This festival has been organized by Michelle Brewer. Michelle is currently a PhD Candidate in social-political philosophy at the Universität-Potsdam in Germany. Previous research in Women and Gender studies has informed her current dissertation work on the role of nature and fate in the status of women in society. Michelle has taught philosophy at MacEwan University, Red Deer College, University of Alberta Faculté Saint-Jean and CÉGEP St-Lawrence in Ste-Foy, Québec. Michelle is also a Mindful Eating expert and teaches courses at venues throughout her hometown of Edmonton, including Noorish, Acupuncture Turning Point, Blush Lane, University of Alberta Hospitals, MacEwan Staff Association, Edmonton Seniors Lions Clubs and Metro’s Continuing Education.
In addition to being co-writer of the official English language tour Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial outside of Berlin, Michelle was a contributor to the film Where Birds Never Sing: The Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps. She has also served as a tourguide in Berlin for sites of the Third Reich and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and was a docent for three years at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. She helped turn the first and second hand accounts she was privileged to hear in Germany into an educational opportunity for the next generations in Canada. Michelle also leads a reading group on Jewish philosophers at Congregation Beth Shalom and is a member of the Jewish-Muslim Women’s Dialogue Circle that has been established in Edmonton.
As a passionate feminist, Michelle has brought her strong character and work ethic to everything she has endeavoured to do. Among her many accomplishments in the world of academics and activism, Michelle is also a Big Sister, identifies as a Métis Jewish woman, is a wanderlust-infected world traveler and remains deeply connected to every community she touches.
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