Friday, January 30, 2004

Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the Theses Canada Portal. Search the online catalogue for all the Canadian theses and dissertations in our collection and access for free the full-text electronic theses covering the period from 1998 to 2002. Visit the Theses Canada Portal at:
Ryan Pederson (BA hons. '98, MA '01) is back in town to see family and get back in touch with winter, preparatory to a five-month stint of doctoral research in Paris. Ryan completed his comprehensive exams this fall at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where his dissertation on "Chivalry and Noble Revolt in France, 1600-1660" is being supervised by Professor Howard Brown, himself a distinguished graduate of the U of S.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Sage publications is offering a free trial (on an individual rather than instutional basis) for its large collection of academic journals. A handful of history journals is included, often in more complete runs than our existing electronic collections hold. Journals of interest include the Journal of Urban History, European History Quarterly, History of the Human Sciences, and the Journal of Contemporary History.
Want to practice your classical Latin pronunciation? Longing to hear the dulcet sounds of Latin as it is read aloud? If so, join the LATIN 113 Reading Group, Thursday nights at 7 p.m. in room 124 of St. Thomas More College. Our first text (for Jan. 29) will be from chapter eight of Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis. Be there, or be quadratum. (For information about this or future sessions, contact John Porter at 966-4781 or has migrated to the Department of History at The Ohio State University. All of the former historical resources are still available. The site offers an ecclectic mix of texts, maps, and documents on a variety of subjects, with a particular emphasis on U.S. history, timelines, military history, battle plans, and biographies. There is also a useful collection of medieval texts.
The British Library presents Voices of the Holocaust: Recordings of Holocaust Survivors. These recordings, created by the British Library Sound Archive for its Oral History Programme, feature the voices of survivors who came to live in Britain and comprise one of Europes largest collections of survivor testimonies. See and hear the testimony at

Friday, January 23, 2004

David Quriing, who recently completed his Ph.D. in our department, is bursting into print these days. The Mennonite Old Colony Vision: Under Siege in Mexico and the Canadian Connection, based on his MA thesis, has just been published by Crossway Publications. Meanwhile, a version of David's Ph.D. thesis, entitled Battling Parish Priests, Bootleggers, and Fur Sharks: CCF Colonialism and Socialism in Northern Saskatchewan, has been awarded a publishing subsidy from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and will appear in print before 2007. Congratulations, David.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

John Porter's article, "Chariton and Lysias 1: Further Considerations," has now appeared in Hermes: Zeitschrift für Klassische Philologie, vol. 131.4 (2003) 433-440. Professor Porter considers possible connections between the adultery narrative in Lysias' first oration (early 4th C. BC) and two episodes of Chariton's romantic novel, Chaireas and Callirhoe (1st/2nd C. AD). The various similarities detected by earlier studies are found to be grounded in traditional elements of the comic adultery tale, as well as in received attitudes toward women, marriage, and the family. More striking is Chariton's metatextual — and quite humorous — recollection of staged adultery narratives in Roman mime.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

EEBO Sighting! The library is sponsoring a trial of Early English Books Online (EEBO), the electronic version of the stupendous microfilm collection, Early English Books, 1475-1700. There are two trials underway:
* Early English Books Online--images of all works reproduced.
* Early English Books Online Full Text--images plus full text for 3000 of the works.

Information Page

A password is required

Trial ends February 11.
Library Bound: Christie Martel (B.A. hons, 2003) has been accepted into the Master of Library Sciences (MLIS) program at the University of Western Ontario. Her one-year program starts in May. Congratulations, Christie!

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Movie Night in Saskatoon. HUSA and Professor Pam Jordan are sponsoring a free showing of the classic cold war epic, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, starring Richard Burton. The film screens Tuesday, January 27, at 6:30 pm, in Arts 134. Everyone is welcome. Did we mention it was free?

Friday, January 16, 2004

CMRS has moved! Sort of. The CMRS web site has a new url,, though you can still access it in the same old way through the History Department web site. You might wish to update your bookmarks with the new url. And you might wish to check out the information updated by John Porter.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

The new Verna Potruff Memorial Bursary is intended to assist one mature female student pursuing a B.A. in either History or Political Studies. The bursary is for $1,000. Applicants must have completed at least one year of university and must have been at least 21 years of age either when they began their university studies or when they returned to them after an absence of one or more years. If that sounds like you, please contact Professor Smith-Norris (Arts 721, for application forms.
Gateway, an electronic academic history journal run by graduate students, for graduate students and edited here at the U of S, welcomes submissions from grad students anywhere on any historical topic. The deadline for submissions is January 28. Gateway is committed to the multidisciplinary study of history and encourages submissions relating to historical subjects or the theory and study of history from all disciplines. Interested authors are requested to submit their articles, book reviews, and thesis abstracts to Gateway at Check out the journal at

Monday, January 12, 2004

Get Your Mugs Out! HUSA will shortly be posting sign-up sheets in the History Department office so that history students planning to graduate this year can sign up for an appointment to have their grad photos taken late in January at McMaster Photographics. Cost is thought to be $16 for a picture on the composite board and for proofs while you wait. So, if you are graduate material, get your mug out and get signed up for photographic immortality.

Friday, January 09, 2004

Another of our loyal library correspondents, Donna Canevari de Paredes, reports that the library has a trial subscription to The Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection. This enhances the Core Collection which includes "over 100 authoritative quick-reference titles covering the full subject spectrum – everything from the humanities and social sciences to science and medicine, and from business and finance to law and computing." The Premium Collection includes "over 50,000 in-depth scholarly articles from titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series" and "all 20,000 quotations from the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations." Phew! Check it out at
The temporary username and password is saskatchewanpl.
Peter Scott, our library's electronic journals guru and the patron saint of What's Up, reports that he has just finished updating the holdings statements for the JSTOR journals. Many titles have had a number of years added, including history-related titles. Check out the expanded JSTOR listings at:

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

A reminder that the The History Department's Michael Swan Colloquium will be held on January 30, 2004, at the Diefenbaker Centre, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Any Honours students who have not already done so, should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Martha Smith-Norris by January 9 (Arts 712; Phone 966-5800; E-mail: