Fonds 10-041 - Greta Hofmann Nemiroff fonds

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Greta Hofmann Nemiroff fonds

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CA ON0034 10-041

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  • 1970-1999 (Creation)
    Nemiroff, Greta Hofmann

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49 cm of textual records
1 print : poster
3 objects : buttons
1 floppy disk : 5 1/4

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Greta Hofmann Nemiroff is a writer, educator, and coordinator of Women’s Studies programs. She was born in 1937 in Montreal. Her parents emigrated from Vienna, Austria to Canada in 1930. She obtained her B.A. in English Literature in 1958 from McGill University, and an M.A. in English Literature from Boston University in 1961.
In 1970/1971, Greta and Christine Allen Garside (later Sister Prudence Allen) taught the first university level Women’s Studies course offered in Canada, “The Nature of Woman” at Sir George Williams University in the Philosophy Department. Between 1970 and 1973 she also taught English and Humanities at Vanier College and served as the Chair of the English and Creative Arts Departments. She began teaching English and Humanities at the New School at Dawson College in 1973, and served intermittently as the New School Coordinator, 1975-1991. Greta was a founding member of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal, where she was a tutor, President of the Assembly in 1978-1979, and an editor of the first Simone de Beauvoir Institute Bulletin in 1979.
In 1990, Greta obtained an M.A. with great distinction in Philosophy of Education, from McGill University. Between 1991 and 1996, she was the federally appointed joint chair of Women’s Studies programs at Ottawa University and Carleton University. She returned to teaching at Dawson College in 1996 and was appointed the Coordinator of Creative Arts, Language and Literature, 1999-2013, as well as the Coordinator of Women’s Studies, 1996-2015.
Throughout her career, Greta was involved with several committees, organizations, as well as grant projects relating to education and feminism, including but not limited to: project manager at the Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women (CCLOW); president-elect at the Canadian Women Studies Association (CWSA), 1991-1992; and, when its headquarters moved to Montreal between 1999 and 2004, president of the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI), an international non-governmental organization with which she had been involved as member, treasurer and secretary since its inception in 1986. In recognition of her contributions to research on women, she was awarded Honourary Life Membership at the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) in 1996.
She retired in June 2015.
Greta is the author of numerous non-fiction and fiction works, editor of several publications, and a regular contributor to several periodicals.

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This fonds consists of administrative records and resource materials produced and received as part of the various position occupied by Greta Hofmann Nemiroff, including her time as project manager of the CCLOW, president-elected at CWSA, educator and coordinator of New School at Dawson College, and incumbent of the joint chair in Women’s Studies program at the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University. This fonds contains mostly textual records, including correspondence, documents relating to conferences organization, mailing lists, booklets and pamphlets produced by the organization in which she was involved. This fonds offer an insight into the Great Hofmann Nemiroff involvement in women’s liberation movement in the 1980s and 1990s, mostly in the field of education.

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This fonds was donated by Greta Hofmann Nemiroff to the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections in 1996 under accession number ACC-1996-18.


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  • English

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The majority of the fonds is open and accessible, however, some files are restricted for a predetermined period of time. Please ask ARCS staff for further information.

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