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History Slam Episode Eighty-Eight: Translation and Canadian Theatre

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Nicole-Nolette.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Remember Bon Cop, Bad Cop? It was that movie set between Ontario and Quebec where the characters spoke French half the time and English half the time. During the French sequences, English subtitles would adorn the bottom of the screen and vice versa. The movie has earned a bit of a… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Seven: Enron

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Gavin-Benke.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham A couple of years ago, the National Arts Centre produced Enron, a show that documented one of the most infamous corporate bankruptcies in recent memory. While I don’t remember much of the plot, I do remember that it was about 45 minutes too long and that there was some really weird… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Six: Remaking the Rust Belt

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Tracy-Neumann-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham When I first arrived at Harvard University in August, I was introduced to the person with whom I would be sharing an office. An assistant professor at Wayne State University, Tracy Neumann has served as the other William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow in the Canada Program at the Weatherhead Center… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Five: Slow Scholarship

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Alison-Mountz-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham To paraphrase John Mulaney, kids are upset when there is nothing do, but adults are ecstatic at the thought of doing nothing. (He presents this theory in a much more entertaining way) Ultimately, the joke gets to the point that everyone seems overworked. This is an issue in both the public… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Four: Art History & General Idea

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Sarah-Smith.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The art group General Idea emerged in Toronto’s counterculture scene in the late 1960s. By the early 1970s, the group’s membership was solidified, encompassing Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal, and AA Bronson. Best known for their provocative conceptual works, General Idea took on popular culture formats from beauty pageants to television and… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Three: Disaster Citizenship

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Jacob-Remes.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In June 1914, the town of Salem, Massachusetts was the site of a massive fire that destroyed over 1,300 buildings. Three and a half years later in Halifax, a fire aboard the SS Mont-Blanc caused an explosion that killed approximately 2,000 people and injured 9,000 others. These two events may seem… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-Two: Historically Inspired Baby Names

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Baby-Names.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham I am not a parent. Nor am I close to becoming a parent. That being said, one of the things that strikes me as a major challenge of early parenthood – perhaps the first challenge after a child is born – is picking a name. The challenges of finding the right… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty-One: The Bank War

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Paul-Kahan.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYesterday, Jonathan McQuarrie wrote about the smash Broadway show Hamilton. Even before the show, when most people thought about the establishment of the financial system in the United States, Hamilton was likely the first person to come to mind. President Andrew Jackson, probably wasn’t top of mind, while Nicolas Biddle remains a largely unknown… Read more »

History Slam Episode Eighty: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Alicia-Yamin.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham “Before I had my two children, I had a miscarriage.” This is how Alicia Yamin starts her new book Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter. By introducing the book in such a personal manner, Yamin, the Policy Director of the Francois-Xavier… Read more »

History Slam Episode Seventy-Nine: Open Access

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Open-Access.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham There are certain universal experiences that go along with being involved in academics, one of which is explaining the publishing model of academic journals. This is particularly difficult for grad students, who, upon their first publication, are confronted by family members wondering how much they got paid. It’s a well meaning… Read more »