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January 29, 2011

Dr. Marlene Atleo

The U of W Chair in German-Canadian Studies invites you to a free public lecture on February 2, at 12:30 pm, at the University of Winnipeg, Bryce Hall, 2nd floor, rm. 22.


Dr. Marlene Atleo, U of M (Education) will speak on A Case Study in Identity Development For Canadian Diversity Education: A Girl From Ro dzie - A Silesian Canadian.

Dr. Atleo explains: 
I am finding that students in a teacher education program are discovering that they have family histories.  In my attempt to connect with them, I share my own immigrant journey. 

As students become aware of issues involved in my family’s history, the immigration trends into Canada and people movements globally they become aware of the possibilities of knowing their own family histories. 

They can then understand the global forces at work in the lives of everyone.  It is imperative that they cultivate empathy for their students.


Marlene Atleo, nee Fülber, immigrated to Canada from Düsseldorf as a toddler.  She was educated into the culture of the Nuu-chah-nulth by the grannies of the Ahousaht First Nation almost 50 years ago on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, and has become eh eh naa tuu kwiss “a person that says the same thing in a lot of different ways.”

She has a MA in Family Science and won the 2002 Thomas Greenfield National Dissertation Award in Educational Administration for “Learning models in the Umeek narratives: Identifying an education framework through storywork with First Nations elders.”

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