Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rugby Chapel

Local and U of S history buffs will be interested in a recent article -- "Revived Rugby Chapel a campus treasure" -- written by Lucas Richert (Postdoctoral Fellow) for the Saskatoon Sun. Lucas traces the history of the U of S heritage site, Rugby Chapel, as the campus continues to expand.

Phantasma - A Masquerade Formal

Street Carnival, Bogota, with Personification of Disease and Medicine (Credit: Wellcome Library)
The HGSC is excited to invite you to put on your formal wear, don your favorite mask and attend "Phantasma - A Masquerade Formal." For a small entry fee of $10, you will be treated to an evening of music, dancing, food, fun and fabulous door prizes! 

Finger food and desserts will be served and alcohol will be for sale.

***Masks can be purchased from any local costume shop or the base and material to decorate one can be obtained at Michael's.***

Date: March 9th
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Place: Third Avenue United Church (304 3rd Ave. N.)
Cost: $10 (tickets available from HGSC executive or Nadine Penner Arts 721)
Dress: Formal

Friday, February 10, 2012

Panning for Gold in Canada's Past

Awarding-winning author and former journalist Charlotte Gray will be visiting Bill Waiser's new Writing History grad seminar in late February. She will also be giving a lecture, "Panning for Gold in Canada's Past," which anyone can attend!

Date: Monday, February 27
Time: 4:30
Place: Arts 241 (Neatby-Timlin Theatre).

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Experiments in Alchemical Knowledge

Frank Klaassen, in his capacity as President of Societas Magica, organised the society's (and probably the department's) first-ever e-colloquium. Participants from Waterloo, Paris, Cambridge, and Saskatchewan all met by videoconference. Lauren Kassell (Cambridge) spoke on "Thomas Vaughan's Alchemy and the Reform of Ritual Magic in Seventeeth-Century England". It was a fascinating paper that considered Vaughan's reformation of ritual magic in the quest to develop a purer alchemy. This had ties to the wider Protestant reformation, as well as the emerging experimental method.

The e-colloquium was a great way to bring international scholars together inexpensively (and greenly). I declare the experiment a success! Frank promises that there will be more e-colloquiums to come.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

15th Annual Swan Colloquium a Great Success!

By Angela Kalinowski, History Undergraduate Committee Chair

January 20, 2011 marked the 15th Annual Michael Swan Colloquium showcasing the work of History and Classical Medieval and Renaissance Studies Honours students. Seventeen students presented short papers from their senior seminars. With topics ranging from medieval manuscript studies, to LSD in Saskatchewan, to trench newspapers in WWI, the audience was treated to the wide range of fascinating student work in History and CMRS.

The colloquium was well attended: between twenty and thirty people were in the audience of each of the six sessions! Thanks to the undergraduate and graduate students, post doctoral fellows, faculty members and emeriti, including Michael Swan, and family members, who came out to support the student presenters. 

A certain particularly interested audience member!

Events like these require a lot of planning, so many thanks are due to those who worked behind the scenes to make it a success, particularly Ingrid McGregor and Linda Dietz of the History Department, and Terresa Ann Demong and Leland of the Diefenbaker Center.

Finally, warm congratulations to all students who participated in the Swan Colloquium: Jonathan Bramall, Damian Braun, Ryan Buhay, Bronwyn Craig, Regan Flaherty, Matthew Kerr, Randall Knight, Christopher McGarity, Dallas Posavad, Logan Richards, Amanda Shea, David Seibel, Kevin Sexsmith, Tyler Reimer, Clare Thomson, Gina Trapp, and Sarah Vela.
The Swans of 2012

Everyone in the audience commented on the uniformly high quality of your papers and your professional comportment. You have completed another step in your degree, and more importantly, did a great job! You should be proud of yourselves.