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Congratulations to SETS PhD student Gregory Shupak, who successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on May 22, 2015.


Congratulations to Alexa Gilker, Nicole Chin, Justina Elias, Andrew Kaufman, Jules Lewis, Nikolai Ostonal, Andrea Perry, and Nick Tooke, who all successfully defended their MFA Creative Writing theses this summer!


For those interested in early modern studies and digital humanities, Prof. Mark Kaethler will be leading a course in which students will have the opportunity to partake in the creation of a digital edition of a Lord Mayor’s Show. Students will receive recognition as contributors or creators, will be able to devise their own readings, and will have the opportunity to apply cultural approaches that suit their individual research interests.

History: Celebrate Black History Month with the Rural Diary Project

Celebrate Black History Month and try your hand at transcribing. We suggest the Shadd Diary.

A journey into the Shadd Diary covers the years 1881-1889 and introduces the reader to a variety of fascinating individuals. Garrison is the son of Abraham Doras Shadd, the famed abolitionist and “conductor” of the Underground Railway, and brother of Mary Ann Shadd, the first black woman in North America to publish a newspaper. Garrison oversees his sons taking extended turns writing the diary, first William, then Charles, then others. You'll notice the change in hand-writing. They are fully engaged in farming and the community life of North Buxton.

The diary can be found here:

We hope you'll join us!
- Erin Elizabeth Schuurs, PhD Candidate on behalf of Rural History at Guelph

History: Tri-U History Conference Program is Here!

The program for the 22nd Annual Tri-University History Conference on March 5, 2016 is here .pdf

Please join us for the 22nd annual Tri-University History Conference on 5 March 2016 at the Best Western Plus Royal Brock Hotel & Conference Centre in Guelph, ON. Organized by the history departments of Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo, the theme of this year’s conference is “Contesting History: Reflections on Perspective and Approach.”

This year’s conference will also feature the inaugural Tri-University “Rapid Fire” Competition. Participants will have 3 minutes to deliver an overview of their dissertation, thesis or major paper to a panel of esteemed professors and conference attendees. The event will take place during the final session of the day and a number of prizes will be up for grabs.

Get the poster .pdf


Congratulations to Paul Watkins, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation, Soundin' Canaan, on June 14!


Congratulations to Mirali Almaula who has successfully defended her PhD dissertation, The Evolution of Mediatized Stand-Up Comedy: Investigating Para-Performances on TV, Film, & YouTube.

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.