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Happy Birthday Lakehead!If
you have not already heard, Lakehead University turns 50 this
year! Many of you were among the thousand alumni, faculty, and students
who came out in January to the launch of our year-long celebrations
(complete with fireworks)
as part of the Lakehead University Student Union's Winter Carnival.
Our own Peter Raffo was featured on CBC Radio One talking about
his experiences as a faculty member since 1967 (click here to listen to the interview).
Peter also contributed to the historical timeline outlining key events in
the history of the university found on the 50th anniversary website. He will also be giving a presentation about the university's history on 18 April at the Waverly Resource Library.
In addition to our regular activities, the Department of History will
also be planning some special 50th events. We are also proud to be
taking part in Lakehead's inaugural Homecoming
Weekend to be held next Fall. This celebration will be the first of many and a tradition we
want our alumni and the history community to be a part of! Keep checking
the university's 50th website
for information about events and updates. Stay tuned over the next
couple of months for more information.
Activities, Activities, Activities
This term has been a busy one full of presentations and opportunities to
talk with local, national, and international experts on a wide range of
topics. Over 20 events have been held since January, ranging from our
History for Lunch Series, the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society's
Series, and out of town speakers such as Stephen Clarkson and Donald
Smith. Continuing our long tradition of exceptional and unconventional
education and opportunities, we were pleased to be able to partner with
the Canadian International Council and Lakehead's new RESRG: Resource, Economy, and Society Research
Group to bring award winning SLAM poet Matt Sedillo to Thunder Bay. To read more about this visit, click here or check out the interviews he gave to The Argus and CBC Radio One.
At the Orillia Campus, Specialization Student Ian McRae
organized with the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) another
successful History and Anthropology Fair on 26 February. Groups from
across Simcoe County participating included the Orillia Museum of Art
and History, Leacock Museum, Coldwater Mill, Friends of the OPP Museum,
Ramara Historical Society, John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Committee,
and the Orillia Historical Society. The Department also had a table at
the event and Michael Stevenson talked with members of the community
The past few months have seen the Department and its members recognized for their community contributions. In January, faculty
received three of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society’s
Publications Awards at the annual President’s Reception.
Professor Emeritus Ernie Epp was awarded a City of Thunder Bay Heritage
Award in February for his many contributions to advancing knowledge
about the region's culture and heritage. Recently, the Department was
honoured to have received a Canadian Forces Liaison Council Award of
Excellence for Best Practices in Employer Support: Educational
Institution, Manitoba, in recognition and appreciation of its support
to Reservists of the Canadian Armed Forces. Four members of the Department also received Merit Awards this
year. Valerie Hebert for Research and Teaching, Michael Stevenson for
Teaching, and Michel S. Beaulieu and Pallavi Das for Research and
Service. Congratulations to all for their exceptional work!
Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter Courses
Registration is open for Spring and Summer courses. We
are pleased to be offering a second year Special Topics on Britain
Since 1688 and third year courses on the Hitler State and the American
Impact on Canada. If you are interested in these areas of history, this
is your only chance to take them as none of these courses
will 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.
The Department is pleased to announce our Fall and Winter 2015-16 preliminary courses. All of us in the Department are excited about the mix of
courses you will be able to take at each year level, including the
re-introduction of courses such as the North American Fur Trade and
Medical History (which will be in rotation with others in subsequent
years) and the inclusion of brand new ones such as WWI, Public History,
and American Leisure and Sport. For the first time in 2015-16, the
Department will also begin offering a Community Placement course that
will enable students to earn a credit working in a
history/heritage related institution (more information about this will
be forthcoming in May).
Passing of a Friend
It was with great sadness that the Department found out that Alex Ross,
former City of Thunder Bay Archivist, passed away on Friday 6 March.
For those who did not have the pleasure of knowing or working with
Alex, he was largely responsible for the establishment of the City of
Thunder Bay Archives and was a long-time supporter of the Department,
its students, and its faculty. His memorial service was held at
Oakridge Presbyterian Church, 970 Oxford St. W. in London on Saturday
on 14 March at 11:00 am.
Michel S. Beaulieu PhD
Chair and Associate Professor
History Society News:
has been another great semester for the Lakehead University History
Society (LUHS), filled with a variety of events. The bi-weekly History Socials
continue to grow and have shown to be increasingly popular this
semester. It is exciting to see new faces join us, as well as the
faculty and students who continue to make this event possible.
The 3rd annual archive crawl was a great success. This year,
we added a fourth venue by partnering with the Thunder Bay Public
Library's Brodie Resource Library. Each venue provided new opportunities for
students to experience the city's archival resources. Everyone on the
crawl had a great time. We would like to thank Jesse and Ruth from the Thunder Bay Public Library, Christina from the City of Thunder Bay Archives, Diane from the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Tory from the Thunder Bay Museum for hosting us. We look forward to next year's archive crawl!
Lastly, our final event occurred on March 20th. The LUHS and the Finlandia Club partnered together to host the Year
End Semi-Formal. Over 60 students and faculty came out, making the dinner the largest event the Society has
held. We were thrilled to see the support and involvement of the
students and faculty thus far and encourage everyone to continue in
taking part in all the great events put on by the Department.
Effective April 30, 2015, Ashley and myself will be stepping
down from being co-presidents of the Society. We would like to thank
the Department for supporting us, our executives for helping us through
the chaos and to our fellow students for your enthusiasm and
participation in events. We could not have done it without you!
Thanks for a great two years!
Ashley and Catelyn
History Student Begins Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Save the Finnish Labour Temple -
Honours student Crystal DiGiuseppe has started a crowdfunding campaign
through Indiegogo to help save the Finnish Labour Temple. It has already raised over $9,000 dollars and
has garnered regional, national, and international media attention. Click here to find out more.
History Students to Participate in Cycle Tour of Europe - Honours
students Hannah Pilon and Catelyn Kittmer will be taking part in the
2015 Frank Graham Cycle Liberation Tour this May. Under the larger
theme of War and Liberation, this year's tour starts in Poland with a
different viewpoint of the War: the Holocaust. Students will visit the
concentration camps and learn about the genocide. From Auschwitz,
Poland, to Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic they will ride
through Germany (Dresden, Berlin and Bergen Belsen) and Westerbork camp
in the Netherlands and finish in Markelo. Here they will meet up with
the Canadian veterans, the Essex and Kent Legion Pipe band along with
band members from Midland and their relatives and take part in memorial
services. More information can be found by clicking here.
Play By Alumnus Part of The 10x10 Showcase -
"People Like Us," a play written by alumnus Jordan Lehto (BA 2010, HBA
2012, MA 2014), will be performed as part of The 10x10 Showcase in 11
April at the Finnish Labour Temple (314 Bay Street). Click here for more information.
Alumni and Faculty Receive Awards - The
Department of History is pleased to announce that alumni and faculty
have received three of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society’s
Publications Awards at the annual President’s Reception held on Sunday,
January 4. Click here to read more.
Book Co-Written by Alumna Wins International Award - Congratulations to alumna Laura Nigro (HBA 2007, MA 2008) whose co-authored book, A Century of Sport in the Finnish Community of Thunder Bay, received a Communication Award and Best in Show from the International Sports Heritage Association. 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.
Alumni Association: For more about the
activities of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, click here.
& Staff News:
Canadian Forces Liaison Council Recognizes Department -
At a luncheon hosted by the Thunder Bay (Port Arthur) Rotary Club, the
Department of History was awarded a Canadian Forces Liaison Council's
Award of Excellence for Best Practices in Employer Support: Educational
Institution, Manitoba, in recognition and appreciation of its support
to Reservists of the Canadian Armed Forces. Click here to read more.
Professor Emeritus Awarded City of Thunder Bay Arts and Heritage Award -
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Ernie Epp for being awarded a 2014 City of Thunder Bay Arts and Heritage Award! Click here to read more.
History Professor Appointed to Editorial Board of Prestigious Journal -
Dr. Steven Jobbitt, Assistant Professor of Eastern European History,
has been invited by László Mari, head secretary of the Hungarian
Geographical Society, to sit on the editorial board of the Földrajzi
Közlemények. Click here to read more.
Faculty Member Contributes to New Book on Aspects of the African Diaspora from Latin America - Dr. Ronald
Harpelle's latest publication "Transplanted West Indians: Forgotten
People on the Western Shores of the Caribbean Sea” appears in the book
Another Black Like Me: The Construction of Identities and Solidarity in
the African Diaspora. Click here to read more.
Faculty and Students Receive Research Awards -
Faculty and students in the Department of History have received over
$185,530 in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council (SSHRC) to help answer some fascinating historical questions. Click
here to read more.
Faculty Member Elected as Vice-President of the Champlain Society -
Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu was elected as
Vice-President of The Champlain Society at its October Annual General
here to read more.
Some Important Dates:
Final Day of Classes (non-professional) - 4
April Exam Period - 7 to 17 April
Spring Term Begins - 4 May
Summer Term Begins - 2 July
Fall Term Begins - 14 September
Upcoming Presentations & Events:
Click on the title or check http://history.lakeheadu.ca
for more information
about these events.
18 April - "Celebrating 50 Years: The Development of Lakehead University" ~ Peter Raffo
21 April - "Orillia's Champlain Monument" ~ Michael Stevenson
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. Dr.
Michel S. Beaulieu's office is located in Ryan Building 3021. His email
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 firstname.lastname@example.org