), CEGEP Marianopolis College (March 2010)
Chief Blog Editor, Bridging, Blog for the International Federation for Public History (March 2018-ongoing)
Coordinating and leading a team of 5 blog editors. Reading and reviewing proposals for the new blog for the IFPH. Communicating with authors.
Private Editor (September 2016-ongoing)
Copy editing articles, proposals, papers, abstracts, cvs, applications, and dissertations for private clients.
Editor, Historiae undergraduate journal, volume 15, Concordia University (September 2016-April 2017)
Visual Arts Editor, Montreal Rampage (July 2015-2017)
COMMUNICATIONS, SOCIAL MEDIA, & EVENTS
Communications Coordinator, Capital Heritage Connexion, formerly Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa (April 2018-July 2019)
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), updating blog, researching and staying up to date on the heritage scene in Ottawa, promoting, attending, and helping coordinate events.
VP Social and "History Formal" Chair, History Graduate Students' Association, Carleton University (May 2018-April 2019)
Organise and promote social events, and the end of year history formal, attend HGSA meetings.
Events Coordinator, Yiara Magazine, Concordia University (May 2013-14)
Organized a vernissage and launch party for the second volume of Yiara, a feminist art and art history magazine based at Concordia University, featuring works from Montreal undergraduate students. Ran communications for the magazine.
English, French, Italian
Member and volunteer at community events for the Associazione di fraternità Santa Maria del Molise and Associazione Sant'Anna di Cantalupo di Montreal
Federazione delle Associazione Molisane del Québec (FAMQ)
International Federation for Public History (IFPH)
Oral History Association (OHA)
National Council on Public History (NCPH)
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9932-1802