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August 29, 2017

Changes to the Modules in American Studies Have Been Approved

You can find the new requirements here:

Remember that if you already are enrolled in American Studies, you may continue to follow the module requirements that were in place when you entered your module - which you can always find online in the archives section of the Academic Calendar. However, if you like the new modules, you can also follow the new rules. Keep in mind that the software the registrar uses to calculate your progress toward your degree has not yet caught up to these changes - if you are getting weird messages related to this, don't panic. Make an appointment with academic counselling if you are concerned, or wait a few months and try again. Let us know if you have questions or concerns.

July 25, 2017

Haudenosaunee History in Susan Hill's New Book

The Clay We Are Made Of

In The Clay We Are Made Of, Susan M. Hill presents a revolutionary retelling of the history of the Grand River Haudenosaunee from their Creation Story, through European contact, to contemporary land claims negotiations. [More]

July 25, 2017

Virtual Guided Tours of Historic St. George-Grosvenor-Piccadilly Neighbourhood

On July 21, 2017, Western News had an article about postdoc Mark Tovey and his exciting new project. Read more here.

June 12, 2017

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Legacy

Prof. Shauna Devine and Prof. Neville Thompson lecture on FDR's legacy was aired on C-SPAN! Please watch it by clicking here:

Ngô Đình Diệm and the Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

Photo by Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-342-AF-18302USAF -, Public Domain,

Diệm, accompanied by US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, arrives at Washington National Airport in 1957. Diệm is shaking hands with US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Professor Geoffrey Stewart did an interview for the BBC Vietnamese language news service on Ngô Đình Diệm and the April 30, 2017 anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. The interview (in Vietnamese) can be read here:

You can read the translation (by Google Translate) here:

Unrest on NATO’s Eastern Flank

Professor Dyczok is second from the right.

On April 26, 2017, Professor Marta Dyczok was invited to a Spring Conference put on by the NATO Association of Canada in association with the Royal Canadian Military Institute. The topic of the conference was "Crisis Response - Canada and the World". Professor Dyczok spoke in a panel on "Unrest on NATO’s Eastern Flank: Ukraine, Baltic States, Russia".

Woodland Cemetery Project

Woodland Cemetery Project participants

Left to right: Alyssa Szilagyi, MacKenzie Brash, Piotr Dobrzynski, and Sunny Kim

The Woodland Cemetery Project, pioneered by manager Paul Culliton, is in its third year running with plans to recover all of the lost and broken monuments on their property.

Monument restoration work and historical research will be completed by MacKenzie Brash, Piotr Dobrzynski, Levi Hord, Sunny Kim and Alyssa Szilagyi.

MacKenzie Brash will be entering the MA Public History program and Sunny & Alyssa will begin the MA program this Fall.

Congratulations, History Graduate Winners!

Congratulations to all those who won an award or scholarship!

Eleta Britton Graduate Scholarship in History
Robyn Schwarz

Ivie Cornish Memorial Fellowship
Daniel Manulak
Maksym Sviezhentsev

Jean Armstrong Fletcher Award
Mary Beth Start

Professor Kenneth Hilborn Graduate Internship in Public History
Kelsey Priestman

Professor Kenneth Hilborn Graduate Student Award for Research & Conference Travel 
Nina Bozzo
Samantha Desroches
Carla Joubert 
Kyle Lariviere
Maksym Sviezhentsev

Lynne-Lionel Scott Fellowship
Allen Priest

United Empire Scholarship for Local History
Kyle Lariviere

William Edgar Travel Fund
Shane Roberts

Harris Steel PhD Support
Elliot Worsfold

Ley & Lois Smith Military History Fund
Jessica Del Duca

All your hard work paid off!

Details on the terms & criteria for all the awards are here:

Canada's New $10 Bill

New Canadian $10 Bill

Jonathan Vance has been the historical consultant to the Bank of Canada for the new $10 bill.  It was unveiled on Friday, April 7, 2017.  For more information on the new bank note, please go to:

The image of the $10 bill above is linked from the Bank of Canada website.

Vietnam's Lost Revolution

Vietnam's Lost RevolutionGeoff Stewart’s monograph – Vietnam’s Lost Revolution: Ngo Dihn Diem’s Failure to Build an Independent Nation (1955-1963) has been published with Cambridge University Press. Congratulations!

Mar. 31, 2017

Virtual Vimy

Jonathan VanceThere is an article in the London Free Press about a Vimy Ridge virtual reality exhibit put on by Royal Canadian Regiment Museum at Wolseley Barracks. Our Professor Jonathan Vance is interviewed for the wonderful article which you can read here.

Mar. 16, 2017

Filling the Ranks

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Holt on his recent publication, Filling the Ranks: Manpower in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918. Richard is a three time graduate of the History program here at Western, and was recently featured in the news. Read the news article here:

Mar. 10, 2017

Michael E. DeBakey's 'Intentional Impact'

Michael E. DeBakey

Michael DeBakey with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, 1965

The inaugural Michael E. DeBakey Lecture will be given by Shelley McKellar, PhD and George P. Noon, PhD on March 21 at the National Library of Medicine.

In advance of this lecture, Shelley McKellar was interviewed by Circulating Now, and talks about how she became interested in the history of medicine and about Michael DeBakey's legacy.

Read the full interview here: