Saturday, June 20, 2009

History in the News

History has been a hot topic in the Canadian news over the last week, with the Dominion Institute's report on the state of historical knowledge in Canada. The Dominion Institute recommends that at least one history class at the high school level be made mandatory across Canada, as many provinces received a failing grade. Saskatatchewan was in eighth place, with a score of F.

See John Gormley's recent article in The Star Phoenix for his opinion piece on the necessity of understanding history in the modern world. The Department's own Bill Waiser is quoted in the article, eloquently outlining the reasons we should learn about about our national history.

Take the Dominion Insitute's quiz to test your own knowledge of Canadian history...

Monday, June 15, 2009

This just in: pictures from the History Graduate Banquet, held at the Western Development Museum on May 24. A good evening was had by happy (now former) students and pleased faculty alike.

Congratulations to our new graduates as they drive back to the future in style!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

H.N. Segall Prize Winner

Heather Stanley presented a paper at the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine conference, held this year at Carleton University (Ottawa), May 29-31. Her paper, "'Vested Interests': The 1902 Midwives Act in Britain and the Construction of Medical Identities", won the H.N. Segall Prize, awarded annually by CSHM for the best graduate paper. As a fellow conference attendee, I can tell you that this year's competition was tough.

Congratulations, Heather!
Congratulations to this year's scholarship winners!

M.A. students KURT KRUEGER, CRYSTAL NATARAJ AND TIM NYBORG have received Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships.

Ph.D. students MICHAEL KIRKPATRICK and HEATHER STANLEY have been awarded SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.

And last, but by no means least, TINA LECKIE has won a University of Saskatchewan Equity Scholarship.

Welcome to the newest member of our department, GRACE ANN DROVER. She was born on May 22 to proud parents Vickie Lamb Drover and Doug Drover. Vickie's M.A. supervisor reports that "The baby arrived right on her due date ... she shows remarkable punctuality and planning, clearly a Lamb Drover genetic specialization!"