Category Archives: History Slam

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 »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Three: Disaster Citizenship

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Jacob-Remes.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In June 1914, the town of Salem, Massachusetts was the site of a massive fire that destroyed over 1,300 buildings. Three and a half years later in Halifax, a fire aboard the SS Mont-Blanc caused an explosion that killed approximately 2,000 people and injured 9,000 others. These two events may seem… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Two: Historically Inspired Baby Names

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Baby-Names.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham I am not a parent. Nor am I close to becoming a parent. That being said, one of the things that strikes me as a major challenge of early parenthood – perhaps the first challenge after a child is born – is picking a name. The challenges of finding the right… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-One: The Bank War

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Paul-Kahan.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYesterday, Jonathan McQuarrie wrote about the smash Broadway show Hamilton. Even before the show, when most people thought about the establishment of the financial system in the United States, Hamilton was likely the first person to come to mind. President Andrew Jackson, probably wasn’t top of mind, while Nicolas Biddle remains a largely unknown… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Alicia-Yamin.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham “Before I had my two children, I had a miscarriage.” This is how Alicia Yamin starts her new book Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter. By introducing the book in such a personal manner, Yamin, the Policy Director of the Francois-Xavier… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Nine: Open Access

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Open-Access.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham There are certain universal experiences that go along with being involved in academics, one of which is explaining the publishing model of academic journals. This is particularly difficult for grad students, who, upon their first publication, are confronted by family members wondering how much they got paid. It’s a well meaning… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Eight: Disaster Drawn

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Hillary-Chute.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham As anyone who has ever done archival research knows, there are moments where things can get incredibly dull. To get over this, we all try to find little things that keep us going. When I was in the midst of reading every issue of the Moose Jaw Times between 1931 and… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Seven: Prime Minister’s Row

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Prime-Ministers-Row.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Before I moved to Ottawa, my only experience with the city was a brief research trip, during which I heard about the nation’s capital radius rule. The rule holds that if you’re standing on Parliament Hill you can walk 15 blocks in any direction and still feel like you are in… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Six: Continental Cup of Curling

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Continental-Cup.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham This past weekend at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, curlers from around the world competed in the Continental Cup. Four Canadian teams and two American teams made up Team North America while Team World consisted of teams representing Norway, Sweden, China, Japan, Switzerland, and Scotland. In one of the… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Five: Paper Cadavers

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Weld.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Between 1960 and 1996, the Guatemalan Civil War pitted the government against leftist rebel groups. Both during and after the war, there were accusations that government forces committed human rights violations against civilians. The government denied these allegations and claimed that there was no documentation to substantiate any of the claims…. Read more »