Welcome Bon-Fire - Thunder Bay

Event Date: 
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location: 
Lake Tamblyn

The Lakehead University Historical Society would like to welcome all undergraduate and graduate history students and faculty back by hosting a bonfire at Lake Tamblyn on Friday September 13th. Starting at 6:30, come and enjoy s'mores and great company!

Campus: 

Oil and World Politics

Event Date: 
Monday, September 16, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay TBA | Orillia TBA
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone is welcome!
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8341
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

On 16 September at 7:30 pm, John Foster will examine Canadian oil in a global context – an ongoing rivalry among world powers and regional countries for control of oil and natural gas. Instancing Iran, Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela, he will illuminate petroleum-related reasons for government actions that are rarely discussed publicly. 

This event is made possible by The Thunder Bay Branch of the Canadian International Council, Lakehead University’s Department of History, and Lakehead International.

It is free and open to the public! Everyone is welcome!

Thunder Bay - TBA

Orillia - TBA

Speaker Bio: As an international oil economist, John Foster witnessed the geopolitics of petroleum in more than 30 countries. His experience includes positions with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, BP group and Petro-Canada in three capital cities – London, Washington DC and Ottawa. He grew up in London England, graduating in economics and law from Cambridge University. In the past decade, he has given talks across Canada on petroleum rivalries and conflicts, and authored articles in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and elsewhere, and been interviewed on radio and TV.

8th Annual Military Symposium - Transformations

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
O'Kelly VC Armoury (317 Park Avenue)
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone one is welcome (no RSVP required)
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8341
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Each fall the Department of History, Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, HMCS Griffon, and the Thunder Bay Branch of the Canadian International Council partners to hold a free symposium focusing on issues relating to the Canadian Forces.

This year's symposium is focused on issues surrounding Transformations and will be held on 16 November. More information will be provided in September.

More information about the annual symposium can be found at https://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/departments/history/annual-military-symposium

Campus: 

"No 2 Elementary Flying Training School - Fort William's contribution to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan"

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone is welcome.

Join us on 22 October to hear Dr. David Kemp, Professor Emeritus of Geography / Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre, talk about "No 2 Elementary Flying Training School - Fort William's contribution to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan." The presentation will begin at 7:30 pm. 

This presentation is part of the 2019-20 Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society's Lecture Series sponsored by the Department of History. Since 1908, the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society has been regularly holding talks on a wide range of topics on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East) from September to April. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Campus: 

"Reclaiming Place: Community History at the Shingwauk Residential School Site."

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone one is welcome.

Join us on 24 September to hear Krista McCracken, Researcher/Curator for the Arthur A. Wishart Library and Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre at Algoma University, talk about "Reclaiming Place: Community History at the Shingwauk Residential School Site." The presentation will begin at 7:30 pm. 

This presentation is part of the 2019-20 Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society's Lecture Series sponsored by the Department of History. Since 1908, the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society has been regularly holding talks on a wide range of topics on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East) from September to April. All presentations are free and open to the public.

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Meeting the Challenge of Populism at Home and Abroad

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Lakehead University, ATAC 1010 Thunder Bay Campus; OA 2006 Orillia Campus
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone is welcome.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Join us on 4 April at 7:30 pm in ATAC 1010 and OA2006, to hear Ben Rowswell speak on "Meeting the Challenge of Populism  at Home and Abroad." Orillia will have videoconferencing for the talk in OA 2006.

Ben Rowswell has 25 years of experience as a practitioner of international relations and is a pioneer in the practice of digital diplomacy. In his last position as Ambassador to Venezuela, he experienced the destructive power of modern populism.

Other positions over his career include serving with the United Nations in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993, as Canada’s first diplomatic envoy to Baghdad, Iraq, after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and as the head of the NATO Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar at the height of Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

Ben has also advised top levels of government on international strategy in the Privy Council Office during the tenures of Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper, and at the Washington DC Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2003 to 2004.

This event is made possible by The Thunder Bay Branch of the Canadian International Council, Lakehead University’s Department of History, and Lakehead International.

It is free and open to the public! Everyone is welcome!

History for Brunch - Blackouts-Lockouts in Barcelona: the 100th anniversary of the La Canadiense strike and the eight-hour work day

Event Date: 
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay - AT 2021 and Orillia - OA 3007
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone is welcome.
Event Contact Name: 
Gail FIkis
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

History for Brunch on 18 March will feature a short presentation and discussion by Dr. Nicolas Lépine, "Blackouts-Lockouts in Barcelona: the 100th anniversary of the La Canadiense strike and the eight-hour work day."

History for Brunch is an opportunity to put a bit of History in your diet and for members of the community and the Department of History to showcase their current research. 

More information about the sessions can be found on the Department of History website (history.lakeheadu.ca) and on our Facebook page (facebook.com/lakeheadhistory)

Lakehead University History Society Annual Formal 2019

Event Date: 
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay Historical Museum (425 Donald St E)
Event Fee: 
$20.00
Event Contact Name: 
Christine Green, LUHS President
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2019 marks the fifth year the student History Society at Lakehead University (LUHS) is hosting its year end event.

The semi-formal at the Thunder Bay Museum will have all three floors open to you during the evening. An amazing array of finger foods will be served.

Ticket sales on campus will be held outside of the University Main Cafeteria, March 11 and 12 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

The cost is $20.00 per person. Hope you will attend this year's event.

Campus: 

Presentation: "Enemy Aliens during the First World War"

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone one is welcome.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8341
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

On 25 October Stefan Huzan will be presenting on “Enemy Aliens During the First World War.” This presentation is part of the 2016-17 Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society's Lecture Series.

Since 1908, the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society has been regularly holding talks on a wide range of topics on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East) from September to April. The lecture series is being sponsored by the Department of History and forms part of its 2016-17 Speaker Series.

Campus: 

5th Annual Military Symposium

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
O'Kelly VC Armoury (317 Park Avenue)
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone is welcome.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8341
Event Contact E-mail: 

This year's symposium is focused on diversity and will be held on 19 November and our keynote speaker will be award winning historian, and member of the Order of Canada, Tim Cook who will speak on "100 Years of Canada’s Great War."Tim Cook

His talk will examine the impact of Canada’s Great War and explore how Canadians have remembered and remade the war over the previous 100 years.  It will explore aspects of the political, cultural, and social legacy of the war.  There is no single narrative of the war, but a diversity of constructed meanings.

The annual free event is a joint-initiative of the Department of History, Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, the HMCS Griffon, and the Thunder Bay Branch of the Canadian International Council. Additional partners this year include the Ontario Historical Society, City of Thunder Bay - City of the Poppy Committee, Thunder Bay Military Museum, Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, Northwestern Ontario Archivists' Association, and the Thunder Bay Public Library.

A complete program can be found at https://www.lakeheadu.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/61/pdfs/2016-11-19-symposiumposter.pdf

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