Category Archives: History Slam

History Slam Episode Sixty-Five: Canadian Mysteries

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Canadian-Mysteries.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Embedded in the seemingly endless hand-wringing about why people are no longer interested in history or, at least, how historians can better disseminate the past in an increasingly digital world, is how history is taught to students in the 21st century. I once had a professor tell me that the most… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Four: Canada Day & National Symbols

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Joel-Girourd.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham It’s Canada Day up Canada way on the first day of July. And we’re shoutin’ “hooray” up Canada way, when the maple leaf flies high. When the silver jets from east to west go streaming through our sky. We’ll be shoutin’ “hooray” up Canada way when the great parade goes by…. Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Three: Metis and the Medicine Line

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Michel-Hogue.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham  It’s rare that a book is called the definitive book on the subject. But that’s exactly how one review summed up Metis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People. The book begins with the surveyors tracing the 49th parallel through the Prairies and tracks the Metis as… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Two: Congress Recap 2015

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Congress-Recap-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Every year the Canadian Historical Association holds its Annual Meeting as part of the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences. This year the event was held at the University of Ottawa which, as an Ottawa denizen, was quite nice. I didn’t spend any time looking at maps, figuring out where the… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-One: The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas and the JFK Assassination

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/JFK-Museum.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Over the past fifty years, that assassination has resulted in investigations, speculation, and conspiracies about how and why Kennedy died. From the Warren Commission to the Oliver Stone movie, JFK and the circumstances of his death… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty: Studying Professional Wrestling

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/AJ-Ortega.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Between the ages of 5 and 12 I spent many Saturday mornings scanning the television channels looking for the wrestling shows. Whether WWF (now WWE) or WCW, I loved watching the matches and seeing how the storylines unfolded from week to week. As I slowly discovered that the outcomes were pre-determined I… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Nine: Curling in Canada

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Curling.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham “It’s not just a rock. It’s forty-two pounds of polished granite, with a beveled underbelly and a handle a human being can hold. And it may have no practical purpose in and of itself but it is a repository of human possibility and if it’s handled just right it will exact… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Eight: African Canadians in the U.S. Civil War

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Richard-Reid.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The first time I learned about the American Civil War (1861-1865), it was kind of along the lines of this: Of course any war is more complicated than a single word, but that succinct answer nicely sums up how a lot of people think of the Civil War. And yet, since… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Seven: Unlikely Diplomats: The Canadian Brigade in Germany 1951-1964

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Isabel-Campbell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On December 4, 2014, the Canadian War Museum and UBC Press book launch as part of their joint Canadian Military Series. The series features a wide range of military historians and their examinations of this country’s military history. The books launched on this night discussed consumerism on the home front during… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Six: Franca Iacovetta and the 2014 Berkshire Conference

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Franca.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham For four days this past May the University of Toronto hosted the 2014 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. The ‘Big Berks,’ as it’s known, is considered by many to be the biggest women’s history conference in the world and this was the first time it had ever been held… Read more »