Active History Announcements: Sept 12-18

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The following upcoming events may be of interest to our readers (click on ‘continue reading’ below for full descriptions):

1)  Thought Exchange (History Matters) – Sept 14, 2 p.m.

2) Canadain Museum of Civilization: Lunchtime lecture series – Jameson Brant:  Training and Enhancing the Aboriginal Presence in Museums – Sept 16, 12-1.

3) Volunteer Opportunity – Multicultural History Society of Ontario

4) Petition: Preserve Pennhurst State School and Hospital as a memorial to the past.

5) The Toronto Beer Quest – Sept. 26, 11 a.m.

6)  Approaching the Past: The Past through Place – Sept 30, 7 p.m.

7) CFP: History 2.0: Active History Roundtable on new media

8) This week in the Active History blogosphere!

If you have an announcement that you would like included in this weekly dispatch, please e-mail info@activehistory.ca.

1)  Toronto Public Library is launching an historical lecture series this fall – THOUGHT EXCHANGE (History Matters). The series aims to develop dialogue and exchange between active Toronto historians and the broader Toronto community through a series of lively, relevant talks and discussion. The first talk is: ‘Making the Scene in 1960s Yorkville.’  Historian-musician-journalist Stuart Henderson explores Toronto’s 1960s counterculture.  September 14, 2 pm, Yorkville Branch, 22 Yorkville Ave.  (416-393-7660)

2) Jameson Brant, the coordinator of the Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices at CMC, will look at how many institutions have grappled, over the past 30 years, with the lack of Aboriginal peoples involved in the interpretation of their culture and history. In 2010, Jameson set out to inventory and visit programs offering museum training to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. Her presentation will provide an overview of her findings and demonstrate how the Museum of Civilization is measuring up.  The presentation will be held in the Cascades Salon, Canadian Museum of Civilization on Sept 16 at 12 p.m.

3) The Multicultural History Society of Ontario is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the digitization and documentation of our oral history collections, as well as with general Society operations.  For more information contact Britt Braaten at britt.braaten@mhso.ca or Julia Lum at julia.lum@mhso.ca.

4) A petition is being circultated regarding to impending transformation of the closed Pennhurst State School and Hospital into Pennhurst Asylum, ‘the scariest place in America.’  Pennhurst was an institution for  men and women with intellectual disabilities, it was at the centre of the deinstitutionalization movement, and it is part of the International Sites of Conscience.  The theme park is scheduled to open on September 24th.

5) The Toronto Beer Quest is an urban adventure that combines beer, history, and a chance to get to see the city.  Discover the history of brewing in Toronto, while racing around the city, during the Toronto Beer Week.  For more information check out last week’s blog post by Mirella Amato.

6)  Julia Roberts will be leading the next Approaching the Past workshop.  Professor Roberts will discuss using places, such as taverns, as entry points for teaching the past.  The event will be held at Montgomery’s Inn on September 30th at 7 p.m. For more information visit Approaching the Past or e-mail approachingthepast@gmail.com.

7) The co-coordinators for the Active History/Histoire Engagée CHA Working Group are calling for papers for a proposed round table for the CHA Annual Meeting to be held in May of 2011 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  For more information visit the full announcement on ActiveHistory.ca

8)  This week in the AH blogosphere (HE indicates a post on our francophone partner site):

–    HE Interview: Stéphane Savard: Making History: An interview with sociologist Jean-Philippe Warren on the idea of engagement

–     HE: Carl Pépin: Terrorism: An historical and contemporary analysis

–     AH: Ian Milligan: Toronto: A Proud Union City

–     AH Book Review: Mitch Primeau: Honeymoon Sweet: A Review of Karen Dubinsky’s The Second Greatest Disappointment

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