Category Archives: History Slam

History Slam Episode Ninety-Three: Towards a Prairie Atonement

By Sean Graham As an MA student, I had the pleasure of attending the University of Regina, a place that often gets criticized for its topography. Despite the jokes, I always countered that the Prairie sky was a sight in itself, somehow powerful and majestic while also being a calming presence. In my conversation with Trevor Herriot, he offered the… Read more »

History Slam Episode Ninety-Two: The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Conspiracy theories can be undeniably appealing and addictive to read. One of the reasons for this is that they are so hard to disprove. In fact, for the true conspiracy theory devotee, evidence that seemingly disproves the theory is turned around and used as part of the conspiracy. An internal CIA… Read more »

History Slam Episode Ninety-One: Teaching in China

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Dorothy-Ver-Kerk.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham What did you for the summer? A common question asked when you see someone for the first time in the fall. Normally, I haven’t had an overly interesting answer to that question, but this year was a little different. For a couple months this summer I had the pleasure of traveling… Read more »

History Slam Episode Ninety: American Journalism

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Matt-Pressman.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Of all the weird, wild, and crazy things that have happened during this year’s American election cycle, one of the strangest is how both parties have accused the media of being biased against their candidate. On the Republican side, the distrust of the ‘lamestream media’ has been a mainstay, particularly after… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Nine: Amiable Scoundrel

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Paul-Kahanx2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham One of the things that I often joke about when talking about finding new historical material to study is that you can always revisit an old topic – after all, there’s a new book about the American Civil War published every hour. Of course that isn’t literally true, but there does… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Eight: Translation and Canadian Theatre

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Nicole-Nolette.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Remember Bon Cop, Bad Cop? It was that movie set between Ontario and Quebec where the characters spoke French half the time and English half the time. During the French sequences, English subtitles would adorn the bottom of the screen and vice versa. The movie has earned a bit of a… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Seven: Enron

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Gavin-Benke.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham A couple of years ago, the National Arts Centre produced Enron, a show that documented one of the most infamous corporate bankruptcies in recent memory. While I don’t remember much of the plot, I do remember that it was about 45 minutes too long and that there was some really weird… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Six: Remaking the Rust Belt

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Tracy-Neumann-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham When I first arrived at Harvard University in August, I was introduced to the person with whom I would be sharing an office. An assistant professor at Wayne State University, Tracy Neumann has served as the other William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow in the Canada Program at the Weatherhead Center… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Five: Slow Scholarship

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Alison-Mountz-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham To paraphrase John Mulaney, kids are upset when there is nothing do, but adults are ecstatic at the thought of doing nothing. (He presents this theory in a much more entertaining way) Ultimately, the joke gets to the point that everyone seems overworked. This is an issue in both the public… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Four: Art History & General Idea

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Sarah-Smith.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The art group General Idea emerged in Toronto’s counterculture scene in the late 1960s. By the early 1970s, the group’s membership was solidified, encompassing Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal, and AA Bronson. Best known for their provocative conceptual works, General Idea took on popular culture formats from beauty pageants to television and… Read more »