Fulbright Chair Henry Greenspan comes to Concordia
University of Michigan psychologist Henry (Hank) Greenspan is the incoming Fulbright Research Chair in North American Studies at Concordia University's Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Dr. Greenspan will be working closely with the Montreal Life Stories project, a major collaborative project examining the life stories of Montrealers displaced by war, genocide and other human rights violations.
Dr. Greenspan has been involved in Montreal Life Stories since 2006, and has been to Concordia a number of times since then to consult with project participants. His Fulbright grant will provide him the opportunity to engage more deeply with questions that have been part of his own work for many years as well as that of Montreal Life Stories.
Above all, Greenspan will use his time in Montreal to reflect on the project’s unique collaborative approach to interviewing survivors of mass violence – an approach that partly builds on Greenspan's own research while taking the collaborative model in a range of new directions. He is also interested in understanding the complex impact of the project on individuals and communities involved through interviewing many project participants and assisting the project's own reflections during these final months of the grant. Henry Greenspan notes that:
“Being part of Montreal Life Stories, even at a distance, has made a very large difference in my own work. I hope that I can return some of that favor during my upcoming months in Montreal.”
Hank Greenspan is a psychologist and playwright at the University of Michigan who has been interviewing Holocaust survivors' since the 1970s – now nearly four decades. He is the author of On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony (second, expanded edition) and numerous articles on survivors' retelling. His acclaimed play, Remnants, also grounded in survivors' accounts, was originally produced for National Public Radio in the U.S. and has since been staged worldwide.