News - 2020

  • Jonathan Vance awarded the 2020 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching

    May 15, 2020

    Jonathan Vance, our esteemed colleague and tireless undergraduate chair, has received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations Jonathan! This is well deserved, many times over.

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  • LAMPHHS Best Monograph (2020) Award Artificial Hearts: The Allure and Ambivalence of a Controversial Medical Technology.

    May 08, 2020

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  • CSDH/SCHN 2020 Outstanding Contribution Award: Hear, Here London

    By CONSTANCE CROMPTON, May 04, 2020

    CSDH/SCHN 2020 Outstanding Contribution Award: Hear, Here London POSTED ON MAY 4, 2020 BY CONSTANCE CROMPTON Hear, Here London and its team are the winners of the CSDH/SCHN 2020 Outstanding Contribution Award. Hear, Here is led by Dr. Ariel Beaujot, an Associate Professor of History University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and an Associate Visiting Professor Department of History University of Western. Hear, Here London is directed by Dr. Michelle Hamilton, an Associate Professor and co-director of the MA Public History program at Western University.

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  • A stronger WHO would make for a stronger world against disease

    By The Globe and Mail, March 31, 2020

    Francine McKenzie is professor and chair of the history department at Western University and author of GATT and Global Order in the Postwar Era. In these remarkable times, people are making sense of the global response to the novel coronavirus pandemic as a war we must fight. Health-care workers are on the front lines. Emergency measures have been enacted. The world is united against a common foe. And just like in the Second World War, when people wondered how to prevent another conflict, people are already thinking about a post-pandemic landscape and asking how to keep us all safe from disease.

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  • Learning from echoes of past plagues, poxes, flus

    By DEBORA VAN BRENK , March 25, 2020

    Millions of people confine themselves to their homes as they battle an invisible, viral enemy. Schools and theatres close. Playgrounds empty. Medical staff choose which patients will get life-saving respirators, and which will not. That was polio at its North American peak in the early 1950s. Today, the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak is both familiar and concerning to Western medical historian Shelley McKellar.

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