Category Archives: History Slam

History Slam Episode Fifty-One: The History of Women in Science and Engineering

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Anne-Miller.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham This is the second episode in our series of podcasts recorded at the 2014 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. The conference was held May 22-25 at the University of Toronto. The 2014 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians that was held in Toronto was a remarkable event for a variety… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty: Growing Up Consumers

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Katie-Rollwagen.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Whenever I go back to my parents’ house, I am confronted with a pile of stuff from my childhood that they want me to go through. From clothes to toys to sports equipment, there’s a lot of things that I had growing up that I no longer need or want. And… Read more »

History Slam Episode Forty-Nine: Coming Out in the Classroom

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Justin-Bengry.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the spring, I taught HIS 3375, History of Popular Culture in Canada, at the University of Ottawa. Since the course had a participation element, I thought it would be fun to have an ice-breaker activity. So I compiled a list of ten questions that ranged from the hard-hitting “What is… Read more »

History Slam Episode Forty-Eight: Ian Mosby and History in the Media

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Ian-Mosby.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Just over a year ago, Canadian news outlets started to report on nutritional experiments that had been conducted on First Nations kids at Residential Schools. For a couple of weeks the stories continued to appear on the front pages of newspapers and on nightly newscasts across the country. Featured prominently in… Read more »

History Slam Episode Forty-Seven: Sensationalism, the Donnelly Massacre, and Small-Town Canada

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Greg-Stott.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Factionalism tends to be viewed negatively – particularly when examined through a political lens – but for storytellers, factionalism can be a very effective tool. The conflict created by these factions has led to some of the best cultural material ever made. The Capulets and the Montagues, the Jets and the… Read more »

History Slam Episode Forty-Six: Ontario’s Spring Bear Hunt

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Mike-Commito.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Back in April, Ontario’s minority Liberal government announced the return of the spring bear hunt, which had been eliminated in 1999. In doing so, the government cited “public safety and human-bear conflicts” as a primary motivation for the decision. This has led to a rather heated debate over the effectiveness of… Read more »

History Slam Episode Forty-Five: Verene Shepherd and Women’s History in the Caribbean

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Verene-Shepherd-edit.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham This is the first episode in our series of podcasts recorded at the 2014 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. The conference was held May 22-25 at the University of Toronto. As an undergrad, I had the opportunity to spend a year studying at the University of the West Indies… Read more »

History Slam Episode Forty-Four: Pierre Savard Conference Keynote Speaker Robert Englebert

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Robert-Englebert.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On Wednesday April 23, the tenth edition of the Pierre Savard Conference kicked off at the University of Ottawa. Through the years the conference’s keynotes have included such prominent historians as John Ralston Saul, David Hackett Fischer, and James Bartleman. But this year the organizing committee decided to bring the conference… Read more »

History Slam Episode Forty-Three: Congress 2014 Recap

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Congress-Recap-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Between May 24 and 30, Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, hosted the 2014 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. For three of those days the Canadian Historical Association held its annual meeting. This was my third year attending the CHA and I have to admit that it’s always an… Read more »

History Slam Episode Forty-Two: The Politics of Memory with Yves Frenette

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Yves-Frenette.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Since coming to power in 2006, the Harper government has increasingly involved itself in historical commemorations. Perhaps most famously with the War of 1812 television campaign, the government’s efforts have led to debates over what events should be commemorated and how political considerations shape the construction of social memory. Last week… Read more »