News - 2019
November 08, 2019
More than 400 London and area high schoolers learned Thursday that history is rarely black and white – and sometimes it’s better understood in shades and tints and sepia tones.
Historian Jonathan F.W. Vance named winner of the 2018 C.P. Stacey Award for best Canadian military history book
October 25, 2019
WATERLOO – The C.P. Stacey Award Committee and the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) have awarded Distinguished University Professor Jonathan F.W. Vance of Western University with the 2018 C.P. Stacey Award for scholarly work in Canadian military history.
October 22, 2019
Harry Potter election sign creator Wes Kinghorn wanted to lighten the mood ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election by lending his lawn to four mythical candidates campaigning for votes in London North Centre.
October 11, 2019
"The Champlain Society is pleased to announce that A Township at War by Dr. Jonathan F. Vance, Professor of History at Western University, is the winner of the 2019 Floyd S. Chalmers Award. Published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press, A Township at War tells the story of how an Ontario community experienced the ups and downs of the First World War".
CBC Radio London Morning Interviews Philppa Levine on her Joanne Goodman Lectures "All Will Be Revealed: The Politics of Nakedness and the Dilemma of British Morality"
October 02, 2019
Philippa Levine talks to Rebecca Zandbergen on the CBC Radio London Morning, about The Joanne Goodman Lectures this week. Philppa is the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History & Ideas, and the Co-director of Programme in British Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. "All Will Be Revealed: The Politics of Nakedness and the Dilemma of British Morality" is a three part lecture series hosted by the History Department from October 1st to 3rd at 2:30pm in the Great Hall Somerville House Rm 3326. For more information about the lectures please visit https://www.history.uwo.ca/events/goodman_lectures.html
2019 Joanne Goodman Lecture Speaker Philippa Levine "The Politics of Nakedness & the Dilemma of British Morality
Rob Rombouts, September 24, 2019
Nakedness is a natural state. We are born naked, many creation stories start with naked humans, and yet, nakedness is treated as obscene and something that must be protected against. “In some ways, these two views are incompatible, nakedness is either natural and ok, or it needs to be covered up,” said Philippa Levine, Professor of History and the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas at the University of Texas at Austin. This incompatibility leads Levine to see nakedness less as a description of a body that does not have clothes than as a historical construct created by society. Levine will expand upon this topic over the three-day 2019 Joanne Goodman Lecture in the Department of History. The lecture series is entitled: “The Politics of Nakedness & the Dilemma of British Morality”.
September 09, 2019
Congratulations go out to Elise Geschiere, the first student to graduate from Western with a Minor in Public History!
Debora Van Brenk, Western News, September 03, 2019
Newly retired Civil Engineering professor Mike Bartlett is going back to school – this time as a student in the Masters of Public History program.
Sebastian Bron, London Free Press, August 21, 2019
"It was the late 19th century. Industrialists drilled for oil at the forks of the Thames River, breweries and flour mills and major banks lined the downtown core, and a moral panic over London’s rampant and burgeoning sex trade began to fester. By 1880, prostitution in the Forest City — then an entertainment stopgap between Toronto and Detroit — was at a sudden boiling point, said Margaret Ross, a researcher at Western University.
August 20, 2019
Congratulations go out to MA Public History student Louisa Orford for being granted a Mitacs Accelerate Award to support her summer internship work with the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE).
July 08, 2019
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has shortlisted Jonathan F. Vance's A Township at War for the 2019 Speaker's Book Award. Congratulations to Professor Vance and the other shortlisted authors!
May 13, 2019
April 27, 2019
Cell phones and street signs are changing how Londoners can hear, and tell their stories. The city itself might change as a result.
April 13, 2019
Londoners will be able to access audio files of personal histories tied to specific spots in the city.
March 18, 2019
Shelley McKellar, Associate Professor in the Department of History, has been named as one of Western University’s 2019 Faculty Scholars.
March 08, 2019
March 01, 2019
History professor Michael Dove hopes his new course following the history of beer helps students realize that “history isn’t that scary. Everything has a history, whether its beer or pirates or immigration to the United States. Everything has an historical context and in order to find solutions, we need to know a bit about its evolution."
February 21, 2019
The 2019 London Heritage Awards were held February 21st, 2019. Congratulations to the Woodland Cemetery project team for historical research, monument restoration & preserving the stories of London’s history for today & for future generations! Congratulations to Levi Hord, MacKenzie Brash, Sunny Kim, Alyssa Szilagyi and Peter Dobrzynski and so many more!
February 15, 2019
Pour Over London aims to bring local heritage into Londoners’ everyday lives – one cup at a time – through a variety of heritage facts presented on coffee sleeves. The launch of the project coincides with Canada’s annual Heritage Week, Feb. 18-24.
January 29, 2019
We may now wait for Wiarton Willie or Shubenacadie Sam to know how soon spring will be here, but it turns out groundhogs were not the first animal people in Canada used to predict winter’s end. That honour belongs to the bear, according to Western University history professor Alan MacEachern.
January 23, 2019
Chroniclers of one of London’s most storied neighbourhoods could use a few more true tales for an oral-history project to honour the area’s landmarks. The SoHo district – its moniker a shorthand marking its location South of Horton Street in London – is an area where 10 Masters in Public History students are collecting memories from people with connections to some of the area’s best-known or vanishing waypoints.
January 10, 2019
Public History graduate student Skylee-Storm Hogan has created Walk with Chief Shingwauk, a digital story map detailing an account from Chief Shingwaukonse’s journal where he traveled from Baawating (Sault Ste. Marie) to Toronto to petition the Anglican Church to build a school for his people in the early 1850s.