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 synthesize 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, editing @ Bridging, collaborating on Historians Cooking the Past, 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)
Teacher, Department of History, Dawson College, Montreal, QC (June 2019-present)
Continuing education instructor in the Department of History.
Courses taught: Applied 20th Century History: Social Revolutions in North America (Summer 2019), Advanced Topics in History: Public History (Summer 2019), 20th Century History: Im/migration in Canada (Winter 2020), Quantitative Methods (Winter 2020), Applied US History: The African-American Experience (Winter 2020), Western Civ (Winter 2020)
Teacher, "All Over the Map: Imaginary places, phantom islands, and unknown lands", Enrichment Mini-Course, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON (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, Ottawa, ON (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).
History and Culture Special Counsellor, Trevor Williams Kids Foundation, Montreal, QC (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, Montreal, QC (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, QC (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.
Art Teacher, 4Cats Art Studio NDG, Montreal, QC (November 2013-June 2014)
Taught artist focus and mixed media classes for kids.
Volunteer, Dante Elementary School, English Montreal School Board, Montreal, QC (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, Montreal, QC (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. "Recipes I Learned Over the Phone, Part 1: Nonna Lucia's Italian Birthday Cake" [link] and "Recipes I Learned Over the Phone, Part 2: Pasta e rapini" [link]. Historians Cooking the Past in the Time of COVID-19. 2020.
Marsillo, Cassandra. "The Yellow Line: Italo-Canadian Oral Histories from Montreal's Backyards and Schoolyards". 2019. Quebec Heritage News, Fall 2019: 13-15.
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.
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
Historians Cooking the Past in the Time of COVID-19 (2020), collaborator
The Yellow Line (2018-2019)
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, Montreal, QC (August 2019-March 2020)
Assisted the archivist in organizing the Montreal Italian community archives, while doing community outreach and collecting oral history interviews for the archives.
Research Assistant, Carleton Centre for Public History, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON (September 2018-June 2019)
Intern, Lost Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (May-September 2018)
Archival research, social media and website maintenance, project assistance (second book, brainstorming for future activities).
Intern, Museum of Jewish Montreal, Montreal, QC (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, Montreal, QC (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, Centre d'archives de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Vaudreuil, QC (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, Hartford, CT (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, Concordia University, Montreal, QC (March 22, 2019)
“The Yellow Line: Ripples in the Italo-Canadian Experience in Montreal,” Ripples, Underhill Graduate Colloquium, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON (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, Ottawa, ON (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, Montreal, QC (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, Toronto, ON (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, Columbus, OH (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, Pittsburgh, PA (March 29-31, 2017)
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, Ottawa, ON (January 7, 2019)
Workshop: "Performance Art", Guest workshop for Brila Summer Camp, Montreal, QC (June 2015)
Artist talk: presentation for Concordia University SCUL 210 class, invited by Dr. Danica Jojic, Montreal, QC (February 2015)
Artist talk: presentation for Concordia University SCUL 310 class, invited by Dr. Danica Jojic, Montreal, QC (January 2014)
"The Yellow Line: Italo-Canadian Oral Histories from Montreal's Backyards and Schoolyards", pop-up exhibit at the Casa d'Italia, Montreal, QC (March 22-24, 2019)
Group show: Mountain and Ocean (2010), Birks Student Centre, Concordia University, Montreal, QC (October 2014-November 2015)
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, Montreal, QC (May 24-26, 2013)
Group show: Fire with Water, Dirty Laundry (Installation and sound, 2010), RATS9 Collective, Montreal, QC (April 5, 2013)
Group show: Art in Action, Artdolls (Fibres, 2012), QPIRG Concordia, Montreal, QC (March 10-17 2013)
Group Show: The Tactility of Objects: A Retrospective, Bitches in Stitches (2012), Art Matters Festival, Les Territoires, Montreal, QC (March 8-22, 2013)
Group Show: In Between, How to mend a broken heart (Interactive installation, 2012), Nuit Blanche & Art Matters, MainLine Theatre, Montreal, QC (March 2, 2013)
Group show: Eros, l’expo qu’on touche, Bisou, bisou (Installation, 2012), Inverness Museum, Inverness, QC(May-October 2012)
Group show: Complexities and Contradictions, Artdolls (Fibres, 2012), Concordia's Webster Library, Montreal, QC (March-April 2012)
Solo exposition: Bisou, bisou (Installation, 2012), Concordia's Vanier Library, Montreal, QC (March-April 2012)
Group show: Art in Action, Dirty Laundry (Installation and sound, 2010), QPIRG Concordia, Montreal, QC (March 2012)
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, Montreal, QC (September 2016-April 2017)
Visual Arts Editor, Montreal Rampage, Montreal, QC(July 2015-2017)
COMMUNICATIONS, SOCIAL MEDIA, & EVENTS
Communications Coordinator, Capital Heritage Connexion, formerly Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (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, Ottawa, ON (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, Montreal, QC (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
Secretary, Board of Directors, Federazione delle Associazione Molisane del Québec (FAMQ)
Volunteer, Associazione di fraternità Santa Maria del Molise and Associazione Sant'Anna di Cantalupo di Montreal
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