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Heather is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. (See her Carleton profile.)

Heather doesn’t distinguish between what drives her as an activist and writer. For her, the two are interconnected. She believes in promoting ongoing dialogue between the realm of ideas and the realm of action with the medium connecting them being the stories and dialogue itself.

Heather has given lecture series and taught courses in women’s studies, Canadian studies and communications at a number of Canadian universities. As an adjunct professor and lecturer at Carleton University in Ottawa, Heather looks at how Canada and the people who live here are being shaped by and are responding to the social, political and economic trends roughly associated with post-industrialism, post-modernism and globalization in her Canadian Studies course Canada in a Post-Industrial Era.

Beginning with a look at the “free-trade” debates of the 1980s, one course she has taught offered a brief history of how the nation state of Canada emerged from the technologies and ideas of industrial modernity. It then sketches in the major changes that have shifted the pattern (the paradigm) into something more open-bordered with new, more individualized and sometimes conflicting sources of identity and affiliation. It then considers what this means for individuals, for public institutions (like health care) and for citizens’ capacity to discuss, decide and take action as a collectivity in an age of corporate globalization and post-September 11th global security.

Articles in Scholarly Journals:

“Learning Communities & the Information Highway,” Journal of Distance Education, Vol. IX, No.1, Spring 1994.

“Telework, Shadow Work: The privatization of work in the new digital economy,” Studies in Political Economy, (June, 1997)

“Technological Time and Infertility,” Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Winter, 1999.

Digital Networks: The Medium of Globalization and the Message,” Canadian Journal of Communication, 24, No.4. (Autumn, 1999)

“Cyberspace Time and Infertility: on Social Time and the Environment,” Time & Society, Vol. 9(1), 2000.

“Umbilical Chords and Digital Fibre Optics,” The Gazette: International Journal of Communications, June, 2000.

Educational Videos and Radio Commentary:

2012. The White Poppy Debate on CBC’s The Current Heather Menzies speaks to CBC host Jim Brown and Legion spokesperson Joanne Henderson about the White Poppy on November 9, 2012.

Listen to the interview (starts at 16:09)

2011. “No more war,” said Heather Menzies at a White Poppy ceremony at the Ottawa Cenotaph on November 11, 2011. See the Youtube video.

2000. CBC Ideas. “The Inexperience of Time.”

1998. CBC Ideas. “The Progress Myth.”

1994-97. “Canada in the Global Village.” 12 one-hour documentary-style videos.

1996-1997.”Adjust the Image/Ajustez l’image s.v.p.” Four 20-minute discussion-starter videos on the overmedication of seniors.

1986. “The Soul of a Scientist: Ursula Franklin: A Profile of Dr. Ursula Franklin,” (writer and director), Instructional Media Services, Carleton University.

1985.”Women’s Work and Automation,” (writer), Instructional Media Services, Carleton University.

Student testimonials

“Heather is an very engaging teacher who makes an effort to include everyone in the class discussion. She is very approachable and easy to get along with….”

“Heather is a great teacher who manages to translate a lot of passion and knowledge into her teaching and manages to engage students on a real and meaningful level. This is one of the best classes I’ve ever taken.”

“This has been one of the most interesting and varied classes I have ever taken. She has an excellent and personal approach that allowed me to fully grasp what is currently happening in Canada.”

“I really enjoyed this class and leave it with a much more informed view on technologies and their relations to the rest of Canada and the world. Excellent! Very Positive!”

“I really enjoyed this class, I actually looked forward to it. Found the manner in which the class was organized was perfect. There were great discussions. Overall one of the best classes to date. Thanks.”

“Heather is a great and interesting instructor.”

“I enjoyed this course very much. I have had an interest in globalization and the issues related and involved in it and this course helped to clarify and highlight many of these issues.”

“I did not expect this class to be as interesting as it was. I found it very useful in teaching the idea of critical analysis, which is something that most classes lack.”

“Thanks for the course, Heather! It was great. I really enjoyed the dialogue between class members.”

“Great course! I loved the content and the opportunity for dialogue.”

“Your feedback on my essay was very, very much appreciated and you helped me develop a really tight focus. The readings for the course were excellent. I highly enjoyed this class because it really made me think, and I admire the way you encourage your students to break out of formulaic thinking and come up with new exciting ideas.”

“Your class brings fresh perspective and critical eye to today’s important issues, and I really enjoyed the open discussion format. This was a really good class.”