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HIST*3260 Cinema & the Moving Image - back in ROZH 102!


HIST 3260 "Cinema and the Moving Image" has been moved and is now back in Rozanski 102. There's still plenty of space in the course in our new room.

For more info see our one-page outline .pdf.

One page outlines of all History Department courses can be found at our Course Outlines page.

Invitation to History: First Year Course Topics

HIST*1050 Invitation to History is a new, mandatory course for all first year History majors and minors. 

Invitation to History introduces students to the basics of the historian’s craft including interpreting primary sources, locating and critically analyzing secondary sources and writing for History. It will provide you with the tools you need for success in your History major, minor or area of concentration. Choose any one of the following four classes. 

Fall 2016 - Hist*1050*01  Licit and Illicit Drugs   (instructor: Dr. Catherine Carstairs)
This course will examine the history of the use of licit and illicit drugs across the world, and examine why some have been forbidden and others permitted. 

Fall 2016 - Hist*1050*02  Polar Encounters   (instructor: Dr. Alan Gordon)
This course will trace the history of northern American exploration, including the mysteries of the disappearance of the Franklin and Hudson expeditions, as well as encounters among various peoples in the North and between people and the environment.

Winter 2017 - Hist*1050*03  Crime and Culture   (instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Ewan)
This course will study criminal acts such as homicide, witchcraft, theft and slander and how they were defined and prosecuted in past centuries, and the class will employ historical court records to recover the experiences of people in the past.

For more, visit our First Year Courses page

3rd Annual History Alumni Celebration Oct. 19 - all welcome!


History Grads! The History Department is hosting its third annual Alumni Celebration! Please join us as we reminisce, celebrate, and reunite over all things historical.


Who? --- Everyone with an interest in History, but especially University of Guelph grads.
What? --- Good conversations, find out what’s been happening since you graduated, connect with old friends, make new friends, eat, drink (sorry, University rules prevent us from buying you alcohol), win prizes.
Where? --- The Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto (at St. George Subway – exit Bedford Street, or park Green P lot on Bedford, just north of Prince Arthur)
When? --- Wednesday, 19 October, 7 pm to whenever (but they’ll probably kick us out by 2 am)
Why? --- Well, why not really? But in this crazy world where the humanities are under attack from all sides and the … oh, forget it. Let’s just have a good time.
Hope to see you all there!

* image courtesy of Guelph Alumni Annual Report

Celebrity Pets - A History

This week Dr. Susan Nance is interviewed about her research on animal celebrity and famous 19th century horses and elephants. Her comments appear in a piece by Victoria Finkle on the history of famous animals in consumer societies: "How Celebrity Pets Became Big Business." Read the rest of the story at Priceonomics

Matthew Hayday Interview Marathon on Prime Ministers, Post-politics

On Wednesday, Dr. Matthew Hayday spoke with eleven different CBC Radio One shows, from Cape Breton to Whitehorse! On the shows, Matthew discussed the post-politics careers of various 20th century Canadian Prime Ministers.

Here's a sample from On the Coast, CBC Vancouver - Matthew's interview is at 2:06:00

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