U of G Colloquium to Celebrate Scottish Culture, History

September 26, 2007 - News Release

The University of Guelph will host its fall Scottish studies colloquium Sept. 29 in Room 102 of Rozanski Hall, with talks starting at 10 a.m. Members of the public, the media and the academic community are welcome to attend.

The colloquium was launched more than 30 years ago, and although the subject matter is Scottish, the topics are always of interest to a wide audience.

This year's event brings together a strong lineup of academics who will speak on a wide range of topics, including Scottish crime and body snatching, disciplining juveniles in Victorian Scotland, the murals of Belfast and the construction of Scottish national identity after Union.

The full day of lectures includes a talk by Richard B. Sher of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, who is the winner of the 2007 Frank Watson Prize for best book in Scottish history for The Enlightenment and the Book: Scottish Authors and Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland and America.

Prof. Christopher Whatley of the University of Dundee will discuss his controversial new book, The Scots and The Union, which examines the Union of 1707 on its 300th anniversary.

Published last year, the book examines the Act of Union between Scotland and England in 1707 and presents evidence that debunks the long-standing myth that the Scottish signatories of the Act of Union were corrupt and bribed by the English.

Other speakers include Prof. Deborah Symonds of Drake University; Prof. Penelope Cole of the University of Colorado, Boulder; and University of Guelph professors Linda Mahood, History, and John Kissick, Fine Art and Music.

Douglas Richmond, the 2006 winner of the Edward Stewart Graduate Scholarship, will also give a talk.

The colloquium will include book displays and sales from the Scottish studies collection.

The fee for the colloquium is $35 for members of the Scottish Studies Foundation, $40 for non-members and $20 for students. Lunch is included.

For more information or to register, call 519-824-4120, Ext. 53209, or send e-mail to scottish@uoguelph.ca.

For more details about the 2007 fall colloquium.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt 519- 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rachelle Cooper, Ext. 56982.

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