New Volume of the Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers

25 July 2011 - Thunder Bay

Before Nelson Mandela and the ANC, before Huey Newton, Bobby Seal and the Black Panther Party, and before Malcom X and the Nation of Islam, there was Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. This volume of the Marcus Garvey Papers details the rise the UNIA, which became the largest and most feared Black Nationalist organization of the early twentieth century. Marcus Garvey styled himself as the "Provisional President of Africa" and the organization he founded became a powerful voice for equal rights in the United States and around the world in the early 1920s. Garvey's first experience outside of Jamaica was in Costa Rica as a time keeper on a banana plantation. From there he moved to Panama and on to the United States, but his ideas electrified class and race conscious West Indians across the Caribbean.

"Volume XI is the first to focus on the Caribbean, where the UNIA was represented by more than 170 divisions and chapters. Revealing the connections between the major African-American mass movement of the interwar era and the struggle of the Caribbean people for independence, this volume includes the letters, speeches, and writings of Caribbean Garveyites and their opponents, as well as documents and speeches by Garvey, newspaper articles, colonial correspondence and memoranda, and government investigative records. Volume XI covers the period from 1911, when a controversy was ignited in Limon, Costa Rica, in response to a letter that Garvey sent to the Limon Times, until 1920, when workers on the Panama Canal undertook a strike sponsored in part by the UNIA. The primary documents are extensively annotated, and the volume includes twenty-two critical commentaries on the territories covered in the book, from the Bahamas to Guatemala, and Haiti to Brazil. A trove of scholarly resources, Volume XI: The Caribbean Diaspora, 1910-1920 illuminates another chapter in the history of one the world's most important social movements."

The volume is published by Duke University Press, Catalog/ViewProduct.php? productid=19692&viewby=title

Faculty Member Elected to The Champlain Society

20 January 2011 - Thunder Bay
Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Northern Studies, was recently elected as an Officer of The Champlain Society's Council.
The Society mandate is to increase public awareness of, and accessibility to, Canada's rich store of historical records.

To date, over 170 volumes of the highest academic calabre have been published by the society, with many older ones now forming the core of its Digital Collection.

Information about the Champlain Society can be found at

The Council of the Society includes some of the country's finest scholars and community leaders, who offer guidance and advice to the Society.

Department member awarded City of Thunder Bay Heritage Award

2 December 2011 - Thunder Bay

Individuals and organizations across Thunder Bay were honoured this week for their contributions to arts and culture in the city at Thunder Bay's Arts and Heritage Awards.

Among this year's winners was Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Associate Professor in Lakehead's Department of History and Director of the Centre for Northern Studies, who received the Heritage award.

Congratulations to Dr. Beaulieu for this important community recognition. To learn more, read the full article in the Chronicle Journal, Arts, culture contributions honoured.


"Under the Red Star" Film Premiere

21 September 2011 - Thunder Bay

Under the Red Star will be shown at 7 pm on Thursday, September 29 at the Bay Street Film Festival in Thunder Bay. The film, directed by Kelly Saxberg and produced by Lakehead history professor Ron Harpelle and research provided by Michel S. Beaulieu, chronicles the story of the Finnish immigrants who built Canada's largest labour hall and used it as a locus of their activities. The courage of these newcomers in the face of government and police crackdowns helped shape Canadian labour history. Read more in the online Agora.


Former Graduate Student Appointed to Internship at Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre

27 July 2011 - Thunder Bay
Brent Rosborough has been appointed as the Administrative and Curatorial Assistant under a one-year internship at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre.
Starting 1 September 2011 Rosborough will assist with all aspects of museum work including historical research, collections management, digitization of historical records, conduct tours, fundraising, marketing, and organizing special events. Rosborough recently completed his graduate degree in history. His major research paper is entitled, "Understanding History: Irish Immigration and Settlement in Ontario and the United States."  

New Book on International Development edited by Dr. Ronald Harpelle

25 July 2011 - Thunder Bay
Long-Term Solutions for a Short-Term World: Canada and Research for Development, edited by Dr. Ronald Harpelle and Dr. Bruce Muirhead, is published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. "Long-Term Solutions" demonstrates the complexity of the challenges that poor countries face and introduces the readers to the concept and impact of participatory research for development.
According to one reviewer,

"This book provides a uniquely insightful account of Canada's special contribution to the profound changes that have occurred in the role of international development in a changing world. It is a story few Canadians know but of which all can be proud. Yesterday's poorer developing countries, notably China and India, have become the most rapidly developing economies and are experiencing both the benefits and the accompanying environmental and social problems. Canada showed early leadership in supporting the research and development that is the key to the success of a knowledge economy. The experiences and news of the developing-country experts documented in this book demonstrate how Canada's modest investments made a disproportionate contribution to development and influenced the programs and policies of others."

The Honourable Maurice F. Strong, P.C., C.C., LL.D., Honorary Professor, Peking University

Long-Term Solutions is a companion to "Citizens of the World," a six-part documentary series about research for development that Dr. Harpelle and Muirhead developed and led through the production process. The series is available for classroom use and several of the people who appear in the series were asked to contribute their stories to Long-Term Solutions. The book is a collection of essays by development specialists, each of whom is an activist who has made significant contributions to the struggles of the poor in their own society. These essays present a fascinating picture of how some of today 's most pressing development issues are being dealt with through research, demonstrating how interdisciplinary and alternative approaches can be implemented in new and innovative ways.

This is the second book that Dr. Harpelle has co-published with Dr. Muirhead, formerly of the Department of History, and currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Waterloo. Their first book together, IDRC: 40 Years of Ideas, Innovation and Impact, came out last year.  A third book on the intellectual history of IDRC is in the works with expected publication in 2012.

Click here to read the Communications Announcement issued June 21, 2011.

History Faculty Join Researchers in Funding for Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic

1 March 2011 - Thunder Bay (Office of Research)

Lakehead researchers, led by Dr. Chris Southcott, have received $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Major Collaborative Research Initiatives grant program. Minister of State for Science and Technology, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, was on campus to make the announcement, accompanied by Dr. Chad Gaffield, SSHRC President, and Kenora MP Greg Rickford.

To learn more, read Lakehead Researchers Receive $2.5 Million in Funding for Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic.

To view a short video that contains messges from some of the partners involved in the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and many other agencies, please follow this link:

The Lakehead University researchers involved in this project are, Dr. Chris Southcott (PI), along with co-investigators, Michel Beaulieu, Harvey Lemelin, Martha Dowsley, Peggy Smith, Paul Berger and Ron Harpelle. All of the Lakehead University faculty involved in this project are members of the Centre for Northern Studies and they represent several disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

Lakehead History Professor Publishes New Book

13 January 2013 - Thunder Bay
Dr. Kristin Burnett of Lakehead's History Department recently published "Taking Medicine: Women's Healing Work and Contact in Southern Alberta, 1880-1930" (UBC Press, 2010). The book presents colonial medicine and nursing as a gendered phenomenon that had particular meanings for Aboriginal and settler women who dealt with one another over bodily matters. By bringing to light women's contributions to the development of health care in southern Alberta between 1880 and 1930, this book challenges traditional understandings of colonial medicine and nursing in the contact zone.
A book launch for Dr. Burnett hosted by the Departments of History and Women's Studies with the support of the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities will take place in the Dean's Conference Room
UC 2001, Thursday, January 20, 2011 starting at 1:00 pm.



New Book by Michel S. Beaulieu

11 January 2011 - Thunder Bay
Our congratulations to Dr. Beaulieu of the Department of History and Dr. Southcott of the Department of Sociology in the publication of their book North of Superior: An Illustrated history of Northwestern Ontario(2010).
The book explores the region's history from the period before European contact through to the present. In the venture are told the stories of the first native peoples there and the myriad of peoples who came to reside along the shores of this magnificent fresh water ocean.
The book looks at the way the area was shaped through adventurers, traders and workers, and the developments shaped by the Hudson's Bay Company, the North West Company, along with the politicians and workers instrumental in the progress of the CPR across the nation. The regions 'golden age' of resources in forestry and mining are remembered in the broad communities that sprang up in response to the development of Northwestern Ontario.

Department Members Attend Foresty Seminar in Uruguay

11 January 2011 - Thunder Bay

Dr. Michel Beaulieu and Dr. Ron Harpelle of the Department of History travelled to Montevideo, Uruguay to attend a seminar organized from Lakehead University.

Learn more about this important trip made in December 2010, as published by the Communications Office.

The professors were accompanied by graduate student David Blanchard, and more about this research trip appears in the January 10th edition of The Argus