Category Archives: History Slam

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 »

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 »