2015 News Archives

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Public History in the News!

The MA Public History students presented their findings on the cultural heritage of ten properties in London's SoHo neighborhood on Wednesday night to members of the City's Stewardship Subcommittee. Their efforts will contribute to the proposed Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study for the area once known as St. David's Ward. Excellent job!

MA Public History

(L-R Back Row) Prof. Michael Dove, Brett Bilyk, Katrina Hannah, Montanna Mills, Rebecca Smithers, Thomas Littlewood, Robert DeRose
(L-R Front) Heather Hepburn, Alison Nagy, Madison Hamilton, Alex Weller

Nov. 12, 2015

Congratulations Prof. Shauna Devine

On behalf of the History Department, we wish to congratulate Prof. Shauna Devine on receiving the Tom Watson Brown Book Award for her publication Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science (UNC Press, 2014)  Prof. Devine will be honoured tomorrow evening at the Society of Civil War Historians banquet at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas. Prof. Devine's lecture will also be filmed by C-SPAN.



Oct. 28, 2015

Dominion Public Building Film Series

Thursday, 29 October 2015, 7:00pm - 9:00pm  Museum London
Professor Mike Dove will be introducing a series of short films on the Dominion Public Building by director/producer Juan Andres Bello of Triana Media as part of the London Society of Architects' winter speaker series.  "The Lost Art of Drawing Buildings: The Dominion Public Building" is a web-based documentary project exploring the architecture, history and present-day significance of this heritage public landmark.        


Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

Oct. 14, 2015

PhD Public Lecture by Signa Daum Shanks

Please join us to support PhD candidate Signa Daum Shanks as she presents a public lecture on her dissertation: “Searching for Sakitawak: Place and People in Northern Saskatchewan's Ile-A La Crosse”. The lecture will be on October 15, 2015 at 10:30am in SSC 9420, see the poster here!

Oct. 13, 2015

Claire Halstead's PhD Public Lecture

Please join us on Monday, October 19th at 10:30am in SSC 9420 for a PhD public lecture by Claire Halstead. The lecture is entitled "From Lion to Leaf: British Child Evacuees in Canada During the Second World War", see the poster here.

Sept. 30, 2015

Applications to our 2016 Graduate Programs

Are you interested in applying to our MA History, MA Public History or PhD program for 2016? The application process begins on October 1st. Apply here.

Please email or call (519-661-2111 x84961) Kara Brown, Graduate Program Advisor with any questions or concerns.

Sept. 28, 2015

First Jewish Studies Research Noon Hour Talk

Dear all,

It gives me great pleasure to announce our first Jewish Studies research noon hour talk for this academic year.

On Wednesday, October 7th, Prof. Sonia Halpern will be presenting a talk entitled, The Art of Power: The Degenerate Art Exhibition of 1937.

In 1937, Hitler organized a shocking art exhibition that was specifically designed to undermine Jews and other “undesirable” groups, and thus inherently elevate the status of “pure” Germans. With one of the exhibition’s rooms reserved for art by Jews, and the rest of the show degraded for its “Jewish influences,” The Degenerate Art Exhibition, a travelling show in Germany and Austria, was seen by millions of people, and was a crucial propaganda tool that marked the beginning of the intimate connection between art and the political supremacy of the Nazi Party. By focusing on the Degenerate Art Exhibition, Sonia will discuss why the Nazis detested some types of art and revered others, revealing a specific artistic aesthetic that reflected their political agenda.

The talk will take place in Lawson Hall 1227 and will begin at 12pm. All are welcome to join us.

And please also make note of our following talk:

On Wednesday, November 18, Prof. Monda Halpern will be speaking about: “Are you people Jewish?”: The Mistaken Identity of Mary Rosenblatt in the 1952 Harry Lee Murder Case

Hope to see you all there!
Prof. Sarah Wobick-Segev

Aug. 15, 2015

Gregg French Case Study

After approximately a year in production, GaleCengage has posted a video featuring Gregg French and his research experiences at the Smithsonian Institution Archives in Washington, DC. Well done, Gregg! Please see the video below.

Aug. 15, 2015

Congratulations Prof. Michelle Hamilton!

Franz Boas Papers, Volume 1 Book CoverCongratulations to Prof. Michelle Hamilton who was one of four editors on this publication. Also a congratulations to PhD candidate Evan Habkirk, and former Public History students Jessica Knapp & Paulina Johnson for their assistance on this large project. Well done! www.franzboaspapers.uwo.ca

Aug. 15, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Marti!

Dr. Marti successfully defended his PhD dissertation, "Embattled Communities: Voluntary Action and Identity in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, 1914-1918” on Friday, August 14th. Congratulations again to Dr. Steve Marti.

Jul. 15, 2015

Public Solicitation

Prof. Brock Millman and Prof. Francine McKenzie are being considered for promotion and require a public solicitation for letters. Instructions can be found below.

Jul. 15, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Adams!

Douglas Adams has successfully defended his PhD dissertation, "The War of the Worlds: The Militant Fundamentalism of Dr. Thomas Todhunter Shields and the Paradox of Modernity." We thank all of you who joined us at Doug's public lecture this morning, and we know you will all join us in congratulating Dr. Adams.

Jul. 15, 2015

PhD Public Lecture, Wednesday, July 22nd

You’re invited to attend a PhD Public Lecture by Doug Adams on July 22nd - 10:30am in Social Science Centre, 9420 (Dean's Office) titled, "The War of the Worlds: The Militant Fundamentalism of Dr. Thomas Todhunter Shields and the Paradox of Modernity."

Jun. 15, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Marina Soroka and Professor Charles Ruud!

Becoming a Romanov book coverDr. Marina Soroka and Prof. Charles Ruud are authors of Becoming a Romanov: Grand Duchess Elena of Russia and her World (1807-1873), recently published by Ashgate Publishing Limited. For more information, see here!

Jun. 15, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Monda Halpern!

Halpern book cover Alice in ShandehlandProfessor Monda Halpern is the author of Alice in Shandehland: Scandal and Scorn in the Edelson/Horwitz Murder Case, recently published by McGill-Queen's University Press. For more information, see here!

May 15, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Alan MacEachern!

Congratulations to Prof. Alan MacEachern on receiving a fellowship to the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany for 2015-16. Well done!

A link to all recipients and to the Rachel Carson Center website can be found here!

Apr. 15, 2015

Watson Brown Book Award Winner - Prof. Shauna Devine

Prof. Shauna Devine's book "Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science" has been awarded the presitgious Watson Brown Book Award. Prof. Devine will be awarded at the Southern Historical Association dinner, hosted by the Society for Civil War historians. On behalf of the entire History Department, we congratulate you!

Apr. 15, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. William Turkel and Prof. Rob MacDougall!

Digital History at Western has been supported by two new SSHRC Insight Grants! Prof. Rob MacDougall, along with co-investigator Prof. William Turkel, received one four-year SSHRC Insight Grant, for the project, "The Golden Age of Cranks: Communication Networks and Heterodox Ideas in 19th-century North America." Furthermore, Turkel also received funding for "A Longitudinal Analysis of the Canadian World Wide Web as a Historical Resource, 1996-2014" with Ian Milligan (principal investigator, Waterloo) and Nick Ruest (York). This project will help to train students in using computational techniques that scale to 21st century data sets.

Apr. 15, 2015

New Acquisition for the Medical Artifact Collection

Thirty-one new medical artifacts, belonging to husband-and-wife London physicians Dr Elizabeth Smith (b.1937) and Dr David Smith (1934-2013), have recently been donated to the Medical Artifact Collection at Western. Some of these objects were used in their practice,  but many -- such as the 'Apparatus to prevent projecting ears' -- were not! Come see  a few of the 'quack' medicine equipment collected (as a hobby) by Dr David Smith in the small case display, 2nd floor Lawson Hall.

Mar. 30, 2015

Somebody Call the Doctor Display

Thank you to the Public History M.A. students in Shanna Dunlop's HIS 9807 class for mounting the new display on the rural practice of medicine. The large 4 case display is entitled: "Somebody Call the Doctor: Rural Medical Practices in the Late Nineteenth Century." It includes objects from the Fanshawe Pioneer Village collection as well as objects from the Medical Artifact Collection.

Display Case tools in display case

Mar. 15, 2015

Successful Defence

On behalf of the History Department we would like to express our congratulations to Dr. Tim Compeau who successfully defended his thesis in March, 2015. Well done!

Mar. 17, 2015

Ball State Conference Trip 2015

group picture at ball stateThe Western History Department thanks the students who participated in the conference sponsored by the Ball State University History Department in Muncie, Indiana, for a strong performance.  The students who attended are, from left to right, Jonathan English, Ari Blaff, Surer Mohamed, Mitchell Horkoff, and Greg Wong.   The group was accompanied to Ball State by Professor Eona Karakacili, who took this photograph.

Jan. 12, 2015

Ball State Conference 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the Undergraduate History Conference at Ball State University, in Indiana, to be held on Friday, February 20th.  Every year three to five undergraduates are selected to present essays written in History Department classes.  All themes, places, and time periods are eligible for consideration.  Transportation, meals, and lodging is provided.  To apply please submit a copy of your History essay as an attachment in Word, with the subject heading of "Ball State University Conference," to Professor Eli Nathans (enathans@uwo.ca).  The application deadline is Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  Essays should be roughly ten to twenty pages in length.  Please note the History Department class for which you wrote the essay, and the name of the professor who taught the class.

Feb. 15, 2015

Stefan Creuzberger Talk

On Wednesday, February 25th, at 1:00 pm, Professor Stefan Creuzberger of the University of Rostock will discuss the study of contemporary history at the University of Rostock with interested members of the Department.  The talk will take place in Lawson Hall 2270C.  Professor Creuzberger will describe current projects and future priorities of his Department, and also the larger contexts within Germany and also internationally that his department considers in making such decisions. Professor Creuzberger taught German and European history at Western in the fall semester of 2007.