Author Archives: Ian Milligan

Book Review Section Launched

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Our new book review section launches today with the publication of our first review. John Horn, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Gumboot, a community blog out of Vancouver, has reviewed Craig Heron’s Booze: A Distilled History. Please check out his fun review. Our book reviews will have community members and involved citizens reviewing academic works. We hope this will provide a… Read more »

Space and Historical Imagery: Making History Accessible

This post quickly looks at some neat new internet-based websites that attempt to make historical imagery accessible to the general public.

“Local Effort Brings Our Past to Life”: Halifax Chronicle-Herald

This post discusses a recent effort to bring the local history of an area into the history classroom and asks broader questions about the role of local history generally.

“Web Tools Aim to Open the Gates to the Ivory Tower”: Globe and Mail.

An article in January 2nd’s Globe and Mail discussed various web tools that universities are using to ‘open the gates of the ivory tower.’ In her article, Elizabeth Church discussed a new search engine launched by Memorial University named Yaffle, which allows community members to search and uncover various Memorial research projects, opportunities for involvement, and learn who is working… Read more »

The Role of Historical Monographs

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At a recent workshop in London, I had a conversation with a fellow graduate student about the relevance of history as an academic discipline. He held that the entire academic world was a farce: professors spent too little time in the classroom, producing books that nobody read, were overpaid, and basically a general waste. Beyond my initial confusion that a… Read more »

ActiveHistory Roundtable Discussion Recording

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https://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Active-History-Roundtable-PART-ONE.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYesterday, October 1st, the Graduate History Students Association at York University hosted their first Historians’ Craft of the year, which focused on the question of what Active History is. The title of the forum was “Hands On History: Keeping History Relevant”. It was a round table¬†discussion with guests Geoffrey Reaume, Victoria Freeman, Craig Heron… Read more »

Humphries on the Lessons of the 1918 Pandemic

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In today’s Globe and Mail, an insightful article from Mark Humphries that draws on the lessons of the 1918 Influenza to provide advice on how to deal with the contemporary H1N1 (‘swine flu’) pandemic fear. The link is here. It’s certainly worth reading and thinking about, both as a great way to see active history in motion but also because… Read more »

CHA Annual Meeting – Presentation

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The first annual meeting of the Active History committee was held at Carleton University on 27 May 2009, part of the Canadian Historical Association annual meeting. A fruitful discussion was had, revolving around our constitution (which was passed and is available upon request) as well about the general mandate of both the committee and the website. It has helped us… Read more »