Monday, December 20, 2004

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Mary Miller died suddenly on December 19th. Mary was the wife of Jim Miller, mother of Andrew and Christian, friend of countless people including everyone in this department, and director of the Diefenbaker Centre. Mary's funeral will take place Thursday, December 23, at 2:00 pm in St.Thomas More College Chapel. A reception in the College will follow the service.

Memorial donations may be made to UNICEF or the Canadian Cancer Society and would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be sent to

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre will post memories of Mary on their webpage at If you have any stories that you would like to share, and/or photographs, please e-mail the Diefenbaker Centre's webmaster, Robert Paul at

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Brent R. MacFarlane has been awarded first prize in the Classical Association of Canada's National Junior Undergraduate Essay Contest (for students in introductory courses in Classics) for his essay, "The Romans Wore Bowling Shoes: Plautine and Terentian Devices and Resulting Reflections of Society in John Hughes' Uncle Buck," written for John Porter's Classics 121: Roman Culture and Civilization. As the awards committee notes, "the author demonstrates convincingly that the satirical devices used by Plautus and Terence work equally well when applied to the neo-conservative movement of the 1980s."

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Congratulations to Roger Carpenter, whose book The Renewed, the Destroyed, and the Remade:The Three Thought Worlds of the Iroquois and the Huron, 1609-1650 has just been published by Michigan State University Press. Roger is a term appointment in our department, and taught previously at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Click here to learn more about the book.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Congratulations to M.A. candidates and new parents Jennifer Hamel and Darren Friessen on the birth of future history student Benno Thomas Friessen, born early in the morning on December 7th, a few weeks early, at 6 lb, 10 oz. And congratulations to you, too, Benno.
Those interested in prying into the lives of dead English and Welsh people are in for a treat. and The National Archives in London have come together to launch a new co-branded (read: "for profit") online service. For the first time, fully searchable indexes and scans of original documents from the 1881 and 1891 censuses for England and Wales are now available. And over the next two years all historic censuses from 1841 to 1891 will be made available online in the same way, providing a wealth of information, including ages, occupation and place of birth. The press release neglects to mention that the prices run $14 Canadian to view an individual record, $59.95 for a quarterly subscription to the whole set, and $139.95 for a year's subscription. Click here to find out more.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

John Porter’s article, “Nicolaus Reads Euphiletus: A Note on the Nachleben of Lysias 1,” has just appeared in Ancient Narrative vol. 3 for 2003, pp. 82-87. The account of the Lydian king Gyges’ ascent to the throne offered in Nicolaus of Damascus’ Universal History (1st C. BC) has been traced directly to the work of the fifth-century Lydian historian Xanthus. This study examines Nicolaus’ clever manipulation of narrative motifs derived from the Bellerophon myth and the first speech of the 5th/4th-century Attic orator Lysias. The use of the latter, in particular, suggests that the relationship to Xanthus’ account is far from straightforward and tells against the view of Nicolaus as a mere redactor.
The winner of the November moustache contest was Jennifer Hamel, for tolerating her husband Darren's lovely Tom Selleck style 'satche for a whole 30 days. The runner-up was Chris Clarke for his biker-like 'handle-bars.'

Monday, November 22, 2004

The Eighteenth-Century Studies at the U of S group is hosting a dinner talk on Tuesday November 30. Professor Jessica Warner (research scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health & Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto) will talk about "John the Painter: An Eighteenth-Century Everyman". The subject of the talk went by various aliases and attempted to burn down Portsmouth and Bristol in support of the cause of American independence. He was hanged for that in 1777. The talk offers thoughts on why certain young men become terrorists, and how best to catch them. 6:30PM, Faculty Club bar, faculty, grad and honours students welcome.

Professor Warner will also deliver a talk the next day, Wednesday, December 1, on "The 'Gin Craze': The Story of the First Modern Drug Scare". The talk promises to offer unflattering remarks about the American "War on Drugs". 4pm, ARTS 101, everyone welcome.
Coming to a Tunnel Near You: This year, as in the past few years, HUSA is offering a wide variety of History Department & HUSA clothing. These T-shirts, bunny hugs, zip up fleeces, and sweater vests are hot, hot, hot! OK, quite warm. Still, you can bet Posh Spice will want the whole set. Order this fine gear in the tunnel from HUSA volunteers who will be manning and womanning their table from 10:30-ish to 2:30-ish this Monday through Friday.
A new exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., offers a glimpse at correspondences four centuries old. Letter Writing in Renaissance England, which runs through April 2005, includes letters penned in invisible ink, sealed in wax and embroidery silk, and sent to and from some of the most famous figures in English history. Click here and here to learn more.
Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, Israel, will bring online its historic new Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names on November 22, 2004. The database, which will allow online public interaction and contributions of new names and materials, seeks to capture the names of as many Jewish Holocaust victims as possible. The sophisticated technology allows users worldwide to access a treasure trove of millions of personal, historical and genealogical documents archived in 14 languages using cutting-edge Web search systems from the convenience of almost any computer. See it at

Friday, November 19, 2004

The National Archives in the UK presents Gallery of Victorian Prisoners Online - Two volumes of photographs and case details of prisoners inWandsworth Prison dating from 1872 to 1873 are now online. Each case gives the prisoner's physical description, as well as a photograph, their date and place of birth, the crime they committed, their sentence, the place of conviction and often their place of residenc. This is all fabulous, but, like many UK archives, access to the images promised and other information beyond the catalogue is actually available only on a pay-as-you-go basis. A family historian tracking one or two kinfolk through the prison system might find it a good deal, but for researchers hoping to survey a series of records, it can get very costly. See for yourself at:

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Don't forget: HUSA is sponsoring a Beer Night, TONIGHT, November 18, from 7-9 pm at Winston's Pub in the Senator Hotel (21st and 3rd downtown). Admission is $8 and all proceeds go to the Dave De Brou Scholarship Fund. Everyone of drinking age is welcome.
The British Library has launched the Endangered Archives Programme. Unless action is taken now, much of mankind's documentary heritage may vanish - discarded as no longer of relevance or left to deteriorate beyond recovery. This website explains what the Endangered Archives Programme is, and how it can help:
Google continues to issue products that can change the way we work (for the better, that is). The newest addition to their stable of search tools is Google Scholar, a staggeringly efficient search tool that enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. Early testing in the What's Up labratory revealed that, on campus at least, many of the links Google finds will go directly to the article in question. Check it out at
Or, thanks to our library friend Peter Scott, you can consult the good people at Google right here:

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

HUSA is sponsoring a Beer Night this Thursday, November 18, from 7-9 pm at Winston's Pub in the Senator Hotel (21st and 3rd downtown). Admission is $8 and all proceeds go to the Dave De Brou Scholarship Fund. Everyone of drinking age is welcome.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The New York Times today published a jaunty article about the Al Capone industry in Moose Jaw. For the next week or so, until the link expires, you can click here to read the article. Meanwhile, even as we speak, researchers are looking for tunnels under Regina, hoping to find evidence of Queen Victoria's surreptitious visits to her namesake city. The searchers have gained heart from recent admissions out of B.C. that rumours the queen (with or without Albert -- reports vary) lived for a time in a cave under the Empress Hotel have proven unfounded. She must have been somewhere, goes the reasoning, so why not Regina?

Monday, November 15, 2004

Call for papers: The ever-busy Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Saskatchewan group invites faculty and grad students to propose twenty-minute papers on any topic relating to the "long" eighteenth century (c.1660-1815) for the conference The Eighteenth Century: Current Research and Future Perspectives to be held March 18-19, 2005 at Luther College, University of Regina. Proposals in the form of 250-500 word abstracts should be sent in e-mail messages (not attachments) to Dr. Noel Chevalier ( AND Dr. Catherine Tite ( The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2005. The local point person is Ray Stephanson in the English Department:
Alum Todd Diakow (MA, 1995)) recently contributed his reminiscences of Dave De Brou for the Memories of Dave page on our departmental site. Todd is a high school Social Studies teacher living in Langley, B.C. and teaching in Abbotsford,where he puts the De Brou method into practice year after year.
MA candidate Rob Morley has created a new "group" in PAWS, the History Teaching Group where instructors at all levels can swap tips and share strategies and concerns. Any faculty or graduate students interested in participating in the group should contact Rob at and ask to be signed up.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Our dear friends at the U of S Library keep doing even better by us. There is now a dedicated page linked to the Library Catalogue, under "Subjects", for History that offers a very efficient way in to just the sort of searches we all do. The most important search engines for the likes of us are grouped under the "Journal Articles" tab, for example, and the tab for "Dictionaries and Encyclopedias" contains the Canadian Encyclopedia Online and Oxford English Dictionary, among others. All history students and faculty should find this of use. You might care to bookmark the page, and then spread the word. Meanwhile, click here to check it out.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

This Remembrance Day, the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections is launching a 10,000 image website documenting Canadian wartime participation covering the Red River Resistance, the Boer War, World War I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The digitized documents, photos and publications comprising The Canadian Wartime Experience website cover a wide variety of topics, including everything from women who gathered clothing for bomb victims to a Jewish writer trapped with Nazis in a holding camp in Halifax, from a first hand account of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles to letters from soldiers who never returned home.
Click here to learn more.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Grad students interested in teaching strategies might wish to attend the workshop Don't Lecture! Why Students and Teachers Should be Acquainted with Problem-Based Learning led by Professor Richard Cassidy of the Chemistry Department at the Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre on November 12, 9-11:am. Click here to learn more and register.

Meanwhile, course instructors interested in learning more about the electronic teaching options now available may wish to attend the workshop WebCT or PAWS: Which is Right for Me? presented by Jay Wilson of Curriculum Studies, at the Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre in the Library, Wednesday November 17 from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Click here to learn more and register.

Friday, November 05, 2004

In celebration of Family History Month in the U.S., The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. has announced the official re-launch of its award-winning website, featuring improved navigation, retooled and advanced search capabilities, as well as family history research tips and forms, free to all users. The newly revamped site, which contains 25 million ships' passenger records covering entry through the Port of New York and Ellis Island from 1892-1924, first launched on April 17, 2001 to critical acclaim and a deluge of traffic. To date the site has received over 6 billion hits. The list includes anyone entering the U.S. at the Port of New York, and so includes travellers as well as immigrants. Many Canadians traipsed through the Big Apple, including the young Lester B. Pearson and the possible forbears of such illustrious Canadian families as the DesBrisays, Korineks, Kalinowskis, Waisers, Klaassens and so forth. The Miquelons, curiously, did not make their New York debut until 2002.
The University of Guelph has for some time published the journal Scottish Tradition, which is now to be relaunched as the International Review of Scottish Studies under the editorship of Professor Graeme Morton. The IRSS is a fully peer-reviewed journal and invites submissions on all aspects of Scottish history and culture. Gordon DesBrisay is a member of the editorial board. Click here to learn more about the revamped IRSS.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Improve your file management: Everybody here at What's Up has expressed frustration at times with the clumsiness and clunkiness of Windows Explorer. If you share that frustration, you might like to try a freeware program that has made all of us much happier. It is called xplorer2, and works much like Windows Explorer, only better.(You will still have Windows Explorer there to fall back on, if you must.)You can, for example, see two directories worth of files at a time, and drag and drop between them: much more efficient for transfering files to a removeable disk, say. There is a pay version of the program, but the free one seems fine and appeals more to the Scottish historians among us. The legal affairs department here at What's Up reminds us to remind you that we accept no responsibility for anything that happens on your computer. But we have used this program long enough to like and trust it. If you are interested in learning more, click here.
The approximately ten thousand cartoons in the British Cartoon Collection at the Library of Congress date largely from the period 1780 to 1830, an era dominated by the prodigious talents and prolific efforts of such famous caricaturists as James Gillray and George Cruikshank. The cartoons highlight aspects of British political life, including tensions with its colonies and other nations, as well as society, fashion, manners, theater, and all things scatalogical. See the collection at

Monday, November 01, 2004

Call for Papers: Symposium on Book Culture Studies, sponsored by the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture, will be held at the University of Western Ontario in conjunction with the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 31-June 1, 2005. The conference theme is Inside & Outside: the material book in cultural and literary contexts. The organizers define “book culture” broadly to refer to studies in the history of the book, literary and cultural history, historical bibliography, etc., and will consider papers on all periods and places, and are looking for works that contribute to the study of written communication by any writer, in any medium, language or genre. Proposals should be a maximum of 250 words and include a title and abstract, indicating the research basis of the study as well as the argument. Papers may be in French or English and should not exceed 20 minutes. Please forward proposals by February 1st to Prof. Robert Brazeau, Dept. of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5,
Keith Carlson and Brendan Edwards recently returned from Chicago where they each presented a paper as part of a panel on "Literacy in Indigenous Worlds" at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Ethnohistory. Meanwhile, Gordon DesBrisay just returned from the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Toronto, where he provided the comment for a session on "Speech Crime and the Negotiation of Community in Early Modern Scotland".
Almna Report: Ellen Crumley (BA, 94) writes that her undergraduate training provided her with writing and critical thinking skills that have stood her in good stead. Professors De Brou, Swan, and Grogin, in particular, proved the making of her. Ellen went on to complete a Master’s degree in library sciences, and having worked for six years in the health sciences industry she hopes to commence work on her Ph.D. in 2005. Congratulations, Ellen, and very best wishes for your future studies.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

What's Up, forgetting its manners, has neglected until just now to thank the stalwart HUSA members who trooped out to lobby and cajole high schoolers who so much as slowed for a breath while passing the History and CMRS tables at the recent Experience US! open house. The event should really be called "Experience Them", because faculty attending these affairs quickly learn that it is our student volunteers that the high-schoolers want to meet. Many, many thanks.
HIstory grad makes good! Sanjay Gupta (BA hons, 1991) was interviewed in the Star Phoenix with regard to his booming import/export business, Tea Connexions, which sells high-quality Indian tea around the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and, soon, Australia. Sanjay employs several U of S grads. "A lot of people think", he told the SP, "'How did this guy with a history degree get into business?' And my comment is that when I was taking history, I learned critical thinking skills and idea generation." And we're glad you did, Sanjay. Click here to learn more about Tea Connexions.

Monday, October 25, 2004

A small coterie of History grad students have delared November the Month of the Moustache. They have not said why. If you are biologically and temperamentally inclined to get into the great hairy swing of things, or if you simply dare to know more, click here.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Keith Carlson's status on the SSHRC standard grant titled “Aboriginal Collective Identity Across Time, Space and Academic Disciplines: Exploring Interaction Among the Stó:lõ of South Western British Columbia,” has been upgraded from "collaborator" to "co-principal investigator". While the majority of the funds in this multidisciplinary multi campus project will remain earmarked for archaeological investigations centered out of UBC, SFU and UCLA, the University of Saskatchewan will now have budgetary control for the historical research component of this innovative three year study.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

The finalists for the Saskatchewan Book Awards have been announced, and sessional lecturer David Quiring has garnered two nominations for CCF Colonialism in Northern Saskatchewan (UBC Press): best first book, and best scholarly writing. Congratulations, David!
The Chicago Historical Homicide Project is not, so far as we know, a dastardly conspiracy or a bad rock band, but rather a remarkable online archive that began with the discovery of a rich log of more than 11,000 homicides maintained consistently and without interruption by the Chicago Police Department over the course of 60 years, from 1870 to 1930. The fact that these records were kept without interruption by a single institutional record keeper makes these files an important new resource for the study of homicide, crime, urban development, the police themselves, and, of course, Moose Jaw. Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

It is only fitting that Bill Waiser will be delivering the 2004 Great Western University Lecture on Tuesday, November 2nd at 7:30pm in the hospitality room of the Great Western Brewing Co. at 519 2nd Ave. N. Bill's talk, "No Level Fields", debunks the popular legend that Saskatchewan homesteaders faced common challenges and all pulled together. The truth will drive you to drink. Please note that there is limited space at the brewery, and seating is by RSVP only. To reserve a seat, please phone 966-1474 or email

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Congratulations to Jason Zorbas and his wife Eleni on the birth of their daughter Kyra, born Tuesday October 12th.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Sewage don't get no respect, but modern cities cannot function without clean water and efficient waste disposal. Arn Keeling, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography, will speak on "Engineering Water: Pollution and Sanitation in Twentieth-Century Vancouver and Saskatoon" on Friday, October 22, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. in Rm. 256 Arts. The paper examines the ongoing struggle to control water pollution in the cities in question, and illustrates the physical and discursive constructions of nature implicated in the modernization and rationalization of space in the city through technological networks. Everyone welcome. Coffee courtesy of the Department of Geography. Bathroom on the right.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Christie Martel (BA hons) reports from the Yukon that she is having a wonderful time working for the Yukon Energy, Mines and Resources Library, the Yukon's largest scientific library. Christie is in the middle of a fourteen-week internship, after which she will return to London, Ontario to complete her Masters of Library Sciences degree at the University of Western Ontario.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Google Does More: The good people at Google (who provide the free software behind What's Up, by the way) are now offering a free search tool intended to bring the power of their internet search engine to your own miserably cluttered hard drive. Current search facilities built into Windows can charitably be described as "pathetic". The word that comes to mind when trying the Google offering is "awesome". One major limitation thus far, however, is that the Google Desktop cannot search WordPerfect files, though it rips through Word, .pdf, and email remarkably quickly. Hopefully, the service will soon extend to WordPerfect and other wordprocessors. Keeners can download the Google Desktop (still in beta testing stages) free at To read further, see today's New York Times article by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Brett Fairbairn will deliver a public lecture on "Everett Baker and the Culture of Co-operation in Saskatchewan", at 8:00 pm, Thursday October 14th at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre. Everyone welcome.
The HUSA Film Series kicks off this Wednesday, October 13th with "To Live",an acclaimed 1993 epic about 20th century China and the question of how ordinary people coped with the most gigantic political and social transformation in modern history. Starring Gong Li. Introduced and presented by Prof Lorne Holyoak, Department of Religious Studies and Anthropology. STM Auditorium (STM 140), 6:30.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Conference: Victorian Canada is the theme of this year's annual meeting of the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada. Jim Miller will deliver a keynote address on “‘Victoria’s Red Children’: ‘The Great White Queen Mother’ and Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada” at 9:am on Friday, October 15th, and at 1:30 pm that same day M.A. candidate Liz Scott will deliver a conference paper entitled “No ‘Fair Chance’: Public Opinion and Criminal Assumptions of the British Home Children in Canada 1869-1930". The panel Liz is on also includes former history student Jennifer Shepard, now completing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Alberta. The conference will be held at the Bessborough Hotel, with registration and a reception on Thursday evening starting at 6:30pm, and then a full day of conferencing on Friday. For details concerning registration and the conference program, click here.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The Department is hosting two new Post-Doctoral Fellows in Native-Newcomer History in 2004-05.

In September Lissa Wadewitz joined us after completing her Ph.D. in History at UCLA on ‘The Nature of Borders: Salmon and Boundaries in the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin.’ Lissa’s post-doctoral research project is to expand the Canadian portion of her doctoral research on trans-border salmon fishery issues on the Pacific slope of Washington state and British Columbia. She will submit the expanded and revised work to a university press, and will also make conference presentations and submit articles to scholarly journals during the year. She introduced herself to the local research community on 30 September, when she gave a talk to the Native-Newcomer Discussion Group.

In early October Lissa was joined by Angela Wanhalla, who had even more recently (29 September, to be precise) defended her doctoral dissertation with flying colours at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Angela plans to carry out intensive research on a Saskatchewan reserve, and to compare the reserve’s experience with intermarriage and the transgressing of boundaries with parallel experiences on Taieri Native Reserve (the subject of her doctoral dissertation) in New Zealand. In the short term, Angela plans to prepare two journal articles and make conference presentations from this comparative work.

We welcome Lissa and Angela, and wish them enjoyment, academic success, and a warm winter in Saskatoon.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Students and others in need of guidance at this time of year can check out the Research and Essay Writing guides listed at Keyanaw Etutor, a service directed towards Aboriginal students in the first instance but of value to everyone. The U. of S. Library also has an excellent suite of materials for students. From the Library home page click on "How to Find, Evaluate, Write,Cite", or click here to go straight there. This cite is particularly good on, ahem, plagiarism.

These links and other valuable research guides (footnotes, anyone?) are also available from the pull-down menues at the top of this page: click "Undergraduates" and choose "online resources", or for an even larger selection click "Graduates" and choose "resources for grad students."
Bill Waiser will deliver an enlightening lecture in the Synchrotron (a.k.a. Canadian Light Source) "Light Lectures" series on Monday October 18th at 7:30 in the STM Auditorium. In "Lighting Up Saskatchewan: An Electrifying History", Bill recounts that former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas said his greatest accomplishment could easily be seen from an airplane at night – the electrification of Saskatchewan. But how did Saskatchewan rural residents cope until power lines found their way to even the most remote villages and farmyards? Bill will explain all. Everyone welcome. Reception to follow.

Monday, October 04, 2004

The Library is hosting a series of Friday afternoon workshops on Finding Resources for Term Papers, and the History workshop is this coming Friday, October 8th, in Main Library Room 161 from 1:30-3pm. All students are welcome and should be encouraged to attend.
The Department of History, the Department of English, the Prairie Centre for the Ukrainian Heritage, and the Ukrainian Museum of Canada are sponsoring a one-day international symposium, Writing about Talking: Orality and Literacy in Contemporary Scholarship. This is an all-day affair, Friday October 15th, at the Bessborough Hotel. Registration is free, but you must register in advance to gain electronic access to the conference papers. For further details see Keith Carlson or click here.

The conference is also tied into a major museum exhibition originating in Kyiv: Oral History of Collectivisation: the case of Ukraine (1930s), which opens at 7:30 pm on October 15th at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada.
HUSA, the History Undergrad Students Association, is starting the year right by hosting a Meet the Prof Night at Louis' bar, Thursday October 7, 7-9pm. All history students, prospective history students, potential history students, and those who know deep in their hearts that they should be history students are invited.

Friday, October 01, 2004

TODAY!!!: Friday, Oct. 1. How to Apply for Graduate School and Funding. A workshop for undergrads considering life after undergraduateship. 3-5pm Arts 217. Everyone Welcome!
Workshop for all history students and faculty. The University Secretary, Gordon Barnhart, will give a presentation Wednesday October 6th at 2:30 in Arts 206 entitled Academic Integrity: The Correct Way to Go. Gordon will discuss a variety of university policies (of which he is a prime author), including plagiarism cases and appeals procedures. The presentation is intended for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. If you have any questions, please contact Martha Smith-Norris, Undergraduate Director, Department of History, at (or 966-5800).
As loyal readers of What's Up will know, the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture / Association Canadienne pour létude de l'histoire du livre was founded last June so that scholars working in a broad range of disciplines in Canadian universities can meet on the common ground of studies of book and print cultures. U of S doctoral candidate Brendan Edwards is a member of the new group's Executive. The Association now invites memberships: $40 per year ($100 for 3 years), or $20 per year for graduate students, sessional instructors, and independent scholars. Graduate students should provide proof of status. Membership is for the calendar year, but initial memberships will carry through until 31 December 2005. Please send your cheque, along with your name, institution if any, address, phone/fax/email contact information, (and a brief note about your research interests if you wish) to:
Dr. Mary Lu MacDonald
10 Botany Terrace
Halifax NS B3N 2Z7

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Call for Papers: The Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities will be held at Cambridge University, 1-5 August 2005. The conference will continue in its endeavours over recent years to develop an interdisciplinary agenda for the humanities. Proposals are invited for 30 minute papers, 60 minute workshops or jointly presented 90 minute colloquium sessions. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication before or after the conference in the fully refereed International Journal of the Humanities. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication and to access the conference proceedings. The deadline for the first round call for papers is 15 October 2004. Proposals are usually reviewed within four weeks of submission. For further details, see

Friday, September 24, 2004

Pam Jordan will join a distinguished panel of speakers discussing the future of UN Peacekeeping at a weekend conference, Making Peace, sponsored by the Saskatoon Peace Coalition. The conference will be held Friday-Sunday November 5-7 at Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon. To register, contact

Thursday, September 23, 2004

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has just been published online. It contains biographic entries on some 50,000 dead Britons, plus a judicious smattering of dead colonials. In paper it comes to sixty volumes. It is one of the largest collaborative undertakings in the history of the humanities, with 10,000 contributors, including 1396 from the United States, 302 from Australia, 52 from Germany, 16 from India, and at least five from Saskatoon: Jim Miller, Warren Johnston, Larry Stewart, Chris Kent, and Gordon DesBrisay. The Saskatoon connection is even stronger, however, if we count (as we do indeed count) the contributinos of alumni Duncan Sutherland (BA hons, MA; Ph.D. Cambridge), now based in London, and Jared Sizer (BA hons; Ph.D. Cambridge) in Edinburgh. Click here to learn more about the ODNB, which is coming soon to a University of Saskatchewan Library near you.
What's Up's sister publication NowThen, the History Department's annual-ish newsletter, was recently mailed to students and alumni. Congratulations to Dale Miquelon and Nadine Penner for making it happen. If you cannot wait for Canada Post to find you, you can see it here first with just one click.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

New Electronic Resource in Library: Since 1967 Latin American Newsletters (LAN) has been the leading independent source of political, strategic, economic, and business intelligence on Latin America." Part of the Latin American Intelligence Service, LAN covers Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America in English and Spanish. Many of the items listed are available in full text. If you are inside the U of S loop, click here for further details.
Special Guest Lecture: On Wednesday, September 29, Dr. Jennifer Welsh is going to give a special guest lecture to students and faculty in the Department of History. This lecture will take place from 1:30 until 2:20 in Arts 206. Dr. Welsh is a Professor of International Relations and a Tutorial Fellow in International Relations, at Somerville College (Oxford). She was born in Regina and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and both a Master's and Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the author of three books on international relations and the co-author of a work entitled "Chips and Pop: Decoding the Nexus Generation." During the lecture, she will speak about her latest book "At Home In the World: Canada's Global Vision for the 21st Century." All are welcome to attend this lecture. For further information, please contact Martha Smith-Norris at or 966-5800.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The History Department Website has been updated with links to a variety of useful sites for students. From the "undergraduates" pull-down menu located at the top of the screen (this screen, for example), click on "online resources" and find links to the department's approved footnoting and essay writing guides, along with sites offering guidance on matters of plagiarism and academic honesty. Graduate students, meanwhile, can find these and other links relevant to their duties as T.A.s by clicking on the "graduates" pull-down menu and then choosing "resources for grad students."
Centenniel Lecture Series:
October 4, 2004, 4 PM, Room 241 Arts (Place Riel Theatre. Everyone welcome.
"Just how is landlocked Saskatchewan in the same boat as the Maritime provinces?" In this lecture, Margaret Conrad will explore the shifting notions of regionalism in Canada, the sometimes contentious relationship between eastern & western regions, and how the development of regional cooperation could serve our common interests.
Margaret Conrad, Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies at the University of New Brunswick, is a Nova Scotian with ties to the Prairies. She is currently researching aspects of cooperation and conflict within and among the Atlantic provinces and is interested in eastern and western perspectives on the phenomenon of Canadian regionalism. Click here to learn more about Margaret Conrad.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Eighteenth-Century Studies at the U of S announces that its next dinner gathering on Wednesday September 29th will feature Warren Johnston speaking on "Apocalypse Now, Then: Revolution and Revelation in Restoration England." The evening begins upstairs in the Faculty Club Lounge at 6:30 p.m, dinner at 7:00, talk to follow. The set menu will cost around $20 for permananet faculty and $10 for undergraduates, graduate students, and sessional lecturers. If you wish to come, please leave a message with Pat Harpell (966-5486) or e-mail Ray Stephanson by Friday September 24th.

Friday, September 17, 2004

At 6:52 on the morning of August 27th, MA candidate Jennifer Wilcox gave birth to future history student Benjamin David Wilcox Nickel. Mother and son are both doing well, and Jenn reports that "Benjamin is perfect and healthy and we couldn't have asked for a sweeter baby." Congratulations to the whole family.
History Grad Student Announcements:

1)Thursday, September 30, 2004 - 5-6:30 pm in Faculty Club basement room - meeting to discuss proposed changes to the history graduate program. For graduate students, this is an important time to speak to any concerns you have re: the changes.
2)Grad. Student Welcome/ History Graduate Students Committee (HGSC) Executive Elections meeting/ De Brou's books scramble - Friday, 24 September at 4:30 in 710 Arts. Refreshments provided.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Those interested in social and economic history from the industrial revolution on might wish to check out Spinning the Web, which brings together a unique collection of some 20,000 items from the libraries, museums and archives of North West England which tell the story of the Lancashire Cotton Industry.
See it at
Speaking of weddings, new MA student Chris Clarke (late of Trent) and his wife Becky were married on August 28th. Congratulations to them both!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

The Department of History in conjunction with Denise De Brou has established the Dave De Brou Memorial Scholarship for graduate studies. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit to a student entering the first year of an M.A. program who is in financial need. Monies raised to date should sustain a modest award for about a decade, but we aim to establish a more generous award in perpetuity. Donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted. Cheques should be made out to the University of Saskatchewan, marked "Dave De Brou Fund", and sent to: Linda Dietz, Department of History, 9 Campus Drive, University of Saskatchewan, S7N 5A5. A tax receipt will be provided.

Monday, September 13, 2004

John Porter will be showing episodes of Michael Wood's In Search of the Trojan War on Monday afternoons in ARTS 206 at 1:30-2:20. The first episode is set to screen on Monday, September 20. Woods, once best known for his tight jeans, is a superb presenter of history on television.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Gordon DesBrisay has published "Lilias Skene: A Quaker Poet and Her 'Cursed Self'" in Woman and the Feminine in Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing, edited by Sarah Dunnigan, Evelyn S. Newlyn and C. Marie Harker (Palgrave, 2004). An earlier version of this essay was presented at the inaugural Faculty Research Workshop, and the author wishes to thank the many colleagues who offered helpful advice. Click here for further details on the volume.
The M.A. Oral Examination for Curtis McManus has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 14, 2004, at 2:30 pm in Arts 710. Curtis will defend his thesis, "Happyland: The Agricultural Crisis in Saskatchewan's Drybelt, 1917-1927".
Jean Rowson, MA candidate, was married Saturday, Sept. 4. in Saskatoon to Ernesto Fidel Ruiz Castro. Congratulations!
Bradley Skopyk, (BA, MA) is starting his second year of a doctorate at York, and has received a CGS/SSHRC in this last competition. He also received a fellowship from the Government of Mexico and will be in Mexico doing research for this coming year. All that, and Brad and Paula Grosso (MA), now teaching in Toronto, were married in Maymount Saskatchewan this summer. Congratulations on all counts!

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

John McCannon recently published "Passageways to Wisdom: Nicholas Roerich, Maurice Maeterlinck, and Symbols of Spiritual Enlightenment," in the summer 2004 issue of Russian Review. He also took a walk on the academically wild side, with "Shamanic Motifs in Fin-de-Siècle Russian Art," which appeared in the spring 2004 issue of the Journal for the Academic Study of Magic. John will be popping to England for a conference this weekend, presumably by aircraft.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Congratulations to Warren Johnston, whose article "The Anglican Apocalypse in Restoration England" has just appeared in the latest edition of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History. Readers inside the U of S loop can see the article by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Congratulations to Peter Bietenholz and Tom Deutscher, whose magisterial three-volume Contemporaries of Erasmus (1985-1987) has just been reprinted by the University of Toronto Press in a single volume - without any editorial changes. Between the covers you will find biographical information about more than 1,900 people mentioned in the correspondence and other writings of Erasmus. It amounts to a biographical dictionary of the Renaissance and Reformation, and now that you can get all three volumes in one softcover tome for less than the price of a single volume in hardcover, you really have no excuses for not buying it.

Monday, August 30, 2004

History T.A.s might wish to check out a new feature of the Department website. From the pulldown menu for Graduates, click on "Resources For Grad Students" (or click here) and note that we have added a new section on Resources for History T.A.s. The links on offer provide guidance on marking essays, managing discussions, budgeting your time, and other matters that will seem more pressing next month.
Congratulations to Jim (a.k.a. "J.R.") Miller, who has just published Reflections on Native-Newcomer Relations: Selected Essays (University of Toronto Press, 2004), a collection of some of his finest essays on Native people in Canada. Early reviews confirm that these essays "embody both careful attention to sources as well as great historical imagination." Some have been widely cited by scholars for years, others will find the wider audience they deserve for the first time. (You will be invited to click here for more details should the University of Toroto Press website ever work. In the meantime, feel free to proceed to your nearest bookstore and purchase the book.)
The Oxford Companion to Canadian History has just been published to considerable fanfare. It is a massive undertaking, though not as massive as the Globe reviewer implied when he described it as "bigger than a breadbox", when in fact it is the size of a large book. Our own Bill Waiser served on the Editorial Advisory Board, and the 527 contributors include Ken Coates (now of Sea to Sky University), Steve Hewitt (now of the University of Birmingham, England), Valerie Korinek, Maureen Lux, Jim Miller, Dale Miquelon, Ted Regehr (Emeritus), and Bill Waiser himself. Click here to learn more, but be aware of discounts on offer at online bookstores.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Jim Handy has just published “Chicken Thieves, Witches, and Judges: Vigilante Justice and Customary Law in Guatemala”, Journal of Latin American Studies, 36:3 (2004) 533-56. If you are in the U of S library loop, click here to read it.
For those interested in Scottish History (and who among us is not?) there are several new or upgraded web sites of interest. At you can find the entire text of the 1791-1799 and 1845 editions of the Scottish Statistical Account, a comprehensive and often quirky contemporary account of Scottish life on a parish-by-parish basis. The indispensible Dictionary of the Scots Language is available at At the Scottish Screen Archive offers clips from archival film footage, while the Virtual NLS at offers a wonderful array of online exhibitions from the collection of the National Library of Scotland -- including not just a fine rendition of Parson James Gordon's 1660 map of Aberdeen (always a big draw), but a fascinating three-way look at the lives of a general, a nurse, and a regular soldier in World War I.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Alumna sighting: Signa Daum Shanks, who completed the first of her four degrees in our department and is currently pursuing a doctorate in law at the University of Toronto, is one of six winners of a new competition on law reform research aimed at graduate students. The competition is sponsored by the Law Commission of Canada and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Signa's paper, which is to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, is titled "Who's the Best Indian?", and focusses on a claim by the Dene of northern Saskatchewan, whose caribou hunts historically carried into the Northwest Territories, until their right to hunt was superceded at the creation of Nunavut. Read more about Signa in the August-September issue of University Affairs.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Grad Students please note: the annual History T.A. Workshop will be held on Friday, September 10th, from roughly 11:am to 3:30pm. Stay tuned for further details.
Valerie Korinek was interviewed by CTV News yesterday regarding the telephone-clogging phenomenon of Canadian Idol. Valerie will be teaching an honours seminar on the history of Canadian popular culture this coming year.
Canadians, we are frequently told, love the British (sorry, Canadian) monarchy. For a firm reminder, be sure to catch the last few days of Happy and Glorious: The Royal Presence in Canada at the Diefenbaker Centre on campus. The exhibition ends on August 29th. Click here for further details.
On August 5th, while What's Up wasn't looking, Erin Millions crossed the finish line in glorious fashion, successfully defending her MA thesis, "Ties Undone: A Gendered and Racial Analysis of the Impact of the 1885 Northwest Rebellion on the Saskatchewan Territory". Congratulations, Erin.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Call for papers: Historians of medicine, in particular, may wish to note that the department of Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh, will host a conference in April 2005 on the theme of Diaspora and Disease. The conference will explore issues relating to the transnational circuits of people and associated medical discourses. The movement of people has long been associated with the spread of disease and infections, and the conference will stress historical context by way of understanding current practices. Themes to be developed include: Plague, contamination and international migration; Homeland and healthcare; Infection and the source of disease; Movement of medical staff; and Assimilation and accessing health resources. It is intended that a selection of papers will form the basis of a special edition of a journal focused on diaspora studies, and an edited volume. Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to Paru Raman ( by September 30th 2004. (The full text of the call for papers is posted in the Department Mail Room.)

Monday, August 23, 2004

Doctoral candidate Brendan Edwards is just back from a month in Europe. In late July he presented a paper on Charles A. Cooke at the 12th annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) in Lyon, France. For the remainder of the month he taught English in Modra, Slovakia. Upon returning he has taken over as Interim Special Collections Librarian at the U of S Library, a temporary half-time position while Janet Catterall (our regular Special Collections Librarian) is on maternity leave. Brendan invites all History faculty and graduate students who are not already aware of the treasures in Special Collections to visit the third floor of the Main Library soon!

Saturday, August 21, 2004

The department has issued an updated timetable for undergraduate classes in 2004/05, including a complete list of instructors and room assignments. The page will be updated as any changes occur. It can be accessed under the "Undergraduates" tab at the top of any page on the department web site, or you can go straight there by clicking here.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Alumnus John Friesen (BA.Hons, MA) recently completed his Ph.D. in the history of science at the University of Leeds, and has been awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He will be settling into Baltimore this September. Congratulations, John, on these outstanding achievements.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Congratulations to Julie Gibbings, who today successfully defended her M.A. thesis,"Becoming Green Citizens and Other Subjects: Community Forests in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala." We wish Julie all the best as she moves on to doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Genealogists, family historians, and historians generally can find an ever growing body of documentation on the web. Two new for-profit sites may be of interest to those tracing British families. Now in its 107th edition, the venerable Burke's Peerage and Gentry, founded on the principle (familiar to many dog and horse lovers) that breeding counts, can be accessed at Meanwhile, "is part of an independently-owned business that is dedicated to providing high quality genealogical services to professional and non-professional researchers. On this site you will find the entire copy of the indexes of Birth, Marriages and Deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 2002".

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

As part of Research Services Day 2004 (September 2nd, in fact), Jim Miller will present a "Session on Grant Writing" for new faculty, current researchers, and graduate students planning to apply to SSHRC in the near future. Jim's presentation runs from 11:am to 12:20. The event runs all day. To pre-register, call 966-8578 or email, or turn up on the day at the Physics Foyer.
Alumnus Sighting: John Sookocheff (BA 2002) sent in the following bulletin. "I'm currently a second year participant on the JET Programme. I work for the Susaki City Board of Education in Kochi Prefecture, Japan. I teach English to elementary and junior high school students and engage in "internationalization" throughout the prefecture, attend English-language exchanges, cultural events, et cetera. I enjoyed the first year so much, I signed up for a second. I'm looking forward to the challenge and surprises that rural Japan has to offer. My girlfriend and I do a blog so that our families can keep track of us. The address is"
The M.A. oral examination for Julie Gibbings will be held tomorrow, Wednesday August 18th, at 2:pm in Arts 710. Julie will defend her thesis, "Becoming Green Citizens and Other Subjects: Community Forests in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala." Everyone welcome.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Alumna sighting: Bronwen Thompson (BA '99) recently completed a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Regina and has moved to Edmonton to work as a Budget and Business Planning Analyst with Alberta Finance.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

The Digital Library of Historical Directories produced by the University of Leicester in England is a digital library of eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century local and trade directories (phone books before there were phones) from England and Wales. Directories of counties and towns are important sources for local and genealogical studies. They include lists of names, addresses and occupations, and successive editions reflect changes over time. Check it out at

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Hidden Lives Revealed focuses on the period 1881-1918, and includes unique archive material about poor and disadvantaged children from across England and Wales cared for by The Waifs and Strays' Society. See it at

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Anthropologists are dear people, generally, who often write things that historians might find useful. Internet Anthropologist is a free "teach-yourself" Web tutorial, designed to develop skills in using the Internet for anthropological research. The idea is to help anthropology lecturers to pass these skills on to their students, but historians and their students may also find it helpful. The tutorial is free to all, at

Thursday, July 01, 2004

July 1 marks, among other things, the start of Brett Fairbairn's five-year term as Head of the History Department. Brett is a graduate of our department (BA hons), and went on to complete his doctorate at Oxford University. From 1986 until roughly yesterday he held a joint appointment in the History Department and the Centre for the Study of Co-Operatives. He was director of the Centre from 2000 until roughly yesterday. A specialist in German and Western Canadian social movements, author of three books and many other publications, holder of numerous awards and fellowships, past editor of the Canadian Journal of History -- Brett brings a wealth of academic and administrative experience to the headship.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Scottish historians, in particular, may wish to note that the Special Libraries & Archives facilities at the University of Aberdeen will be closed for renovations from the end of June until the end of August, 2004.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Keith Carlson's PhD dissertation "The Power of Place, the Problem of Time: A Study of Aboriginal Identity and History" received honourable mention in the competition for the John Bullen Prize for outstanding historical dissertation written by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant living in Canada and attending a Canadian university. Keith's dissertation examines the history of collective identity among the Aboriginal people of the lower Fraser River watershed in British Columbia. He received his award at the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg on June 5, 2004. Congratulations, Keith!

Friday, June 18, 2004

Laurence Kitzan retires from the department on July 1. He joined the Department in 1962, and over the years taught everything from Canadian history to European surveys. Generations of undergrads will remember him best for his classes on British and Imperial history. He supervised many graduate students and ran our grad program for many years. He published Victorian Writers and the Image of Empire: The Rose-Colored Vision in 2001, and is now working on missionaries and governors in India in the 1920s and on 18th & 19th century travellers. Laurence's kettle may have steamed the place up, but the man himself has always been a model of good grace and easy humour. We wish him well, and now that he is Emeritus we hope that he will be a regular visitor to the 6th and 7th floors.
Bill Waiser has received the University of Saskatchewan Distinguished Researcher Award for 2004. Bill is one of Canada's leading historians, with thirteen articles and eight books to his name. His ninth book will be the much-anticipated official history of the province. Best known to a wider public for his Looking Back series on the CBC news, Bill's skills as communicator and teacher on campus brought him a College of Arts and Science Teaching Excellence Award in 2002. Bill is horribly young to be winning these life-time achievement awards, but fortunately for us it is quite likely that the best is yet to come. Click here to read more about Bill and this latest honour.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Michael Swan (known to his publishers as Peter Michael Swan) for his recently published monograph, The Augustan Succession: An Historical Commentary on Cassius Dio's Roman History Books 55-56 (9 B.C.-A.D. 14) (Oxford University Press: 2004). Writing in the third century A.D., historian Cassius Dio is our fullest surviving historical source for the reign of the Emperor Augustus. Michael's book offers the first new commentary on this segment of Dio's work to appear since the eighteenth century. As one would expect of Michael, the book is addressed to both students and scholars. Click here for further details.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Paul Jenkins has successfully defended his MA thesis, "Witchcraft on Trial? Sir George Mackenzie, Rebellion, and the Politics of Witch-hunting in Late Seventeenth Century Scotland". Paul has also recently been awarded an Overseas Research Students (ORS) award, administered by Universities UK and the British government's Department of Education and Skills, to assist him in pursuing his doctoral studies in Scottish history at the University of Glasgow, starting this fall. Congratulations, Paul!
Brendan Edwards, just back from delivering a paper at the recent Congress on the topic of book culture in Canada, reports the founding of a new scholarly society, the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture / Association Canadienne pour l’étude de l’histoire du livre, dedicated to bringing together those residents of Canada who are interested in the study of written communication in its various forms and processes, and to encouraging the interdisciplinary study and teaching of these subjects. For further details, contact the founding president of the CASBC/ACEHL, Professor Leslie Howsam of the Dept. of History, University of Windsor.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

The U of S History Department had a strong presence at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, held in Winnipeg June 3-5 in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Keith Carlson gave a paper entitled "Coyote Goes to London: Literacy and Promises in Aboriginal Oral Traditions and Native-Newcomer Relations", and participated in a roundtable discussion of Cole Harris' Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia (Vancouver: UBC Press), winner of the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for the best non-fiction work of Canadian history. Whitney Lackenbauer gave a paper on "The Methodological Challenge of “Non-Events”: A Reflection Using Comparative Case Studies on Military-Aboriginal Relations over Land Use in Twentieth-Century Canada". Myra Rutherdale presented a paper on "An Arctic Fashion Show: Northern Women and Southern Clothing, 1930-1970", and chaired a session on mission and residential schools. Jason Zorbas gave a paper on "The Politics of Personalities: Canada and the Organization of American States, 1957-1963". Brendan Edwards delivered a paper at the Symposium on Book and Print Culture. And Jim Miller was the commentator for a session on the "Confluences of Popular Culture, Orality, Racial Stereotypes, and History".
Tonya Lambert (MA 2002), has been awarded a SSHRC doctoral fellowship for her work at the University of Alberta on "Conceiving Rape: Sexual Violence and Reproduction in England, 1250-1750". Her thesis is being supervised by Profs. Andrew Gow and Lesley Cormack. In other news, Tonya participated in the Canadian Society of Medievalists conference at the recent Congress of the Humanities and Social Science, presenting a short paper entitled "Rape and Reproduction in Late Medieval England: Con/De-ception and the Body". Congratulations, Tonya.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

John Porter’s article, “Never Give an Adulescens an Even Break (Naevius Com. 36-38 Ribbeck),” has just appeared in The Classical Journal vol. 99 for 2004, pp. 395-403. Professor Porter proposes the emendation of a fragment of the Roman comic playwright Naevius, with reflections on the portrayal of pimps, procuresses, and prostitutes in Roman New Comedy, and on their relationship to their young male customers.
With the D-Day 60th Anniversary coming up this Sunday, the City College of New York Libraries have created the website Government Views of D-Day 1944. The site concentrates on online primary government documents/information from the United States, as well as Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada. There are 38 subject headings ranging from Air Operations to Underwater Archaeology and Weather. See it at

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800 broadsides (posters, early newssheets) lets you see for yourself what The Word On The Street was in Scotland between 1650 and 1910. Crime, politics, romance, emigration, humour, ballads, royalty, superstitions - all these and more are here. Each broadside comes with a detailed commentary and most also have a full transcription of the text, plus a downloadable PDF facsimile. You can search by keyword, browse by title or browse by subject. Here at What's Up, things Scottish have always struck us as more interesting than other things. See what we mean at

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Those of you wedded to Historical Abstracts might also like to check out the new Academic Search Premier, a very large full text multidisciplinary database compiled by the giant journal clearing-house, EBSCO. It indexes over 8,000 journals (70% of them peer-reviewed scholarly titles), including more than 4,600 in full text -- with direct links. For more information see, or go there directly at
Indian Affairs Annual Reports is a digitized searchable collection of the annual reports created by the various Government of Canada departments responsible for the portfolio of Indian Affairs from 1864 to 1990. The collection was compiled by the National Library of Canada and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
For further information see:
Women Working from 1870 to 1930 is a fascinating new on-line resource representing the first fruits of a Harvard University Library initiative intended to demonstrate the feasibility of bringing together books, manuscripts, and images from across the Harvard Libraries and Museums and integrating them into a digital collection using the Web as a primary access tool. See it at
The university catalogue now allows users of the Early English Newspapers microfilm collection to search for all 1,293 newspaper titles by individual title. Simply search for the overall title "Early English Newspapers", and from there click on "See an alphabetical (and searchable) listing of the titles included in this microfilm collection".
Through June 17 the Library is offering trial access to The Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection, which enhances our Core Collection of over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works with an expanding range of key titles, including the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. This means an additional 70,000 entries, including 50,000 longer, in-depth, signed entries with bibliographies". How can you resist? Check it out at
For a full-motion view of the recent-ish past, see British MovieTone News, a Website of one-minute potraits of famous people and stereotyped scenes of British life dating back to 1929. Shot in black-and-white but candy-coloured all the way, these old newsreel clips are as interesting for the way the stories are told as for the stories themselves. See for yourself at:

Métis Scrip Records is a searchable database of over 15,000 images of selected parts of original scrip records held in the National Archives of Canada. The federal government created a number of records in its day-to-day administration of the scrip that it issued to Métis residents of Manitoba and the former North-West Territories. The records generally consist of affidavits and applications, land and money scrip notes, scrip certificates, receipts, and a number of textual files consisting of letters and memoranda outlining government policies, rulings, and procedures. This database provides access to the affidavits and applications only.
Full Information Page:
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Library users can now access the UBCIC RG 10 File & Item Database compiled by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. It consists of the information contained in fifty-two electronic finding aids obtained from the National Archives, and represents all the electronic finding aids for Department of Indian Affairs Record Group 10 as of April 1997. Included on the database are finding aids to the following series:
Black Series: Western Canada 1872-1959
Red Series: Eastern Canada and Headquarters Administration 1872-1964
Central Registry Files: General Headquarters files 1833-1989
School Files: School administration files 1879-1953
Full Information Page:
Direct Link:
Our friends in the Library inform us that the National Union Catalog of pre-1956 imprints is again available in the Main Library. Its new permanent location (the catalogue exists in three dimensions, as books, so you need to travel to the library to see it) is on the third floor, near the end of the "C" classed material. This is a fundamental resource offering the entire Library of Congress cumulative list of authors up to 1956.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Graduate students in the History Department have done exceedingly well in the latest SSHRC competitions. Congratulations to Brendan Edwards and Julie Gibbings, each of whom has been awarded a prestigious Canada Graduate Scholarships Program (CGS) Doctoral Scholarship. Congratulations, too, to Brad Coates, Karen Sander, Elizabeth Scott, and Jillian Staniec, each of whom won CGS Master's Scholarships.
Warren Johnston and Jeff Wigelsworth each have an article in a special edition of the Canadian Journal of History 38 (2003), which is just out. The essays originated at a conference last May in Halifax to honour the retirement of Professor Paul Christianson of Queen's University. Warren's article is "The Patience of the Saints, the Apocalypse and Moderate Nonconformity in Restoration England", while Jeff's is "Lockean Essences, Political Posturing, and John Toland's Reading of Isaac Newton's Principia." Other essays are by John Morrill, Sears McGee, and Ian Gentles, so be sure not to this edition of the journal. Click here for further details.

Friday, April 30, 2004

Brendan Cook (BA hons, MA), currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto (a well-regarded institution in central Canada), has just been awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship . Brendan also reports that he passed his Ph.D. Latin exam at the Centre for Medieval Studies, along with his Latin Paleography class. Congratulations, Brendan!

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Empire Online is a new document collection available through the U of S Library, a searchable database containing full text images of original manuscripts and printed material, 1492-1969, taken from libraries and archives around the world. It covers Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Oceania and South Asia. It also includes a strong core of document images from the British Library and from the Oriental and India Office Collections at the British Library. Two of the five sections are available thus far:

Section I: Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969 (March 2003)
Section II: Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire (March 2004)
Section III: The Visible Empire (Winter 2004/5)
Section IV: Religion and Empire (Winter 2005/6)
Section V: Race, Class and Colonialism, c1783-1969 (Winter 2006/7)

Check it out at

Note to instructors: course packs and electronic reserves permitted for a "reasonable portion."

Monday, April 26, 2004

The 2004 Grad Student Book Pub was a huge success, raising a world-record total of $754.50! Since the amount of money surpassed the wildest dreams, the HGSC has decided to donate a portion of the profits to the Dave De Brou Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

MA candidate Paul Jenkins has just published "'Fire Sparkles Ordinarily From the Collision of Two Bodies': Sir George MacKenzie and the Decline of the Scottish Witch-Hunts in Context", in S.K. Kehoe and Iain H. MacPhail, eds. A Panorama of Scottish History: Contemporary Considerations (University of Glasgow, 2004). Congratulations, Paul.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Two new journals pertaining to American history have been added to the U of S Library EJournal database: click on the titles to see the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and Oregon Historical Quarterly.
On Saturday May 2 CRC post-doctoral fellow Myra Rutherdale will present a paper "Autobiographical Approaches To Nursing History: Methodological Pitfalls and Promises" in a session called "Approaches To Remoteness or Was There A "Normal" In Canadian Nursing History," at an international conference in Banff, Alberta on Qualitative Health Research. From there she will fly to Yellowknife, NWT for a week of research at the territorial archives. Click here for the conference program.
A major collection of rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas has been donated to the Library of Congress by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation of Miami Lakes, Fla. The collection contains some of the earliest records of indigenous peoples in North America and superb objects from the discovery, contact and colonial periods, especially for Florida, the Caribbean and Mesoamerica. Click here for details.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Whitney Lackenbauer, current CRC Postdoctoral Fellow and soon to be a member of the History Department of St. Jerome's University in Waterloo, has been busy. He delivered the lecture on Vimy Ridge to the Command and Staff Course at Canadian Forces College in Toronto on 9 February. In late February and early March, he undertook a research trip to the Northwest Territories and Yukon, where he participated as an "augmentee" on a Canadian Rangers field exercise in the central Yukon. Whitney learned a tremendous amount about northern cultures, and the Ross River Ranger patrol made him an honourary Ranger. The valuable research he collected will provide the basis for an article in The Army Doctrine and Training Bulletin on Ranger instructors due out this summer, as well as the monograph he is writing on the history of the Canadian Rangers.
Another New Book: Congratulations to Brett Fairbairn, who has just published Living the Dream: Membership and Marketing in the Co-operative Retailing System (Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, 2003). Aimed at both academic and civilian readers, the book serves as a primer on the co-operative system, offering a fascinating glimpse into a successful community-based business model that has adapted in surprising ways to the challenges of globalization. Brett's earlier book, Building a Dream: The Co-operative Retailing System in Western Canada, 1928–1988, has just been reprinted by the Centre. Click here for details.

Friday, April 16, 2004

New Book: Congratulations to Jim Miller, who has just published Lethal Legacy: Current Native Controversies in Canada (McLelland and Stewart, 2004). The book explores the deep historical roots that underpin and bedevil Native-newcomer relations in general and recent controversies in particular. In five sections this book covers topics such as Native identity, self-government, treaties, attitudes to land and ownership, and assimilation. Jim acknowledges the fact that there are no easy solutions, but argues that greater understanding is the foundation for building successful relations between Natives and non-Natives in Canada. There is no need for to wait for the library to acquire a copy, because it is available in fine bookstores everywhere. Click here to read more about it.
Research Excellence: Members of the History Department have once again done well in the annual competition for research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Congratulations to Ken Coates, Angela Kalinowski, John McCannon, Jim Miller, and Myra Rutherdale, all of whom won standard research fellowships, and to Whitney Lockenbauer who won a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship.
Fond Farewells: Speaking of Myra Rutherdale and Whitney Lockenbauer, our two postdoctoral fellows in Native-Newcomer history, they have each been successful in their hunt for a tenure track position. Myra has accepted a postion at York University in Toronto (taking her research grant with her), while Whitney (who will have to turn down his postdoc award) has accepted a position at St. Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo. Congratulations and best wishes to both of them.
Ph.D. candidate Brendan Edwards will be presenting two papers this summer on the literary efforts of Charles A. Cooke (Thawennensere), a Mohawk employee of the Department of Indian Affairs, 1893-1926. One at a Symposium on History & Print Culture in June at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities in Winnipeg; and the other in July at the twelfth annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) in Lyon, France.
Lisa Smith is just back from a lightning raid on England, where she presented a paper entitled "The Duties of a Man: Making Medical Decisions in Early Modern England and France" at an interdisciplinary conference, Masculinity, Patriarchy and Power, at the University of Southampton. The programme (or program, if you would rather) for the conference can be found at:

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Mark Meyers has been named a Fellow of the Ninth Annual Summer Institute for the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization, which will take place at Northwestern University from June 20 to July 2nd of this year.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

London's Past Online, produced by the Centre for Metropolitan History in association with the Royal Historical Society Bibliography, is a free online bibliography of published material relating to the history of the Greater London area. In it, you will be able to find everything relating to the history of the capital, from counting house to music hall; from the Fire to the Blitz; from Whittington to Livingstone. It should represent a starting point for all enquiries concerning London's development over the centuries or any conceivable aspect of London life, whether from the academic historian, the amateur or the general enquirer. See it here at
British History Online is the digital library of text and information about people, places and businesses from the medieval and early modern period, built by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust. The site contains a treasure trove of primary documents, including 17th century records of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, a 1695 list of the inhabitants of London, and a growing number of county histories. See it at
The Manitoba Historical Society is about half way through a major digitization project which will eventually see all of the society's 125 years worth of publications up on the web. So far the important Transactions series, dating from 1881 to 1980 have all been digitized. This is an important resource on the web for students, both k-12 and university, researchers and the general reader. Almost any topic in Manitoba history has been covered in the Transactions. Many famous Manitobans from John Christian Schultz to Francis Beynon and W.L. Morton published work in the Transactions. See it at
The History Grad Students' Book Pub is now scheduled for Friday April 23 at Louis. As before, the doors will open at 7:00 pm and the auction will start at 7:30. We've had so many donations of books this year that we can't possibly auction them all so besides having the regular auction we will also be selling the books that are not in the auction for 50 cents for paperbacks and $1.00 for hardcovers. So people may want to come at 7:00 to buy some of the books that are for sale and check out the auction lots before we start the auction.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Attention History Honours Students. Did you know that the the Kathleen R. McKenzie Scholarship of roughly $1700 is awarded annually to the student with the highest cumulative percentage average in all courses who is entering the fourth year of an Honours program in History? Oh, yeah. You betcha. Selection is made by the Department of History. But you must apply to be considered for this award. So, if your grades are there or thereabouts be sure to fill out the simple, short application form: you never know who won't! The deadline is April 30th. Application forms are available in the bin attached to the wall by the door to the mail room, or print your own right here at:

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

A reminder that the library trial for the online resource Empire Online: Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969 ends April 15, 2004 . The site enables faculty, graduate, and undergradute students to examine "cultural contacts throughout five centuries of Empire, from Columbus to decolonisation, [drawing] upon manuscript sources such as the diaries and eyewitness accounts of European travellers, correspondence and periodical literature." See it here at
The University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan HISTORY GRADUATE STUDENTS' CONFERENCE will be held on Friday, 30 April, 4.00 pm - Saturday, 1 May, 4.00 pm at the Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon. This event will feature presentations by Masters and Doctoral Candidates in History from the U of R and the U of S on a wide range of historical subjects. Professor Bill Waiser will deliver the keynote address on Friday, 30 April entitled, "Looking back at Looking Back: doing Saskatchewan history on television." All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to register for this event before 16 April, 2004. Registration is $40, though there are cheaper options depending on your dining preferences. The registration form is available in the History Department mail room, or direct from Jennifer Hamel at Forms and cheques made out to "Department of History, University of Saskatchewan" should be placed in Jennifer's mailbox on the 7th floor.
MIT's OpenCourseWare is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. Instuctors developing courses may find these materials especially interesting. There is an OCW unit for History, with a wide range of courses on offer. See
The Library of Congress has announced the release of the online collection A Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment: Selections from the Tilton C. Reynolds Papers, available on the Library's American Memory Web site, at
MALVINE is an online search service for post-medieval manuscripts hosted by the Berlin State Library and maintained by a European consortium of libraries, archives, and museums. MALVINE provides details on the nature and location of manuscripts held by a wide range of cultural heritage institutions. See it at

Saturday, April 03, 2004

If you wish to offer condolences to Denise De Brou and to Norma, Bruce, Audrey, and grandson Tyson, you can write to

If you were a student or colleague or friend of Dave's and would like to share your memories of him, please e-mail and we will post them on the department web site, on the Memories of Dave page.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Astonishing as it is to have to report this, the arrangements for the funeral of our dear friend Dave De Brou are as follows:

10 a.m. Monday April 5th
St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church
1902 Munroe Ave. (Taylor and Munroe)
Reception to follow in the school gym.

Any of Dave's students who care to attend will be especially welcome.

Interment later in the afternoon at Woodlawn Cemetary
(1502 - 2nd Ave. N.)

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Dear Friends,
It is with great regret that I inform you that our colleague and friend, Dr. Dave De Brou, a Professor of History, passed away this morning. He collapsed while out exercising and could not be revived. Dave has been a wonderful colleague and a great citizen of this university for many years. In his work as teacher, scholar, committee member and Department Head, he devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to the University of Saskatchewan. For those of us who worked most closely with him, we cherish his enthusiasm for our scholarship, his decency and his commitment to the ideals of university instruction and scholarship. He will be greatly missed. I will be in contact with you later with additional information.
Yours truly,
Dr. Ken Coates
Professor of History
Dean, College of Arts and Science
University of Saskatchewan
CANCELLED: The History Grad Student Book Pub scheduled for this Friday (April 2) has been cancelled in light of Dave De Brou's tragic death.
CMRS Colloquium: Frank Klaassen will speak on "Agrippa, Magic, and the Gifts of the Spirit(s)?" on Thursday, April 1, at STM Room 344B (a.k.a. the Chelsea Lounge). Agrippa was the most colourful and influential occultist of the 16th century, but did he or did he not pack in the occult for Pauline spirituality? Refreshments at 4, talk at 4:30. Everyone welcome. THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED.