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Department of History would like to congratulate each of our 2014
graduates. The experience they gained in dealing with the challenges of
university life will serve them well when meeting the challenges ahead.
For the third straight year, a graduate of our programs has received
one of Lakehead University's highest awards. Congratulations to Luana
the 2014 Dean's Medal winner. We wish all of our graduates well in the
future and hope that you keep in touch.
The Winter Term was busy for the department. We celebrated both
Black History and International Women's Day with on-campus
presentations, virtual exhibitions, and film screenings. Over 30 events
on- and off-campus were organized or sponsored by the department this
term, including a very well-attended formal organized by the History
Society at the end of the semester. We have already renewed our
sponsorship of the Thunder Bay
Historical Museum Society's lecture series forthcoming in 2014-15 and
continue to support lectures hosted by the Canadian International
Council’s local branch.
The Department is pleased to announce that Pallavi Das, Valerie Hebert, and Michael Stevenson
have all been awarded tenure and been promoted to the rank of Associate
Professors of History. Congratulations to them on this significant
achievement and for all their hard work and efforts in the field of
history and on behalf of the department!
Over the summer months our faculty members will be busy conducting
research and preparing for the Fall Term. Returning students will be
greeted by instructors who have had a chance to focus on research, and
you can count on them to be eager to share new insights in the courses
they teach. The department is also working with the presidents of the
History Society on orientation week activities. Our late August
E-Newsletter will have complete details, as will our Facebook page and
Registration has begun and the department is excited to be offering a
number of new courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. This is
the third straight year we have expanded the geographic and thematic
coverage of our courses at the second, third, and fourth year level.
Our curriculum has been guided by both what you need for a history
degree and to ensure that what you learn is relevant for today's
society. Simply, to understand current events in the world, it is
imperative that you understand the past.
Michel S. Beaulieu
will be returning on the 1 of July from his sabbatical and resuming his
duties as Chair of the Department. I have enjoyed getting to know many
of you over the past term. Both myself and everyone in the department
wishes each of you all the best during the summer and we look forward
to seeing you in fall! In the meantime, check the department's webpage
frequently and, if you have not already, follow us on our Facebook
Page for all the latest and up-to-date information and news.
Ronald N. Harpelle, Ph.D
Acting-Chair and Professor
A few bits of information to help
you with registration:
Information about how to
register, can be found at: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/registration
Complete course offerings for 2014-15 can be found at https://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/departments/history/courses
First Year Students:
Keep in mind that the content of each section of the Department's first
year course, HIST 1100: The Making of the Modern World, varies between
instructors. You can read about each section by clicking here.
Second through Fourth Year
The Department will be offering a number of new and exciting Special
Topics courses at the second, third, and fourth year levels. For course
descriptions click here.
Fourth Year Students:
Remember that fourth-year seminars are capped at 16 students and
enrolment is based on a first-come basis. All fourth year students will
be able to register for enough courses, but if you wait too long you
may not get the ones you want. While all courses have wait-listing, you
should still register for the amount you need right away.
History Society News:
More information about the LHS (including how to get onto their
Facebook page) can be found at https://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/departments/history/history-society
History Society has had a great year with getting fellow students
involved. The History Socials continued to grow, as we saw new faces
each week with faculty and students from all year levels. The highlight
in our winter term was the Year End History Dinner at the Outpost.
Between graduates, undergraduates, faculty and guests, all 40 tickets
were sold and the dinner was a success! On behalf of the History
Society, co-presidents Ashley English and Catelyn Kittmer would like to
thank everyone for their involvement and support. We are excited for
another eventful year with growing involvement and new events.
Congratulations to the representatives of the 2014/15 History Society.
Co-Presidents: Ashley English and Catelyn Kittmer
Vice President: Laurin Haak
Secretary: Morgan Black
Treasurer: Joel Kennedy
4th Year Rep: Jillian Berry
3rd Year Rep: Brett Starrs
2nd Year Rep: Jordan Tait
History Student Awarded
Dean's Medal - Congratulations
to Luana Buckle (HBA 2014) who received the Dean's
Medal at convocation. This award is presented each year to the
highest-ranking student in all of the Social Sciences and Humanities.
Each recipient receives a Lakehead University scholar pin, a
certificate of achievement, and is acknowledged as part of the
convocation ceremony. Luana is also the recipient of the Dean's Scholar
Award, given to the graduating student with the highest standing in
history. This is the third-straight year that history program graduates
have received some of the most prestigious awards from the faculty and
the university at Convocation.
Graduate Student Presents at
Leading Conference - MA
student Sean Murray recently presented his paper “Fisheries of the
North West: An Essential Fur Trade Provision” at the 2014 biennial
Rupert’s Land Colloquium held in Edmonton, Alberta. The colloquium is
one of the country's most significant meetings of scholars working on
Aboriginal and fur trade history.
History Student Makes the
Most of Her Education -
With hard work, passion and perseverance, Kimberly Shirley has proven
that encouragement and accessible classes can go a long way toward
getting an education at Lakehead University. Click here to read more about Kimberly's story.
Specialization Student Connects Historical Research to Real-Life
Experience - Holly
Wiggins’ great-grandfather, a butcher from a small town in England,
joined the armed forces during the Second World War, leaving behind his
young wife and two children under the age of five. His family would not
hear from him again, until he was on a ship sailing back to Liverpool
following his liberation from a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Click here to read more about Holly's story.
Department Graduate Award
Recipients Announced -
The Department of History is pleased to announce the recipients of this
year's graduate awards. We would like to express our gratitude to all
of the donors who have made these awards possible and extend our
congratulations to our award winning students. Support for our students
helps them to achieve their educational goals and contributes to the
stability and success of our programs. Click here for the complete list of receipients.
Accomplishments and News:
Receives Outstanding Young Alumni Award - Eric
McGoey (BA 2002) is one of the 2014 recipients of the Alumni
Association of Lakehead University’s (AALU) Outstanding Young Alumni
Award. The award is presented by the AALU in recognition of a graduate
from the last ten years who is 35 years of age or younger, and who has
achieved significant accomplishments since graduation, either in
his/her profession, sport or community service. Click here to read more.
by Former Student - A new book by Steven High (MA 1994) has been published by the
University of British Columbia Press. Oral
History at the Crossroads: Sharing Life Stories of Survival and
tells the story of the Montreal Life Stories project, a
community-university research alliance that recorded the remembered
experiences of survivors of mass violence now living in Montreal. Like
the project itself, this book reconfigures the conventional
relationship between those who have sought refuge and rebuilt their
lives in Montreal and those who seek to record, understand, and
transmit these life stories. For more information about the book click here.
Graduate Student Leads Students in Unique Field School at Grassy Narrows - This
spring alumnus Ryan Duplassie (MA 2008) is leading a two-week
University of Manitoba program that situates students in an Anishinaabe
context where they will develop an understanding of their place as
Treaty people by engaging the environmental and cultural politics of
the Anishinaabe community of Grassy Narrows First Nation. It is an
intensive and rigorous program of study that brings together discussion
of key contemporary scholarly and historical texts in conjunction with
a challenging experiential learning component.
Alumnus Leads Highschool Students on First
World War European Battlefield Tour -
Coinciding with the anniversary of the start the First World War,
Battistel (BA 1996) lead Thunder Bay high school students
on a trip to visit Ypres, Juno Beach, Dieppe, and Vimy Ridge during
March Break. Click here to read more.
Where are they now?
Sean Speer (HBA 2005) is
Associate Director of the Fraser Institute’s Centre for Fiscal Studies.
He previously served in different roles for the federal government
including senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister and director of
policy to the Minister of Finance. He has been cited by The Hill Times as
one of the most influential people in government and by Embassy
Magazine as one of the top-80 people influencing Canadian foreign
policy. He also served as a researcher for Brian Lee Crowley’s
best-selling book Fearful Symmetry:
The Fall and Rise of Canada’s Founding Values.
Sean holds an MA in History from Carleton University and has studied as
a PhD candidate in history at Queen’s University.
Devon Stillwell (MA
2008, HBA 2007) recently completed her PhD in History at McMaster
University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins'
Institute for the History of Medicine. Her work on the history of
Eugenics has also recently been published in the Bulletin of the
History of Medicine.
Alumni Association: For more about the
activities of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, click here.
& Staff News:
Faculty Member Takes Part in
Forestry Workshop in Sweden - Michel
S. Beaulieu was invited to take part in the International Workshop on
Forest Policy - Pathways to Sustainability held in June at the The
Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. He presented aspects
of his ongoing work on the history of sustainabilty and management of
Presents to Council of Nova Scotia Archives - Sara Janes recently presented a paper entitled
"Outreach for Them or
Outreach for Us" at the conference of the Council of Nova Scotia
Archives. Sara will once again this year be teaching our fourth year
seminar "Introduction to Archival Science." To read the full text
of her presentation click here.
Getting to Know Your Profs -
Orillia faculty member Valerie Hebert is featured in the latest addition of the "Getting to Know" video series. Click here to watch the video.
New Article Published on Bertrand Russell -
Check out the most recent issue of Russell:
The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies
for a new article by Michael Stevenson. “’In Solitude I Brood on
War’: Bertrand Russell’s 1939 American Lecture Tour” analyzes Russell’s
evolving attitude about pacifism in the face of the growing Nazi threat
and provides an annotated transcription of letters Russell wrote during
his three week speaking tour of the United States in April 1939. Click here to read more.
History on the Front Line: Bridging Experience and the
While many students and faculty were studying or visiting more
southerly regions of the continent during the February Break, David Ratz’s
nearly 30 years of military experience and historical expertise
resulted in what he describes as “a once in a lifetime opportunity”
when he assumed the position of the Officer Commanding the Arctic
Response Company Group formed out of 38 Canadian Brigade Group in
Exercise Arctic Ram near the hamlet of Kugaaruk, Nunavut Territory. Click here to read the full story.
Department of History Well
Represented at Finnish Conference - Michel
S. Beaulieu, Ronald N. Harpelle, and Kelly Saxberg each presented
papers at the 15th Biennial Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference on North
American Studies held in May at the University of Helsinki. For more information click here.
Faculty Member Joins Thunder
Bay Historical Museum Society Board of Directors - Steven
Jobbitt has been elected to the Thunder Bay Historical Museum
Board of Directors. He joins fellow department members Michel S.
Beaulieu and Sara Janes on the board. Click here to find out more.
New Environmental Impact
Resource - Ronald Harpelle, along with colleagues at Memorial
community partners in Yellowknife, is involved in an SSHRC funded
project on the legacy of the Giant Gold Mine. As part of the project a
new online resource for people interested in the environmental impact
of extractive industries in Canada has been launched. Click here to find out more.
Some Important Dates:
First Day of Fall and Fall/Winter Classes -
8 September 2014
Final Date to Register Fall and Fall-Winter Term
Courses (Add) - 19 September 2014
Thanksgiving Day (No Classes/University Closed) -
13 October 2014
Final Date to Withdraw Fall Term Courses (Drop) -
4 November 2014
Last Day of Fall Term Classes - 1 December
December Examinations - 4
to 17 December 2014
Holiday Season Break
(University Closed) - 25 December 2014 to 1 January 2015
First Day of Winter Term Classes - 5
Final Date to Register Winter Term Courses (Add)
- 16 January 2015
Final Date to Withdraw Fall/Winter Term Courses
(Drop) - 6 February 2015
Family Day (No
Classes/University Closed) - 16 February 2015
February Break (No Classes) -
17 to 20 February 2015 (inclusive)
Final Date to Withdraw Winter Term Courses
(Drop) - 6 March 2015
Good Friday (No
Classes/University Closed) - 3 April 2015
Easter Monday (No
Classes/University Closed) - 6 April 2015
Final Day of Fall/Winter and Winter
Term Classes - 7 April 2015 (makeup for Good Friday)
April Examinations - 10 to 23 April 2015
Upcoming Presentations & Events:
for more information
about upcoming events.
Department is currently planning a full slate of presentations and
workshops for the 2014-15 academic year. In addition, we have renewed
our sponsorship of the monthly Thunder Bay Historical Society's Lecture
Series and our partnership with the Canadian International Council's
Thunder Bay Branch.
History Essay Guide
Your Graduate Coordinator.. and why you should
speak with him...
The Graduate Coordinator is the first point of contact for current and
prospective graduate students. Dr. Ronald Harpelle can be reached at
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. Dr.
Beaulieu's office is located in Ryan Building 3021. His email address