Dr. C. Nathan Hatton Guest Speaker on Champlain Society's Podcast Witness to Yesterday

Patrice Dutil  on Witness to Yesterday, talks with Dr. Hatton of Lakehead University about the evolution of wrestling in Winnipeg and Manitoba from the 1880s to the 1930s. He is an Assistant Professor to the Department of History and  also the Public History Program Coordinator for the department.

“Dr. Hatton in the podcast on Witness to Yesterday covers the evolution of the sport from its indigenous origins and how it reflected the tensions between amateurs and professionals. Dutil and Hatton discuss the enduring popularity of the sport. Hatton explores wrestling as a social phenomenon intimately bound up with debates around respectability, ethnicity, race, class, and idealized conceptions of masculinity.”

Click on the link to listen to the podcast aired December 11, 2020 with interviewer Patrice Dutil, produced by Jessica Schmidt .

Dr. C. Nathan Hatton, Assistant Professor, Department of History Publishing a New Chapter


The Department of History shares  that Dr. Hatton has written a chapter for The Palgrave Handbook of Sport, Politics and Harm.

Dr. C. Nathan Hatton has written a chapter entitled “’Though he was evidently suffering great pain, he bore it well:’ Public Discourse on Benefits, Risk, and Injury in North American Wrestling, 1880 to 1914.”

Dr. Hatton was notified that the book publication and release of The Palgrave Handbook of Sport, Politics and Harm, ed. Stephen Wagg and Allyson Pollock. London: Palgrave Macmillan, will be forthcoming in the next few months.

We look forward to reading the publication.


Video Documentary from "Saul Laskin, Man and Politician" presented by Dr. Peter Raffo

This documentary about the first Mayor of the city of Thunder Bay, Saul Laskin, was developed from a partnership between the Thunder Bay Museum (TBHMS), ShebaFilms, and the Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple called "The Reel Memories of the Lakehead Project".

Dr. Peter Raffo, Adjunct and Professor Emeritus, Department of History delivered a public virtual talk (September 22, 2020) as part of the department's annual sponsored speaker events with the TBHMS entitled "Saul Laskin: Man and Politician". This documentary compiles the recording of that speaker's event, archival film scanned as part of The Reel Memories Project, and photographs from the Thunder Bay Museum’s archive.

Congratulations are given Dr. Peter Raffo, the Thunder Bay Museum, Sheba Films (Kelly Saxberg and Dr. Ronald Harpelle) , and The Reel Memories Project (contributions Department of History from Dr. Nathan Hatton, Dr. Thomas Peotto, History graduate student Kaitlin Green).

To view the TBHMS website release of the film documentary, please click here.