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SETS: Dionne Brand's 'thirsty' triumphs at NAC

Dionne Brand's play thirsty, based on the linked poetry collection of the same title, premiered to critical acclaim November 5th at NAC Studio in Ottawa. NOW Magazine says "Brand's is a voice both brave and beautiful."


In August  Sky Gilbert's play Naked Hamilton was a hit at the FringeNYC -- TimeOut calling it a "charming 60 minute gem." Naked Hamilton will go on to be performed at Fringe Encore (the best of the New York City and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals) in October.

History: Tourism in Canadian History: Alan Gordon, Susan Nance featured in Histoire sociale/Social History


This June, Alan Gordon and Susan Nance are featured in a special issue of Histoire sociale/Social History on tourism in Canada with articles on pioneer vilages as living history museums, and on horses of the 1920s Calgary Stampede, respectively.

The special issue is the result of a Fall 2014 workshop on Canadian tourism history sponsored by Jack Little and Ben Bradley, held in Vancouver BC. Other departmental participants included our own Linda Mahood, who featured some of her forthcoming research on hitchhiking and youth cultures, and Kevin James, who delivered a keynote speech on the culture hotels and inns in 19th century Ireland.

get the postcard .pdf

History: Rural Diary Archive Radio Show Summer Schedule

History graduate students in HIST6280 - Canada: Community and Identity, an MA course taught by Dr. Catharine Wilson, have each created a half-hour radio show on CFRU Radio 93.3 FM featuring a diarist from the Rural Diary Archive website. See the schedule below!

The Rural Diary Archive website is funded by the Francis and Ruth Redelmeier Professorship in Rural History. For more, visit the Rural Diary Archive

The project has also been featured in The Ontarion


Thursday June 2, 1:00-2:00 pm 
“Rural Diary Archive: James Carpenter, Lambton County, 1880-84," by Joanne Ryan

Thursday June 9, 1:00-2:00 pm 
“Rural Diary Archive: Samson Howell, Brant County, 1868-69," by Karley McLinden

Thursday June 16, 1:00-2:00 pm 
“Rural Diary Archive: James Bowman, Guelph, World War I," by Kyle Pritchard

Thursday June 23, 1:00-2:00 pm 
“Rural Diary Archive: John Phenix, Simcoe County, 1896-97," by Marissa Gareau

Thursday June 30, 1:00-2:00 pm 
“Rural Diary Archive: Elizabeth Simpson, Dufferin County, 1878-82," by Nicholas VanExan

Thursday July 7, 1:00-2:00 pm 
“Rural Diary Archive: William Standen, Simcoe County, 1879," by Jodey Hodgins

Thursday July14, 1:00-2:00 pm 
“Rural Diary Archive: Matilda Hill, Wellington County, 1884-85," by Katrina Gale

History: History Alumna Dr. Cathryn Spence - New Job at VIU

Dr. Cathryn Spence (MA '06) has just accepted a teaching position at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC. After her time with us, Cathryn earned a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, then came back to Guelph as a SSHRC-finded post-doctoral researcher here in the Department. At VIU, Cathryn will be teaching medieval and early modern history.

This past February, Cathryn also published her first monograph, Women, Credit, and Debt in Early Modern Scotland (Manchester University Press, 2016). Cathryn's research is the first full-length consideration of women's economic roles in early modern Scottish towns. Drawing on tens of thousands of cases entered into burgh court litigation between 1560 and 1640 in Edinburgh, Dundee, Haddington and Linlithgow, she explores how Scottish women navigated their courts and their communities, especially as merchants, merchandisers, producers and sellers of ale, landladies, moneylenders and servants. 

Congratulations from all of us!

Philosophy: Teaching award for Stefan Linquist

We're delighted that our Associate Professor Stefan Linquist has just won the 2016 University of Guelph Faculty Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching. Much deserved—congratulations Stefan!

History: Catherine Carstairs in The Guardian on the Fluoridation Debate

This week Dr. Catherine Carstairs is interviewed on the history and politics of water fluoridation:

... Even the history of water fluoridation is a toxic subject, as Catherine Carstairs, a professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, recently discovered. Carstairs was taken aback by the “fierceness” of the responses to her paper in the American Journal of Public Health last year. It was attacked as “an attempt to reignite and legitimise the unsubstantiated claims of anti-fluoridationists”. The journal’s editor was forced to defend his decision to publish “an article that does not unconditionally support community water fluoridation or its glorious history”, as well as the journal’s right “to publish strong pieces of research even when they do not fit well with our preconceived ideas."

"You don’t usually get this kind of attention as an historian,” says Carstairs. “It was like, how dare you say anything against water fluoridation.”

Social media has inured us to the bloodsport of “calling out” or “shutting down” opponents whose views are unorthodox or contrarian. But the people calling out Carstairs and Peckham were university academics, not bedroom-residing teenagers.

Tooth decay is the most widespread chronic disease...

Read the rest of the story at The Guardian