Category Archives: History Slam

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 »

History Slam Episode Forty-One: Race, Identity, and Newfoundland Culture in Robert Chafe’s Oil and Water

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Oil-and-Water.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On February 18, 1942 off the coast of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, the USS Truxton and the USS Pollux ran aground in the midst of a harsh winter storm. Of the 389 sailors on both ships, only 186 survived. Of those, one stood out: Lanier Phillips. After being rescued by a group… Read more »

History Slam Episode Forty: The First World War at the Pierre Savard Conference

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/WWI-Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham From April 23 to 25, the History Graduate Students’ Association of the University of Ottawa hosted the 10th Annual Pierre Savard Conference. Robert Englebert, professor at the University of Saskatchewan at founder of the conference, joined the ranks of John Ralston Saul, David Hackett Fischer, and James Bartleman, among others, as… Read more »

History Slam Episode Thirty-Nine: Corpus, a play about the Holocaust, Memory, and History

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Corpus.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Corpus is currently in the midst of its world premiere run at Arts Court Theatre in Ottawa. Shows run through May 10, 2014. For further information, go to counterpointplayers.com This past Monday evening marked the end of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). The occasion brought with it tributes to those whole… Read more »

History Slam Episode Thirty-Eight: Senate Reform with James McHugh

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/James-McHugh.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On Friday, the Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling on whether the government can proceed with Senate reform without amending the Constitution. The decision has been a long time coming for Stephen Harper, who has expressed a strong desire to reform the Senate since he was first elected in… Read more »

History Slam Episode Thirty-Seven: Historical Figure Reality Shows

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Reality-Shows.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Love ’em or hate ’em, reality shows have fundamentally changed television over the past 20 years. Every night networks put on hours of reality programming that is inexpensive to produce and draws ratings (and advertising revenues). While some shows are based on competition, others simply follow ‘real’ people as they go… Read more »

History Slam Episode Thirty-Six: Historical Thinking and Teaching History

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/HIstorical-Thinking-Final.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham As part of Active History’s Historical Thinking Week, the History Slam Podcast looked into how history is taught in high school. To do this, I traveled to an Ontario high school and spoke with both students and teachers about the challenges of teaching history in 2014 and some of the strategies… Read more »

History Slam Episode Thirty-Five: Preserving Canadian Logos

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Northern-Army.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Back in October, I was in Montreal and went to what immediately became my new favourite sports store. Apart from the obligatory Canadiens gear, the store had racks of apparel featuring many teams’ retro logos and, perhaps more excitingly, the logos of several defunct sports teams. While I bought a Montreal… Read more »