The History Department enjoys a vibrant graduate student culture, which has been energized by various students over the years. One important graduate activity is the graduate seminar series, which is organized by, and for, graduate students as a venue for their research and intellectual exchange. In 2002, the graduate students renamed their series in memory of M.A. student Bruce McCaffrey (1938-2002), whose love and enthusiasm for history reverberated throughout the department at Western.
Bruce McCaffrey left politics in 1987 and shortly thereafter relocated to London where he completed his honours upgrade and M.A. degree in History at Western. McCaffrey enjoyed studying the mid-19th century Canadian political era, with a special interest in Sir Francis Hincks (1807-1885). As a member of the history community, McCaffrey was friendly to all, with no pretensions and a great sense of humour. Fellow graduate students loved to hear his many (and sometimes bawdy) stories about the culture of politics.
Bruce McCaffrey died in August 2002 of lung cancer just days after completing his major M.A. research paper and graduated posthumously in October 2002. In memory of his spirit and enthusiasm for history, the seminar series continues to support historical research and graduate interchange.
- "Geographic Information Systems and the Mapping of Medieval Levantine Agriculture"
- "Men Looking at Women Looking at Men in Cars: [...] Why Men Believe Automobile Ownership Will Make Thyem More Attractive to the Opposite Sex"
- "' Right up against it': Returned Men and the Ontario Canteen Fund, 1927-1939"
- "Inconvenient Gifts of Useful Things: The Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and the Disposal of Medical Supplies Overseas, 1944-1946"
- " Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of John Keegan's The Face of Battle"
- "Frenemy Aliens: The National and Imperial Considerations of Jugo-Slavian Contingents in Australia, Canada and New Zealand during the First World War"
Gregg French and Tyler Turek
- TBA " Otto Laahanen's Passport: Diplomacy, Nationality and Mobility in the British Commonwealth, 1920-c. 1940"