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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: http://history.uwo.ca/graduate/awards_and_scholarships.html.

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.  For more information on the new bank note, please go to:


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: https://www.ourperth.ca/news-story/7191088-als-no-barrier-to-richard-holt-s-passion-for-military-history/.

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: https://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2017/03/09/intentional-impact-the-legacy-of-michael-e-debakey/.

Mar. 10, 2017

Dr. Oronhyatekha: The Londoner Article

Dr. Oronhyatekha

Michelle Hamilton talks about London's first indigenous physician in a The Londoner article you can read here.

Mar. 3, 2017

Dr. Oronhyatekha: His Life and Legacy

Dr. Oronhyatekha: His Life and Legacy

Dr. Oronhyatekha's London Legacy
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Stevenson Hunt Room, Central Branch, London Public Library

Dr. Oronhyatekha (1841-1907), born at the Six Nations of the Grand River, led an extraordinary life, rising to prominence in medicine, politics, and fraternalism. In London, he served as physician to several local reserves, established a downtown practice, became embroiled in the controversial search for Tecumseh’s grave, lobbied for the vote for Native peoples, and lost a son in the 1881 Victoria Day disaster. Successfully challenging the racial criteria of London’s Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal life insurance company, he became its first non-white member and ultimately its Supreme Chief Ranger.

Michelle Hamilton will focus on Dr O's time in London, and be on hand to sell and sign books.

Sign up: http://www.westernconnect.ca/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=133350

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.