Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dr. Mark Crane on scholasticism vs. humanism

I don't think I can send out copies, as with the link to the Murton podcast just below, but let it be known that Mark Crane has also been busy, producing this article:

Mark Crane, "A Scholastic Response to Biblical Humanism:  Noel Beda against Lefevre d'Etaples and Erasmus (1526),"  Humanistica Lovaniensia 59 (2010): 55-81.

Dr. James Murton speaks on Environmental History -- podcast

Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 19 Available

From: Sean Kheraj <skheraj@MTROYAL.CA>

In 1954, Canadian historian James Maurice Stockford Careless published an
influential article in the Canadian Historical Review, titled “Frontierism,
Metropolitanism, and Canadian History” which offered a new approach for
understanding the course of Canadian history and the development of the
Canadian nation-state. Instead of adopting the US model of a Frontier
Thesis, which saw the expansion and development of the United States
connected directly to the extension of a westward settlement frontier,
Careless proposed a different model based on a Metropolitan Thesis which
understood the development of the Canadian nation-state as a function of the
interconnections between metropolitan centres and their regional
hinterlands. Under this model for understanding Canadian history, the
contours of the country’s expansion were determined not by a continuous line
of frontier settlement but instead by the radial expansion of urban
influence on rural hinterlands.

As such, metropolitanism as an approach to understanding the interconnection
between cities and hinterlands has been quite influential in environmental
history. On this episode of the podcast, three prominent Canadian
environmental history scholars debate the role of metropolitanism in
environmental history research.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Tonight -- Reimagining Communities

From Dr. Robin Gendron:

This is just a reminder that this evening at 7 pm, Dr. Alan Sears of UNB will be speaking on "Reimagining Communities: The Challenge of Fostering National Belonging in a Globalized World."

The talk begins at 7 pm in room F210 and will be available through video conferencing to the Muskoka and Brantford campuses.

This talk is being presented by the Nipissing Branch of the Canadian International Council and the Schulich School of Education.

Hope to see you all this evening.


History Club announcements

From Amanda Van Lanen:

Seminar Series: January 28 (4:30 pm) with the roundtable "Did 1968 Happen in Canada?" Robin Gendron, Catherine Murton-Stoehr, and Katrina Srigley of Nipissing's Department of History will discuss the degree to which Canada experienced the sense of imminent, profound social change that has become known as "The International '68".

Facebook Group Discussion: How do you feel about the choices in course offerings offered in the History Department? Is there a good variety of courses? What courses would you like to see?

Fourth Year Dinner: TICKETS SALES WILL END ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 26TH AT 4:00 P.M. History Majors and Professors Fourth Year Dinner, Friday January 28th at 6:00 P.M., Room: A246 (Small cafeteria), Pasta Buffet/Cash Bar, Cost $5. If you need to get a ticket, find Amanda or Kimmy, email, or stop by room R204 between 11:00-4:00 on Tuesday to pick one up.

New Meeting Time: We are now meeting on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. in room R204. The next meeting is on Wednesday February 2nd and all are invited.

Looking ahead: I know it is still early in the year but if ANYONE is interested in taking up a position in next years History Club as an executive. There will be more information coming and a decision will not take place until March, but it is something to think about!

Just as a note: There will be a survey coming out through the university concerning scheduling. Please keep an eye out for this survey. We do not know when it is coming out or for how long, so this is all of the information I can give you.

Amanda Van Lanen

Friday, January 21, 2011

History Seminar Series: upcoming this term

From Dr. Derek Neal:

I'd like to tell you about our upcoming History seminars for the Winter semester. All take place on Friday afternoons; they are free of charge, refreshments are served, and everyone is welcome. All talks are in room A226 of the Education Centre at Nipissing University.

Our season begins on January 28 (4:30 pm) with the roundtable "Did 1968 Happen in Canada?" Robin Gendron, Catherine Murton-Stoehr, and Katrina Srigley of Nipissing's Department of History will discuss the degree to which Canada experienced the sense of imminent, profound social change that has become known as "The International '68".

A week later, on February 4 (2:30 pm) our guest Andrew Taylor of the University of Ottawa will explore the connections between medieval European history and Canadian aboriginal history in “Written Record to Memory: Delgamuukw vs. British Columbia and the Modern Historian”.

On March 4 (2:30 pm) Carly Dokis will speak on a topic connected to her research about Sahtu Dene environmental assessment discourse. Dr Dokis is SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Nipissing's Department of History.

Another roundtable on March 25 (2:30 pm) will explore possible connections between widely separated historical events that occurred in the same year. In "Coincidences? 1857 in World History," Anne Clendinning, Nathan Kozuskanich and Derek Neal (History, Nipissing) will discuss upheavals in India, the United States and South Africa.

Mark Crane brings our season to a close on April 1 (2:30 pm) with the presentation “Constructing a Heretic: The Paris Theologians' Condemnation of Martin Luther, 1521.” Dr. Crane will explain what was at stake at this moment in the Protestant Reformation, and why the resulting document was not translated into English for nearly 500 years.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Good news for a new year: Hilary Earl wins a prestigious prize

Hilary Earl's book The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-58: Atrocity, Law, and History has been awarded the prestigious Hans Rosenberg Book Prize for the best book in 2009 by the Conference Group for Central European History.

The award committee had the following things to say about her book:

Hilary Earl has written an original and masterful account of what was described at the time as "the biggest murder trial in history," the trial of two dozen leaders of the SS Einzatzgruppen at Nuremberg in 1947/48...The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-58: Atrocity, Law, and History is a deep and richly documented analysis of this neglected chapter in the history of transitional justice...[that] combines the life stories and crimes of the defendants with cogent analysis of the motivation and meaning of their actions, of trends in Holocaust historiography, and of the tensions between law and history. Earl's study is based on voluminous research in both Amercian and German archives. It is essential reading for historians of Germany, the Holocaust, and transitional justice, and an inspiring model of ethical scholarship on war crimes and their aftermath.