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Artifacts in Agraria Symposium - Rural History at Guelph

Rural History at Guelph is proud to host the Artifacts in Agraria Symposium October 17 and 18, sponsored by the Francis and Ruth Redelmeier Professorship in Rural History.

Join historians, archaeologists, sociologists and museum professionals from across North America as they explore the material artifacts of everyday life. Observe how these historical sources gather meaning when understood in the context of surviving written records, family history and international commerce. Join the discussion on how artifacts reflect aesthetic and cultural beliefs, symbolize self-identity, affirm values, tell stories, purvey heritage and change meaning over time. Celebrate the new methods and ways of viewing artifacts that deepen our understanding of rural life.

Admission is free when you register before August 3rd, contact Jodey Nurse -
For more information contact Dr. Catharine Wilson - or visit Rural History

Get the draft schedule .pdf        Get the poster .pdf

So They Want Us to Learn French - Matthew Hayday's New Book is Here!

Dr. Matthew Hayday has just published new research with UBC Press:

So They Want Us to Learn French:  Promoting and Opposing Bilingualism in English-Speaking Canada

Since the 1960s, bilingualism has become a defining aspect of Canadian identity. And yet, fifty years after the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism was formed and with over forty years of federal government funding and supports for second-language education, relatively few English Canadians speak or choose to speak French. What happened? Why has personal bilingualism failed to increase as much as attitudes about bilingualism as a Canadian value? Historian Matthew Hayday explores the various ways in which bilingualism was promoted to English-speaking Canadians from the 1960s to the late 1990s. He analyzes the strategies and tactics employed by organizations on both sides of the bilingualism debate. Against a dramatic background of constitutional change and controversy, economic turmoil, demographic shifts, and the on-again, off-again possibility of Quebec separatism, English-speaking Canadians had to respond to the bilingualism issue and face the decision of whether they and their children should learn French. So They Want Us to Learn French places these personal and national experiences within a historical, political, and social context. For anyone interested in language, education, national identity, and Canadian political history, this book provides a vivid narrative of a complex, controversial, and fundamentally Canadian question.

Call for Papers due Dec. 1: Tri-University History Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Contesting History: Reflections on Perspective and Approach"

22nd Annual Tri-University History Conference, 5 March 2016

Best Western Plus Royal Brock Hotel & Conference Centre, 716 Gordon St., Guelph, ON

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.” To this end, we welcome proposals on all aspects of history from both graduate students and faculty. You may submit for consideration an individual paper, panel, or roundtable.

Individual paper proposals should be no more than 200 words and accompanied with a short 1-page CV. Panel and roundtable proposals should provide a succinct overview, no more than 350 words, along with a list of names and institutional affiliations of each participant.

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. The “Rapid Fire” Competition is open to all graduate students. Interested students are asked to submit their name and a presentation title.

Proposals should be sent to by the deadline, 1 December 2015. Get the poster .pdf

Shauna Devine is 2015 Cassidy-Reid Lectureship Speaker


"Making Medicine Scientific: The Civil War and American Medicine"

Please join us for the first Cassidy-Reid Lecture in American History. It will take place Tuesday October 6th, 7pm Whitelaw Room B, McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph. The speaker is the award-winning historian of medicine and the American Civil War, Dr. Shauna Devine of the Western University.

Reception to follow.

Get the poster .pdf

Alumni Speak about their Careers with a History Degree



The History Department is happy to announce the Fall 2015 Gateway Seminar. History Alumni, Stephanie Hodge (law) and Jessica Murphy (IT industry) will talk about their career paths and the value of their history degrees.

Date: Thursday 5 November 2015
Time: 6:00- 7:30
Location: Mackinnon Rm 231

All History students welcome!
Pizza & Pop will be provided!
Get the flyer .pdf


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