Advisory Committee 2014-15

Michael Keefer holds degrees from the Royal Military College of Canada, the University of Toronto, and Sussex University. He is Professor Emeritus in the University of Guelph’s School of English and Theatre Studies, where he taught for more than two decades. He has published on English Renaissance literature and early modern philosophy, as well as on issues of contemporary and cultural politics. He is completing a book on the 2011 “Robocall scandal” that led to vote suppression in Canada.

Anne M. Pearson taught in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University for over 25 years. Much of her research has focused on the intersection of Hinduism, gender, ritual and the transmission of religion and identity in India and Canada. She is trained in mediation and dispute resolution. She has been involved in community mediation and has been active in associations, such as the Hamilton Interfaith Group, that promote social justice, understanding, and peace-building at the local level.

Adnan Zuberi lives in Toronto and is the director of International Channels for Diplomacy (, a project he founded with former diplomats that connects conflicting parties through live communication channels. He is also the director and producer of the award-winning documentary, “9/11 in the Academic Community”. Adnan’s academic background is in mathematics and physics and he holds degrees from the Universities of Waterloo and Toronto.

Paul R. Dekar is Professor Emeritus at Memphis Theological Seminary. From 1976-1995 he taught at McMaster University, where he helped establish the Centre for Peace Studies. A lecturer and author, he also mentors doctoral students. Paul is active with the Religious Society of Friends. He volunteers with Quaker Service Canada and Dundas Community Services. Paul’s most recent books are “In an Inescapable Network of Mutuality” and Thomas Merton: Twentieth-Century Wisdom for Twenty-First-Century Living.

Rama Singh is a Professor in the Department of Biology at McMaster University. His research interests are in the area of evolutionary genetics/biology and his teaching includes courses on the biological basis of human freedom. He was instrumental in establishing an annual Gandhi Peace Festival in the city of Hamilton and an annual Gandhi Lectureship at the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster. He also participated in the founding of the Mahila Shanti Sena (Women’s Peace Brigade International) in India.

Harvey A. Feit is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at McMaster University. He co-edited Sanity: A Peace Magazine in the 1960s, and was an expert witness and advisor to James Bay Crees for the litigation, negotiation and implementation of the James Bay Agreement of 1975. At McMaster he co-founded the Indigenous Studies Program and worked in the Peace Studies Center. He continues to research and publish on Indigenous co-governance, and diverse ways of sustaining local autonomies. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Herb Jenkins is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, McMaster University. Educated at Oberlin and Harvard, he taught at MIT and was a member of Lincoln Laboratories (MIT) and the Bell Telephone Laboratories. His research on human judgments of connectedness and control led to the growth of a new field of cognitive psychology. He was the main architect of McMaster`s Arts and Science Program and helped develop McMaster`s Engineering and Society Program. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by McMaster University.

Atif Kubursi is Professor Emeritus of Economics at McMaster University. His areas of concentration include macroeconomics, applied econometrics, development economics, climate change, and risk management. He has been Acting Executive Secretary and Under Secretary General, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. He has published extensively and has carried out consulting work for many organizations, private and public. He is President of Econometric Research Limited.

Graeme MacQueen received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University and taught in the Religious Studies Department of McMaster University for 30 years. He was founding Director of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster and co-directed peace-building projects in several war zones. His current research focuses on the Global War on Terror. He is a member of the 9/11 Consensus Panel, and his book The 2001 Anthrax Deception was published in 2014.

Jane Mulkewich is a lawyer and activist, who has long been involved in anti-racism, human rights and Aboriginal issues in Canada. She was a candidate for public office in the 1988 federal election. She has served on the executive of the OBA Aboriginal law section since 2007 and at one time focused her practice on criminal and family law with many Aboriginal clients. Currently she is a labour lawyer for the Ontario Nurses’ Association, and she continues her involvement in several projects with Aboriginal communities.

Graham Knight taught at McMaster University for 35 years in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia. His current research concerns the relationship between media, social movements, and contention over public issues such as global labour practices and climate change. His work has been published in journals such as the European Journal of Communication, Journalism Studies, and Social Movement Studies. He is currently co-authoring a book on contention over transnational sweatshop labour practices.

Gary Purdy is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at McMaster University, where he taught in the faculties of Engineering and Science for more than 40 years. He served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Dean of Engineering and Director of the Centre for Peace Studies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was awarded a Doctorate “Honoris Causa” by the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, and an honorary Doctorate of Science by McMaster. His current interests include the interactions of technology, society and the environment.

Norman Kearney is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo.  Norman is currently working on two research streams. The first focuses on cognitive and institutional inhibitors to sustainability: competition and its adverse effects is a central theme of his analysis. The second theme focuses on developing new methodologies of mass political participation. Norman has run field experiments in formulating non-partisan “People’s Platforms” that involve citizens in identifying and developing policy preferences and soliciting commitments from candidates. Norman is also a community organizer. In 2012, he campaigned for and was successful in establishing an annual $1 million participatory budget in Ward 2 of the City of Hamilton.