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Research Assistants


Noor Bhangu

Harnoor Bhangu (current)

Harnoor Bhangu received her Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from University of Winnipeg, where she is currently working on her Master of Arts in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices. She focuses primarily on South East Asian, Central Asian and Middle-Eastern artists who interrogate gender, religion and diaspora in their work. After the completion of this program, she intends to pursue a PhD in contemporary Islamic Art. Noor is working with Dr. Angela Failler on aesthetic responses to the 1985 Air India bombings as a form of public memory.


Sylvia Dueck

Sylvia Dueck (current)

Sylvia J. Dueck is an Honours student in Art History at the University of Winnipeg. She is passionate about Indigenous Art and the advancement of curatorial research and art gallery practice related to Indigenous art collections. She currently works as an Aboriginal Program Guide at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Her areas of interest lie in gallery education, museology and Canadian cultural policy, Indigenous art and curatorial practices/perspectives. Sylvia's future interests are to complete a MA in Art History with a focus on Indigenous Curatorial Practices. Sylvia does                                        work with Dr. Angela Failler's Thinking through the Museum project.


Anna Huard

Anna Huard (past)

Anna Huard is a graduate student at the University of Winnipeg in the Masters of Development Practice program, with a focus on Indigenous Development. She was born and raised in Winnipeg. Her family is from Couchiching First Nation. She studies language and cultural revitalization, as well as policy analysis toward reintegrating traditional perspectives into contemporary discourses. She worked as an RA with Dr. Angela Failler on a project involving Shoal Lake 40 First Nation’s Museum of Canadian Human Rights Violations. She is also on her first field placement at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.


Crystal, Research Assistant

Crystal Brown (past)

Crystal Brown recently graduated with a 4-year BA in Indigenous Studies from the University of Winnipeg. She was also a member of the University of Winnipeg Aboriginal Student Council and recipient of the 2014-15 Business Council of Manitoba Aboriginal Education Award. She has an interest in Aboriginal law, particularly land claims and issues, and plans to pursue a law degree. She worked as an RA for the Museum Openings workshop.


Dustin Glaseman

Dustin Glaseman (past)

Dustin Glasemen is a graduate of the MA Program in Cultural Studies at the University of Winnipeg. He holds a 4 year BA in Young People's Texts and Cultures (English), and also worked as a Research Assistant with the Centre for Research into Young People's Texts and Cultures (CRYTC). He worked as an RA for the Museum Openings workshop.


Kelby Loeppky, Research Assistant

Kelby Loeppky (past)

Kelby Loeppky is a fourth year student at the University of Winnipeg majoring in Human Rights. She enjoys her work as Research Assistant for the Cultural Studies Research Group including her participation in the Museum Openings workshop and the opportunity to visit Shoal Lake 40 First Nation’s Museum of Canadian Human Rights Violations. Kelby is currently serving her second term as the University of Winnipeg Students' Association Status of Women Director and is looking forward to a 2015-2016 practicum with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and an internship with the Public Interest Law Centre. She                                       worked as an RA for the Museum Openings workshop.


Maddie Pearlman, Research Assistant

Madison Pearlman (past)

Madison Pearlman graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2013 with a BA in Human Rights and Global Studies and Conflict Resolution. She has held various research assistant positions with the Global College and the Public Interest Law Centre, focused on local and global human rights issues and prison overcrowding. She has also worked at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) in the child and youth After School Program. In October of 2014, she began her Masters of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford in the                                                 UK. She worked as an RA for the Museum Openings workshop.


Chandrivani, Research Assistant

Chandravani Sathiyamurthi (past)

Chandravani Sathiyamurthi graduated with an International Development Studies degree from the University of Winnipeg. She has completed a 4 year BA in Literatures & Cultures and currently works with the University of Winnipeg Students Association. She is also an avid street photographer. She worked as an RA for the Museum Openings workshop.


Lukas Thiessen, Research Assistant

Lukas Thiessen (past)

Lukas Thiessen graduated from the University of Winnipeg's MA program in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices in 2013, and holds a BA (Honours) in History from UW (2009). He has worked as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant at the UW in the departments of History, Art History, and Urban and Inner-City Studies. He is currently doing research on Gothic revival architecture found in Winnipeg churches for a project spearheaded by UW Art History professor Dr. Claire Labrecque. He worked as an RA for the Museum Openings workshop.