Graphic Environmentalism: An Interview with Comic Writer-Artist Steph Hill

October 9, 2014

Previous Active History posts (see here, here, and here) have examined the use of comics in telling – and interpreting – stories about the past. In this post, Ryan O’Connor (RO) interviews Steph Hill (SH), the writer-artist behind A Brief, Accurate Graphic History of the Environmental Movement (Mostly in Canada). RO: This is a really interesting […]

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Mookomaanish: The Damn Knife (Odaawaa Chief and Warrior)

October 8, 2014

By Alan Corbiere This post marks the second in a series of essays – posted the second Wednesday of each month – by Alan Corbiere focusing on Anishinaabeg participation in the War of 1812.  At the commencement of the War of 1812, the British were not totally certain that the Western Confederacy (including the Anishinaabeg: […]

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Consider the Comments: Why Online Comments are Important for Public Historians

October 7, 2014

By Kaitlin Wainwright There are a few adages that go with comments on the Internet. Among them: “if you don’t have the energy to read something, you shouldn’t have the hubris to comment on it” and, simply put, “never read the comments.” It’s rare that comments and forums on the Internet are seen as something […]

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Feeling the City: Getting at the Historical Sights and Sounds of Downtown

October 6, 2014

Like most of us humans—80% in Canada, more than 50% worldwide—my home is in the city. And like so many urbanites, I take a whole range of day-to-day sensations for granted. The screech of garbage trucks, the overheard conversations on public transit; the smells of street food and exhaust; the sight of thousands of other […]

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Podcast – Canadian Archives at Risk?

October 3, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download On May 26th, a panel discussed recent developments in the archives world in Canada and the challenges archives face today. The panel was part of the Canadian Historical Association’s annual meeting in St. Catharines, Ontario. Moderated by Erika Dyck (University of Saskatchewan), the panel featured Nicole Neatby (CHA Liaison […]

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How Cuban Music Made Me a Better Historian

October 2, 2014

By Karen Dubinsky “If you want to learn anything about the history of this country, you have to start listening to Carlos Varela.” This advice, offered by a colleague who was helping me make my way through a Cuban film archive a decade ago, proved remarkably true. I arrived in Havana in 2004 to research […]

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History Slam Episode Fifty-Two: Seriously! Crashes and Crises as if Women Mattered

October 1, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham This is the final 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. “To be taken seriously is a major reward that can be bestowed on […]

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Comic Art and the First World War

September 30, 2014 is featuring this post as part of  “Canada’s First World War: A Centennial Series on”, a multi-year series of regular posts about the history and centennial of the First World War.  By Sarah Glassford, Christopher Schultz, Nathan Smith and Jonathan Weier As regulars know, comic book writers and artists sometimes find inspiration […]

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The Future of the Library in the Digital Age? Worrying about Preserving our Knowledge

September 29, 2014

By Ian Milligan Yesterday afternoon, in the atrium of the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus, a packed room forewent what was likely the last nice weekend of summer to join Peter Mansbridge and guests for a discussion around “What’s the future of the library in the age of Google?” It was aired on CBC’s Cross […]

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Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History by Sean Kheraj

September 26, 2014

By Lani Russwurm It would be difficult to overstate the significance of Stanley Park to Vancouver’s identity. Visiting the park is obligatory for tourists, and locals from across the spectrum use it frequently for a myriad of activities. But the feature that distinguishes Stanley Park from most other large urban parks is its large forest […]

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