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Susan E. Abbey (He's Not Mad, He's Madly Visionary!)
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Dr. Susan E. Abbey is Psychiatrist-in-Chief for the University Health Network, professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry and past-president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. Her research and clinical interests have been related to the psychiatric care of patients in the medical and surgical setting, and the use of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in the management of medical illness. She has received numerous academic awards and honours, including the Robin Hunter Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Psychiatric Education, the Paul Patterson Education Leadership Award from the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Prix d’Excellence from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Bruno Lima Award for outstanding contributions to disaster psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. She is an avid and well-loved teacher of medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Abbey has served as the UHN Head of Medical Psychiatry since 1992 and the Head of the Division of Medical Psychiatry and Psychosocial Oncology since 2012. She has held leadership positions in the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Canadian Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association.

Bruce Ballon (In My Mind's Eye)
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An award-winning psychiatrist, Dr. Bruce Ballon brings close to two decades of experience in providing innovative education, novel simulations, coaching, group facilitation and creativity-enhancing techniques for teaching and training to individuals and groups. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Health Sciences. He is the lead developer and lead of the Advanced Clinical and Educational Services (ACES) for Problem Gambling, Gaming and Internet Addiction at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is also the Director of Education for SIM-one (the Simulation Ontario Network of Excellence), which encompasses all the health centres and training programs in Ontario. Dr. Ballon is a sought-after speaker for national and international meetings. He has also has acted as a consultant for many healthcare professional organizations in regard to addiction and mental-health issues. He has written books for children, parents, and the general public on youth and family health issues. Dr. Ballon is considered an expert in the area of simulation and experiential interactive techniques. He has designed a variety of novel educational and therapy initiatives involving the use of film, television, the internet, video games, theatre, magic, mentalism and art. Many of his methods and practices have been disseminated globally. Dr. Ballon has been a consultant and advisor to a variety of media-related activities including television, plays, novels and film productions to help create accurate portrayals of psychiatric and addiction elements. Dr. Ballon also works with industries involved in interactive technology and games for understanding its impact on people’s lives. He has also created games dealing with mental-health and addiction issues that have garnered him awards from the Games Manufacturers Association and international literary and academic associations. He is also an illusionist who performs magic and mentalism, as well as collaborates and consults for professional magicians around the world.

Carole Cohen (Lear's Shadow)
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Dr. Carole A. Cohen graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, in 1982 and completed her residency training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Since then she has been at Sunnybrook working on an inter-professional outreach team providing psychiatric assessment and treatment for seniors in their place of residence. She is a consultant to the Capacity Assessment Office of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. Her clinical research interests include the diagnosis and management of those with dementia in the community, issues relevant to their caregivers, self-neglect, fraud and abuse. She is a professor at the University of Toronto and clinical director of Community Psychiatric Services for the Elderly at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

K. Sonu Gaind (He's Not Mad, He's Madly Visionary!)
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Dr. K. Sonu Gaind is the Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of Mental Health at Humber River Hospital. In addition, he is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry and a board member and executive officer of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. Rather than working exclusively in a clinical, academic or administrative role, Dr. Gaind has worked to bridge the gap between these silos to influence health policies that improve care for the mentally ill. In his various roles he has advocated for patient issues ranging from patient privacy to increased access to care, helped form health policy, developed service-delivery models to improve patient care and address high-need/high-risk patient populations, educated medical colleagues and the public about mental-illness stigma, negotiated significant increased resources for mental health care for “in need” psychiatric patient populations, and engaged medical colleagues across the province and country to be more aware of and advocate against policies that discriminate against the mentally ill. Dr. Gaind has lectured and taught on psychooncology, mental-health policy and service models, cross-cultural issues and other clinical psychiatry topics to residents, practicing physicians, community health clinics and lay audiences, and has spoken and written on mental-health policy issues at provincial, national and international forums and in the media. In addition to his university and hospital practice, Dr. Gaind maintains a community-based practice consulting to family physicians.

Devon Glover (The Sonnet Man)
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Devon Glover, also known as The Sonnet Man, is a teacher, writer and rapper from Brooklyn, New York, who sets Shakespeare’s sonnets to Hip Hop. A product of the New York public school system, Devon is the first in his family to graduate college (Ithaca, as a math and music major on full scholarship). As The Sonnet Man, Devon’s appeared on The Today Show and at Shakespeare festivals and performs at schools, theatres and universities around the United States and abroad. His performances include songs from his Sonnet Man CD, which Theater Mania called “Grand!” This year, The Sonnet Man is honoured to perform for the Shakespeare Institute in England at Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as the Stratford Festival in Ontario. A member of the avant-garde L.A. Salty Shakespeare Company, Devon wrote and performed Richard the Third in rap. Last year, The Sonnet Man was featured at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, the City College Student Shakespeare Festival and the Soul Rebellion Hip Hop Festival in Negril, Jamaica. He is presently based in L.A. and managed by Jones Street Productions.
Muhammad Robert Heft (The Radical Middle Way)
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Muhammad Heft was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was raised in Milton, Ontario. Previously a Christian Lutheran, he accepted Islam in 1998 and studied Islam with qualified scholars for seven years. During the 2003 American invasion of Iraq he offered himself as a human shield. In 2005 he founded the P4E (Paradise Forever) Support Group, a non-profit organization that provides support to new Muslims, educating converts on the faith they have joined and challenging the negative images of Islam in the media. The following year he initiated P4E’s de-radicalization program for converted Muslims, ensuring that their conversion is to the true Islam. The program later evolved into a three-step de-radicalization initiative for Muslim Canadians through which many young men have turned away from an alluring but destructive mindset, and Mr. Heft was the approved de-radicalization counsellor for a convicted member of the Toronto 18 terrorist cell. He has consulted on counter-terrorism for the RCMP and the Victoria Police State Counter-Terrorism Unit in Australia. He recently turned his attention to CAN-Bridge, an organization designed to facilitate a more formal and successful relationship between Western governments and Muslim communities. CAN-Bridge offers support in creating outreach opportunities and de-radicalization programs and provides training, workshops and seminars for Muslim communities and government agencies.

Ken Ludwig (Creating Crazy for You; How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare)
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Ken Ludwig is an internationally-acclaimed playwright whose work has been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. He has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End. He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award, the SETC Distinguished Career Award and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me a Tenor, which the New York Times called “one of the two great farces by a living writer,” won three Tony Awards and was nominated for nine. His other best-known Broadway and West End shows include Crazy for You (five years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo, Leading Ladies, Twentieth Century, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, Midsummer/Jersey, The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island and The Beaux’ Stratagem. His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Tony Shalhoub, Anne Heche, Joan Collins and Kristin Bell. His book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare was published in June 2013 by Random House, and his work has been published by the Yale Review. He is a McCarter Theatre/Sallie B. Goodman Fellow and he has degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College and Cambridge University. For more information, please visit www.kenludwig.com.

Lisa Moore (February: Author's Insights & Reading)
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Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of February, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and selected as one of The New Yorker’s Best Books of the Year and won the CBC Canada Reads competition in 2013; and Alligator, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Commonwealth Fiction Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. Her third novel, Caught, was published in June 2013. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

James Orbinski (Madness: Inside and Outside the Edge of War)
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Dr. James Orbinski is the CIGI Research Chair in Global Health at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and is Director of the Africa Initiative at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). He is also professor of International Policy and Governance at Wilfrid Laurier University. At the University of Toronto, he is full professor of Medicine at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Senior Fellow at both Massey College and the Munk School of Global Affairs. Dr. Orbinski is currently developing a research and policy agenda around the health impacts of global warming in Africa. He is a globally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, as well as a leading scholar in global health. He believes in humanitarianism, in citizenship and in actively engaging and shaping the world in which we live, so that it is more humane, fair and just. As international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) from 1998 to 2001, he launched its Access to Essential Medicines Campaign and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to MSF. He led MSF’s mission in Kigali, Rwanda, during the 1994 genocide, and in 1996 in Goma, Zaire. He served as MSF’s medical co-coordinator in Afghanistan in 1993 and in Somalia in 1992-93. From 2001 to 2004 he co-chaired MSF’s Neglected Diseases Working Group, which in 2004 launched the not-for profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi). Since then, the DNDi has developed and delivered six new treatments and has 17 others in its pipeline for Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and malaria, while building sustainable research capacity in disease-endemic countries. In 2006, Dr. Orbinski co-founded Dignitas International, which now has over 200,000 people on full treatment for HIV and as of 2013 is scaling up its Primary Health Care treatment model to serve a population of three million in Malawi. Dr. Orbinski has served on the founding boards of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Canadian Doctors for Medicare. He is a founding member of the editorial boards of Open Medicine and Conflict and Health. Dr. Orbinski is a member of the Climate Change and Health Council and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Health Care Systems and Cooperation. Some of his formal research is recognized as among the “best science in the world” (in 2006) and as having “shaped scholarship in the field of global health in the post Second World War years.” He is also the author of the award-winning and best-selling book An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarianism in the 21st Century. The book has been translated into five languages. He was the subject of the award-winning 2008 documentary film Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma. Dr. Orbinski is a member of the Order of Ontario and an officer of the Order of Canada. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Walter S. Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award (awarded by the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association, the International Commission of Jurists [Canada], the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers), in recognition for his outstanding contributions to domestic and international human rights. He was also awarded the 2012 Canadian Civil Liberties Award of Excellence.

Richard O'Reilly (He's Not Mad, He's Madly Visionary!)
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Dr. Richard O’Reilly is a psychiatrist with Regional Mental Health Care and St. Joseph’s Health Care, both in London, Ontario. He is professor in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and past-president of the Ontario Psychiatric Association.

Camille Paglia (The Dark Women of Shakespeare)
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Camille Paglia is University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the author of five books: Glittering Images; Break, Blow, Burn; Sexual Personae; Sex, Art, and American Culture; and Vamps & Tramps. She has also written The Birds, a study of Alfred Hitchcock.
Mark Rapoport (Lear's Shadow)
Mark Rapoport Forum
Dr. Mark Rapoport is an associate professor in the geriatric psychiatry division in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and the president of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry (CAGP). He is the chair of the CAGP National Review Course and Online Geriatric Psychiatry Study Group, and was the scientific co-chair for the 2009 International Psychogeriatric Association Congress in Montreal, Quebec. He graduated from the faculty of medicine at McMaster University in 1995, and completed his psychiatry residency and fellowship training at the University of Toronto in 2002.

Eric Rasmussen (Apocrypha No More; The Secrets of the Shakespeare First Folio)
Eric Rasmussen Forum
Dr. Eric Rasmussen’s work focuses on editing Shakespeare and Early Modern drama. His first monograph, A Textual Companion to ‘Doctor Faustus’, significantly changed our understanding of the early texts of Christopher Marlowe’s play and paved the way for the groundbreaking editions that he and David Bevington prepared for both the Revels Plays series and Oxford University Press. He subsequently co-edited The Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama, The RSC Complete Works of Shakespeare, King Henry VI Part 3 for the Arden Shakespeare series, Cynthia’s Revels for the Cambridge Works of Ben Jonson, Everyman and Mankind for the Arden Early Modern Drama series, The Two Noble Kinsmen for the Malone Society and the forthcoming New Variorum Shakespeare edition of Hamlet. In addition to producing these conventionally published works, for the last decade he has served as general textual editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) project, a series of critical editions specially commissioned for the electronic medium and subjected to a rigorous peer review process. These editions have become the most frequently consulted versions of Shakespeare’s plays in the world; and the award-winning ISE site is now arguably the most respected Shakespearean educational resource on the Web. Since 1999, he has served as the author of Shakespeare Survey’s annual omnibus review for Cambridge University Press of all new editions and textual studies. In this capacity, he has had an influence on the direction and the quality of work in the field. As a member of the council of the Malone Society and the editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly, he helps to maintain the high standards associated with those publications. As a member of the board of trustees of the Shakespeare Association of America and as U.S. Secretary/Treasurer for the Malone Society, he has been instrumental in steering these two preeminent professional associations. As book review editor for Medievalia et Humanistica since 1994, he has played a role in evaluating the evolving study of medieval and Renaissance culture more broadly. Dr. Rasmussen published The Shakespeare First Folio: A Descriptive Catalogue. This 1000-page catalogue raisonné is the result of two decades of research during which he and Anthony James West located 232 surviving copies of this immeasurably important book – a remarkable 72 more than were recorded in Sidney Lee’s census over a century ago. A research team of UNR graduate students then examined every copy in situ worldwide and prepared full bibliographic descriptions of each. Dr. Rasmussen also published a trade book offering a narrative account of this field research, The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios, which has reached a wide (and surprisingly appreciative) audience. At UNR, he has received the Alan Bible Teaching Award (college-wide), the F. Donald Tibbitts Teaching Excellence Award (university-wide) and the Board of Regents Teaching Award (system-wide).

Will Sharpe (Apocrypha No More)
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Will Sharpe is a visiting lecturer at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. He has taught at the University of Warwick, and at the University of Leeds completed postdoctoral work on the Cambridge Complete Works of Ben Jonson. In the RSC Shakespeare series, he was lead editor of Cymbeline and associate editor for several other plays, and was associate editor on William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays, for which he wrote the monograph-length study of 'Authorship and Attribution.' He contributed to Year of Shakespeare (Arden) and is one of the General Editors of Digital Renaissance Editions. He is currently preparing commentaries on Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and Henry VIII for the New Oxford Shakespeare.

Ken Shulman (Lear's Shadow )
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Dr. Ken Shulman graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, in 1973 and did post-graduate training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He then went on to do specialty training in geriatric psychiatry in London, England. Since 1978, he has been based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto. He is the inaugural recipient of the Richard Lewar Chair in Geriatric and is currently the Chief of the Brain Sciences Program at Sunnybrook. Dr. Shulman has had a longstanding interest in the issue of testamentary capacity and vulnerability to undue influence and has been qualified as an expert witness in estate matters in Ontario and Alberta. Together with colleagues he has published several papers in the area of testamentary capacity in international journals and is a frequent presenter at legal continuing-education conferences on estates and trusts.

Paul Stevens (The Outbreak of the First World War: A Literary Perspective)
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Professor Paul Stevens is Canada Research Chair in Early Modern Literature & Culture at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of Trinity College. His area of specialty is 17th-century English literature, especially the works of John Milton. A former President of the Milton Society of America and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His first book was Imagination and the Presence of Shakespeare in “Paradise Lost” and his most recent, Early Modern Nationalism and Milton’s England, a co-edited volume which won the 2009 Irene Samuel Memorial Prize. His first career was as a regular officer in the British Army. His first regiment was the Royal Welch Fusiliers, the regiment of great poets like Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, and David Jones in the First World War. Professor Stevens has published widely on literature and the Great War.

Margaret Trudeau (Changing My Mind)
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Canadians fell in love with Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s high-spirited bride when he brought her to the world stage as the youngest First Lady in the history of the country. Today, Margaret Trudeau is the author of three books, including her latest, Changing My Mind, which has topped the best-seller charts, and an exceptional advocate on behalf of mental-health issues. She tirelessly shares her message on the importance of finding a balance of mind, body and spirit. Ms Trudeau sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the UBC Mental Health Institute and works with the Royal Ottawa Hospital to raise funds and public awareness of mental-health issues.

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