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History T-Shirt Design Contest

The History Department is looking for your design! We are now accepting entries for the 2011-2012 History t-shirt design contest. Entries are due no later than Monday January 16th, 2012.


Professor Marta Dyczok Speaks at Cambridge University

Professor Marta Dyczok co-organized and spoke at the Cambridge University Workshop, Independent Ukraine: 20 Years On. To view the workshop poster click here


The 2011 History Department stair climbing team-"The Substantive Footnotes"

A team of 12 history department faculty, staff and students climbed over 472 stairs at the "So you think you can climb One London Place" stair climb fundraiser.  The team raised $563.00 for the United Way of London & Middlesex, on November 3rd.  Thanks to all who contributed.


Professor Marta Dyczok speaks at Harvard University symposium on Politics of Memory

Marta Dyczok organized and spoke at a Symposium her new research project on the Politics of Memory and Media at Harvard University on 30 November 2011. Also participating were one of Ukraine's top memory historians, Vladyslav Hrynevych and award winning journalist Andriy Kulykov.


Congratulations to Professor Robert Wardhaugh

Prof. Robert Wardhaugh has taken over authorship of the best-selling Canadian history textbooks, Origins and Destinies.  Now in its seventh edition, Destinies:  Canadian History Since Confederation (Toronto: Nelson, 2011) has just been published.


Take the Pledge to End Bullying

November 14 marks the beginning of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.  This community initiative reflects the values that Western has been fostering for all faculty, staff and students since 2008, with the creation of the Safe Campus Community initiative.  [More]


History Holiday Food Drive

The Second Annual Great History Holiday Food Drive Challenge is set to begin next Monday, November 21 and last through to Friday, December 2.  Just like last year, this is a challenge issued to students in all History tutorials to bring in non-perishable food-items to help support the London Food Bank.  And just like last year, the tutorial which collects the most food during this challenge will win a pizza party that will be held during the last week of classes.

The London Food Bank is looking for canned fruits and vegetables, canned juice, dry pasta, rice, peanut butter, canned pork & beans, macaroni & cheese, soup, canned tuna/salmon and pasta sauce.

Over the past year demands on the London Food Bank's resources have increased.  More families are forced to turn to the Food Bank more often.  Every month the Food Bank gives aid to an average of 3,000 families.  That is a number that only stands to increase.

Last year the History Department was able to collect over 200lbs of non-perishable food items.  We donated more food than several other departments combined.  This year we have a chance to beat our own record and lend even more of a hand to a much needed organization.


Prof. James Flath featured in 'Xinhuanet' (China's largest online news service)

Prof. James Flath was recently (Nov 11) featured in "Xinhuanet," China's largest online news service) for the return of an 80 year New Year print to its home town.  The original article can be viewed here.


Prof. Dyczok Lectures at Columbia University

Professor Marta Dyczok to give lecture at Columbia University entitled "The Politics of History", Thursday November 10, 2011 [MORE]


Join Professor Jonathan Vance at Museum London

Professor Jonathan Vance will be at Museum London on Sunday, October 23 at 1pm to participate in Popular Culture and the Home Front.  Professor Vance will discuss the War, Memory and Popular Culture Collection.

This event is in conjuntion with the historical exhibition From Family to Factory: London on the Home Front.


Professor Michelle Hamilton wins Chalmers Award

Michelle Hamilton has won the 2010 Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History.  Dr. Hamilton was recognized for her book Collections and Objections:  Aboriginal Material Culture in Southern Ontario, 1791-1914 published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.  The award—a cheque for $1000 and an Inuit Sculpture--was presented at the 05th Annual General Meeting of the Champlain Society in Toronto on the 15th of October.  After the presentation Dr. Hamilton addressed the Society.  The Chalmers Award was established in 1983 and is given annually to the best book written on any aspect of Ontario history in the preceding calendar year. 

The Patron, Floyd S. Chalmers (1898-1993), was a distinguished Canadian journalist, publishing executive and philanthropist.  He was particularly active in promoting the arts serving on the boards of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory of Music, as president of the Canadian Opera Company and the Stratford Shakespearean Festival as well as being the Chancellor of York University.  As well as establishing the Chalmers Award in Ontario History, he founded the Floyd S. Chalmers Foundation which continues to provide financial assistance to a variety of young Canadian artists.  In 1993 administration of the Trust Fund for the Ontario Award was transferred to the Champlain Society. The Champlain Society was founded in 1905 with the goal of publishing documentary records of the Canadian experience.  Since that time more than 100 volumes have been published and are as well available to the public and researchers online.  The Society has long had links with the Department of History at Western with many volumes being edited by departmental members and with members and graduates serving on the Society’s Council and Executive.  The current General Editor is Professor Roger Hall.


Celebrating Medical History at Western

Three new displays showcasing the practice and teaching of medicine at Western are now mounted in the Medical Sciences Building in conjunction with Western Homecoming 2011. This year, the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry is celebrating the 130th anniversary of the medical school. As part of this, Public History graduate students Adrianna Ayers, Alison Deplonty, Sarah Nagy, Heather Rivet and Lyndsay VanDyk as well as Professors Michelle Hamilton and Shelley McKellar seized the opportunity to showcase objects from the Medical Artifact Collection – including surgical sets, microscopes, toothkeys and a recently donated foot-pedal dental drill. These displays entitled "Scalpels and Stethoscopes," "Teaching Anatomy and Microscopy at Western," and "Toothkeys and Forceps" are located in the lobby and outside room M146 of the Medical Sciences building – so please wander over for a look!