Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Reminder: 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).

Tomorrow's CMRS Colloquium will be like no other, and you are invited. Instead of the usual brilliant and stimulating lecture, you will see a brilliant and stimulating and very funny performance of a Roman comedy, 2200 years in the making!



in Latin, with English subtitles,

Thursday, September 28

Wine and cheese: 4:00 pm

Performance: 4:30 pm

STM 344



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




Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The What's Up team likes to think we have our ears and noses pretty close to the ground, and yet somehow we managed not to know until recently that Warren Johnston, a sessional lecturer in our department, received the Master Teacher Award for 2005 from St. Peter’s College, Muenster. Congratulations, Warren.
Congratulations to Jeff Wigelsworth, who has been busy since he successfully defended his Ph.D. in our department twelve months ago. Between then and starting a postdoctoral appointment at Dalhousie University a few weeks back, he wrote a book that has just been published by Greenwood Press. Science and Technology in Medieval European Life is a textbook for undergraduates that seeks to dispell the popular view of medieval Europe as a "Dark Age" of intellectual stagnation, showing instead how scientific and technological achievement thrived. We here at What's Up are firmly of the opinion that this is a book not only to read and admire, but to buy. To that end, click here.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

This just in from John Porter, loyal What's Up correspondent and Undergrad Director:

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

HUSA is off to an early start this term. The History Undergrad Students Association, which represents all History undergrads, will be in the Tunnel selling memberships for 2006-2007 from 10:00 to 12:30 this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Sept. 20-22). Memberships cost a measly $5.00 and allow students to participant in events such as the famous HUSA Movie Nights, the ever-popular Meet the Prof's Night (highlight, year after year, of the social season), and the upcoming "Remember Remember the 5th of November" Guy Fawkes Day Celebration (which will start on Nov. 4). HUSA will also be organizing other events with PASS (the political studies association) and the English Undergrads, which HUSA members will get discounts to.
Karen Thomson(née Sander), M.A. 2006, is in the process of moving back to Saskatoon after a two-year stint working as an archivist in the Provincial Archives in Regina. She is now an archivist with the Saskatchewan Teacher's Federation in the Records and Archives Department. Welcome back, Karen.
The whole team here at What's Up is delighted to report that Rob Angove (M.A. 2005) is, as of last month, settling in nicely to his new job in Prince George, B.C. as the Graduate Studies Officer in the Registrar's Office at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Congratulations, Rob.
This just in! This very day, Simonne Horwitz successfully defended her D.Phil thesis at Oxford. She will return shortly to resume teaching her honours seminar on "Health and Health Care in the Developing World in the 19th and 20 the centuries", and on October 1 she will commence her new appointment as CRC Post-doctoral Fellow in our department. Congratulations, Simonne!
History honours student Cody Powell, a regular contributor to the Sheaf campus newspaper, is now writing a column for the Sheaf on cultural history and nation states. It's entitled 'Better Know a Country' and runs every week in the news section. So far he has discussed Turkmenistan, Cambodia and Nicaragua. Watch for Cody's column on newstands everywhere.
Mark this on your calendars: On November 20, Melanie Racette-Campbell, an MA candidate in CMRS, will be giving a talk on "Pederasty and the Other in Classical Athens" as part of the campus Sexualities and Gender Discussion Series. The informal social institution of pederasty played an important role in the education and acculturation of aristocratic boys in Ancient Greece. Melanie's paper considers the ways in which it served to introduce the youth into elite political and social networks and to smooth his change of status from that of an “other” to that of a man. Stay tuned for further details as to the exact time and location.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Congratulations to the following student prize winners for 2005-06:

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

Lisa Smith spent the Labour Day weekend labouring in a monastery in Massa Marittima, Tuscany. The town's imposing bell tower, seen in the photo to the right, served as a fitting backdrop for the conference on The Penis in Pre-Modern Western Culture, hosted by the Universities of Leicester and Warwick in England. Lisa's paper was entitled "'Monsters in Nature?': Male Sterility in Eighteenth-Century England and France".