Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Ph.D. candidate Jeff Wigelsworth has just been awarded the 2004/5 Graduate Student Fellowship at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, at the University of Calgary. The award is intended for students entering the last lap of dissertation writing. Merry Christmas, Jeff!

Saturday, December 13, 2003

The library is test-driving ProQuest Historical Newspapers, offering full text coverage of the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and Los Angeles Times from the nineteenth century until just now. The trial expires December 31. Among other great world-shaping events, be sure to check out the New York Times of August 5, 1974, for its review of the historic concert at which Bruce Springsteen opened for Ann Murray in Central Park.

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Whitney Lackenbauer, a Canada Research Chair Postdoctoral Fellow in our department, is a busy guy. He recently defended his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Calgary. (Congratulations Whitney!) In mid-November, he gave the Remembrance Day address to the Canadian Legion in Waterloo, Ontario. A few days later, he presented a paper on the Canadian Rangers as a “Human Solution to Northern Sovereignty and Security” at the Ocean Management Research Network (OMRN) Conference in Ottawa. The Rangers are the subject of his postdoctoral research this year.

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

The latest issue of the Canadian Historical Review is a special prairie theme issue, organized by our own Bill Waiser, who also wrote the introductory essay entitled: "Place, Process, and the New Prairie Realities" pp. 509-516.
Valerie Korinek has an article in the same (December 2003) issue of the Canadian Historical Review, entitled: "'The most openly gay person for at least a thousand miles': Doug Wilson and the Politicization of a Province, 1975-1983", pp 517-550.
The history department was well represented at a recent wine-and-cheese colloquium for U. of S. faculty on the topic of Graduate Student Development Strategies, with particular emphasis on how best to manage tutorials and prepare T.A.s. The event was organized by M.A. candidate Lynda Airriess on behalf of the Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre. Lynda spoke movingly of her experience as a T.A. in history, and Gordon DesBrisay gave a presentation on our T.A. workshop and other department initiatives.

Monday, December 08, 2003

Anyone interested in Victorian history should take a look at an excellent new web site,, focusing on political, social, and economic history.

Monday, December 01, 2003

This just in. A loyal grad student reader reports that M.A. candidate Michael Thome is starting a government job in Regina this week as a Cultural Policy Analyst. He is part of a project that is re-evaluating historical sites in the province. "A job as a historian!" exults our correspondent, and quite rightly. "A bright spot for all of us grad students as we head into a hectic month...." Congratulations, Michael.
Last night in Regina, Bill Waiser's book All Hell Can't Stop Us (Fifth House Publishing) won the top prize for nonfiction at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Congratulations, Bill! Click here for further details:
Broadview Press has re-issued George Woodcock's classic biography, Gabriel Dumont, with a substantial new introduction by Jim Miller. Peruse it at McNally Robinson, or check it out at

Friday, November 28, 2003

Jim Miller delivered a paper entitled "Compact, Contract, Covenant: The Evolution of Indian Treaty Making in Canada" to the Biennial Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, held November 19-23 in rainy but otherwise lovely Portland, Oregon.
Pam Jordan has just published "Does Membership Have Its Privileges? Entrance into the Council of Europe and Compliance with Human Rights Norms." Human Rights Quarterly 25 (2003): 660-688. Read it at
Meanwhile, Pam Jordan also presented a paper entitled "The New Russian Criminal Procedure Code and Adversarialism: Are Defense Attorneys Benefiting?" at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, which met in Toronto on November 21. John McCannon was there, too, chairing a panel entitled "Possibilities and Practices of Rehabilitation under Stalin," and providing the comment for another, "Building a Soviet Collective: Participation in Sport, Art, and Song in the 1920s-1940s."
New France, New Horizons: On French Soil in America is a vast documentary corpus developed by Canadian and French archives, consisting of a virtual exhibition and an impressive database with 22,000 documents reproduced in more than 400,000 digitized images. It offers maps and plans, letters and reports, and other archival documents related to New France, a fundamental period in Canada's history. Many documents previously inaccessible to the public may now be consulted online, and some are available in English translation. Check it out at

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Thesis Defence: Jennifer Milne will defend her M.A. thesis, "Cultivating Domesticity: The Homemaker's Clubs of Saskatchewan, 1911 to the Post-War Era", on Tuesday, 2 December, in the College of Grad Studies boardroom.
The History Cooperative is a pioneering nonprofit humanities resource offering top-level online history scholarship, including several leading journals in such fields as American, environmental, and labour history. Besides full text, the site also contains collateral content, including multimedia elements that could not be reproduced in the print versions of some articles. Intended for history scholars, researchers, and students, check it out at .

Monday, November 24, 2003

Early Encounters in North America The library is sponsoring a free trial of a web source offering 40,000 pages of primary material dedicated to early encounters between Europeans, Africans, and native peoples in North and Central America. Check it out at
Usernames and password in effect during the trial are as follows:
Username: reviewer
Password: extremities108
The trial ends November 30. Please send any comments to Donna Canevari de Paredes, Collections Librarian, at
Ever wonder what on earth people were talking about? Then you need (hell, we all need) the New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 6,900 entries intended to "form the touchstone of what it means to be not only just a literate American but an active citizen in our multicultural democracy." Be that as it may, this site could prove useful as a basic starting point for all sorts of investigations. .

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Library Acquisitions: The October 2003 list of newly processed Library materials is now available in a wonderfully convenient format at Having clicked on the link, you can track items under various main headings tied to call numbers. Remember that cataloguing conventions are such that a card-carrying history book could well be stashed under another heading. Remember, too, that on any given web page the command "Ctrl F" will bring up a search option, so that you can quickly check a particular list for, say, "early modern" or "Scotland".

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Research Fellowships: Applications are invited for research fellowships and travel grants for 2004-2005 at the Lewis Walpole Library, a department of the Yale Uiversity Library with significant holdings of 18th-century prints, drawings, manuscripts, books, and paintings. Visiting fellowships are normally for four weeks, and there are travel grants of lesser duration for scholars engaged in post-doctoral or equivalent research and for doctoral candidates at the dissertation stage. In the current year, nine awards were made. For further details, see

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

HUSA Film Extravaganza! HUSA and Sharon Wright present The Lion in Winter, a medieval epic about appalling royal people behaving very badly towards one another. The film shows on Wednesday November 19 at 6:30 in ARTS 134. Everyone welcome. For the full scoop on the film, see

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

REMINDER: HUSA Film Extravaganza! HUSA and Sharon Wright present The Lion in Winter, a medieval epic about appalling royal people behaving very badly towards one another. The film shows on Wednesday November 19 at 6:30 in ARTS 134. Everyone welcome. For the full scoop on the film, see
HUSA Christmas Charity: The history undergrad society's Christmas initiative this year involves a collection drive for new or used warm clothing for children ages 0-12 and for new toys, which will go to the Saskatoon Society for the Protetion of Children Crisis Nursery Program. The collection will take place in the tunnel from 10:30 to 2pm, November 24-28. While making your donation, also be sure to buy tickets for the HUSA Charity Kegger, to be held December 3, 7pm, at Winston's Pub. Tickets for that event are $10 for HUSA members and $12 for non-members, or $10 for anybody with a donation to the clothing and toy drive.

Monday, November 17, 2003

Bill Waiser and Paul Dederick received a certificate of Honorable Mention from the 51st annual Columbus International Film & Video Festival for their CBC TV series "Looking Back". This is at least the second such award for Bill and Paul and their fine series.
History Student Discussion Forum: This Thursday, Nov. 20th, from 3:30 to 5:30 in ARTS 134, HUSA is hosting a forum in which history students can discuss their experiences with the History program and department, and any possible changes they would like to see. "Please come and be heard", says HUSA, "this is your education and you deserve to have a say."
Alumni sighting: Judy Rendek (BA, 1988) has recently completed her MBA and been appointed President of the B.C. Institute for Studies in International Trade. The BCISIT is located in downtown Vancouver and offers courses and programs in affiliation with UBC and the B.C. Institute of Technology. Besides presiding, Judy teaches the occasional course in international trade. She tells us that she made sure to include shelf space for history books when she moved into her new home: "a reminder of how much I value those years at U of S." Check out the BCISIT web site at, and you can contact Judy at
Reminder to faculty and grad students: the November Grad Colloquium will be held this Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 pm in the Faculty Club, Club Room. Nathan Elliott and Allyson Stevenson will be presenting papers.

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Jameel Hampton (BA 2002) presented a paper entitled "Montrose and the Covenanters: A Reappraisal" at a recent Scottish Studies conference at the University of Guelph. The paper was based on research he understook last year during his MA studies at Queen's. Jameel is currently an editing assistant with the Canadian Journal of History.

Friday, November 14, 2003

Call for Papers: The Centre for the Cultural History of War in conjunction with European Review of History/ Revue europ enne d histoire is sponsoring an interdisciplinary conference, War, Culture & Humanity From Ancient to Modern Times, to be held at the University of Manchester,15-17 APRIL 2004. For further details, see

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Attention Honours Students: undergraduate director Martha Smith Norris will be available on November 19 at 3p.m. in Arts 710 to answer any questions related to the Michael Swan Colloquium, the wonderful capstone event of the honours program in which students present a version of their finest essay to an appreciative audience of peers, friends, and faculty.
An early reminder that the HGSC Christmas Party is scheduled for Nov. 29. All history grad students, faculty, and partners are invited, and should have received an invitation with further details in their mail box. The party will feature a White Elephant Gift Exchange (don't ask!), and cash donations will be collected for the Saskatoon Food Bank. RSVP to Bonnie Wagner or Kim Duong.
Historians in the News: check out the College of Arts and Science news site for coverage of the Saskatchewan Book Awards nominations for books by department members Bill Waiser (nominated in three categories) and Janice MacKinnon, as well as alum and university secretary Gordon Barnhart (Ph.D. 1996). The story is accompanied by a fetching photo of Bill. Check it out at . The same site carries a story on the way that Keith Carlson's work impacts treaty negotiations between the government and B.C.'s First Nations. See that story at

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Peter Scott in the library alerts us to an amazing new web site: BOPCRIS is the British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service. You can use this web site to search and browse information from British Official Publications over the period 1688-1995. You can also read abstracts, and view detailed consistent subject indexing, of key documents. You can then read the digitised full-text version of a limited number of these documents. BOPCRIS currently contains 23,279 references

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Jim Handy was interviewed by the Globe and Mail regarding the recent election in Guatemala and the attempted return to power, via the ballot box, of elderly former general and dictator Efrain Rios Montt. To read the story from the paper of Saturday, November 8th, see

Monday, November 10, 2003

CMRS colloquium: Avi Akkerman of the Department of Geography will speak on "Femininity and Masculinity in Urban Design: Western Thought and the Built Environment", Thursday, Nov. 13, in STM 344B (formerly known as the Chelsea Lounge). Refreshments start at 3:30, talk at 4:pm. All are welcome (especially students).

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Tonya Lambert (BA, MA), now a Ph.D. candidate at Alberta, writes to say that she has been busy preparing encyclopedia entries this past year: “Definitions of Rape”, “Virgins/Virginity”, “Gang Rape”, “Pregnancy (and Conception) as a Result of Rape” for Encyclopedia of Rape, ed. Merrill D. Smith (Greenwood, forthcoming in 2004); “Rape in War” for Women and War: An Encyclopedia, ed. Bernard Cook (ABC-Clio, forthcoming in 2006.)

Friday, November 07, 2003

Congratulations to Keith Carlson, co-investigator on a $1,000,000 five year CURA (SSHRC funded) project to investigate Metis land tenure systems and traditional ecological knowledge in Northern Saskatchewan (grant awarded November 5, 2003). This consortium project is a community-university partnership involving the North West Saskatchewan Metis Council, the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan, the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan. The principal investigators are Dr. Frank Tough of the University of Alberta Native Studies Department, Dr. Lawrence Martz of the University of Saskatchewan Geography Department, and Clem Chartier of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan.
Call for papers: The 10th annual Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium will be held in Ottawa at Carleton University on March 4-5, 2004. We invite proposals for papers from all areas of history, Canadian and non-Canadian, and those from other disciplines touching on historical issues. Please submit your proposals by December 19, 2003 to the following address:
Organizing Committee for the Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium
Department of History
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
or by e-mail to: For more information, check their website at:
Myra Ruthedale will participate in a symposium called Through A Glass Darkly: Art, Architecture and Empire this Saturday, November 8 at Vancouver's Canadian Memorial Church. The purpose of the symposium is to explore ideas about War and Memory with a particular focus on how Canadians after World War One came together to build monuments to those lost at the front. Rutherdale's paper is on women, war and imperialism.

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Call for papers: The second Fort Garry Lectures in History conference will be held at the University of Manitoba, April 29-May 2, 2004. Submissions are invited from graduate and honours students on any topic relevant to historical study. The conference provides a forum in which students can present their current research in a relaxed and supportive setting modeled around other learned symposia. The organizers welcome panel submissions, which should include three papers united by a common theme or geographical/chronological focus, although each of the three papers will be judged on its individual merit. They also invite professors to act as chairs for panels. Please send a 500 word abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (presumably for each presenter), via email to Jarrett Henderson at no later than 15 December 2003.
John Tomayer will defend his MA thesis in an Oral Examination on Monday, November 10, 2003 at 1:30 in Arts 249. The title of John's thesis is "Ingvar Widefarer".

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Frank Klaassen and Gordon DesBrisay are just back from presenting papers at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Pittsburgh. Frank's paper was entitled "Sex, Learning, Fraternity and Influence: Masculinity in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Ritual Magic Manuals", and Gordon's was "Inside and Out in Aberdeen: Alexander Skene and Civic Government in Early Modern Scotland". Tonya Lambert (MA 2001), now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Alberta, also presented a paper. For a sense of what's up in early modern history, check out the conference program at

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Saskatchewan Centennial History Conference

Regina, Saskatchewan: September 8-10, 2005

In recognition of Saskatchewan's centennial, the universities of Regina and Saskatchewan will be hosting a multidisciplinary conference at the historic Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina in early September 2005. The conference will open with an evening reception at Government House on Thursday, September 8. Two days of sessions at the Hotel Saskatchewan will follow on the Friday and Saturday. Friday night will feature the screening of films made to commemorate past provincial anniversaries. The conference will conclude with a banquet on Saturday night.
Papers and/or panel presentations are invited in, but not excluded to, the following general areas. There will be no concurrent sessions.

Gender roles
Saskatchewan in Canada and the wider world (Saskatchewan on the national and/or international stage)
Depictions of Saskatchewan (film, art, literature, etc)
Turning Points and Big Personalities
Migration (to, from, inside)
The Economy: Agriculture, Diversification (private v. public, etc), Labour, and Cooperatives
Tensions (north./south; rural/urban; agriculture/resource, aboriginal/non-aboriginal, etc)
Government and Politics

A one-page proposal and one-page curriculum vitae should be sent to Bill Waiser, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan, 9 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 5A5 or emailed to by January 15, 2004.
Chris Kent and Gordon DesBrisay are just back from the annual meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies, held this year in Portland, Oregon. Chris spoke on "Victorian Clubland and the 'Crisis of Masculinity'", and Gordon's paper was entitled "Father Knows Best? Patriarchy, Quakers, and Family Relations". For a sense of what's up in British History, check out the conference program at

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Bring out your dead! The Dictionary of Canadian Biography is now available online -- a major resource for faculty and students that features entries on hundreds of prominent Canadians who died between the years 1,000 and 1920. Check it out at

Monday, October 27, 2003

Reminder: Jim Miller has been honoured once again. He is giving the prestigious STM Michael Keenan Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, 28 October 2002 at 7:30 PM in the Fr. O'Donnell Theatre (STM). The title of his presentation is: "Compact, Contract, Covenant: Canada's Treaty-Making Tradition". Reception to follow. Everyone welcome.
A reminder to those of you who have booked in for Lisa Smith's presentation to the Eighteenth Century Studies Research Unit, which is tomorrow night (Tuesday, Oct. 28) at the Faculty Club, 6:30 for drinks, 7:00 for dinner. The topic is "Trust and the 'Unruly' Patient in the Eighteenth Century".

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

This coming Saturday, October 25, is Fall Convocation, and the department is proud to announce that 18 undergraduates and 4 MA students will be collecting history degrees. In addition, Jim Handy will be honoured with the George Ivany Internationalization Award. Faculty attending Convocation should assemble in the Paramount Room no later than 8:20 AM. For information about tickets and gowns contact, Shelly Van Buskirk at 6744.
The department wishes to extend its sincere thanks to members of the HUSA executive who helped out at the Experience US! open house for high schoolers last week. Paget Code, Omeasoo Butt, Christina Winter, Chris Phillips, Laura Mitchell, and Greg Froh all helped us put our best foot forward.

Thanks, too, to faculty Dave De Brou, Pam Jordan, Lisa Smith, Louis Stiles, Frank Klaassen, John Porter and, as ever, anyone What's Up has forgotten, for all your help.
An early reminder that the November History Graduate Student Colloquium will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2003 in the Fireside Room of the Faculty Club, at 7:30 pm.
Congratulations to Janice MacKinnon and Bill Waiser for their Saskatchewan Book Awards Shortlist Nominations. Janice's Minding the Public Purse was shortlisted for two categories: Nonfiction and Scholarly Writing. For more on Janice's book, see

Bill's All Hell Can't Stop US received nominations in three categories: Book of the Year, Nonfiction, and the Saskatoon Book Award. Check it out at

And to read more on the awards shortlist, see .

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

HUSA is having a clothing sale this week in the Arts tunnel between 10:30 and 2:30 daily. Sweatshirts, t-shirts, the nine yards -- and all adorned with the HUSA logo on the front and George Bernard Shaw on the back: "The only thing we learn from history is that people don't learn from history." How can you resist?

Friday, October 17, 2003

FINAL CALL Attention students! The university library is hosting a workshop for history students, Finding Resources for Term Papers in History, on Friday, October 17th from 1 to 3pm. The session will cover using the catalogue and finding journal articles using the electronic databases. For further information, contact Shirley Martin, Library Instruction Coordinator, at 966-6030. (If you are a faculty person, please tell your students, and if you are a student, tell all your friends.)
FINAL CALL: Attention Undergrads! On Friday, October 17, the Department of History will be holding a workshop on how to apply for graduate programs and scholarships. The workshop will be held in Arts 103 from 3-5 pm. Everyone welcome. If you are even thinking of grad school, next year or in future years, this is one meeting you won't want to miss. For further details, contact the Undergrad Chair, Martha Smith-Norris.

Thursday, October 16, 2003

HUSA presents a free screening of John Ford's classic anti-western western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, starring James Stewart and John Ford, on October 23rd at 6:30 pm in Arts 134. The film, like the discussion to follow led by Keith Carlson, interrogates myths of the Old West. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Jeff Wigelsworth, a Ph.D. candidate in our department, has just published an article entitled "Competing to Popularize Newtonian Philosophy: John Theophilus Desaguliers and the Preservation of Reputation," Isis 94 (2003): 435-455. If you are a U of S library user, you can read Jeff's article here at

Keeping busy, Jeff will be presenting a paper entitled "English Deists as Heretical Newtonians" at the History of Science Society Conference in Cambridge, MA on 22 November 2003.
Attention Undergrads! On Friday, October 17, the Department of History will be holding a workshop on how to apply for graduate programs and scholarships. The workshop will be held in Arts 103 from 3-5 pm. Everyone welcome. If you are even thinking of grad school, next year or in future years, this is one meeting you won't want to miss. For further details, contact the Undergrad Chair, Martha Smith-Norris.
The Department of Economics is pleased to announce that Professor Herschel I. Grossman from the Department of Economics at Brown University will deliver this year's Timlin Lecture, "Choosing Between Peace and War", in the St. Thomas More College Auditorium, Monday, October 27, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow, all welcome.
Bill Waiser, whose many publication credits include the first editions of What's Up, back when it was taped to the wall by the seventh floor elevator, recently published a new book, All Hell Can't Stop Us: The On-to-Ottawa Trek and Regina Riot (Fifth House, 2003). Congratulations, Bill! For an excerpt, see

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

John Porter's article, "Orestes the Ephebe," has recently appeared in E. Csapo and M.C. Miller, eds., Poetry, Theory, Praxis: The Social Life of Myth, Word and Image in Ancient Greece. Essays in Honour of William J. Slater (Oxford, 2003) 146-77. The paper examines the assimilation of young men to women in Greek literature and art, and argues that this process of assimilation informs the portrayal of young men on the Euripidean stage.
Myra Rutherdale, a Canada Research Chair Postdoctoral Fellow in our department, will be giving a paper October 18th to the Ontario Women's History Network at Queen's University in Kingston, entitled "Dentistry, Diagnosis, and Diphtheria: Nursing in Canada's North, 1945-70."
John McCannon recently had his article "By the Shores of White Waters: The Altai and Its Place in the Spiritual Geopolitics of Nicholas Roerich" published in the journal Sibirica: Journal of Siberian Studies. This month, his essay "Tabula Rasa in the North: The Soviet Arctic and Mythic Landscapes in Stalinist Popular Culture" appeared in The Landscape of Stalinism: The Art and Ideology of Stalinist Space, edited by Evgeny Dobrenko and Eric Naiman, and published by University of Washington Press.
Lorraine Freeman and Nellie Larocque of the Metis Resource Centre, Winnipeg, will speak on the "Claiming Ourselves Genealogical Project", Friday October 24th, 2-3:30 pm in 106 Biology. Their talk is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society and the U of S, and everyone is welcome.
Frank Klaassen's article, 'Medieval Ritual Magic in the Renaissance' was published this past July in the European journal Aries. At the end of October, Frank will be giving a paper entitled "Sex, Learning, Fraternity, and Influence: Masculinity in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Ritual Magic Manuals" at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Pittsburgh.
Attention students! The university library is hosting a workshop for history students, Finding Resources for Term Papers in History, on Friday, October 17th from 1 to 3pm. The session will cover using the catalogue and finding journal articles using the electronic databases. For further information, contact Shirley Martin, Library Instruction Coordinator, at 966-6030. (If you are a faculty person, please tell your students, and if you are a student, tell all your friends.)
Jim Miller will deliver the seventeenth annual Michael Keenan Lecture at St. Thomas More College, Fr. O'Donnell Theatre, Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 pm. The lecture is entitled "Compact, Contract, Covenant: Canada's Treaty-Making Tradition". All are welcome, and a reception will follow.

Monday, October 13, 2003

This year's Experience US recruitment open house takes place Thursday, Oct. 16 & Friday, October 17, when our campus will once again be inundated with Grade 12 students from around the province. The College of Arts and Science considers this an excellent opportunity to attract prospective students. Rest assured that the History Department, ably assisted by student representatives from HUSA, will be there making our pitch. For details as to exact time and location, see
John Porter will be delivering the paper, "'You're a woman: you swear brazenly': Plautus, Amphitruo 831-836 and the Adulteress' Deceptive Oath," to the CMRS Faculty Colloquium on Thursday October 16th at 4:00 in the Window Room of the Faculty Club. (Refreshments and general socializing begin at 3:30.) Professor Porter's paper deals with a tradition of chastity oaths that extends from Hammurabi's Babylon to the administration of William Jefferson Clinton. The talk focuses in particular on a wide-spread tradition of folk tales that deal with the cunning ways in which adulterous women, compelled to attest to their wifely fidelity on pain of some terrible punishment, manage to circumvent the oath through some clever legalistic quibble.

Friday, October 10, 2003

The Teaching and Learning Centre is offering a free workshop for T.A.'s on October 29: Motivating First Year Students, presented by History stalwarts Jim Handy and Jason Zorbas. For information about this and other workshops for Grad Students, go to
Ever wonder what you were missing by not studying early modern history? The answer is dinner. The Eighteenth Century Studies Research Unit (whose members sprawl well before and occasionally after said century) sponsors convivial dinner-talks for faculty and grad students. Following a sumptuous feast on October 28th, our medical historian Lisa Smith will speak on Trust and the 'Unruly' Patient in the Eighteenth Century. To whet your appetite and make reservations, see
At this year’s Fall Convocation (Saturday, October 25th) Jim Handy will receive the J.W. George Ivany Internationalization Award in honour of his extraordinary contributions toward the internationalization of the University. Anyone who knows Jim can attest to his unceasing efforts on behalf of the International Studies program, a wide array of other internationalizing initiatives on campus, and, perhaps most importantly, his founding of the Guatemala Term Abroad program. Congratulations, Jim. For further details and a photo that does not do him justice, see
Janice MacKinnon has been appointed to the board of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, an independent, non-partisan national think-tank that aims to improve public policy in Canada. Janice has been focussing her teaching and research on public policy since returning to our department after years of service as a cabinet minister in Regina. Congratulations, Janice. For further details, see
Elizabeth Scott (BA hons 2003 and currently enrolled in our M.A. program) is one of ten winners of the Canadian Undergraduate Essay Contest in British Studies, sponsored by the North American Conference on British Studies and the British Council. The essay, Little Bodies: Children’s Bodies and Children’s Medicine in Early Modern England, was written for Lisa Smith’s History 398: Healing and Illness in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800. Congratulations, Liz! Our department has had a winner in each of the two years the contest has run (Jennifer Robertson was the first) and this seems a tradition well worth continuing.