Category Archives: Canadian history

“Copenhagen is PM’s big chance”, History PhD Candidates Argue

Jeremy Marks and Ryan O’Connor’s op-ed piece in the London Free Press argues positive action at Copenhagen would be good politics for the Conservative party.

The Role of Historical Monographs

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At a recent workshop in London, I had a conversation with a fellow graduate student about the relevance of history as an academic discipline. He held that the entire academic world was a farce: professors spent too little time in the classroom, producing books that nobody read, were overpaid, and basically a general waste. Beyond my initial confusion that a… Read more »

Discover Canada: Historians respond to Canada’s new citizenship guide

The recent release of the primer for the Canadian citizenship test, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, has been met with much praise. Many historians, however, are not so laudatory.

Notes on a Graduate Student Workshop: Publishing for a Wide Audience

How can academic historians branch out to reach broader publics?  Publishing in the popular press – whether local newspapers or nationally-circulated magazines – is one way to communicate academic research and analysis to a wider audience.  On October 20th, the Canadian Network in History and Environment (NiCHE) sponsored a full-day workshop for graduate students in history and other disciplines.  Skills… Read more »

PATIENT BUILT WALL TOUR

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You and anyone you wish to bring along are welcome to attend a historical tour of the 19th century patient built asylum boundary walls located at the present-day Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 1001 Queen Street West, Toronto. The purpose of this tour is to remember the contributions of the women and men who lived, worked, and died… Read more »

“in SANITY”, The Story Behind the Wall @ Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Workman Arts Presents: “in SANITY”, The Story Behind the Wall @ Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Saturday, October 3rd 2009 from 7pm – 7am @ the Workman Theatre, CAMH, 1001 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M6J 1H4 The Story Behind the Wall is a mixed-media and cross-disciplinary art-making project taken on by artists of the Workman Arts Project of Ontario.  Six artists… Read more »

History on the Grand

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The City of Cambridge Archives Board invites you to join them on October 17, 2009 for History on the Grand. The one-day local history symposium will take place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, 7 Melville Street South in Downtown Cambridge Ontario.We invite members of the academic community, historical and heritage groups… Read more »

PUBLIC POLICY AND LABOUR HISTORY IN NEW BRUNSWICK

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Understanding New Brunswick’s present by knowing about its past is the theme of a two-day bilingual conference on public policy and labour history to be held 1-2 September 2009 at the Wu Centre on UNB’s Fredericton campus. The conference, Informing Public Policy:  Socio-economic and Historical Perspectives on Labour in New Brunswick, brings together researchers and community leaders from all parts… Read more »

Humphries on the Lessons of the 1918 Pandemic

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In today’s Globe and Mail, an insightful article from Mark Humphries that draws on the lessons of the 1918 Influenza to provide advice on how to deal with the contemporary H1N1 (‘swine flu’) pandemic fear. The link is here. It’s certainly worth reading and thinking about, both as a great way to see active history in motion but also because… Read more »

First Paper

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We have posted our first paper in the Education sub-section of the Papers page.  Paul Axelrod and Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education were kind enough to allow us to link a paper on this site.  Axelrod’s short essay is a clear demonstration of the contribution historians can make to current issues. Paul Axelrod, Universities and the Great Depression: Then and Now? If you… Read more »