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The book, published by the Institute of Migration in Turku, Finland, examines the role labouring Finnish men and women played in shaping the political and social culture of their communities. As the contributors to this volume demonstrate, Finnish workers in Finland and North America contributed significantly to the development of socialism in the political arenas in which they found themselves. In North America, the influence of Finns in the political process added an ethnic dimension to the ever-changing nature and character of socialism. Labouring Finns is a book about the role Finns played in interclass struggles at home and abroad.
6 September 2012 - Thunder Bay
The Department of History is pleased to announce that Dr. Ronald Harpelle’s recent film, Under the Red Star, which is a docu-drama directed by Kelly Saxberg about Finnish immigration and radicalism in Thunder Bay prior to the Second World War, has had a successful tour of Finland.
The film premiered in Kemijarvi, a town above the Arctic Circle where Dr. Harpelle was beginning principal photography for a new project, and then Under the Red Star travelled to the cities of Tampere, Turku and Helsinki. In Tampere it was shown at Westras, the Finnish Labour Museum, in Turku at the Institute for Migration and in Helsinki at the Orion Theatre. In Helsinki the evening was dedicated to Canadian historian Varpu Lindstrom who collaborated on the film project but who lost her battle with cancer earlier this summer. The evening began with opening remarks by former Finnish politician, Arja Alho, by the Canadian Ambassador to Finland, Mr. Chris Shapardanov, and by Varpu’s son, Lt-Col. Alan Best.
Under the Red Star is funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and Finland’s Institute of Migration, and it includes two of Finland’s finest stage and screen actors, Elena Leeve and Jussi Nikkilã. Under the Red Star has is also an Official Selection for Cinéfest 2012, one of Canada’s biggest film festivals and the 2012 Canadian Labour International Film Festival. The film is also slated to screen at several other festivals, forums or special events in Canada and the United States during the upcoming year. For updated information about the film visit the Under the Red Star Facebook page.
While in Finland Dr. Harpelle was also interviewed, along with former Lakehead University Finnish Chair, Dr. Hanna Snellman, by the Helsingin Sanomat and other news organizations about his current film project which is funded by an SSHRC Public Outreach Grant. Dr. Harpelle’s new project is called “Pulp Friction: the intersection of globalization and community,” and it focuses on shifting economies in the forest industry in Canada, Finland and Uruguay.
The Centre for Northern Studies publishes original peer-reviewed, high-quality academic books in all areas relating to Northern Ontario, the Provincial Norths, the Territorial Norths, and the Circumpolar World. If you are interested in submitting a project for consideration, guidelines can be found at http://cns.lakeheadu.ca/publishing-with-cns-press/
20 November 2012 - Thunder Bay
Reprinted from the Argus, 19 November 2012. Article by Stephanie Raycroft
Nominated this year are work by Michel S. Beaulieu (HBA 2001; MA 2003), Jean Morrison (MA 1974), Roy Piovesana (HBA 1965; MA 1969), John Potestio (HBA 1970; MA 1981), and Steve Ross (HBA 2008; MA 2009). Information about each of their works can be found below.
Nominated for the J.P. Bertrand Award for best academic article:
Steve Ross (HBA 2008; MA 2009). "Pragmatism and Prejudice: The Wartime Transfer of Japanese Canadians in Northern Ontario, 1942." Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers and Records (2010): 3-19.
Jean Morrison (MA 1974). "To Promote the Interest and Security of the North West Company: Canada's Fur Trade and the War of 1812." Ontario History, CIV:1 (Spring 2012): 162-184.
John Potestio (HBA 1970; MA 1981). "The Experience of Italians at the Lakehead during the Second World War Years."
Michel S. Beaulieu (HBA 2001; MA 2003). "Reacting to the Worker's Revolt: The Lakehead and the Winnipeg General Strike." Left History, 14:2 (2009): 8-32.
Nominated for the Gertude H. Dyke Award for best full-length popular book:
Michel S. Beaulieu (HBA 2001; MA 2003) and Chris Southcott. North of Superior: An Illustrated History of Northwestern Ontario. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company, 2010.
31 October 2012 - Orillia and Thunder Bay
Dr. Hébert has recently contributed a chapter to a new volume published by Berghahn Books. “From Clean Hands to Vernichtungskrieg: How the High Command Case Shaped the Image of the Wehrmacht,” appears in Reassessing the Nuremberg Military Tribunals, edited by Kim C. Priemel and Alexa Stiller. The book is the first comprehensive examination of the US Military Tribunals at Nuremberg and brings together diverse perspectives from the fields of law, history, and political science, exploring the genesis, impact, and legacy of the twelve Military Tribunals held at Nuremberg between 1946 and 1949.Complete information about the book can be found at http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=PriemelReassessing