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It is with great pleasure that I welcome students, faculty, and
friends back for a new year of news and events in the Department of
History. We look forward to a year of activities that showcase history
and the contributions made by people in our department.
We begin 2014 by announcing that Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu is on
sabbatical leave and serving as a Visiting Professor at McMaster
University. Dr. Beaulieu resumes his duties as Chair of the department
on July 1. Until then, Dr. Ronald Harpelle is the Acting Chair and all
enquiries should be directed to him.
If you live in Thunder Bay, you will also be interested to know that
the department has renewed its sponsorship of the Thunder Bay
Historical Museum Society's lecture series during the 2014-15 and will
continue to support lectures hosted by the Canadian International
Council’s local branch.
A new year brings with it some new ideas and the department has
launched a new lecture series called History for Lunch. Throughout the
year, faculty and students will be invited to present papers and ongoing
projects to the public as part of our outreach efforts. The idea is to
put a little bit of history in people’s diets. To kick off this new
initiative we have put Black History Month on the menu in February.
Everyone is invited to attend presentations that take place on Tuesdays
and Thursdays from noon to 1 pm. Six members of the department will
showcase their research on Black History in February and there is a
little bit of something for all tastes. More information about the
lectures can be found on the menu to your right, the Department of
History website, and on our Facebook
You are also welcome to check out the new look of our departmental
website and explore a bit of the history of our online presence since
the university went online in the late1990s. Go back into time with the
Wayback Machine, which will put you on the old “internet superhighway” to take you all
the way back to the department in 1997. You can explore five old
versions of the Department of History’s website and see our online
evolution all the way up to our new look. Find out what we were up to
then and compare that to what we are up to today. Time travel is always
fun and you can go back into time to visit old websites you once knew.
All you have to do is go to the Wayback Machine, type in a current or
historic URL and then use your cursor to go back into online time.
Spring and Summer course registration is now open. Most of the courses
the department is offering this year have never been offered before and
will not be offered during the Fall and Winter terms next year. They
are already filling up, so register soon! Click here to see the complete list.
We wish you all the best in 2014 and look forward to staying in touch.
Ronald N. Harpelle, Ph.D
Acting-Chair and Professor
History Society News:
The past semester has had a great turnout for the
history society. We had a successful day at the 2nd annual Archive
Crawl, where we visited the City Archives, NWO Sports Museum and Hall
of Fame and Thunder Bay Museum.The society has also been hosting annual
history socials where students, staff, and faculty have been able to
come together and unwind. These will continue next semester so make
sure you check the Society Facebook page for updates. Clothing has
arrived! On behalf of the Lakehead University History Society, we hope
you have had a Happy Holiday and a good beginning to the semester!
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.
Wexin Li provided those attending the November Docs on Bay
screening with a musical performance on the Erhu, a traditional Chinese
instrument. To see footage of his performance, check out the Department’s
& Records features
articles by two alumni - The latest edition of the Thunder Bay
Historical Museum Society’s Papers and Records (co-edited by our own
Peter Raffo) has now been published. Alumni Mark Chochla (BA 1973,
HBA 1975) and David Battistel (BA 1996) have each contributed articles.
New Book Co-Written by
History Graduate - Alumna Laura Nigro (HBA 2007, MA 2008) has
contributed to the research and writing of a new book on the history of
Finnish-Canadian sports organizations, athletes, and builders in the
Thunder Bay area. A Century of Sport in the Finnish Community of
Thunder Bay is published by the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of
Fame and the Thunder Bay Finnish-Canadian Historical Society. For more
details click here.
History features article by
former student - A new article by alumna Samira Saramo (MA
2007) appears in the lastest issue of Histoire sociale / Social History.
"The Letters, Memories, and 'Truths' of Finnish North Americans in
Soviet Karelia" examines the letters of seven Finnish North American
immigrants in Soviet Karelia written between 1931 and 1942, and those
of two correspondents writing retrospectively about their experiences
between 1972 and 1997 introduce readers to unique voices from inside
Graduate Presents to Northern Ontario
History of Medicine and Health Group - On 23 January alumna
Whitney Wood (HBA 2009, MA 2010) presented to the Northern
Ontario History of Medicine Group a paper entitled "'When I think of
what is before me, I feel Afraid': Women's Narratives of Fear, Pain and
Childbirth, 1860-1920." Whitney is an historian of medicine, gender and
sexuality, and is currently a doctoral candidate in history at Wilfrid
Alumni Association: For more about the
activities of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, click here.
& Staff News:
History Professor Interviewed by TBNewswatch -
Over the holidays, Beverly Soloway provided TBNewswatch with some
information on the history of Boxing Day. Click here to read the interview.
Faculty Member Published in
Prestigious Hungarian Journal - See the December issue of Foldrajzi
Kozlemenyek for a new article by Steven Jobbitt. His article Memories of Szatmar, Memories of Ferenc Fodor: Memory
and Identity in ‘Szatmar Foldje, Szatmar Nepe, Szatmar Elete’ [translated title] employs
postmodern theory to examine the complex existential relationship
between memory and the negotiation of identity during the early
communist period in Hungary. Established in 1872, Foldrajzi
Kozlemenyek is the most prestigious geographical journal in
Hungary. To read the article, click here to download the PDF.
Latest Issue of Diplomacy and Statecraft Features
Article by Faculty Member - A new article by Michael Stevenson
appears in the journal Diplomacy and Statecraft. “‘A Very Careful
Balance:’ The 1961 Triangular Agreement and the Conduct of
Canadian-American Relations” examines the negotiation of a critical
1961 defence production agreement between Canada and the United States.
Faculty Member Contributes to
Book on Governance in Northern Ontario - Michel S. Beaulieu’s “A
Historic Overview of Policies Effecting Non-Aboriginal Resource
Development in Northwestern Ontario, 1900-1930” appears in the book Governance in Northern Ontario published
by the University of Toronto Press. Edited by Charles Conteh and Bob
Segsworth the book analyzes economic development policy governance in
northern Ontario over the past thirty years, with the goal of making
practical policy recommendations for present and future government
engagement with the region. Click here to find out more.
Lakehead University History
Professor Film Tours - Ronald Harpelle’s recent documentary, Hard Time, about the incarceration
of an innocent man will begin a tour of New York City, Toronto,
Montreal and Paris over the next few months. Hard Time is a film about Robert
King, who spent 29 years in solitary confinement for a crime he did not
commit, and about the Angola 3.
Faculty Members Presentation
Featured on ActiveHistory.ca -
Beverly Soloway's talk on the transformation of indigenous gardening
practices following the arrival of the Hudson’s Bay Company in the
Canadian subarctic starting in the seventeenth century was included as
part of ActiveHistory.ca's theme week on the subject. The presentation
was given as part of the Foodscapes of Plenty and Want conference in
Guelph last year. Click here to listen to the complete presentation.
Professor Co-Authors Article
on "The Technological Imperative of the Cree" - A new article
co-authored by Raynald Lemelin (ORPT) and Michel S. Beaulieu appears in
the Journal of Northern Studies. “The Technology Imperative of the
Cree. Examining Adaptability and Livelihood in Northern Ontario,
Canada” examines how the incorporation of selected technologies (i.e.
outboard motor, snowmobile) in Northern Ontario profoundly and
irrevocably transformed two Cree nations located in the Hudson Bay
Lowlands of Northern Canada.
Some Important Dates:
Family Day - 17 February
February Break (Reading Week) - 18 to 21
Final Winter Withdrawal Date (drop) - 7 March
Final Day of Classes (non-professional) - 4
April Exam Period - 7 to 17 April
Upcoming Presentations & Events:
Click on the title of check http://history.lakeheadu.ca
for more information
about these events.
11 Feb - "Imperialism and the Environment in Africa" ~
13 Feb - "Postcolonial Politics in a Neoliberalist Age:
Comparative Study of Václav Havel and Nelson Mandela" ~
25 Feb - "Cooking Up Cultue: Food in Black Canadian History" ~
27 Feb - "'A cruel put-up job?' Race, Sport and the Mysterious
Death of Osbourne Taylor" ~ Charles Nathan Hatton
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 Acting-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.
Harpelle's office is located in Ryan Building 3019. His email address