Before you go away for the holidays -- make plans to attend the first History Department Seminar Series of the new year. The History Department is very proud to present one of our former graduate students, Yvonne Hunter of McMaster University, speaking on:
"Cold Columns: Anne O'Hare McCormick and the Origins of the Cold War in The New York Times (1920-1954)."
Friday, Jan 8, 2:30 pm, in room A226.
Yvonne's paper considers Anne O’Hare McCormick, the Pulitzer-winning political correspondent for The New York Times, who might correctly be considered one of the first prominent intellectual Cold Warriors of the twentieth century. Using biography, published writings, and private correspondences, this project considers how one prominent women correspondent from the east coast media helped to shape political discourse and policy itself prior to and during the Cold War.
See you there!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Full-Time Teaching and the Nipissing University Award for Part-Time Teaching were established to recognize and honour faculty who display teaching excellence in the classroom.
For information on the application process and nomination forms for each award, please visit the website of the Vice-President, Academic and Research at http://www.nipissingu.ca/
academic/“Teaching Awards”. Since recipients are entitled to receive the teaching awards only once every five years, please verify the list of previous recipients on the website that the nominee check the . Hard copies can also be obtained from the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Research (F309).
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
While construction continued outside on the new Learning Library, Nipissing’s current library held a celebration of the people whose works will help fill the new book shelves. Nipissing University celebrated its faculty who recently published books at the Education Centre Library’s 2009 Faculty Book Launch, held on December 3 in the Library’s Gallery Lounge.
There are 19 new books that have been authored or co-authored by Nipissing faculty since 2008. The books represent an impressively diverse range of academic disciplines and topics, from global politics and family history to educational leadership and the environment.
“Book publication is a major form of research output and a fundamental aspect of scholarly life. The Education Centre Library is delighted to support faculty at Nipissing by acknowledging that having a book published is a defining moment for scholars,” said Lynne Prunskus, associate director of library services, who conceived of and organized the event.
List of authors and their books that were recognized at the Faculty Book Launch (Nipissing Faculty in bold):
- Earl, Hilary. The Nuremburg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-1958: Atrocity, Law, and History. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- Ferry, Darren. Uniting in Measures of Common Good: The Construction of Liberal Identities in Central Canada. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008.
- Geden, Dennis. Paintings 2000-2009, a survey. Mineta Contemporary, 2009.
- Hatt, Blaine. Heart in Teaching: Attending the Pathic. Lambert, 2009
- Jarvis, Daniel H. Parametric Creativity: Curriculum Negotiation and Professional Development Models in Mathematics Education. Lambert, 2009.
- McMaster, Lindsey. Working Girls in the West: Representations of Wage-Earning Women. UBC Press, 2008.
- Miller, G. Tyler, Jr. and Dave Hackett. Living in the Environment. Nelson Education Ltd., 2008.
- Mintz, Jerry and Carlo Ricci, eds. Turning Points: 27 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories.Alternative Education Resource Organization, 2010.
- Noël, Françoise. Family and Community Life in Northeastern Ontario: The Interwar Years. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.
- Renshaw, Sal. The Subject of Love: Hélène Cixous and the Feminine Divine. Manchester University Press, 2009.
- Lord, Bruce and Elisabeth Richards. Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed: And Other Cracked Tales. iUniverse.com, 2008.
- Richardson, Carole and Warnie Richardson. Walking the Talk: Putting Theory into Practice. Detselig Enterprises, 2008.
- Ryan, Thomas G. ed. Canadian Educational Leadership. Detselig Enterprises, 2009.
- Srigley, Katrina. Breadwinning Daughters: Young Working Women in the Depression-Era City, 1929-1939. University of Toronto Press, 2009.
- Stange, Ken. Art Creation and Appreciation: Uniquely Human? Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
- Tabachnick, David Edward and Toivo Koivukoski, eds. Enduring Empire: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics. University of Toronto Press, 2009.
- Vassilev, Tzvetalin. Optimal Area Triangulation of Planar Point Sets. VDM Verlag, 2009.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
A reminder that the next History Department Seminar Series is tomorrow (Friday), featuring Bruce Erickson speaking on "Recreating History, Consuming Nature: Canoeing, Suffering, and the Nation’s Past."
This Friday, Dec 4, 2:30 pm in Rm A226.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Bruce's talk will examine recreational re-creations of voyageur canoe trips, arguing that these trips attempt to encounter the character of the nation through an experience of nature. Canada then becomes a nation held in the nature of the landscape, as opposed to an entity created by multifarious networks of colonial power over the last four centuries.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Here is the information about a special lecture this week hosted by the Canadian International Council that you may be interested in:
What? Truth, Justice and Reconciliation: Peacebuilding in Cambodia, Kosovo and Uganda
When? Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 at 7:00pm
Where? The Weaver (B200), Nipissing University
Who? Everyone! Admission is free.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The Nipissing Branch of the Canadian International Council would like to invite the campus community to participate in an event with Dr. Alistair Edgar, who will be speaking on the subject of "Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation: Peacebuilding in Cambodia, Kosovo, and Uganda."This event will take place next Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 7-8 pm in the Weaver Auditorium. It is free and open to the public and we hope to see everyone there.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
This is a reminder of the meeting of the Nipissing University Academic College (NUAC) on Friday, November 13 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in F210. NUAC is comprised of all members of the broad University community involved in the delivery of academic programs and academic services. This includes all students.Information on NUAC is contained in Article 10.3 of the Senate By-laws which may be found at: http://www.nipissingu.ca/
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Dr. James Murton reminds of tomorrow's History seminar:
The History Department Seminar Series will welcome Dr. Kristján Ahronson to campus this Friday to speak on "Viking-Age Environmental Change: The First Centuries of Human Settlement in Iceland."
Friday, Nov 6, 2:30 pm in Rm A226.
Refreshments will be served. See you there!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The History Department Seminar Series, in conjunction with James Abbott of the Geography Department, will feature archeologist Dr Kristján Ahronson, speaking on "Viking-Age Environmental Change: The First Centuries of Human Settlement in Iceland."
Dr. Ahronson is a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and is a Lecturer at the University of Wales (Bangor). He will discuss the way in which his work is providing a better understanding of the process of cultural diffusion in the North Atlantic through a new use of volcanic deposits to more accurately date changes in vegetative cover as a result of the Norse settlement of Iceland.
Friday, Nov 6, 2:30 pm, Rm A226.
Everyone Welcome. Refreshments will be served!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Image: Cahokia, a 13th-century North American city.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Historical Halloween Pub is coming up on Thursday, October 29th, 2009 beginning at 9:00pm at the Bull and Quench (603 McIntyre St. E.) Come dressed as a historical figure, or from a historical period. Prizes ($25 gift cards from the LCBO and Chapters/Coles) will be awarded for the two best costumes!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Dr. Francoise Noel's upcoming book, Family and Community Life in Northeastern Ontario: The interwar years, will have its North Bay area launch on Thursday, October 15, 7-8:30 PM, at the NB Public Library at 271 Worthington Street E.
Monday, October 5, 2009
There will be a meeting for students interested in participating in the 2010 Model NATO conference in Ottawa as part of the Nipissing Model NATO team on Thursday, Oct 8 at 11:30 in room H349.
Any interested students are free to contact me for further information or if they are unable to attend the meeting.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
A reminder that the History Department Seminar Series kicks off another year with food historian Gabriella M. Petrick of New York University. She will speak on "Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter: A Call for the Centrality of Taste in History."
Friday, Oct 2, 2:30 pm, in A122.
Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!
A reminder as well that Dr. Petrick's visit to Nipissing is part of the conference Bringing Subsistence Out of the Shadows: A Workshop on Subsistence Economies. More information at www.nipissingu.ca/faculty/jamesm/subsistence/subsistence.html.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Matt Morris (a Nipissing student) will be giving a talk on the subject of "Good Governance and Traditional Authorities in Ghana," derived from his recent experience working with an NGO in Ghana. The talk will take place from 11:30 - 12:30 in Room A122 and everyone is welcome. Lunch will be served!The event is being sponsored by the Political Science programme, the Student Political Involvement Network, and the Nipissing Branch of the Canadian International Council.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The History Seminar Series returns for another year with a talk by historian Gabriella M. Petrick, visiting us from New York University. She will speak on "Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter: A Call for the Centrality of Taste in History."
Gabriella's previous work is on the development of industrial food systems in the modern U.S., and this talk is derived from her new research on the history of taste. Dr. Petrick is Assistant Professor Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at NYU Steinhardt. For more information see: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/
Friday, Oct 2, 2:30 pm, in A122.
Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!
Note that Dr. Petrick's visit to Nipissing is part of the conference Bringing Subsistence Out of the Shadows: A Workshop on Subsistence Economies. More information at the link.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
As part of next weekend's subsistence history workshop, NYU food historian Gabriella Petrick will be visiting campus. She is a historian of industrial food systems in the modern US and is doing interesting new work on the history of taste. She'll be visiting my Food & Land class a week Thursday, and the plan is for her to give a talk on Friday. I will send you more info on the talk when I have it, but in the meantime if you could mention this to your classes where appropriate, and particularly the grad students, I'd appreciate it. I want to encourage the grad students to attend the talk in particular and she is available to meet with any interested students.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Our first History Club Meeting will be taking place this Tuesday (September 22nd) at 11:30am in room R313 (in the new research wing). We plan to discuss some upcoming club activities, so if you'd like to get more involved with the History Club, please consider attending!
This year's History Department Meet and Greet will take place on Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30pm in the Owl's Nest Lounge (first floor of the H-Wing). All students interested in (or already in) Nipissing's History program are welcome to attend. Get to know your History Profs and fellow students and enjoy some refreshments and fun!
Club Days is coming up on the week of September 28th - October 2nd. We are looking for people to help run the History Club booth, so if you have a few hours to spare between 9:00-3:00 on any day that week, please email back.
Calling all First Year Students! This year, the History Club will be organizing a Scavenger Hunt and Pizza Party for new History Students at Nipissing University on Monday, October 5th, starting at 12:00pm following the First Year Canadian History Course in B200. Please let any first year History students know!
Other Opportunities of interest:
Students are also invited to take part in a conference that the History Department at Nipissing and the Canada Research Chair in Environmental History are presenting, called "Bringing Subsistence Out of the Shadows." This two-day workshop aims to bring together emerging scholarship on subsistence and mixed economies, both contemporary and throughout history. Subsistence relationships illustrate the complexity of not only economic exchanges, but also of human/nature interactions, and discussions at the workshop will draw upon these complex networks to help understand the continuing significance of subsistence at different scales. 13 pre-selected papers will form the spine of the discussion and the keynote address will be provided by Colin Duncan, author of The Centrality of Agriculture: Between Humankind and the Rest of Nature. The workshop will take place at Monastery Hall, Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, on October 2-4th. While the subsistence scale has often been seen as a stepping-stone to larger, more complex relationships of exchange, local and subsistence economies have received a recent revival due to both environmental and economic crises. North Bay has a long history of vibrant subsistence and small-scale productions, including wild berries, fisheries, and forestry. On Friday evening (October 2nd ) there will be a showcase of some of those involved in these relationships at the Kennedy Gallery in Downtown North Bay. If you are interested in further information, or are interested in attending, please contact Bruce Erickson at email@example.com
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Clergy, Laity and Masculinity in English Communities, 1460-1560 explores interactions between clergymen and lay people in England during a span of time that crosses the conventionally understood distinction between “late medieval” and “early modern” eras of history. Between 1460 and 1560, did clergymen begin to be regarded (or to regard themselves) at all differently? How did clerics and lay people insult or censure each other? In what terms did they report each other’s misconduct? What patterns did physical fights, and more mundane legal disputes, take between them? The question admits cooperation as well as conflict: clerics advised people making wills, they often mediated disputes (including marital ones), and they might complete a household, not disrupt it. All such interactions can inform an understanding of clerical masculinity, and by extension, also of masculinity more generally.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
The workshop will take place at Monastery Hall, Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, on October 2-4th.
While the subsistence scale has often been seen as a stepping-stone to larger, more complex relationships of exchange, local and subsistence economies have received a recent revival due to both environmental and economic crises. North Bay has a long history of vibrant subsistence and small-scale productions, including wild berries, fisheries, and forestry. On Friday evening (October 2nd ) there will be a showcase of some of those involved in these relationships at the Kennedy Gallery in Downtown North Bay.
Please find the schedule of presenters and paper titles here. If you are interested in further information, or are interested in attending, please contact Bruce Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Please find attached for your review an informative video and other information on how to use the lanes of the roundabout at the bottom of College Drive and Gormanville road.
Visit link: http://northbay.ca/common/video/Roundabouts_LaceyAndOlympia.asf
If you have any questions, you will be able to ask them at the education session tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, August 25, 2009 at 2PM in the Fedeli (F210) room.
The information will be posted on the VP Finance Administration website for further review at your leisure.
Thank you for your attention and please be aware and safety conscious as the students return.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
September to mid April, Mon-Fri, 6pm-11pm. Campus Walk's # is
494-9192. When Campus Walk is not available you may call Security
Services at 474-7600 ext 5505 or alternatively at 498-7244(cell).
Please note that after 5pm you may park in any Parking Lot, including
Dr. Craig Cooper
Dean, Arts and Science
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday August 17th 2009
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Room F303
MRP Title: Cold Columns: Anne O’Hare McCormick and the Origins of the Cold War in the New York Times (1920-1954)
Tuesday August 18th 2009
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room F303
MRP Title: “She Never Did Cook the Canadian Way”: Immigrant Women’s Changing Relationship with Food and Cooking in Postwar North Bay, Ontario
Wednesday August 19th 2009
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room F214
MRP Title: France’s Fourth Republic and the Definitive Decisions of 1954
Monday August 24th 2009
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Room F214
MRP Title: Poetry as Historical Evidence: The Medium, the Message and the Methodology
Wednesday August 26th 2009
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Room F214
MRP Title: Deciphering Orwell: How to Use Fiction as Historical Evidence
Monday, August 10, 2009
It will take place on Monday August 17, 2009 in room F303, 9 AM -12 PM.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Dr. Katrina Srigley's first monograph, Breadwinning Daughters: Young Working Women in a Depression-Era City, 1929-1939, is coming out in November from University of Toronto Press. Here's part of what the press has to say:
As one of the most difficult periods of the twentieth century, the Great Depression left few Canadians untouched. Using more than eighty interviews with women who lived and worked in Toronto in the 1930s, Breadwinning Daughters examines the consequences of these years for women in their homes and workplaces, and in the city's court rooms and dance halls.In October, Dr. Françoise Noël's Family and Community Life in Northeastern Ontario: The Interwar Years, her fourth book, will be published by McGill-Queens University Press. Their site doesn't yet have the great cover up, but they do have this punchy blurb:
In this insightful account, Katrina Srigley argues that young women were central to the labour market and family economies of Depression-era Toronto. Oral histories give voice to women from a range of cultural and economic backgrounds...
How people lived, played, and celebrated when radio was new, dance bands the rage, and Quintland the place to visit.Congratulations to both authors for their contribution to the History Department's record of productivity.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Britain confronts the Stalin revolution: Anglo-Soviet relations and the Metro-Vickers crisis, by Gordon W. Morrell
Britain Confronts the Stalin Revolution is published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press; the Amazon.com page includes a longer summary.
Monday, June 1, 2009
NU aspires, with a great deal of success, to have a faculty of teacher/scholars. Ask Hilary Earl's students why this is a worthwhile goal.
Your colleagues are proud of you, too, Hilary!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Shell Games: Studies in Scams, Frauds, and Deceits (1300-1650) Ed. Mark Crane, Richard Raiswell, and Margaret Reeves
...are concerned with parochial and patriarchal networks of power. They deal with people on the margins of society, pushing and trying to manipulate boundaries; they deal with people at the very centre of power, endeavouring to conserve or enhance their position. They deal with the strong using lies to oppress the weak and the weak using lies as counter discourses. But at their heart, all of the papers in this collection raise crucial questions about the nature of truth as well as its construction and detection for pre-modern men and women.Shell Games is published by the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies (Toronto).
Monday, May 25, 2009
Creating a Modern Countryside is published by UBC Press.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Towards a Francophone Community is published by McGill-Queen's University Press.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
One particular case worth noting is that of Yvonne Hunter, whose research concerns the formation of a Cold War consensus in post-World War II America. She has been accepted into the PhD program at McMaster University, and received a prestigious SSHRC Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarship.
Congratulations to Yvonne and all of our MA students!
Devin O. Pendas, Boston College says:
This is a compelling, well-written, and well-researched book. In this imaginative and important study, Hilary Earl both tells the story of the Nuremberg Einsatzgruppen Trial, the ‘biggest murder trial in history,’ and paints a fascinating collective portrait of some of history’s biggest killers... she tells us a great deal about the men who perpetrated some of the most brutal crimes of the Holocaust: who they were, what their backgrounds were, and what their motives might have been. Along the way, she sheds new light on the question of whether and when Hitler might have issued a formal order to initiate the Final Solution.
For more information see the Cambridge University Press site.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
8:45 - 9:15
9:15 - 9:30
Douglas Parker, Associate Vice-President, Muskoka and Graduate Studies
Paule Laberge, Director of Research Services and Graduate Studies
Gordon Morrell, History Department Chair
Session One: Post WWII Foreign Policy in Print and Deed
9:30 - 10:45
Chairs: Gordon Morrell, Robin Gendron
Cold Columns: Anne O'Hare McCormick and the Origins of the
Cold War in the New York Times (1944-1948)
The Fourth Republic and The First Indochinese War 1945 -1954:
Its impact on the formation and failure of France's involvement in
the European Defense Community
Session Two: Living Memory and the longue durée
11:00 - 12:15
Chairs:Hilary Earl, James Murton
Skating for the State or Skating for herself? The Case of
Katarina Witt and Unofficial Informing for the East German
An Environmental History of Osprey Links, Callander, Ontario.
12:15 - 1:30
Session Three: Literary Representations and Historical Practices
1:30 - 2:45
Chairs: Derek Neal, Mark Crane
Poetry as Historical Evidence: The Medium, the Message and the
Deciphering Orwell: How To Use Fiction As Historical Evidence
2:45 - 3:00
Session Four: Chivalry, Food, and Women’s Identities
3:00 - 4:15
Chairs: Steve Muhlberger, Katrina Srigley
The Fairer Sex": Female Members of the Order of St. Johns and
Their Impact on the Meaning of Chivalry
What's cooking? Immigrant women and the shaping of identity in
postwar North Bay, Ontario
4:15 - 4:30
Closing remarks from Dean Bavington
Thursday, April 9, 2009
MASTER OF ARTS, HISTORY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ITS FIRST ANNUAL MAJOR RESEARCH PAPER PROPOSAL CONFERENCE!
Anyone who wishes to attend the presentations is welcome. The presentations will also be made available online for anyone who like to view them but cannot attend.
Lunch will be provided if you RSVP before Tuesday April 14th, 2009. Please RSVP to Sarah Clermont at extension 4198 or email@example.com
Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there!
School of Graduate Studies
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The History Club will be holding our final meeting of the academic year on Friday at We will be having a potluck afterwards, around in room F304 (across from the Boardroom)
Students in 4th-year seminars: Remember the History Dinner which is on April 8. The dinner is at and tickets are $25.00. Matthew Laur, Samantha Pym, Jordan O’Brien and I (David T. Anderson) have tickets. The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday April 1, though I don't have to submit final numbers until Friday (so a few days grace).
A final announcement is the last History Pub of the year, which will be held Thursday April 2 at the Bull and Quench starting at
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Courses with insufficient enrollment will be canceled in early April -- thus students who wait until the last minute to register may find that their course was canceled in April. Registering promptly (by April 3) is the surest way to ensure the course will run.
On Campus Courses:
HIST 1405: History of Canada (6 credits, May-June) Greg Stott
HIST 2155: Early Modern Europe (6 credits, May-June) Mark Crane
HIST 3716: Russian History to 1917(3 credits, May) Steve Connor
HIST 3717: Russian History, 1917-1991 (3 credits, June) Steve Connor
HIST 2105: History of Medieval Europe (6 credits, May-July) Mark Crane
HIST 3426: England 1460-1560 (3 credits, May-July) Derek Neal
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The final History Department Seminar Series of this year will feature Richard Wenghofer of the Classics program, speaking on "The Racialization of Civic Identity in Classical Athens."
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Hist 1405 Canadian History
Hist 2105 Medieval History
Hist 2155 Early Modern European History
Hist 3426 England from 1460-1550
Hist 3416 Russia from Kievan Rus to 1917
Hist 3417 Russian and Soviet History from 1917 to 1991
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Nipissing University’s Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference is fast approaching and this is one opportunity you will not want to miss. On March 27th & 28th, students, faculty, staff and all Nipissing community members are invited to share in a celebration of undergraduate research. Students from across our campus will showcase their unique and diverse research through posters, papers and panels. This is a great opportunity for faculty and staff to expand their knowledge of what Nipissing University has to offer, and to show our encouragement for the hard work of student researchers.
Guests will have the opportunity to hear and discuss research on topics ranging from ‘Education’ and ‘Global Development’ to ‘War & Society’ and ‘Integrative Biology’; among others. The research topics are excitingly diverse, representing the truly unique nature of the research culture here at Nipissing University. Needless to say there is something for everyone in this two day showcase so we strongly encourage you to come, celebrate undergraduate research with us!
If you would like to register as a guest of the Second Annual UGRC, please reply to this email,
Space is limited so please register today!
Genevieve de Bruyn
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Earl and Neal in dialogue -- "Cruelty in History: A Conversation," Friday, Mar 13, 2:30 pm, Rm A224--
I am very pleased to announce a special session of the History Department Seminar Series, "Cruelty in History: A Conversation," with Derek Neal and Hilary Earl.
Derek and Hilary will consider the problems of understanding, studying, and teaching about cruelty, focusing on a range of settings, from premodern times to the present, with particular focus on Dr. Earl's research into twentieth-century war and genocide (abstract below).
Friday, Mar 13, 2:30 pm, Rm A224.
Refreshments will be served.
How pertinent is "cruelty" as a term of historical analysis? Is the historian who refers to a given custom, episode or individual "cruel" making a useful judgment, or one that obscures historical knowledge? In dwelling on "cruelty" in history do we sometimes run the risk of buying into the investments of particular audiences or interests? And how do we teach about cruelty in history without becoming sensationalistic or exploitative?
Thursday, February 26, 2009
We are excited to announce a pre-release screening of A Sense of Wonder, the new documentary about pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson, as part of International Women's Week and brought to you by the Canada Research Chair in Environmental History and the IWW committee.
When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, the backlash from her critics thrust her into the center of a political maelstrom. The film uses many of Carson's own words to depict the final year of her life, as she fought to get her message out while simultaneously struggling with cancer.
Tuesday, Mar 3, 6:30 pm, in Room H105.
With an introduction and discussion to follow, moderated by Dean Bavington and James Murton
See you there!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
To the House of Commons in Parliament Assembled
We, the undersigned residents of Canada, wish to bring to your attention
For more than thirty years, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has been promoting and supporting university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. SSHRC funding has been used to complete ground breaking research in countless areas in Canada and around the world.
The Federal Budget presented on January 27th contains a sentence that has the potential to halt this kind of research: "Scholarships granted by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council will be focused on business-related degrees".
These measures are backward and insulting to the thousands of Canadians that are students and researchers in the social sciences and humanities.
THEREFORE, we petitioners are calling upon the government to remove this sentence from the 2009 Budget and ensure that SSHRC funding not be allocated to one specific discipline but to the range of studies in the social sciences and humanities.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
At 7 p.m. the Social Night will begin in the Owl’s Nest, H102 and will run to 11 p.m. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Join us in F307!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Abstract: Isonomia was the name commonly given to Athenian democracy, to emphasize the equality that Athenians enjoyed under the law. This fact, Athenians claimed, set democracry apart from other forms of governments like oligarchy and tyranny, which administered justice at a whim, whereas the Athenians were governed equitably under the rule of law. The question I wish to explore is how fairly did the Athenians treat marginalized groups like slaves, foreigners and women. How far did they live up to their rhetoric when it came to determining justice for all members of society.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Craig Cooper, Dean of Arts & Science and Program in Classics
Feb 13 (Friday), 2:30 pm, A224
"Determining Justice in Classical Athens."
Jennifer Farooq, Department of History
Feb 25 (Wednesday), 10:30 am, F307
'Sermons as promotion and publicity: Preachers and London voluntary associations, 1700-1760'
There has been increasing interest in early modern sermons, particularly in their role in British political and religious culture. Yet, there has been less attention paid to sermons preached at charity and society meetings. This relative lack of scholarly interest is particularly glaring in the eighteenth century because although sermons had long been a part of such events, this role became increasingly prominent by the early eighteenth century, as the number and variety of voluntary associations grew. Indeed, such sermons were one of the most distinctive aspects of eighteenth-century sermon culture.
This paper briefly examines the content of society sermons, but also considers the functions of these sermons and the relationships of preachers to these associations. Preachers helped establish and interpret the ideology of the societies and also frequently acted as the public spokesmen for societies. Some groups went to great lengths to try to procure well-known preachers for their events. Many of these sermons were published and subsequently distributed to current and potential supporters. Sermons served as an important form of publicity and also helped generate revenue, either when they were preached or printed. Thus, this paper reveals how preachers found new roles and had continuing importance in British public life at a time when some scholars would suggest society was becoming increasingly secular and less influenced by the clergy.