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Welcome to YOUR DepartmentFor
those just beginning your degree, it is with great pleasure that I
am writing to welcome you to YOUR department! While some technical
issues may have delayed the release of our fall
e-newsletter, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you so far
this term. As you have now discovered, for over 50 years your
department has been teaching students about the past and
ways of learning about the past. For returning students, alumni,
faculty, and community partners welcome back and I hope your term has
so far been fruitful. All of you continue to demonstrate that our
students and alumni are some of the most versatile
and sought after graduates.
Don't believe me? Have a look at our new Career Options
section of the Department's website to read report after report on the
value of your degree. What you will learn is that History has been the
most common undergraduate degree held by
Forbes 500 CEOs and History graduates feature disproportionately often
on the boards of Britain's top 100 companies. Not interested in
business? Perhaps you might like to know that History graduates have
been one of the most sought after in the tech industry, or that we
disproportionately are found in government public service and legal
History is not a static discipline and YOUR department has been working
hard to ensure the education you receive prepares you for whatever
career you are seeking. Over the summer we have continued to add more
applied options, such as our new Public History and Community Placement
courses, and continued to expand options for those seeking to become
teachers with the introduction of a new concurrent Honours Bachelor of
Arts / Bachelor of Education in History and French and the
Intermediate/Senior level. Additional new program options also include
an Honours Bachelor of Arts in French
and History and, working with the Faculty of Business, we have
developed a pathway for students to combine their Honours Bachelor of
Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in History with certificates in
Entrepreneurship and Business Information Technology Management.
Congratulations to Alumni and Community Partners
During Lakehead University's 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Homecoming in
Thunder Bay, the Department celebrated its birthday with an open house
and our annual Alumni and Community Partnership Award Reception.
Alumni Honour Awards this year were presented to Carlana Bartlett
Lindeman (BA 1972, HBA 1973, BEd 1975, MEd 1979) and John Potestio (HBA 1970, MA 1981). Community Partnership Awards were
presented to Jesse Roberts (individual) and the Thunder Bay Public
You will also notice some changes in the Department's faculty. Last spring we were pleased to hire a
tenure-track specialist in Eastern European History, Dr. Steven
Jobbitt. Dr. Ronald Harpelle is on sabbatical this year and Dr. Pallavi
Das has begun a 3-year term as Graduate Coordinator. We welcome Dr.
Nicolas Lepine (PhD Universite Laval) who will be teaching
courses in Latin American history and a fourth year course on the
Spanish Civil War. Dr. Lepine joins the following Contract Lecturers
who are returning: Dr. Ernie Epp, Dr. C. Nathan Hatton, Prof. Catherine
Hudson, Prof. Sara Janes, Prof. Rafaela Jobbitt, Dr. Taisto Kaipio,
Prof. Kelly Saxberg, Prof. Beverly Soloway, Prof. David Ratz, and Dr.
In addition to continuing our successful Peer Mentorship Program, the
Department has established in partnership with the Thunder Bay Public
Library a free drop-in Writing Clinic for students and the general
public who would like some extra help perfecting their writing and
research skills. Our last clinic of the term will be held on 24 November
between 1 pm and 5 pm at the Brodie Resource Library. Don't worry, though, it will be back next term.
Finally, I encourage all of you - alumni, students, friends - to come
out to our events or just stop by the third floor of the Ryan
Building to say hello.
Michel S. Beaulieu, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor
From the Lakehead
Lakehead University Historical Society (LUHS) is very happy to welcome
you to one of the most active and fastest growing societies at Lakehead
University. The Lakehead University Historical Society is all about
promoting the study of history, connecting you with your fellow
like-minded students, and building strong connections which you can use
throughout your life and future career. We produce many events
throughout the semester which are geared to be educational, group
oriented, and most importantly Fun!!
Movie nights, peer-support/study groups, museum tours, exploration of
private archives, celebrations, banquets, dances, holiday events, and
large community socials are just some of the events your Society runs
for you! If this sounds like a group you would like to be involved
in, here are some things you can do:
1) Like us on Facebook: Here we post many events, communications,
polls, and general discussions for classes and other interests.
2) Keep in touch through e-mail for any notices or communication bulletins.
3) Be alert for volunteer opportunities which can possibly improve your
resume or Co-Curricular Record, but certainly contribute to your experience.
History clothing is also now on sale. Order forms and examples
to try-on will be available on 20 November 4 pm to 6 pm in the Outpost
and 4 December 4 pm to 6 pm in the Outpost (both during the social
gatherings!). You can also contact your representatives or stop by the
Department's Main Office in Ryan Building 3014.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns you can reach us by
contacting Brett Starrs, President of the LUHS,
New Book by Alumna -
A new book on the history of Swedes in Canada by alumna and Department
Alumni Honour Award recipient Elinor Barr (HBA 1989, BA 1974) has been
published by the University of Toronto Press. Click here for more
Alumnus and Faculty Member Takes Command - David
Ratz (MA 1995, HBA 1989) was been promoted to Lieutenant-Colonal in the
Canadian Forces and is now the Commanding Officer of the Lake Superior
Scottish Regiment. Click here to read more.
Alumna Receives Book Award - Crystal Sissons (HBA 2003, BED 2003) was awarded The Ontario Historical Society's Alison Prentice Award for her book Queen of the Hurricanes: The Fearless Elsie MacGill. For more
details click here.
Alumni Association: For more about the
activities of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, click here.
& Staff News:
4th Annual Military Symposum A Success - Over 150 attended the 4th Annual Military Symposium
this past weekend at the O'Kelly Armoury. The keynote speaker this year
was renowned historian Dr. Jack Granatstein, OC, FRSC.
Click here to listen to his interview with CBC Radio.
Click here to read the story on the CBC website.
Department Welcomes Visiting Scholar - In October, the Department was pleased to welcome Dr. Robert Gyori,
Eotvos Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, as a Visiting Scholar. Click here to read more.
Professor Emeritus Honoured -
Min-sun Chen has been made a Life-Time Member of the American
Historical Association in recognition of 50 years (51 now) of
continuous membership in the AHA. The president of the AHA commented on
Min-sun's long-standing support and promotion of historical
Faculty Member's Research on Display at War Museum- Materials collected by Contract Lecturer Kelly Saxberg during her research for her National Film Board of Canada film, Rosies of the North,
are on display at the Canadian War Museum as part of an exhibit called
World War Women. The exhibition runs until 3 April 2016. Click here for more information.
New Book by Pallavi Das -
Congratulations to Pallavi Das for her book Colonialism, Development, and the Environment: Railways and Deforestation in British India. A successful book launch was held on 7 October. Click here to read more.
History Faculty Receive $74,000 SSHRC Research Grant - Michel
S. Beaulieu and Ronald Harpelle have been awarded $74,000 from
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to help
Northern Ontario communities use lessons from the past in the forestry
industry. Click here to read more.
New Book by Faculty on the Red Rock POW Camp - Written by the late Ernest Zimmermann and completed and edited by
alumni and faculty Michel S. Beaulieu and David Ratz, The Little Third
Reich on Lake Superior is
published by the University of Alberta Press. Book launches were held
in Red Rock and to a standing room only audience at the Thunder Bay
Click here for more information from the publisher.
Click here for the CBC Radio Interview about the book.
Click here for the Research Matters story about the book.
Watching History Unfold - What's
life like in Hungary in the midst of a refugee crisis? Steven Jobbitt
discusses his recent trip to Hungary and what he witnessed. Click here to listen and read the CBC Radio interview.
Lakehead University Celebrates its 50th Anniversary -
Michel S. Beaulieu discusses with CBC Radio's Lisa Laco the history of
Lakehead University and the 50th Anniversary celebrations. Click here to read the story and listen to the CBC Radio interview.
Research Inside Out -
Valerie Hebert discusses her current project about the photography of
atrocity. Listen to the Orillia Campus podcast to find out how
photographs inspired her to study these difficult subjects and how the
relationship between photography and war is a very complicated one. Click
here to listen to her interview.
A Return to Old-Style Wrestling at the Finnish Labour Temple? - If Nathan Hatton had his way, wrestling would once again be a fixture at the Finnish Labour Temple in Thunder Bay. Click here to read more.
Some Important Dates:
Final Day of Classes (non-professional) - 7 December
Exam Period - 9 to 19 December
Exam Contingency Date - 20 December
Holiday Season Break - 25 December to 1 January
Winter Term Begins - 4 January
Upcoming Presentations & Events:
Click on the title or check http://history.lakeheadu.ca
for more information
about these events.
20 November - LUHS Social Gathering
24 November - History Clinic
24 November - "The Unconventional Provenance of a William McGillivray Portrait"
25 November - "Armed Conflict and the Voice of the Law"
10 December - Film Premiere of "Guardians of Eternity"
5 March - "Photographs as Historical Evidence"
History Essay Guide
The Student Success Centre
The Student Success Centre combines the former services of academic
advising, orientation, academic support and career and co-operative
services into one central location. Click
here to find our more.
Your Chair... and why you should speak with him.
of the main roles of the Chair of the Department is
help you with questions regarding courses, the program, and the
university. He is also here to address any concerns you may have.
Michel S. Beaulieu's office is located in Ryan Building 3021. His email
Your Graduate Coordinator.. and why you should speak
The Graduate Coordinator is the first point of contact for current and
prospective graduate students.
Dr. Pallavi Das can be reached at email@example.com