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Feb. 22, 2017

History of Medicine Articles

World War One Medical Services

The open-access Canadian Journal of Surgery (CJS)is publishing a topic collection on the First World War, analyzing the contributions made by Canadian universities to the medical care of Canada’s soldiers in the First World War. CJS intends to continue the Canadian Universities series until the centenary of the Armistice. For the topic collection, click here:


A number of Western University faculty have published articles in the Canadian Journal of Surgery (including our own Michelle Hamilton and Shelley McKellar):


Western's History of Medicine website can be found here:


Feb. 9, 2017

Public History Students Contribute to Unique Canada 150 Project

Public History Students

Back row (left to right): Thomas Van Dewark; Paige Linner; Kelsey Priestman; Mary Spinks, Kyle Lariviere; Professor Mike Dove. Front row (left to right): Jennifer Bate; Lilia Lockwood; Jessica Di Laurenzio Missing: Grace Evers

A wonderful article about Public History students in the Faculty of Social Science's News and Updates begins:

Students from Western’s MA Public History Program have contributed to A Driving Force: Women of the London, Ontario, Visual Arts Community 1867-2017, a unique Canada 150 project, being developed as a multimedia website by McIntosh Gallery. The project explores the role of women in London and the south-western Ontario art community, but had a more concrete goal for the students in their introductory public history graduate course.

To read more, please click here.

Feb. 1, 2017

RCR Museum and Public History

RCR Museum and Public History

L-R – Paige Linner, Kyle Lariviere, Jennifer Bate, Lilia Lockwood, Jessica Di Laurenzio, Grace Evers, Thomas Van Dewark, Kelsey Priestman, Mary Spinks, Prof. Michelle Hamilton

The year marks the sesquicentennial of the Confederation, but also the Centennial of the First World War battle at Vimy. The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum has partnered with the Public History program, for a virtual exhibition, hosted by Virtual Museum of Canada and financed through Community Stories program. Our project explores themes such as collective memory and grief in the aftermath of the First World War. The City of London, Ontario - Municipal Government, was no exception to the heavy tribute paid by Canadians at home for the war fought overseas.

Recent research revealed 91 addresses or as many houses in mourning between 1914 and 1921 because their loved ones sacrificed themselves at the front. Londoners will then be given an opportunity to find which house in their neighbourhood was in mourning one hundred years ago or even if they currently reside in one of these houses. They will also be invited to examine how their neighbourhoods became networks for support and collective commemoration. Traditionally the latter is associated with the rolls of honour, commemorative plaques, and cenotaphs that multiplied exponentially within the two decades following the First World War, however in our virtual exhibit we are trying to highlight the more personal experience of loss.

Jan. 23, 2017

What Can Ukraine Expect from Trump: Temporary Insanity or a Permanent Shift?

What Can Ukraine Expect from Trump

Professor Marta Dyczok interviews American IR Professor Daniel Drezner about Trump and what Ukraine can expect from him. Read or listen to the Ukraine Calling radio interview here.

Jan. 19, 2017

Seeing History Sideways

Step Back

There is a wonderful Western News article "Grad student steps back from regular history" about PhD student Tristan Johnson. Read the article here and then pop on over to his YouTube channel "Step Back History" to watch some quirky takes on history.

Jan. 10, 2017

MA Public History Students Help Develop New Online Oral History Gallery for The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21!

Online Oral History Gallery

Please check out the first stage of last year's MA public history oral history project with Pier 21. Led by graduate students in Mike Dove’s 9800A-9801B class, this online gallery focuses on the stories of American immigrants to Canada during the Vietnam War-era: https://www.pier21.ca/research/oral-history/immigration-from-the-united-states-of-america-during-the-vietnam-war.

Wonderful work by Brett Bilyk, Heather Hepburn, Madison Marie Hamilton, Robert DeRose and Thomas Littlewood!

Pier 21 plans to post additional snippets of these interviews as well as segments of the other excellent interviews with American immigrants to Canada since the 1970s, carried out by Alex Weller, Alison Nagy, Kaiti Hannah, Montanna Mills, and Rebecca Smithers, over the coming year -- stay tuned!

Dec. 22, 2016

Media, Memory, and History

Media, Memory, and History

The Future of the Past: New Perspectives on Ukrainian History, containing Professor Marta Dyczok's chapter "Media, Memory, and History", has just been published by the Harvard University Press.

Dec. 14, 2016

Six New Volumes in Canadian History & Environment Series

Canadian History and Environment Series

Professor Alan MacEachern edits the Canadian History & Environment series at the University of Calgary Press, and in the past year the series has published six new volumes. All are available in print and simultaneous free, open-access form. Read the full description of the six new titles here, and find the series itself here.

Nov. 29, 2016

This Hour of Trial and Sorrow is Now Available

This Hour of Trial and Sorrow is Now Available

The 2014-15 MA Public History class' award winning book This Hour of Trial and Sorrow: The Great War Letters of the Leonard Family is now available! This book which presents the letters of London's prominent Leonard family written during the First World War tells the story of sons Ibbotson and Woodman on France's Western Front, their father whose local foundry produced war material, and their mother and two sisters who were involved in war volunteer work in the city. This book won the Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Excellence in Conservation in 2016. The book is available at Attic Books, London, Museum London, at the History Department, and on Amazon.

Nov. 22, 2016

Engaging Our Communities on YouTube

Watch the October 19, 2016 public discussion Engaging Our Communities: Museums, Galleries, and the Humanities now!