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
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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
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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.

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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: 
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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.

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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
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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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Presentation: "The World's First Museums"

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 22, 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
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On 22 November Dr. Thorold Tronrud will be presenting on “The World's First Museums.” 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.

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Presentation and Discussion: "Celluloid Dreams: Early Film at the Lakehead, 1900-31"

Event Date: 
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Red Rock Public Library (42 Salls St, Red Rock, ON)
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone one is welcome. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Red Rock Public Library.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8341
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The Red Rock Public Library in partnership with the Department of History at Lakehead Unversity is presenting a meet and discussion with Associate Professor, Michel S. Beaulieu. Everyone is welcome!! Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Red Rock Public Library. See you there!!

About the speaker: Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Lakehead University and President of and Alumni Association of Lakehead University. He holds a HBA, BED, and MA from Lakehead and a PhD in History from Queen's University.

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Presentation: "The Right Road is Straight Ahead: Canadian Understandings of the Suez Crisis, 1956-1957"

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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: 
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The Thunder Bay Branch of the Canadian International Council and Lakehead University’s Department of History and are pleased to host Dr. Colin McCullough who will speak on "The Right Road is Straight Ahead: Canadian Understandings of the Suez Crisis, 1956-1957."

CoverThis event is also the Thunder Bay launch of his latest book Creating Canada's Peacekeeping Past (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016). Copies will be available for purchase at the presentation.

Speakers Bio: Colin McCullough is the author of Creating Canada's Peacekeeping Past (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016) and the co-editor of Canada and the United Nations: Legacies, Limits, and Prospects (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017). His work explores the intersections between Canadian national identity and United Nations peacekeeping from the 1950s to the present. He is currently an adjunct professor at Ryerson and McMaster Universities.

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Presentation: “Gunflint & Lake Superior: Ontario’s Private American Railroad”

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 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
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On 24 January alumnus Dave Battistel will be presenting on “Gunflint & Lake Superior: Ontario’s Private American Railroad.” 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.

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Inuit in Canada: the True North, Strong and Free?

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:25pm
Event Location: 
Ryan Building 3046
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone is welcome.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Ronald Harpelle
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Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic, The Resources, Economy and Society Research Group, Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services, The Department of History, and the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives is pleased to present:

Pitseolak Pfeifer, Carleton University, who will speak on "Inuit in Canada: the True North, Strong and Free?"

This is an insightful overview of the social, political and economic processes, agents, and structures that envelop and challenge Inuit self-determination in Nunavut and Canada. This critical examination invites participants to re-think their understanding of Canada’s role in the Arctic, by considering the relation between the nation-state, and its citizenry, and the people of the North. Drawing on first-hand experience and on interdisciplinary methodology, the lecture features an interactive format that solicits students' engagement. The overall goal is to create a safe space for dialogue that builds awareness of, and new perspectives on, matters of Arctic Indigenous governance in contemporary times.

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