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History Slam Episode Sixty: Studying Professional Wrestling

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/AJ-Ortega.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Between the ages of 5 and 12 I spent many Saturday mornings scanning the television channels looking for the wrestling shows. Whether WWF (now WWE) or WCW, I loved watching the matches and seeing how the storylines unfolded from week to week.¬†As I slowly discovered that the outcomes were pre-determined I… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Nine: Curling in Canada

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Curling.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham “It’s not just a rock. It’s forty-two pounds of polished granite, with a beveled underbelly and a handle a human being can hold. And it may have no practical purpose in and of itself but it is a repository of human possibility and if it’s handled just right it will exact… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Eight: African Canadians in the U.S. Civil War

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Richard-Reid.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The first time I learned about the American Civil War (1861-1865), it was kind of along the lines of this: Of course any war is more complicated than a single word, but that succinct answer nicely sums up how a lot of people think of the Civil War. And yet, since… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Four: Celebrating Canada, Part 1

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Celebrating-Canada-Roundtable.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Full disclosure: I live in Ottawa and regularly walk past Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial on my way to Library and Archives Canada. For me, last Wednesday was a surreal day and in the week since the majority of the people with whom I have spoke have agreed with… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-Three: What to Wear to the Birth of a Nation

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Laurie-Campbell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The story has been told thousands of time in the same way: the Fathers of Confederation met in Charlottetown and Quebec in 1864 and laid the groundwork for Confederation. These were men of vision who, according the video shown at the PEI legislature, had few major disagreements and passed the time… Read more »

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

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Cynthia-Enloe.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy 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 a person.” pg 4 “The unquestioned… Read more »

History Slam Episode Fifty-One: The History of Women in Science and Engineering

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Anne-Miller.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham This is the second 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. The 2014 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians that was held in Toronto was a remarkable event for a variety… Read more »

History Slam Episode Forty-Nine: Coming Out in the Classroom

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Justin-Bengry.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the spring, I taught HIS 3375, History of Popular Culture in Canada, at the University of Ottawa. Since the course had a participation element, I thought it would be fun to have an ice-breaker activity. So I compiled a list of ten questions that ranged from the hard-hitting “What is… Read more »

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-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 »