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Femi Kolapo on Women and Pentecostalism in Africa

by Teresa Pitman

Which Christian denomination holds the most appeal for people in Africa? It’s not mainstream in Canada, but Pentecostalism is the largest and fastest-growing denomination of Christianity in Nigeria – in fact, it’s ranked number one in all of Africa and in much of Asia and South America as well. “Some estimates show that globally, it’s surpassed the Catholic Church,” says U of G history professor Femi Kolapo.

Matthew Hayday in the Montreal Gazette today!

History professor Matthew Hayday is making headlines today discussing bilingualism in English Canada. The article appears in today’s Montreal Gazette. He is a contributor to a new book due out next month, Life After Forty: Official Languages Policy in Canada. It examines the country’s Official Languages Act and discusses why, despite the act, bilingualism in English Canada is only slightly higher than it is in the United States. Hayday, who studies official languages in education, contributed an article to the book, Finessing Federalism: The Development of Institutional and Popular Support for Official Languages and is currently researching the history of bilingualism in English-speaking Canada. Matthew is associate professor in the Department and the author of Bilingual Today, United Tomorrow (McGill-Queens University Press, 2005).

History Post-Doc Jennifer Bonnell Relays History of Toronto’s Don River

Small and polluted, the river is still a drawing card for people...     by Teresa Pitman for @Guelph
Jennifer Bonnell became interested in the Don River because it was so different from the rivers she’d known as a child. “When I first moved to Toronto in 2001, I rode my bike a lot to familiarize myself with my new surroundings. The bike path along the Don was one of the places I returned to again and again. “Having grown up on Vancouver Island, the rivers I knew were rushing, powerful and relatively clean. I had little experience with urban rivers. I was struck by the fact that despite the Don’s insignificant size, and its polluted condition, people were still drawn to it.” (read the rest of the story)

Tri-University History Conference: Call for Papers

The 18th Annual Tri-University History Conference will be held at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) on Saturday March 3, 2012. The Tri-University Graduate History Program, one of Canada's largest and most comprehensive, unites graduate faculty and students at the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University.

President Summerlee and Femi Kolapo on East African Famine

President Alastair Summerlee will be speaking about his recent visit to famine-stricken East Africa, on October 28th at 12pm in the UC Courtyard. His address will preclude a discussion with Professor Femi Kolapo, which will address a variety of issues and moral questions pertaining to the 2011 Horn of Africa Famine. The discussion will also be a fundraiser for the World University Service of Canada’s (WUSC) “Shine a Light Campaign”. This initiative is run through the WUSC Student Refugee program and is aimed at expanding the education of young people, and especially girls, in refugee camps in Kenya and Malawi.  Get the flyer: .pdf

Shaping of Scottish Identities: New in Print from Centre for Scottish Studies

The Centre for Scottish Studies is delighted to announce the publication of The Shaping of Scottish Identities: Family, Nation, and the Worlds Beyond, edited by Jodi A. Campbell, Elizabeth Ewan, and Heather Parker.  In 1994, T.C. Smout pointed to the concentric loyalties which go to make up the identity of those who see themselves as Scottish. Building on the last decade of new research, this volume continues this discussion with the second volume in the Guelph Series in Scottish Studies exploring the multi-faceted construction of Scottish identities from the medieval to the modern era.

David Ross and Stuart McCook on Digitization and History

by Susan Bubak for at Guelph       It’s a researcher’s dream come true: digitization is making rare books and historical records available and searchable online. “Computers are changing the way we do pretty much everything,” says Stuart McCook, history professor and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the College of Arts. Digitization and its impact on humanities research will be the subject of the Tri-University Digital Humanities Workshop from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. Presented by the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, the conference will focus on digital applications and tools for humanities research.                    
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History Students Complete the Cataloguing and Display of Artifacts from the Ontario Veterinary College

Lisa Cox, a PhD history student at U of G, has been cataloguing the collection since May along with University professor emeritus Ian Barker and two other history students – master’s student Melissa Segeren and undergrad Jennifer Bardon. They hope to make their database of written records and photographs available on the Internet. - from at Guelph (read the story)

Kevin James on the BBC and Early Scottish Tourism

History professor Kevin James is returning to the small screen, this time in the United Kingdom. James took part in a television series on Scotland and tourism that is set to air on the BBC Oct. 6.

Robert Davison's New Book on The Challenges of Command

Our congratulations go to History Department instructor Dr. Robert Davison, who has just released a new book with Ashgate Publishers. The Challenge of Command: The Royal Navy's Executive Branch Officers, 1880-1919 is the latest volume in Ashgate's Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series.  Get the flyer: .pdf      

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.