IAIN CAMERON possesses a Master of Arts from York University and has taught Art History and Theory at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts for the past fifteen years. A practicing artist he has exhibited his work in both Canada and Europe and his work is represented in the permanent collections of the Musée Carnavalet in Paris, France, and the Berlin Wall Memorial Museum in Germany. His research interests include Photographic
history, Japanese Woodblock Prints, and the work of J.M.W Turner.

PAULA CITRON is a Toronto-based freelance arts journalist and broadcaster who hosts her own popular website, paulacitron.ca. For over 25 years, she was variously senior dance writer for The Globe and Mail, associate editor of Opera Canada magazine, arts reviewer for Classical 96.3 FM, and dance previews contributor to Toronto Life magazine. Ms. Citron has also written articles on dance, theatre, opera and classical music for a host of national and international cultural magazine and print media, including a Dance-in-Canada blog for the Goethe-Institut, partnered with a critic from Germany. She also has a lively career as a guest lecturer for various cultural groups and universities, particularly on the role of the critic/reviewer. Before assuming a full-time journalism career, Ms. Citron was a member of the drama department of the Claude Watson School for the Arts.

DR. MIKE DALEY holds a Ph.D in music from York University and has lectured at several universities and learning programmes around Toronto. He is a musicologist, specializing in the history of popular music. Mike has also toured the U.S. and Canada as a musician with Jeff Healey, the Travellers and others, and has appeared on dozens of recordings as a guitarist and singer. Presently Mike and his wife Jill are leading music-themed tours to New York, Nashville/Memphis, London/Liverpool, St. John’s and New Orleans.

DR. ARNE KISLENKO is a Professor with the Department of History at Ryerson University and an Instructor in the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One International Relations programme at Trinity College, University of Toronto. He has also served multiple times as a visiting professor at the Freie Universität Berlin. He teaches modern international relations, including courses on the world wars, the Cold War, the history of espionage, the history of terrorism, comparative foreign policy, and modern Southeast Asia. His books include Culture and Customs of Laos (2009), Culture and Customs of Thailand (2004), and The Uneasy Century (1996). He currently serves as book review co-editor for the prestigious journal Intelligence and National Security and is working on several research projects including a new book on the “real” James Bond. He appears regularly in the media commenting on current affairs and modern diplomatic history. Before academia Arne served for 12 years as a Senior Officer with Canada Immigration at Pearson Airport in Toronto, dealing with many high profile cases.

DAMIANO PIETROPAOLO is a producer/director, writer, translator, and lecturer with an extensive background in senior management in the arts. He was educated at the Universities of Toronto and Florence. His freelance life as actor, writer and stage director led him to join CBC Radio as a documentary and drama producer. In a career spanning over 30 years Damiano has garnered a number of national and international awards for his work. As head of Radio Arts & Entertainment at CBC, Radio Damiano revitalized cultural programming. He lectures widely on contemporary fiction and film and has been an adjunct professor and associate member at the University of Toronto Centre for Drama. He served as artistic consultant for the founding of Luminato. His play, The Fellini Radio Plays, was performed at the Stratford Festival of Canada’s 50th Anniversary season. His most recent work, a two-hour radio documentary The Wonder of the World, was broadcast on CBC radio’s Ideas in February 2015. In May 2015 Damiano led an outstanding trip for Kaleidoscope to Calabria and Sicily. In May 2018, Damiano lead a memorable trip to Puglia and Basilicata.

DR. SERGEI PLEKHANOV was born in Moscow, USSR. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in International Relations at Moscow State Institute of International Relations with regional specialization in Near and Middle Eastern studies, and a Ph.D. in History at the Institute for the Study of the USA and Canada, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, where he conducted research on American politics and foreign policy. In 1985-1990, he served as an advisor to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and took part in the democratic reform movement in Russia. Since arriving in Canada in 1993, Dr. Plekhanov’s teaching and research interests have focused on Russia and the other post-Soviet states. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Politics, York University, and Director of the South and Central Asia Project at York Centre for Asian Research. He has taught at other universities in the US and Canada, published books and articles on Russian politics and Russian foreign policy, US-Russian relations, and American politics. Hе is writing a book on the history of Russian-American relations.