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2016 Gateway Seminar with History Alumni

On Thursday, Octobter 27, the History Department's Gateway Seminar features History Alumni speaking about their career paths.

- Robbie Berardi (BAH 2012) - Teacher/Interpreter specialising in Blacksmithing, leather work and wood work at Waterloo Region Museum  

- Monica Finlay (MA 2011) Research and Analytics Lead for the Canadian Public Affairs team for Edelman, the world's largest communication-marketing company  

- Graham Shular (BAH 2012) Occasional teacher in the Thames Valley District School Board grades 4-10, teachable history

See you there!  Get the poster .pdf

Rural Diary Archive Celebrates its First Year

On September 24th, the Rural Diary Archive celebrated its first anniversary. To date volunteers have transcribed 1,630 diary pages in this ongoing crowdsourcing project.

Webmaster Julia Barclay is a third-year history student and busy uploading additional diaries from across Ontario for people to read, search and transcribe online. Cathy Wilson, Founder and Director of the project, will be speaking to several groups in Wellington County this year as we now have 24 diarists from the County. Check out our diaries for 1867 as we approach Canada’s sesquicentennial.

photo: Julia Barclay and Cathy Wilson present the Rural Diary Archive at Wellington County’s Harvest Home.

Our New Post-Doc! Allyson Stevenson

The Department is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dr. Allyson Stevenson.

Dr. Stevenson earned her PhD at the University of Saskatchewan and is currently working on a book about the history of transracial adoption in Saskatchewan entitled, Intimate Integration: Adopt Indian and Métis (AIM) in Saskatchewan and the Colonization of Indigenous Kinship. With us at Guelph, Dr. Stevenson will build on her research on the political activism of First Nations and Metis women in Saskatchewan since the 1970's to conduct a broader study of western Canadian Aboriginal women and how they developed an indigenous critique of the child welfare system.

Welcome aboard Allyson!

Our New Hire! Dr. Brittany Luby

The Department is very delighted to announce that, beginning in January 2017, Brittany Luby will be joining our faculty. Professor Luby comes to us from Laurentian University.   

Professor Luby is author of "Drowned: Anishinabek Economies and Activism during the Post-War Hydroelectric Boom, 1950 - 1975," a dissertation funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, which she completed at York University. This dissertation was placed into the category for awards. Professor Luby's critical and creative work can be found in periodicals such as the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Ontario History, Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Native Studies Review, Feathertale Review, Native Literatures: Generations, and Red Ink Magazine. Professor Luby's poetry has also appeared in Walk Myself Home.

Welcome aboard Brittany!

photo - Harriet Carlson

Kevin James research to appear on Knowledge Network show

University of Guelph history professor Kevin James has a genuine passion for researching tourism history in the United Kingdom. From 2010 to 2012, James had the opportunity to lend his expertise to the BBC program Grand Tours of Scotland.

British Columbia-based Knowledge Network is currently airing the travel series in Canada, including the three episodes in which James appeared in. The U of G prof, who completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh, was in the opening episode of the series, “The Romantic Ideal,” as well as episode six of season two, “In Search of Sunshine,” and episode four of season three, “A Bed for the Night.” James offered up his knowledge of whisky tourism, old Scottish inns and Walter Scott for the BBC series, which filmed in unique spots like an 1820’s hotel and a horse and buggy in the Trossachs.

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