Early 2012 News

March 6, 2012 - L. Elly Gotz SpeaksL. Elly Gotz

The Department of History, History Society and Jewish Studies Present L.Elly Gotz on Tuesday March 6, 2012. Mr. Gotz lecture entitled "Returning to Dachau after 65 Years" was well received by faculty and students as well as other members of the Western community.

Professor Marta Dyczok quoted in the Globe & Mail.

Professor Marta Dyczok quoted in the Globe & Mail in an article about the Canada-USSR Hockey Series in Moscow 40 years later. To read the full article click here.

3M National Teaching Fellow says thanks to his teacher - Craig Simpson

Last year's 3M National Teaching Fellows want to share their experiences as students and to thank the teachers who inspired them.  Prof. Arne Kislenko's acknowledgement of  Prof. Craig Simpson appeared in the February 15, 2012 edition of The Globe and Mail. To see the article, click here.

Wartime Canada, Website Launched

A new website created by Professors Jonathan Vance and Graham Broad preserves historical Canadian documents and makes them accessable to the public. The site www.wartimecanada.ca was up and running February 14, 2012. For more information, check out this article from the London Free Press.


Attention 2012 History Graduates

History 2012 Graduates are invited to sign the Graduate History Board outside of Room 2201, Lawson Hall. Give us your thoughts on what History @ Western means to you before you move on to the next stage of your life.

In Memoriam - Professor Emeritus Frederick August Dreyer (1932-2012)

Prof. F. DryerProfessor Dreyer was born in Toronto 27 November 1932 and died in Kitchener at the Freeport Hospital on 20 January 2012. He attended Toronto schools and entered University College at the University of Toronto in 1950 as a scholarship student. He studied history, politics, some economics and languages and won the Canadian history prize in his graduating year. Fred become politically active in the CCF [now NDP], an enthusiasm that lasted throughout his undergraduate years. He remembered some of his instructors with admiration and fondness, including Donald Creighton. Others, such as C. B. Macpherson, he enjoyed less but said that Macpherson stimulated him to think. At Balliol College, Oxford, intending at first simply to do a second BA, he read history and took his degree in 1957. He then completed a Ph.D. under the supervision of Norman Gash at St Andrews in 1962. For two years he taught history at Aberdeen University, then returned to St Andrews before coming to Western in 1964. Fred taught modern British and European history for many years and towards the end of his career gave a course in the history of Christianity. He was the author of two articles in Canadian history, more dealing with British politics, and others on Edmund Burke and John Wesley on whom he also published books: Burke’s Politics (1979) and The Genesis of Methodism (1999). A third volume on Ontario history, consisting of translated diaries of German Moravian missionaries amongst the Ojibwa in Southwestern Ontario, awaits publication. Fred was a man who liked arguments; every lecture contained at least one argument and ended with a clear conclusion. He was a fine teacher and colleague who served the Department as Graduate Chairman and sat in the University Senate. In his later years he was an active member of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship. For more years Fred was active in the Conservative Party; as he aged he became more of a libertarian. His wife of many years, Elizabeth Joan Dreyer of New Liskeard, predeceased him in 2008. He is survived by the families of his daughter, Anne Dreyer of Horsham, England, and Edward Dreyer of Waterloo. Fred was always a polite and often a charming man full of clever, witty, perceptive and humorous perceptions. It was fun to be in his company. He was very special person and we shall all miss him a great deal.