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Registration Now Open: Tri-University History Conference

Tri-University Graduate Programe in History Annual Conference 

This year's conference, Communities: Recognition and Remembrance, will be held on Saturday March 11, 2017 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo.

Subversive Suzy Lake wins Governor General’s art award

Suzy Lake was among the first women to use performance and photography to confront gender politics — and her influence on the art scene was immediate and immense. 

Now the subversive visual artist has been named one of this year’s winners of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

She joins guest host Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss her groundbreaking work, why her art isn’t quite biographical, and how identity can be formed through resistance. 

“Even though we knew who we weren’t, we weren’t quite sure who we were,” she says.

SETS welcomes Lawrence Hill to faculty

Faculty and students in SETS are delighted to welcome Lawrence Hill, who is joining the school as a professor on July 1. One of Canada’s most distinguished authors, he will teach in the English program and participate in the new Minor in Creative Writing that is currently in development.


Alessia Ursella comes to Guelph from Italy, where she was born, raised, and educated. She holds a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures--English and Spanish (2005), an MA in Modern Languages and Literatures—English (2007), a PhD in Comparative Literature (2011), an International MA in Euroculture (2012, double degree: universities of Udine, Italy and Deusto, Spain), and an MA in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language (2013).  Besides a genuine passion for Shakespeare, her interests focus primarily on contemporary British literature.

Why study philosophy?

Philosophy Field Course students

What will it do for my intellectual develop­ment? How will it help me get into graduate or profes­sional school? How will it help me to get a job?  Read the answers.

Guelph Places Third in National Music Poll

The University of Guelph has placed third for musical culture on Canadian campuses, according to results of a CBC poll announced today.

The nationwide, online poll asked alumni and students to vote for the school with the best campus music culture. Wilfrid Laurier University won the top spot, with the University of King’s College second. Guelph came third, ahead of Brandon University and Mount Allison University.

Click to see the campus bulletin for the full story.

Eric Goudie, Katie Anderson, & Mary Choy

“Careers for Historians” night, Feb 7, featured history alumni, Eric Goudie (BA’15) Theatre Coordinator, Fergus, Katie Anderson (BA’11/MA’14/BEd’15) Education Coordinator & Mary Choy (BA’08/MA’15) Health Education Coordinator, with CATIE

Worried about choosing a career?  Overwhelmed at where to start the process?  Wondering if anyone will want to hire a history student?  Then join our sessions on Careers for Historians.

On 7 February, students found encouragement, advice and inspiration when they gathered to hear history alumni talk about their careers.  The evening featured