Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happy 100th Birthday!

This week, the Department of History celebrates its 100th Anniversary. We have special events -- including a President's Reception on Friday night and an afternoon symposium on Saturday -- scheduled this weekend. To see more on the department's celebrations and how to participate, please see the department website. The good news is that you don't need to be alumni to attend and it's not too late to sign up!

To start things off this week, Bill Waiser was interviewed by CBC Radio's This Morning Edition on September 29th. The podcast is available at: .

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lessons from the Squared Circle:
Wrestling at the U of S

The History Department has joined a group of other departments and university units in a month-long exploration and celebration of the history of wrestling on the Canadian prairies.

The centrepiece of the project is Ring-A-Ding-Dong-Dandy: Glimpses of Wrestling History, a large exhibition in the Murray Library's Link Gallery (September 25 to November 5), using works from a proposed gift to the University of Saskatchewan Archives.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a display on U of S Huskie amateur wrestling at the PAC, a reception and book launch on October 28 for Wrestling in the Canadian West by pro wrestler Vance Nevada and a Greystone Theatre production of Trafford Tanzi by Claire Luckham (a play about a young woman who liberates herself by becoming a wrestler).

The project winds up on October 29 when the History Department and the College of Kinesiology cosponsor a presentation by sports historian Nathan Hatton entitled Thrashing Seasons: Roughness, Respectability and Professional Wrestling on the Canadian Prairies before 1930.

For more information and details of events, see the project poster and programme.
Recording the History of Sto:lo First Nation

History student Stephanie Danyluk spent four weeks this summer with the Sto:lo First Nation (Fraser River, B.C.), while taking Keith Carlson's ethno-history field school.

In an interview with The StarPhoenix, Stephanie speaks of the significance of her experiences:

"'The elders told us that now that we've heard these stories, it's our responsibility to share them,' said Danyluk.

'We weren't just witnesses who were sitting and observing. We were a part of it.'"

What a great way to spend part of the summer!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

First HUSA event of the year

HUSA is launching its first social event of the semester on Tuesday, September 29, from 4:30 to 6:30. This will be a pizza break in (and spreading out of) our much-beloved tutorial room, Arts 249.

Two dollars buys a slice of pizza and a soda. A veritable bargain -- and a chance to meet other lovers of history!

Students, tutorial leaders and faculty are all welcome.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Happy Alumna News

Tracy Deline, who completed her MA under Michael Swan's supervision in 2001, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis at UBC on September 3. Her thesis, "Women in Criminal Trials in the Julio-Claudian Era", sounds fascinating. Congratulations, Tracy -- and all the best in your future endeavours!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Second Annual Dave De Brou Memorial Lecture in History

This year, the History Graduate Students' Committee and the Department of History are pleased to welcome Bill Waiser, who will speak on "Howdy's Photo Album". Dr. Waiser will critically examine the 1950s aerial photography work of H.D. McPhail, a former Lancaster bomber pilot, who took photos of farms around North Battleford and urban centres across Canada.

Date: September 29th
Place: Frances Morrison Library Theatre, 311-23rd Street East
Time: 6:15 p.m. (doors) for 7:00 p.m. (lecture)
Admission: Free