Announcements

Video: Karen Ferguson – “The Yin-Yang of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.”

April 4, 2014

Our historical memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X most often sets them in opposition — racial integrationism vs. separatism, pacifism vs. violence, “good” vs. “bad” black leader (or vice versa).  But what happens if we move beyond this dualism and examine these African American icons together? What if we consider how and […]

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Government Cuts Funding After Five Years of ActiveHistory.ca

April 1, 2014

Happy April Fool’s Day! We’re happy to be celebrating our fifth year and thank you to our readers for all your support over the years! After five years of operation, ActiveHistory.ca will be shutting down because of government funding cuts. This website, originally envisioned as a Canadian version of Britain’s popular History & Policy website, […]

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Podcast – “Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland” by Jan Grabowski

March 14, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Ottawa Historical Association welcomed historian Jan Grabowski in January. ActiveHistory.ca is happy to feature here his talk, “Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland.” Grabowski is a professor at the University of Ottawa. His talk is based on his recent book of the same […]

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Opening the Academy: New Strategies for Exploring and Sharing African Nova Scotian History

February 15, 2014

On Friday, February 28th, a Royal Society of Canada-funded symposium will be held in the Fountain Commons at Acadia University. This Open Academy brings together scholars and members of the general public, including high school, community college, and university students and members of the African Nova Scotian descendant community. The event’s main objective is to […]

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Spring 2014 History Matters lecture series line-up announced

February 5, 2014

ActiveHistory.ca and the Toronto Public Library are pleased to announce the Spring 2014 History Matters lecture series. This season’s series focuses on the theme of “Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: Past and Present.” The lectures are part of the TPL’s Thought Exchange programming. “What Sir John A. Macdonald Thought About ‘Indians’ and Other Courtroom Tales” William […]

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Podcast – “After the Savage War: Reporting on Battles in Afghanistan and at Home” by Murray Brewster

January 22, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Ottawa Historical Association welcomed journalist Murray Brewster on November 5, 2013. ActiveHistory is happy to feature his talk, “After the Savage War: Reporting on Battles in Afghanistan and at Home.” Brewster has been a journalist for almost three decades with organizations such as The Canadian Press. His […]

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Video: Trudeau 2.0: Pierre’s Legacy and Justin’s Future

January 14, 2014

Many Canadians view Pierre Elliott Trudeau as a Canadian hero, perhaps the most charismatic Prime Minister the nation has ever seen. Yet others are far more critical of Trudeau’s leadership and legacies. This ambivalence has led to popular opinion polls naming Pierre one of the greatest and worst Canadian of all time. Justin, Pierre’s 41-year-old […]

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Podcast: Ian McKay’s “War, Memory and Reaction: Reshaping History in Harper’s Canada”

December 18, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ActiveHistory.ca is happy to present a recording of Ian McKay’s talk, “War, Memory and Reaction: Reshaping History in Harper’s Canada.” McKay delivered the talk to the First Unitarian Congregation in Ottawa as the 2013 Holtom Lecture.

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Video: Bidisha Ray – “Great Soul or Great Schemer? Exploring the Myth of Mahatma Gandhi”

November 15, 2013

Mahatma Gandhi’s name is synonymous with peace and saintliness almost everywhere on the planet. Yet in parts of postcolonial South Asia, Gandhi’s life, politics, ideologies, and legacy have been the subject of considerable controversy and even violent denigration. How, then, should we remember Gandhi? Misogynist tyrant or freethinking radical? Self-absorbed kingmaker or farsighted statesman? Economic […]

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Dreaming of What Might Be: Introducing the Graphic History Project as a New Initiative for Radical History and Comics

October 30, 2013

By Sean Carleton Illustrate! Educate! Organize! The Graphic History Collective (GHC) is pleased to announce the launch of their new comic book about the Knights of Labor in Canada called Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Canada 1880-1900. The comic book is now available for free on the GHC Website. Dreaming […]

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