Book by Former MA Student on the History of Wrestling Published

20 May 2013 - Thunder Bay
Charles Nathan Hatton (M.A. 2007) has had an eventful year. He recently graduate from the University of Waterloo with a Ph.D. in History and is also the author of a brand new book entitled Rugged Game: Community, Culture, and Wrestling at the Lakehead to 1933.
Long before John Cena, Hullk Hogan or even "Whipper" Billy Watson, residents at the Lakehead went wild for wrestling. Nearly a century ago, when cable television, pay-per-view and even regular radio broadcasts were still stuff of science fiction, professional wrestling was already an enormously popular sport in the Thunder Bay area.
More than just simple entertainment, wrestling was deeply entwined with the culture and values of the region's early residents. Tracing sport's origins from the settlement period in the post-Confederation years to the height of the Great Depression, Rugged Game: Community, Culture and Wrestling at the Lakehead provides an in-depth, never-before-seen look at the earliest days of professional and amateur wrestling in Northwestern Ontario, when stars such as the "Canadian Panther" George Walker, "French Idol" Ernie Arthur and the "Ferocious Finn" Henry Karhunsaari captured the imagination of thousands of fans with their displays of technical wizardry and aggressive cunning on the mat.

Rugged Game is published by the Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies. An interview by Hatton about the book for radio can be heard by clicking here.

New Book Discusses Language and Power

6 April 2013 - Thunder Bay

A new book co-edited by Ronald Harpelle was recently published by the Centre for Northern Studies Language and Power: A Linguistic Regime for North America focuses on the role or place of English, French and Spanish in present and future relations within and among Canada, the United States and Mexico. Co-edited with Dr. Stéphan Sberro of the Department of International Studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Auto de Mexico, the book brings 15 contributors together for a wide-ranging discussion of the shifting dynamics of language in North America.