Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tonight's History Pub relocated

It will be at 100 Georges, upstairs. A double-booking is responsible for the change.

Department of History Annual Keynote Address -- Thursday, November 5, 2009

The History Department invites you to its Annual Keynote Address

James Taylor Carson
Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean
Queen's University

“North American Antiquity and the Practice of Modern History.”

Abstract: When Europeans first arrived in the place they named the Americas they denied the humanity of the people who had inhabited the land for millennia. The descendants of the European diaspora still deny those people and, by extension, the antiquity of the places they inhabit. But this ancient world and its influences are all around us if we only take the time to look. McDonald’s fast food, Hurricane Katrina and the election of Barack Obama each point to the importance of our ancient past, but such examples can only assume their ancient significance if we rethink who we are and how we relate to our own place and time.

Thursday, November 5, 2009
7:00 - 8:00

Contact Nathan Kozuskanich ( for more info.

Image: Cahokia, a 13th-century North American city.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Upcoming History Club events

Meeting on Tuesday, October 20th, at 11:30 in room R313.

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

North Bay launch of Francoise Noel's new book - Thursday, October 15, 7 pm

A reminder:

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.

This book is based on extensive interviews and archival research and reconstructs how various individuals and groups lived together and sometimes came into conflict in the years before the Second World War. As the title indicates, Dr. Noel is especially interested in family life and its rituals, a subject she treated so well in her previous book, Family Life and Sociability in Upper and Lower Canada.

If you live in the North Bay area, and especially if you grew up here, this book will be of special interest to you.

Books will be available for sale at the launch and also at Gulliver's, 157 Main Street W.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Model NATO Organisational Meeting - Oct 8

Dr. Gendron sends this information:
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.

Scavenger hunt!

Nipissing University History Club

First Year Scavenger Hunt

Check the Nipissing University History Club Bulletin Board for your next clue.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Reminder: Subsistence Conference Events

Friday, Oct 2

Dr. Petrick will be giving a talk titled "Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter: A Call for the Centrality of Taste in History." 2:30 pm in A122

The panel discussion "Contemplating Local Food: An Evening the Kennedy Gallery" will feature four local food producers talking about bringing local food to the near north, with food by Piebird B&B. 6:30 pm at the Kennedy Gallery (150 Main St E). For more information see

Saturday & Sunday, Oct 3-4

The actual workshop goes over the weekend, featuring scholars from the US and Canada discussing the pains and possibilities of eating and working outside and beside capitalist market economies. In the Chapel at Monastery Hall, starting at 9:00 am on Saturday. For more information see

Monday, Oct 5

Jennifer Johnson of the University of Michigan will speak on "Commodity Frontiers in Lake Victoria's Global Nile Perch Trade." 5-6:30 pm in Rm A226

Also, Monday Night is the first documentary in the Cinema Politica Series. The documentary is called, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO and is all about the industrial food system and its consequences. 7 pm in R308.

For more information see the links above or contact James Murton (, Dean Bavington ( or Bruce Erickson ( See you there!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

TOMORROW: NYU historian speaks on food at the History Seminar Series

Dr. James Murton writes:

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