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