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.
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.
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.
December 04, 2018
Professor Brock Millman passed away December 3rd, 2018.
October 23, 2018
Western University Public History students are getting more opportunities for hands-on historical research. Through support from a historical services firm, MA students in the Public History will be eligible for the Know History Scholarship, which includes an annual internship of $20,000.
October 10, 2018
History of Piracy, Alien Invasions Captivates Teens
September 26, 2018
September 12, 2018
Turkel is internationally recognized for his innovative work in digital history, using machine learning, text mining and computational techniques.
June 22, 2018
This exhibition tells the story of Mabel “MB” Williams, an extraordinary, ordinary woman who became devoted to national parks and engendered that devotion in others. Historian Alan MacEachern documents her role in shaping the philosophy of Canada's Dominion Parks Branch (the precursor to Parks Canada) in the early to mid-twentieth century. Digitized photographs and letters from Williams's life, her guidebooks and other publications, and audio interviews with Williams herself reveal her influence on, and love for, Canada's national parks.
Megan Stacey, The London Free Press, May 22, 2018
It’s like a do-it-yourself audio tour. Call in, get the story. Unearthing London’s history, and the tales behind it, could soon be as easy as a quick phone call.
May 01, 2018
Earth Sciences professor Gail Atkinson and History professor Maya Shatzmiller have been awarded the 2018 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research.
April 13, 2018
Thanks to a gift from a Western alumna, and a bit of serendipity, students in Western’s Masters in Public History program will have a funded internship opportunity with Canada’s History Society.
Carl Hnatyshyn, Chatham This Week, April 09, 2018
Professor Alan MacEachern spoke to Lambton Wildlife recently about the 889 boxes of national daily climate observations he discovered in Environment Canada's Downsview facility.
March 15, 2018
Dove and Hamilton administer the Public History program, recognized as one of the best in the country
Robert Anthony Rombouts, Faculty of Social Science News and Updates, January 30, 2018
Shelley McKellar examined the history of efforts to repair or replace hearts in two recent works: “Clinical Firsts – Christiaan Barnard’s Heart Transplantations” published in the December 7, 2017 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and her book Artificial Hearts: The Allure and Ambivalence of a Controversial Medical Technology, published in January 2018.
January 15, 2018
Brock Millman is the recipient of the 2016 C.P. Stacey Prize for his book Polarity, Patriotism and Dissent in Great War Canada, 1914-1919.
January 15, 2018
Laurel Shire's book, The Threshold of Manifest Destiny, wins another award.
November 09, 2017
Western’s Public History graduate program, The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, and the Virtual Museum of Canada cooperated on the creation of a virtual exhibit, Topography of Grief: Mapping the Great War Dead in London, Ontario (1914-1921), which highlights the impact of World War One on London families.
October 30, 2017
Students in the Department of History played a major role in a new project highlighting the 170-year history of one of London’s biggest companies.
October 30, 2017
Congratulations to PhD candidates, Evan Habkirk and Mary Beth Start on their recent book, “The Art of Communication: The Unveiling of the Bell Memorial Revisited.”
July 25, 2017
In The Clay We Are Made Of, Susan M. Hill presents a revolutionary retelling of the history of the Grand River Haudenosaunee from their Creation Story, through European contact, to contemporary land claims negotiations.
July 25, 2017
On July 21, 2017, Western News had an article about postdoc Mark Tovey and his exciting new project.
June 12, 2017
Prof. Shauna Devine and Prof. Neville Thompson lecture on FDR's legacy was aired on C-SPAN!
June 02, 2017
On April 26, 2017, Professor Marta Dyczok was invited to a Spring Conference put on by the NATO Association of Canada in association with the Royal Canadian Military Institute.
June 01, 2017
Professor Geoffrey Stewart did an interview for the BBC Vietnamese language news service on Ngô Đình Diệm and the April 30, 2017 anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.
May 15, 2017
The Woodland Cemetery Project, pioneered by manager Paul Culliton, is in its third year running with plans to recover all of the lost and broken monuments on their property.
April 11, 2017
Jonathan Vance has been the historical consultant to the Bank of Canada for the new $10 bill.
April 11, 2017
Geoff 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.
March 31, 2017
There 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.
March 16, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Richard Holt on his recent publication, Filling the Ranks: Manpower in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918.
March 10, 2017
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.
March 10, 2017
Michelle Hamilton talks about London's first indigenous physician in a The Londoner article.
March 03, 2017
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.
February 22, 2017
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.
February 09, 2017
There is a wonderful article about Public History students in the Faculty of Social Science's News and Updates.
February 01, 2017
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.
January 23, 2017
Professor Marta Dyczok interviews American IR Professor Daniel Drezner about Trump and what Ukraine can expect from him.
January 19, 2017
There is a wonderful Western News article "Grad student steps back from regular history" about PhD student Tristan Johnson.
MA Public History Students Help Develop New Online Oral History Gallery for The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21!
January 10, 2017
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.
December 22, 2016
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.
December 14, 2016
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.
November 29, 2016
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!
November 22, 2016
There is a wonderful profile of Professor Marta Dyczok presented by the Faculty of Social Science which begins with: "Our views of the past, and, in fact, the present, are defined by the information available to us."
November 22, 2016
Watch the October 19, 2016 public discussion Engaging Our Communities: Museums, Galleries, and the Humanities now!
November 22, 2016
Professor Michelle Hamilton talks about co-writing Dr. Oronhyatekha: A Man of Two Cultures with Dundurn.
November 16, 2016
"Everyone knows about Vimy Ridge in terms of the war or Canadian identity in a broad sense," Professor Jonathan Vance explains, "but this introduces us, a century later, to someone who was actually there. It allows us to develop a connection with the soldier as a person, not just a member of an army, and to see what his life was like before it was interrupted by war, to imagine who was in his mind as he was doing the carving."
November 02, 2016
Marta Dyczok's latest book has been featured in the Open Access blog, Old wine in new bottles.
October 31, 2016
Nina Bozzo, PhD candidate in History Dept, who explores the history of Canadian Medical Units, will be talking tomorrow (Tuesday, November 1, 2016) on the efforts of Dr. Edwin Seaborn.
October 20, 2016
Many people in the Department of History will remember Jim Woycke who taught at Western University from 1990 until 2004.
October 18, 2016
There was a debate yesterday evening at Wolf Performance Hall. The motion was: "Be it resolved that political correctness has gone too far".
October 18, 2016
The History Society visited the Historic Huron Gaol in Goderich on Friday, October 14, 2016.
October 12, 2016
Professor Michelle Hamilton will be giving a talk about her latest book (co-authored with Keith Jamieson) on October 18, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in the McKellar Room.
October 07, 2016
The Late Professor Harold R. Kingston (History Postdoc Mark Tovey in costume) gave tours at the Cronyn Observatory during Doors Open London 2016.
October 06, 2016
Professor Marta Dyczok is giving a talk on "The Evolution of Ukrainian Media Since Independence" at the University of Cambridge on October 11.
October 05, 2016
Prof. Robert MacDougall Wins the Albert B. Corey Prize
September 23, 2016
Mark Ormrod to speak in the Goodman Lecture series
September 09, 2016
Professor Dyczok's presents latest book, Ukraine's Euromaidan: Broadcasting through Information Wars with Hromadske Radio
September 01, 2016
A generous gift of one million dollars is given to Western.
August 22, 2016
Laurel Shire new book, The Threshold of Manifest Destiny: Gender and National Expansion in Florida, is published!
August 02, 2016
Through the 2015-2016 academic year, students from the MA in Public History program worked with the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 to tell stories of US immigration to Canada.
July 08, 2016
Professor Dyczok was invited to the Embassy Reception, where she met with the Prime Minister and Canada's Ambassador to Ukraine, the Honorable Roman Waschuk.
May 03, 2016
Check out where our students are interning!
May 01, 2016
The Public History program is delighted to announce its very first Postdoctoral Fellow starting this summer!
Fred Devries, Impact Western, March 30, 2016
Mr. Charles Fairbank (BA'63) and the Robert Cochrane Lambton County Fellowship has helped young historians gain hands on experience with local history.
February 10, 2016
Professor Marta Dyczok shares preliminary findings from her sabbatical research on people displaced by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and hybrid war in eastern Ukraine in a photo exhibit, ‘Faces of Displacement in Ukraine.’ On at the Spencer Gallery, Weldon Library, for the entire month of February 2016.
January 25, 2016
On behalf of the History Department we would like to congratulate our 2014-15 Public History graduates who have received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation for their book, This Hour of Trial and Sorrow: The Great War Letters of the Leonard Family.
January 19, 2016
A free screening of The Pass System will be shown this coming Monday, January 25, 2016 in Room V214 at Huron University College.