Ronald Rudin

Ronald Rudin

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Ronald Rudin is a Trudeau Foundation Fellow and Professor of History at Concordia University. The author of six books and producer of two documentary films, he is a public historian who has long had an interest in how the larger population comes to understand the past. This focus is particularly evident in his book, Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie: A Historian’s Journey through Public Memory; the associated website;expand

and the documentary film Life After Île Ste-Croix, made in conjunction with Leo Aristimuño and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada. He is also the producer ofRemembering a Memory/Mémoire d’un souvenir, a documentary film that deals with the Celtic Cross on Grosse-Île and explores shifting memories in Quebec of the Irish potato famine of the 1840s. This project, carried out in collaboration with Robert McMahon, is available online in bothEnglish and French.Rudin’s continued interest in the public memory of Acadians is evident in his current research that sits at the intersection of public, cultural and environmental history by exploring both the history and memory of the establishment of Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick, whose creation in 1969 led to the expropriation of over 1200 (mostly Acadian) families. This project has resulted in the creation of the website, Returning the Voices to Kouchibouguac National Park/Le retour des voix au parc national Kouchibouguac, which allows visitors to hear stories of former residents by way of 26 video portraits that are embedded in a map of the territory at the time of the expropriation. His book on the subject,Kouchbouguac: Removal, Resistance and Remembrance at a Canadian National Park, is forthcoming.