On Wednesday, Jan. 12 History faculty member Susan Nance will speak at the Animal Behavior and Welfare Seminar Series: "A Star is Born to Buck: The Codes, Commerce and Controversies of Rodeo's Bovine Athletes." The talk takes place from 4:00 - 5:30pm in ANNI 141, Department of Animal and Poultry Science. The series is hosted by the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare.
Register by Jan. 10 or pay at the door for the Guerilla Grads Alternative History Conference to be held Jan. 15 at Roszanski Hall on the University of Guelph campus. This day-long event features the best and the brightest from the Tri-University History Graduate Program. Papers will address issues of gender, sexuality, art, crime, disease, the body and more.
Visit the Conference blog: http://ggconference.wordpress.com/
Get the Conference program: .pdf Get the Conference registration form: .pdf
Mark Dorsey will defend his M.A. Thesis: "The Voice of the People: The Loyal Reformers Gazette and the Passing of the Scottish Reform Act 1832" on January 5, 2011 in 2020 Mackinnon Extension, 1:00 to 2:30pm. All welcome! Get the abstract: .pdf
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Featured topics: the commodity, environmental politics, rural manhood, art, power, and cultures of the animal
The Fall 2010 newsletter is now available online:
The Fluoride Debate Continues
History prof looks at water fluoridation, past and present - by Nicole Yada, a U of G student writer with SPARK (Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge)
Sixty-five years after fluoride was first added to municipal water supplies, it continuous to be a contentious issue. University of Guelph history professor Catherine Carstairs is examining why water fluoridation never achieved universal acceptance even though it is proven to reduce dental cavities.
Carstairs began her work on fluoridation unintentionally when researching the history of health food stores. Health food store owners and consumers became some of the leading opponents of fluoride.
Guerilla Grads is looking for faculty and student volunteers to assist with registration and to serve as panel moderators. The interested should please contact Caitlin Holton at email@example.com by January 1, 2011.
The Tri-University Graduate History Association invites you to attend the first in a four part lecture series about American history on the silver screen. Tuesday, November 30th, University of Waterloo, PAS 1229, please come see three Tri-University historians with show clips and discuss:
"Wall Street" - Oliver Stone's controversial 1987 feature, with Dr. Andrew Hunt
"Heaven's Gate" and "Gangs of New York" - The Heroic White Ethnic: (mis)understanding the immigrants through "Heaven's Gate" and "Gangs of New York", with Paul Brewer
"We Were Soldiers" and "Generation Kill" - Reporters on the Battlefield and "Embedded" Journalism, with Andrew McLaughlin * get the flyer: .pdf
M.A. Thesis Defense: Christopher Quinn, "The Irish Villages at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition: Constructing, Consuming and Contesting Ireland in Chicago" takes place on December 15, 2010 in Mackinnon Extension 2020 at 11:00 am. All welcome! Get the abstract: .pdf
Matthew Hayday appears in Queen Elizabeth in 3D a film documenting the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and early Canadian experiments in recording the Coronation for Canadian viewers with 3D film technology. The documentary is now online. (Matt appears around the 22 minute mark!)
For more on the documentary and it's place in Canadian history visit CBC Documentaries.