February 11, 2014 – Katherine Waters – Literature Professor 1.30 – 2.30

TOPIC:  GERTRUDE BELL, “Queen” of the Arabian Desert & Shaper of Iraq

A Montrealer, KATHERINE WATERS has degrees from McGill and Oxford.  She has taught at Carleton University and as an Associate Professor for 35 years at Concordia where she specialized in Modern British Literature, in particular, Virginia Woolf.   For the last 7 years she has been involved teaching and learning at the McGill Centre for Lifelong Learning. 

She will speak about Gertrude Bell (1868-1926)  who made seven archaeological journeys to the Middle East before World War I,  became a British spy and established the borders and governance of Iraq, all the while dealing with the challenges of being a woman.