The Importance of the Past – What’s Old is News

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By Sean Graham

For as long as people have been doing history, there have been debates over how to best share the stories of the past. In recent years, this has revolved around discussions over teaching history and ways to better engage people with the history that shapes our daily lives. In this episode, I explore these themes with Trilby Kent, author of The Vanishing Past: Making the Case for the Future of History. We discuss the ways in which history is taught across Canada, the importance of historical knowledge within public life, and ways historians can move beyond the insular discussions that too often define the discipline.

Historical Headline of the Week

Roscoe Oliver, “Biography and Autobiography,” The Maple Leaf, April 23, 1931.

Sean Graham is a media historian, an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, and a contributing editor with

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