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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 Lecture 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 and organizations.

Community Recognition

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


Lakehead History Society News:

It 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

Student Successes:

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.

Alumni Accomplishments:

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.

Faculty & 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 KözleményekClick 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 Meeting. Click here to read more.


Some Important Dates:

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

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

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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 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 him.

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

Dr. Ronald Harpelle can be reached at harpelle@lakeheadu.ca 

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