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Welcome Back!

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 page.

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


Lakehead 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!

Student Successes:

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.

International graduate student 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 Facebook page.

Alumni Accomplishments:
Latest Papers & 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.

Histoire sociale/Social 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 Stalin's Russia.

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 Laurier University.

Alumni Association: For more about the activities of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, click here.

Faculty & 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 February

Final Winter Withdrawal Date (drop) - 7 March

Final Day of Classes (non-professional) - 4 April

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" ~ Pallavi Das

13 Feb - "Postcolonial Politics in a Neoliberalist Age: Comparative Study of Václav Havel and Nelson Mandela" ~ Steven Jobbitt

25 Feb - "Cooking Up Cultue: Food in Black Canadian History" ~ Beverly Soloway

27 Feb - "'A cruel put-up job?' Race, Sport and the Mysterious Death of Osbourne Taylor" ~ Charles Nathan Hatton

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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 is harpelle@lakeheadu.ca

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