Category Archives: History Slam

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 »

History Slam Episode Thirty-Four: Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch and Underground Soldier

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Marsha.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham For as much as history may fall under the ‘Humanities,’ occasionally the humanity of the past gets lost. Writing about the past can become clinical and historians can become immune to some of history’s horrors. Facts and figures of deaths in a war, for example, are faceless and can fail to… Read more »

History Slam Episode Thirty-Three: The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Brian-Payton.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Brian Payton, The Wind is Not a River: A Novel (Toronto: Harper Collins, 2014), 308 pp. In 1942 Japanese forces took control of the islands of Attu and Kiska, which are part of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. For a year American and Canadian forces fought the Japanese for the islands,… Read more »

History Slam Episode Thirty-Two: Historical Anecdotes

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Historical-Anecdotes.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham With December finally upon us, we’ve entered the season of cocktail parties. From seeing friends to office gatherings, the end of the year brings with it more social occasions than any other time on the calendar. One of the things that I often struggle with at these events is trying to… Read more »

History Slam Podcast Episode Thirty-One: Don Cummer, Brothers At War, and Historical Fiction

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Don-Cummer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham I can understand if there are people who scoff at the thought of another book on the War of 1812. Given the onslaught of commemoration of the war over the past two years, I’ve definitely sensed some fatigue on the part of some historians. From the television commercials to museum exhibitions… Read more »