As an oral historian, artist, and teacher, I dedicate my practice to creating meaningful collaborations and interventions between individuals, communities, and students with history and historiography. Above all, I don’t see the work I do as an historian, or artist, or teacher as existing in separate spheres. In turn, I encourage my students to also approach history in a creative and self-reflexive way.
I prioritize respect, responsibility, trust, and transparency so that students can take on an active role in the classroom and their education, in general. I believe that it is part of my responsibility, as a college teacher, to help students figure out the methods that work best for them in managing their time and organizing their schedules. With a focus on mental health and accessibility, my classroom - both online and in person - is a flexible space where I hope to help students build confidence in and respect themselves.
I am always learning more about anti-capitalist, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist pedagogy and am inspired by the work of the many academics, teachers, and thinkers who have been approaching / decolonizing their classrooms and teaching in radical, open, and collaborative ways, such as Dr. Max Liboiron, Samantha Cutrara, Suzanne Snider, bell hooks, as well as many of my colleagues.
As empathetic and active participants in their learning, students approach history critically, ready to ask meaningful questions and have deep discussions, and knowing that:
History is also about the future
History isn't objective
History is imaginative
History is always histories
As historians, students, people living in the present, we must strive to do no harm with our work, make positive change, challenge oppression and colonial narratives, question assumptions, think and act intersectionally and critically
As historians, we must be humble, self-reflective, and vulnerable
Our work must be transparent, rigorous, and ethical
workshops & talks
I am available for presentations, workshops, and lectures on public history, oral history, or my research on Italian-Canadian immigrants post-WWII in elementary, secondary, CEGEP, and university classrooms, both online and in-person. I have previously presented for classes at Villa Maria High School in Montreal, University of Toronto, and Université de Montréal. Over the last decade, I have taught and led tutoring sessions, activities, or workshops with children, teens, and adults in both academic and non-academic settings.
If you are interested in booking me for a talk or workshop, please see my offerings.