Monday, November 27, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tom Brooking, of the History Department, University of Otago in New Zealand, will be visiting the University of Saskatchewan this Thursday, November 23, 1:00-2:00, ARTS 203. Tom is an environmental and agricultural historian, the author or editor of six books, and he will present a public lecture on his current research: "Empires of Grass: The Reconstruction of New Zealand Grasslands, 1850s-1920s". All interested faculty or students are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Winning international acclaim is all very well, but Mike's and Malcolm's book is also nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award in the Scholarly Writing category. The awards banquet is this coming weekend, in Regina. Stay tuned...
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Congratulations to Steve Hewitt (U of S Ph.D., 1997) who has just published his third book, Riding to the Rescue: The Transformation of the RCMP in Alberta and Saskatchewan, 1914-1939 (University of Toronto Press, 2006.) The book incorporates previously classified material, and explores the RCMP both in the context of its ordinary policing role and in its work as Canada’s domestic spy agency. Steve demonstrates how much of the impetus behind the RCMP’s transformation was ensuring its own survival and continued relevance. Steve's first book, also with U of T Press, was Spying 101: The RCMP's Secret Activities at Canadian Universities, 1917-1997 (2002), followed by Canada and the Cold War (James Lorimer & Co, 2003), which he co-authored with Reg Whitaker. Be sure to go to Steve's website to find out, among other things, whether the Mounties have been spying on you and yours. Steve is a lecturer in American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham, in England. Click here for his departmental web site.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
It is with the deepest regret that we report the death of Rogan Bailey Garner (August 15 to October 30, 2006), beloved daughter of our friend and student Chris Garner and his wife Megan Garner. Our hearts and our thoughts are with Chris, Megan, and the Garner family. Please click here for a loving tribute to Rogan.
And we are sad to report that two other friends and members of our extended History family, both of them doctoral candidates as it happens, have lost loved ones in recent days.
We offer our condolences to Denyse Saint-Georges-Smith and her family. Denyse's mother died on October 29.
And we extend our deepest sympathies to Merle Massie and her family. Merle's brother died in tragic circumstances just yesterday, November 1.
Today, Thursday November 2nd 4:00-5:00 in Arts 214
The footnote: a citation or brief explanation. But what does one do when the person we’re interviewing tells us that he or she is not, in fact, the source of historical information, but merely a conduit; that the voice transmitting the “historical evidence” is not the ethnographic “other” sitting across the table from us, but the other’s other – an ancestral voice acquired not from memory in the western sense, but from dreams across shamanic chasms? And how do we respond when the other’s other informs us that our own voice is actually not ours, but one directed by an Aboriginal ancestral spirit whose alleged design is to influence questions so as to illicit particular responses? In such a relationship where does the power and agency reside, and more basically, how does one cite one’s source? Building upon such diverse historical theorists as Michel de Certeau, Carlo Ginzburg, and Marshall Sahlins, Carlson engages with Salish indigenous knowledge and explains how he came to learn that skepticism isn't always as clever as one might think, and why a historical footnote can be a difficult thing to craft.
The Lecture is open to the general public. We hope to see you there!
Monday, October 30, 2006
What makes Howard's book so valuable is that although for two centuries the early years of the French Revolution have inspired countless democratic movements around the world, little attention has been paid to the problems of violence, justice, and repression between the Reign of Terror and the dictatorship of Napoleon Bonaparte. In Ending the French Revolution, Howard analyzes these years to reveal the true difficulty of founding a liberal democracy in the midst of continual warfare, repeated coups d'état, and endemic civil strife.
And if that sounds like a familiar challenge, you might care to read Howard's op-ed piece in the August 4, 2006 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education, in which he draws striking, and sobering, parallels between the nation-building efforts of the French Directory and those of the Bush Administration. To read it, click here if you have U of S library access.
1) "Remember, remember, the fifth of November!" Come celebrate Guy Fawkes' Night with HUSA this Saturday, November 4th (November 5th in England). Festivities begin at Winston's pub (below the Senator hotel downtown) at 8pm. "Traditional Guy Fawkes' day celebrations" to follow at location TBA.
2) The infamous HUSA Meet the Profs Night is coming soon! (Fashionably late, but all the more welcome). Come meet (or re-meet, or meet outside the classroom) your favourite history professors on November 17 at Louis' pub on campus, starting at 5pm. (Details with Louis' are being hammered out, but this date is not likely to change, and if it does, we'll let you know asap!). Free food and beverages (both fermented and non-) will be served! Hope to see you there!
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Only very limited access is available for copyrighted material, but having found something one can always swing from Google Books over to the University Library. For material out of copyright, however, the entire tome is often provided, and the option of downloading the whole thing as a PDF file is sometimes offered. At the start of each search you can choose to call up only "Full View Books" if you wish. Once found, you can click on the index or, perhaps better yet, used the search facility to check through the text itself.
Curiously, clicking on a desired item found in a search will often land you on a fairly random early page: typing the Roman numeral "i" in the box for page searches will get you right back to the start of the scan -- quite possibly to the outside cover of the book, in fact, from where you can advance forward.
The materials currently on offer reflect the idiosyncrasies of the scanning process, which is spread among a number of major research libraries. People researching nineteenth-century topics will find a vast array of materials now out of copyright. Happily, the bounty of the 1800s includes many antiquarian editions of medieval and early modern manuscript sources, as well as nineteenth-century editions of earlier titles that might or might not have made it to ECCO or EEBO.
We had our best people take Google Book out for a spin, and here are some of the completely random results they came back with.
- John Spalding's indispensable but not entirely trustworthy Memorialls of the Trubles in Scotland and in England. A.D. 1624-A.D. 1645 is available, albeit the first volume is from the flawed 1828 edition, and the second from the superior 1851 edition. Go figure.
- The Diary of Alexander Jaffray is so far provided in the 1833 edition, so we must still await the preferred 1856 edition.
- Those of you who look back fondly to the days when no good sin went unpunished will rejoice, or at least nod approvingly, at the news that John Stuart's undeservedly ignored edition of the Selections from the Records of the Kirk Session, Presbytery, and Synod of Aberdeen (Aberdeen, 1846) is available in its censorious entirety.
- To show that even Google is not perfect, we can confirm the widely unreported fact that there is a scanning flaw on page 82 of the first volume of Miscellany of the Spalding Club (Aberdeen, 1841) -- so don't discard those old photocopies just yet! Being Google, however, we were invited to report the flaw on a straightforward form that conveys every intention to fix the problem.
All in all, Google Books marks yet another stride in the electronic revolution that is making it easier for Saskatoon-based historians to conduct advanced research, and harder to plead that the sources are not available locally.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
We would all prefer that all our books were always right where we would wish them, but given that something has to give, our friends and colleagues in the Library are, as usual, making careful and astute decisions with our needs and wishes very much on their minds. We can also look forward to further consultation as further decisions regarding history materials come to be made.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
PLAUTUS’ THE POT OF GOLD,
AS PERFORMED BY THE LATIN SUMMER CAMP PLAYERS
in Latin, with English subtitles,
Thursday, September 28
Wine and cheese: 4:00 pm
Performance: 4:30 pm
DIRECTED BY BRENT MCFARLANE
DARREN ZIMMER as Euclio (“Ucli”), a deservedly unappreciated miserable old guy
JOHN HOLGATE as the Lar (“Larry”), Euclio’s under-appreciated family god
LILIAN CHERRY as Barbia (“Barbie”), Euclio’s beautiful but stupid daughter
MARCY MURPHY as Staphyla (“Staffie”), long-suffering slave to Ucli & Barbie
JOHN PAULI as 1) Megadorus (“Biglyrich”), Euclio’s insufferable neighbor
2) Lyconides (“Likki”), M’s beautiful but stupid nephew
ABBEY PAULI as Eunomia, Lyconides’ eminently sensible mother
COME AND SEE THE KIND OF THING THE ROMANS ENJOYED
WHEN THEY WEREN’T THROWING LIONS TO THE CHRISTIANS!
ADMISSION IS FREE (BUT DONATIONS ARE GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED!!)!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
The annual Undergraduate Workshop on Applying for Graduate School and FUNDING will take place on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 29, 1-4pm in ARTS 105(click here to see poster with full details).
John is also planning a session for MA students and senior undergraduates devoted specifically to the process of applying for support from SSHRC at the MA level. For which, stay tuned...
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
The James H. Gray Essay Prize for the best 400-level History research paper has been awarded to Brendan Kelly for his essay, "La Petite Guerre of the Iroquois and the Colonists of French Canada: A Study in Adaptation”, written for Dale Miquelon's History 450 class. Brendan graduated with his honours degree in May, and is currently pursuing his M.A. in our department.
The Simpson Prize in History, awarded to two first-year students deemed to have written the best exams in 100-level History courses, has been awarded to Elise Epp for her final exam in History 120, taught by Gordon DesBrisay; and Eric MacFarlane, for his final in History 122, taught by Lisa Smith.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
In other switches, John Porter is the new Undergrad Director now that Martha Smith-Norris has completed her term in that post; Keith Carlson now chairs the Research Committee, succeeding Valerie Korinek; and Angela Kalinowski chairs the Instructional Committee now that Gordon DesBrisay has finished up there. Many thanks to the incomers for their willingness to serve, and to the outgoers for their dedicated efforts and many achievements over the past three or more years.
Meanwhile, over our CMRS colleague Carl Still has been elevated to the deanship of STM, and so Alan Reese succeeds him as chair of CMRS. Congratulations to both Carl and Alan.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
|History Compass publishes peer reviewed survey articles from across the entire discipline. Experienced researchers, teaching faculty, and advanced students will all benefit from the accessible, informative articles that provide overviews of current research.|
Entries for the 2006 Graduate Essay Prize should contain a strong survey element which ensures the essay remains accessible to the non-specialist. The incorporation of advanced graduate work is strongly encouraged.
There will be a prize-winning graduate essay for each of the 9 sections on History Compass:
What do I win?
Each section winner will receive $200/£100 of free Blackwell books and have their article published on History Compass
Can I choose my own topic?
Those entering can choose their own topic; however, as with articles already published on History Compass, submitted essays should have a survey element, putting the chosen topic in context for the non-specialist.
Is there a word limit?
The upper word limit is 5000 words, including endnotes and bibliography.
What is the deadline?
September 1st 2006.
Where should I send my article?
Essays should be submitted by email as a Word document to Associate Managing Editor Keren Oertly at: HICOeditorial@oxon.blackwellpublishing.com. Graduates must specify which section they are entering their essay for, and give details of their affiliation, and their supervisor's name and email address.
How is my essay reviewed?
The Review Panel for each section will comprise the relevant Editor(s) and three Editorial Board members. All submissions will be read 'blind'.
When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced at the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, January 4-7, 2007in Atlanta.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
As part of her work trying to nudge public policy debate along, Janice will be speaking at the University of Prince Edward Island's Confederation Centre of the Arts, on"Canada's Health Care System: Why the Long Waiting Lists and High Costs?" on Thursday, July 20, as part of the 2006 Dr. Frank MacKinnon Lecture Series. "In a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision," she says, "Canada's health care system was criticized for having some of the longest waiting lists in the developed world despite the fact that Canadians are among the biggest spenders on health care. Facts like these are especially troubling since health care is sometimes seen as an essential part of Canada's identity, even though the evidence suggests that other developed countries have been more successful in creating affordable and effective health care systems." Janice will address these issues by looking at the origins and evolution of Canada's health care system and comparing it to other health care systems, like those of Western Europe.
Friday, July 07, 2006
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The innumerate among you ought not to flinch, because the spreadsheet you likely have already (Excel, for example, which is usually bundled with MS Word) means, in essence, that you have a machine that can do the math for you, thereby putting the power of quantification at your fingertips. Feel the power!
If you are new to spreadsheets, by the way, your friends at Google are beginning to make available their own free Google Spreadsheet, which is very easy to use. Being internet-based, it allows you to share your number crunching activities with all designated Google-spreadsheet-equipped friends (or colleagues or students or classmates, whether friends or not), and it is also a simple matter to save your work to your own hard drive for smooth integration in and out of Excel and other heavier-duty terrestrially-based spreadsheets. You probably need one of Google's e-mail (GMail) accounts to use the spreadsheet, but that is free too, and worth having if only for this purpose. Click here to learn more.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Gotta dance? Those of you who have been looking in vain for Y. Daniel's essential Rumba: dance and social change in contemporary Cuba, or C. Howard's classic Just one more dance: a collection of old western square dance calls (you know who you are) should know that the library has moved all volumes with the "GV" call number designation to the Education Library, located (sensibly enough, but we here at What's Up have learned not to take such things for granted) in the Education Building, where all the other "G" volumes already reside. But there is no need to panic. Rest assured that a legit U of S library card allows you much the same borrowing privileges at all campus libraries.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
The George Grantham Bain Collection at the Library of Congress represents the photographic files of one of America's earliest news picture agencies. The collection richly documents sports events, theater, celebrities, crime, strikes, disasters, political activities including the woman suffrage campaign, conventions and public celebrations. The photographs Bain produced and gathered for distribution through his news service were worldwide in their coverage, but there was a special emphasis on life in New York City. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1900s to the mid-1920s, but scattered images can be found as early as the 1860s and as late as the 1930s. Click on any of the images above to enlarge, or check out the entire collection at: http://memory.loc.gov/pp/ggbainhtml/ggbainabt.html
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Here are some further details regarding the gala event itself, which will be held at TCU Place (formerly Centennial Auditorium). Tickets are $90 each or $680 for a table of eight tickets: this is the YWCA's major fundraising event of the year, and all proceeds go towards supporting the programs and services it provides. Tickets can be purchased by calling 244-7034 ext 122 or 121, or by sending in the ticket order form. For more informationion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the number above.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Deadline: April 30
Friday, April 21, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
So far, they have everything one could dream of for a successful garage sale: prime location (807 Preston Avenue, on the corner of Main Street), auspicious timing, and enthusiastic volunteers. They could, however, always use more items to sell, and are still accepting donations of stuff. Your stuff, in fact, should you be so kind. Things like furniture, movies or resalable clothing are all welcome. They can't guarantee that it will sell, but they do guarantee that you won't have to worry about it ever again!
Any questions concerning pick up of items, limits on what we will take, or anything else can be directed to John Holgate at email@example.com. If you prefer the phone, his number is 244-2756. And even if you don't wish to donate stuff, do feel free this weekend to come by and buy.