The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists has elected Dr. Cynthia Milton of the Université de Montréal as its next President. Dr. Milton will assume the role as President during the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Society of Canada on the weekend of November 17-19, 2016, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kingston, Ontario.
Dr. Cynthia E. Milton is a full Professor and Canada Research Chair (Level 2) in Latin American History in the History Department at the Université de Montréal. Her interdisciplinary research projects study truth commissions and alternative modes of truth-telling, and the artistic representation and cultural interventions in the constructions of historical narratives in the aftermath of state violence and during the era of transitional justice and human rights (www.histoireal.ca).
Dr. Milton has administrative experience within her home institution at the departmental and faculty levels, as a member of the academic board of the International Institute of the Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM), as director of the Canada-Mexico Chair program, as holder of the Canada Research Chair in Latin American History, as well as in various international associations. She is also co-founder of the Latin American Research Network of Montreal (RÉLAM, www.relam.ca) which brings together over 50 scholars in the Montreal environs from the four main universities and all disciplines.
Major honours include the Bolton Johnson Prize for the best book published in her field, the Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship for Advanced Scholars, and the Fernand Braudel Fellowship from the European University Institute (where she is presently). Dr. Milton has been very successful in her career in seeking funds (from within Canada and abroad) and would be able to bring these skills to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Dr. Milton is trilingual: Anglophone by origin, she speaks fluently French (the language of her academic institution) and Spanish (language of research).