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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.

"A Star is Born to Buck" - Dr. Susan Nance speaks at ABWS Series

 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.

Guerilla Grads Alternative History Conference: Program Now Available

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  

Catherine Carstairs: The Fluoride Debate Continues

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.