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Alan Gordon's THE HERO AND THE HISTORIANS Shortlisted for ASPP Award

History professor Alan Gordon is a finalist for an award from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’s Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). Gordon’s book, The Hero and the Historians: Historiography and the Uses of Jacques Cartier, is one of five books to make the short list for the Canada Prize for best ASPP-subventioned English-language book in the social sciences.

Art and Science in Breeding: Creating Better Livestock - Rural History Roundtable

On Tuesday, March 8, Dr. Margaret Derry presents some of her latest research at the Rural History Roundtable: "Art and Science in Breeding: Creating Better Livestock." Margaret Derry is a purebred breeder, artist, and historian of genetics and its relationship to culture. She is the author of: Horses in Society; Bred for Perfection: Shorthorn Cattle, Collies and Arabian Horses since 1800; Ontario's Cattle Kingdom; and the forthcoming volume Practice and Science in Livestock Breeding: Creating Better Chickens.

Debunking Our Agrarian Myths

Dr. Dougls McCalla, recently retired as U of G’s Canada Research Chair in Rural History, examines Pre-Confederation trade to find early Canadians were not so self-sufficient as we might wish to believe. (read more...)

Now on FACEBOOK: Rural History Roundtable at Guelph

The Rural History Roundtable is now in full-swing for this term, with a packed speaker list through to the end of April. In order to keep you all updated we have created the new Rural History Roundtable Facebook Page! Feel free to 'like' the page ...

Environtmental and Local Power in the Gulf Islands - Rural History Roundtable

On Tuesday, February 15, Sharon Weaver presents some of her latest research at the Rural History Roundtable: "Environmental and Local Power in the Gulf Islands: The Islands Trust and Debates on Denman, 1974-79." Sharon Weaver is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and author of "Rural Encounters: 1970's Back to the Land," which appeared in Oral History Forum last Fall. The talk taks place in the OAC Boardroom (104 Johnston Hall) from 2:30-4:30pm. All welcome! Get the flyer: (.pdf)

Kris Inwood and Graeme Morton Win $375,000 CFI Grant

History and Economics professor Kris Inwood has been awarded $375,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for his “People in Motion” project. Working with history professor Graeme Morton and Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics professor John Cranfield, Inwood is using data mining and other computing techniques to prepare a Canadian database to understand how experience, family circumstance and even genetic heritage affect adult health, migration and social mobility. "Taking a historical perspective on issues, challenges and implications will help us understand a wide range of public policy issues," Inwood said. (read more...)

Amusing Science: French Children at Play 1830-1914 - Cafe Philosophique 2011 Premier Event

Tuesday evening, Jan. 18, the COA Cafe Philosophique series presents Dr. Sofie Lachapelle: "Amusing Science: French Children at Play 1830 - 1914." The talk takes place in downtown Guelph at 7:30 pm at the NV Lounge (16 Wyndham Street North). Dr. Sofie Lachapelle is an associate professor in the Department of History and the Bachelor of Art and Sciences at the University of Guelph. Her work deals with the history of popular and marginal sciences in 19th century France. Her book "Investigating the Supernatural" will be released by Johns Hopkins University Press in June 2011.

Why Buy a Local Product from an Importer? - Rural History Roundtable 2011 Premier Event

Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Department of History Rural History Roundtable presents Dr. Douglas McCalla: "Why Buy a Local Product from an Importer? Local Goods and Local Exchange in Rural Upper Canadian Charge Accounts." The talk takes place from 2:30-4:30pm in the OAC Boardroom (104 Johnson Hall) - All Welcome! Dr. McCalla is the Canada Research Chair in Rural History, University of Guelph.

Bad Coffee: Robusta Coffee and the Challenges of Development

Tuesday, January 18, Dr. Stuart McCook of the Department of History speaks as part of the ASTRA series. His talk, "Bad Coffee: Robusta Coffee and the Challenges of Development," takes place at 12:00 noon in MacKinnon 020. Bring your lunch; drinks and cookies will also be on hand! The (ASTRA) Arts, Science and Technology Research Alliance talks bring together researchers across the University of Guelph whose interests lie within an intersection of the sciences, the humanities and the fine arts.