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News Release

October 30, 2003

Three local universities hold history conference

The University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo present the 14th annual Tri-University History Conference Nov. 8 in the Ontario Veterinary College's Lifetime Learning Centre.

"Guelph is happy to host this year's Tri-U History Conference," said Femi Kolapo, history professor and conference organizer. "This conference has become an important annual academic and social event for faculties and students of the Tri-University collective and is a demonstration of the fruitfulness of the collaborative academic/research initiatives among us."

"History, Turning Points and Ordinary Lives" is the theme of the conference. More than 25 speakers will present papers on topics ranging from aboriginal women to Jews and immigrants in Germany and Canada. "This year's conference theme seeks to explore the interconnections between ordinary people, their ordinary lives and historic moments or grand earth-shaking events and developments," said Kolapo.

Beverly Lemire, a history professor at the University of New Brunswick and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, will give the keynote address at 1:30 p.m. She will speak on "Accounting for the Household: Gender and Culture of Household."

Program Highlights:

Early Morning Sessions: 9 to 10:30 a.m.

"Lives Lived, Lives Lost: World War One and Its Aftermath"
"Hate, Redemption and Devaluation: Jews and Immigrants in Germany and Canada"
"Masquerading and Nudity: Cultural Interpretations in Canada and Africa"
"Death and Defence: Ireland and the United States"

Late Morning Sessions: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"Saints and Sinners? Publicans and Nuns in Ontario's History"
"Subjects and Objects of Imperialism"
"Dependents and Trusteeship: Aboriginal Women and International Relations"
"Slavery, Captives and Captive Labour"
"The Body Alive and Dead: Insane Cadavers, Women Students in Canada and Disease in Angola"

Conference tickets, including refreshments and lunch, are $20 and can be purchased through the history departments of the three universities, or at the conference venue starting at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Kolapo at (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53212, or

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