David Ratz Awarded PhD in History

The Department of History is pleased to announce that alumnus and faculty member David Ratz recently successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at Oulun yliopisto - University of Oulu.

Cover of The Canadian Image of Finland"The Canadian Image of Finland, 1919-1948: Canadian Government Perceptions and Foreign Policy" is the first study to to explore the perceptions of Finland and Finns held by Canadian government decision-makers and how it underscored the relations between the two countries. 

Congratulations Dr. David Ratz from all of us in the Department of History!

New Exhibit on Early Photography at the Lakehead

17 September - Thunder Bay

“Behind the Lens: Early Photography at the Lakehead” is a new exhibit as part of an ongoing partnership between the Department of History and the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society to bring museum exhibits to the Thunder Bay Campus. 

Photographs provide a valuable window into the Lakehead’s early years, but less attention is paid to the photographers themselves. Learn more about Jennie Leach, Fryer’s Studio, J.F. Cooke, George Ryerson Evans, and Fred Creech.

To see the new display, go to the third floor of the Ryan Building. It is located in the main hallway directly across from room 3025.

Alumnus and Faculty Member Appointed by Minister of National Defence as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel

Photo by Cpl Miguel Moldez, Eagle’s Nest PA Cell. HLCol Michel Beaulieu, right, of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment has a chat with 38 Brigade Group Public Affairs Officer Lieutenant Stacie Nelles and 38 Canadian Brigade Group commander Col Geoff Abthorpe while watching EAGLE’S NEST 2018 Indigenous youth camp participants play soccer in Fort Williams First Nation on Aug 8.

Congratulations to Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Chair of Lakehead's Department of History and President of the University's Alumni Association.

The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, has appointed Dr. Beaulieu as the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment.

Honorary Colonels are vital to fostering esprit de corps within their communities. Through their established relationships and reputations, they build and develop community support by enhancing the public profile of the Army. Honorary Colonels are seen to be guardians of Army traditions and history, promoting regimental identity and ethos, and supporting commanders in various ways.

Beaulieu has a long been a supporter of the Canadian Armed Forces, playing an active role in a number of initiatives focused on historical and contemporary issues.

These have ranged from commemorative projects, to the exploration of educational and employment opportunities for reservists. Under his leadership as Chair, the Department of History was honoured by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) in 2015 with its Award of Excellence for Best Practices in Employer Support: Educational Institution (Manitoba).

Department of History and RESRG sponsoring Vox Popular Media Arts Festival

In support of our research mandate and interests, the Department of History and the Resources, Economy and Society Research Group (RESRG) are proud to be a sponsor of 17 films with historical and/or Indigenous themes at this year’s Vox Popular Media Arts Festival.

The festival takes place at Trinity United Church Hall, 310 Park Ave. From September 13 to 17. The films are from across Canada and around the world. A complete list of films is available online at http://www.voxpopular.ca

The films range in style from animation, drama to documentary, and there is something for everyone.

Festival passes and day passes are available, but students, seniors and the unemployed are allowed to “pay what you can” for individual screenings. Consult the festival website for descriptions of the films, screening times and other information related to the festival.

Department of History a sponsor of Doors Open Thunder Bay 2018

The Department of History is a proud sponsor of Doors Open Thunder Bay, an event taking place on Saturday, Sept. 8 between 10 am and 4 pm. Doors Open is an opportunity for people to explore some of Thunder Bay’s most unique structures and heritage sites. 

This year at the Paramount Theatre (24 Court St. S., there will be a series of screenings of Long Walk Home: The Incredible Journey of Sheila Burnford, an award winning film by faculty members Dr. Ronald Harpelle and Kelly Saxberg. The film is a biographical sketch of one of Thunder Bay’s most famous and remarkable authors. 

Along with the film will be a display of items from The Burnford Project, which is an initiative to index Sheila Burnford’s personal papers. Dr. Harpelle and his team of students have been working with the papers for four years and the papers will soon be available for public access through the Thunder Bay Public Library.

Screenings of the film will take place at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and this is a free event. Sheila Burnford will also be inducted into the Walk of Fame in the Village Green at Victoriaville Mall on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11:30 am. 

These events are opportunities for students, faculty and the public to find out more about Sheila Burnford and The Burnford Project. Visit Doors Open Ontario for more information.

Doors Open Thunder Bay 2018

History Major Named to Team Canada Wrestling Squad

Jacob Luczak (HBA History) has been named to the Team Canada squad heading to the Senior World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Jacob Luczak and Nathan Hatton

A decorated wrestling star with St. Patrick High School, Jacob returned from Regina last year following his father's terminal cancer diagnosis. He joined Lakehead Thunderwolves Wrestling, winning gold medals at the Brock Open, the Western Open, and the McMaster Open, and silver at the USports national championship.

Read more about Jacob's journey at:

To help offset the costs a Go-Fund-Me-style fundraising campaign has been established at the Make A Champ website. To donate, visit www.makeachamp.com/jacobl, or contact him directly at 306-807-0057 or jacobwrestling@outlook.com


Image: Jacob Luczak with department faculty member, and former wrestler, Dr. C. Nathan Hatton. Courtesy of C. Nathan Hatton

Alumna Receives Government of Canada History Award

The Departments of Interdisciplinary Studies and History and the Faculty of Education are pleased to announce that alumna Kylie Burchat has been recognized as one of 20 Government of Canada History Award winners for 2017. 

The goal of the Government of Canada History Awards is to connect youth to their history by honouring outstanding students and teachers who show an interest in celebrating Canadian history. The awards are administered by Canada’s History, an independent national charitable organization whose mission is to promote greater popular interest in Canadian history.

Kylie completed her HBASc/BEd specializing in history and geography at Lakehead Orillia in 2017. The genesis of her award-winning submission, a grade six lesson plan exploring the difference between immigrants and refugees, had its roots in her history and education coursework while at Lakehead. 

Kylie is now enrolled in the MA program in History at Wilfrid Laurier University.   

More information about the Government of Canada History Awards can be found at http://gcawards.canadashistory .ca/History-Awards/Teaching- Award/Home

Film Receives International Film Festival Award

May 22 2018 - Thunder Bay

Guardians of Eternity, a film produced by Dr. Ronald Harpelle, directed by France Benoit, and shot Kelly Saxberg, has been awarded a "Golden Palm Award” in the Environmental Competition of the 2018 Mexico International Film Festival. The film was a primary Knowledge Mobilization component of an SSHRC Partnership Development Grant that examined the history and legacy of arsenic contamination at Giant Mine in Yellowknife.

The Toxic Legacies project is a partnership among researchers at Memorial University (John Sandlos and Arn Keeling) and Lakehead University (Ronald Harpelle), along with the Goyatiko Language Society, a Yellowknives Dene First Nation organization dedicated to the preservation of the Weledeh language, and Alternatives North, an environmental and social justice coalition in Yellowknife that conducts public interest research.

The film is available in English, French and Spanish. To view the film and find more information about the Toxic Legacies project, visit http://www.guardiansofeternity.ca.

Two Department Members Promoted

1 July 2018

The Department is pleased to announce that two members of the Department of History have achieved significant career milestones. 

Dr. Steven Jobbitt has been awarded tenure and been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of History. An alumnus of Lakehead University (HBA, MA), Dr. Jobbitt received his PhD in modern east central European history from the University of Toronto. He was a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of History at California State University - Fullerton for a number of years before returning to Lakehead in 2013.

Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu had been promoted to the rank of full Professor of History. An alumnus of Lakehead University (HBA, BEd, MA), Dr. Beaulieu received his PhD in History from Queen's University. He returned to Lakehead University to take up a tenure-track position in the Department in 2007.

Congratulations to them both on these significant career milestones! 

Lakehead Orillia's next In Conversation lecture will cover atrocity in image

March 14, 2018 – Orillia, ON

Do photographs of suffering bodies provoke viewers to intervene against abuse and atrocity? What separates humanitarian concern from voyeuristic curiosity?

At the next instalment of the In Conservation Speaker Series at the Orillia Public Library, Lakehead University Orillia’s Dr. Valerie Hébert, Associate Professor in the History and Interdisciplinary Studies departments, will discuss the complex ethical dilemmas associated with taking, viewing, publishing and exhibiting photographs of victims of atrocity in “Suffering and Spectatorship: On the Ethical Dilemmas of Viewing Photographs of Atrocity”.

A specialist in transitional justice, Hébert lectures on the history of 20th century Europe, the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and on the connection between photography and human rights discourse. In June 2017, she led an international interdisciplinary research workshop on atrocity photography at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Hébert’s lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at 2 p.m. at the Orillia Public Library. This session is free and open to the public. Register by email to info@orilliapubliclibrary.ca or by phone at 705-325-2338.

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