Category Archives: History Slam

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 »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Four: SHARIAsource

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Meagan-Froemming.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On November 16, parts of Harvard University were closed for a few hours following a bomb threat. Access to Harvard Yard was restricted while police searched several buildings. It was an interesting experience – the helicopter circling above was certainly unique – particularly in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Three: The League of Nations

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Susan-Pedersen.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham I first saw this cartoon when I was in the eleventh grade and I still keep a copy of it with me. There was something about it that I really liked – I’m sure it had something to do with my fascination with the League of Nations. That fascination was born… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Two: Religion and Belief in British Columbia and Ontario

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Lynne-Marks.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham This year at the Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, we recorded ten episodes of the History Slam. I am extremely grateful to the CHA and the Department of History at the University of Ottawa for help in getting everything done. It was a lot – I spent the majority of the… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-One: Race, Gender, and Rap

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Francesca-DAmico.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham When teaching courses on the history of popular culture, one of my favourite exercises is to play a song and then ask the class what the song is about. With certain songs, students come up with answers pretty quickly, while in other cases, it takes a little more prodding. In all… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy: First Nations, Calgary Stampede, and the 1923 Raid on City Hall

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Susan-Joudrey.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Perhaps best known for barrel racing, cowboy boots, and more pancakes than any human should ever consume, the Calgary Stampede is the biggest event in the city each summer. It’s so important locally that after the floods in 2013 that left the grounds under water, officials scrambled to ensure it opened… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Nine: Historica Canada and Heritage Minutes Contest

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Historica.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham I’m fairly confident that everyone in my elementary school classes could recite the ‘Burnt Toast’ Heritage Minute by memory. It seemed to air multiple times each episode during re-runs of Degrassi on the CBC. While that one stood out the most for me and my classmates, other Heritage Minutes like Laura… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Eight: Grindstone Island and Non-Violence Resistance in Canada

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Tarah-Brookfield.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the past couple of weeks, the History Slam has looked at war resistance and human rights. Following a similar theme, this episode examines non-violence. The first thing I ever had published examined non-violent resistance in the context of the American Civil Rights Movement. The part about it that I find… Read more »