Meet the Director

Meet our Acting Director For 2021-2022

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Lydia Miljan is the Acting Director of the Humanities Research Group for 2021-22 and Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor with a focus on Canadian public policy. She has been on the faculty at the University of Windsor since 2001. Her research interests include: political communication, public policy, and the electoral process. She has organized conferences and workshops with diverse topics ranging from Canadian public policy to zombie studies. She is a highly sought media commentator having been interviewed on local, national, and international media.

She served as the Assistant Provost for Inter-Faculty Programs for two years and was Chair of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Science Program for 10 years.

Dr. Miljan completed her Ph.D. at the University of Calgary in 2000.

In addition to peer-reviewed papers, she has published four books: Public Policy in Canada now in its eighth edition, Counting Votes: Essays on Electoral Reform; and is a co-author of Hidden Agendas: How Journalists Influence the News, and Cross-Media Ownership and Democratic Practice in Canada. Hidden Agendas was short-listed for the Donner Prize for the best book in public policy 2003/04.

Kim Nelson Director 

Kim Nelson is the Director of the Humanities Research Group and an Associate Professor in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor. She is a filmmaker with an interest in historiography and the philosophy of history, as well as spectatorship, expanded/live cinema and immersive, participatory and performance modes of the exhibition as they relate to documentary film. Her work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council, and she has received awards from The Windsor Endowment for the Arts and the Emerging Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity at the University of Windsor. 

Kim's feature-length documentaries have screened at international film festivals and on university campuses in Canada, the US and Europe, as well as online with KCET in the US. She has held fellowships with the DAAD at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, in Potsdam, Germany, The Humanities Research Group at the University of Windsor, and the Cinema Research Institute at NYU. She has been a board member and programmer at the Windsor International Film Festival since 2010. Her published work includes short fiction that appeared in The Windsor Review.



It is a great honour and privilege to be taking over the HRG programming this year while Kim Nelson is on sabbatical. Last year Kim deftly moved all our activities to a virtual format. In doing so, she was able to extend the reach of HRG to a wider community and engage speakers from near and far. As we slowly emerge from lockdowns and enter back into society I am reminded of the quote by Albert Schweitzer, “All true living is face to face.” As much as many of us are anxious to get back to living a face-to-face life, this year will be one of transi ons. This fall we will be transitoning HRG events from virtual spaces to in person gatherings. We are in the process of planning events that are completely virtual to a hybrid format where some can still enjoy our content online, while others can go back to the live and in person experience. To that end, we have Sandy Gomes joining HRG while Yvonne Zimmerman takes on duties at Public Affairs

The opening reception of Humanities Week will be an in person reception at the David Wilson Commons. We are hopeful that the weather will allow for the space for conversation and renewal. The theme for this year’s Humanities week is boundaries, barriers, and barricades. Our diverse and broad speakers will give talks on cities, slavery, borders, and intersectionality — all of which relate in some way to our theme.

The Winter semester is just as exciting as we feature talks on Shakespeare, Indigenous Ways of Knowing, and how fabric has shaped civilization. Details on the Winter schedule will be posted on our website and social media.                                                   - Lydia Miljan