Thursday, January 17, 2008

The beerishly inclined (and legally entitled) among you should know that there will be a Beer Night Fundraiser next Friday, January 25th, from 8-10pm at the Hose and Hydrant on 11th Street just off Broadway. The fundraiser itself will feature a happy mixture of undergrads, grad students, and faculty -- a perfect model for the target of the fundraising, the second annual Buffalo Conference (May 9-11 at Manitou Beach), a showcase for historical research presented by senior undergrads, grad students, and faculty working in any field of history. Profits from the fundraiser will go to support students attending the conference.

Tickets for the Beer Night Fundraiser cost $12. They will be for sale next week in the tunnel and can be also be purchased directly from Mandy Fehr. We here at What's Up also happen to know that those attending tomorrow's Honours Colloquium at the Diefenbaker Centre (see below) will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets. Those very tickets (which will also be sold at the door on the day) will entitle you to prize draws and "other fun activities". See you there!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The long drought is over. It has been 51 long weeks since we last held an honours colloquium, but now the time has come. This very Friday, in fact. Even if you are not contractually obliged to attend and present a paper by dint of your enrollment in the History Honours Program, you are certainly invited to come along and celebrate the stupendous scholarship and cutting-edge historical research and insight put forth by this year's senior honours students.

To whet your historical appetite, here is the tasty program on offer at the ...

11th Annual Michael Swan History Honours Colloquium

Friday, 18 January 2008
9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Diefenbaker Canada Centre, University of Saskatchewan

Sponsored by the History Undergraduate Students Society (HUSA) and the Department of History

9:30-10:15 On Being Heard

(Sarah Shephard, moderator)

Jayme Pfeifer. “‘Rough Music’ in Ben Jonson's Epicoene.”

Margaret Robbins: “'Annie Get Your Gun' and 'Calamity Jane': History and Myth in American Western Musicals.”

Paul Aikenhead. “Looking For A Place To Happen: A Semiological Analysis of The Tragically Hip.”


10:15-10:30 Coffee


10:30-11:15 Underground & Underdog

(Gayle Cluett, moderator)

Ryan Spence “The use of the Supernatural in Procopius' Secret Histories: Criticizing an Autocrate”

Heather Douglas. “The Albigensian Crusade: An overreaction to heresy in Languedoc?”

Felipe Paredes-Canevari. "Bannockburn: Scottish Prowess or English Folly?"


11:15-12:00 Getting it Wrong

(Ryan Winquist, moderator)

Andrew Fitz-Gerald. "The effects of the Treaty of Nanking on Qing Dynasty China: Give `em an Inch and..."

Riley Dziadyk. "National Missile Defense Debates: Origins and Perspectives."

Kristine Montgomery. "Residential Schools 1946-1970: Changing Policies, Unchanging Objectives"

Michael Kunz: "Fumbling in the Light: America's Failure to Identify Genocide in Rwanda."


12:00-1:15 Free Lunch!

Join us! Dine with the Stars!


1:15-2:00 Culture Matters

(Nicole Gilewicz, moderator)

Kurt Kruger. "London and the Highwayman-Hero."

Heather LeGars. "Khaki is the New Black: British Women's Paramilitary Organizations in the First World War".

R.J. Williamson. "The Historiography of Slavery in the Antebellum South"


2:00-2:15 Coffee


2:15-3:00 Medicine and Authority

(Margaret Robbins, moderator)

Adam Fowler. “Thirteen Blackbirds: Theory and the Cure for Scurvy.

Cody Powell. "Social Reformers, Charlatans, and Entrepreneurs: Phrenology in History and in Practice".

Nicole Gilewicz. "Legacies of Mistrust: Tracing Western Interaction with Indigenous Health Systems"


3:00-4:00 Cold War Fallout

(Kurt Kruger, moderator)

Tim Nyborg. "The Superpowers’ Resolve: Reactionism and Misperception in the Cuban Missile Crisis"

Romain Baudement. ''The Rise and Fall of Japan's Economic Miracle: Its Economic, Political and Social Causes and Consequences''

George McQuitty. "The Cyclical Model of Deng Xiaoping Economics: 1978-1987"

Elisabeth Kasleder. “The Origins of Revolution: Romanians Fight Against Communism”


4:00 ­Closing Remarks


Well, here's some news worth waiting for.



The sixth annual HUSA History Film Series!

Charming story for children? Or cleverly-disguised political allegory?

Itself a historical phenomenon, The Wizard of Oz premiered in 1939 and remains one of the most beloved films of all time. Outperformed by Gone with the Wind—another 1939 film—at the Oscars, the tale of Dorothy and her ragtag companions still went on to thrill countless millions of young viewers for almost six decades.

But was the original book by L. Frank Baum truly for kids? Scholars have long speculated that the 1900 novel contains multiple allusions to contemporary American politics. Was the Wicked Witch of the West really President McKinley? Is the Tin Woodman a stand-in for the industrial working class? Do historians and literary critics just overthink these things? Come follow the Yellow Brick Road with the History Department to find out!

Introduced by Geoff Cunfer, Department of History

DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 24 @ 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Arts 134

ADMISSION: free! (refreshments available for a small fee)