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Welcome to YOUR Department

For 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 professions.

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 Library (organization).

Faculty Changes
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. Thorold Tronrud.

New Initiatives
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 Historical Society:

The 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, at bestarrs@lakeheadu.ca

Alumni Accomplishments:

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 information.

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.

Faculty & 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 studies.

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 Museum.
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"

Useful Links:

Undergraduate Programs
Graduate Programs
Faculty Information
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.

One of the main roles of the Chair of the Department is to help you with questions regarding courses, the program, and the university. He is also here to address any concerns you may have.

Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu's office is located in Ryan Building 3021. His email address is michel.beaulieu@lakeheadu.ca

Your Graduate Coordinator.. and why you should speak with her.

The Graduate Coordinator is the first point of contact for current and prospective graduate students.

Dr. Pallavi Das can be reached at pvdas@lakeheadu.ca 

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