Category: Past Events

2015 Scottish Studies Fall Colloquium

Scottish Colloquium 2015-page-001This year’s colloquium will feature presentations from Ewen Cameron (University of Edinburgh), presenting the Jill McKenzie Memorial Lecture; Allan Kennedy, (University of Manchester), winner of the Frank Watson Book Prize, 2015; Michael Newton (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), launching his new book Seanchaidh na Coille / The Memory-Keeper of the Forest; and Debra Nash-Chambers (Wilfrid Laurier University).

Location: The Robert Whitelaw Room (room 246) of the University of Guelph Library

Time: The Colloquium will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; on-site registration will be available from 9:30 a.m. in the Library lobby.

Parking: Nearby visitor parking lots on campus are P44 (access from College Ave East) and P31 (access from South Ring Road). Detailed directions to these and other campus parking lots can be found here:

Online registration is now available! Registration is $30 for Scottish Studies Foundation members and for early-bird registrants on or before September 18; the price increases to $35 for non-SSF registrants after that date. A student rate of $10 is available. As always, lunch and coffee break refreshments are included in the registration price.

For more information, or to register online, visit If you have any questions, please contact us at

We look forward to seeing you at the Colloquium on September 26!



Military History Speaker Series

Tarah Brookfield

“Disaster May Never Occur Here: Mobilizing Women for Cold War Civil Defence”

March 18th, 7:00 pm
LCMSDS, 232 King St. N. Waterloo, ON

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Tarah Brookfield is an Associate Professor in History and Youth and Children’s Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford Campus. Her research focuses on the social history of war, child welfare, and peace activism in 20th century Canada. She is the author of Cold War Comforts: Canadian Women, Child Safety and Global Insecurity (Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2012) which was a finalist for the 2013 Canada Prize. She has also published articles about Canadian women’s political activism during the First World War and Vietnam War, children’s engagement with the United Nations, and youth’s anxiety about nuclear war. Her new book project is Educating for Peace: Adults, Youth, and Families on Grindstone Island which examines the community set up by Quakers and likeminded peace activists to explore peace, non-violence, and social justice education between 1960-1990.





2014 Scottish Studies Fall Colloquium

ScottishStudies2014This event will be held at the University of Guelph, UC 103 on October 4 from 9.30am to 4.30pm. This year, the Jill McKenzie Lecture will be given by Professor Michael Lynch, Emeritus Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh and we will also feature a lecture by Ken McGoogan, author of “How Scots Invented Canada,” among other lectures.

Registration for the Colloquium can be done online through or in person on the day of the Colloquium (from 9am to 9.30am). Do contact us for more information at

For more details, please click the image to the right and/or view the full colloquium schedule here: Schedule




2013 Tri-University PhD Info Sessions

Thinking about applying for a PhD in the near or distant future? Join us to discuss the process of pursing that goal.

1) University of Guelph

  • Wednesday, 27 November – 11:00am
  • History Department – Room 2020

2) University of Waterloo

  • Wednesday, 27 November – 4:00pm
  • PAS 2083

For more information please click here: PhD Info Session – Guelph  &  PhD Info Session – Waterloo


2013 Remembrance Day Talk

“Military History Beyond Memory: Is Remembrance Day Still Relevant?”

Join us for our discussion about the evolution of Remembrance Day. Who does it include and exclude? How have opinions of this commemorative day changed over the years?

Speakers include:

  • Dr. James Skidmore, Germanic and Slavic Studies
  • Dr. Nathan Funk, Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Kirk W. Goodlet, History Ph.D Candidate
  • Dave Gall, Library Associate – Collections

Discussion moderated by Dr. Geoffrey Hayes from the History Department.

Monday, November 11th
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hagey Hall 1102

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2013 Hagey Lecture

Dr. Margaret MacMillan, “Choice or Accident: The Outbreak of World War One”

Historian Margaret MacMillan presented the 2013 Hagey Lecture. Below are the details of the event.

2013 Hagey Lecture PosterMargaret MacMillan is regarded as a leading historian of the British Empire at the turn of the 20th century. She is an officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Royal Society of Literature, and a professor of history at Oxford University. In addition to numerous articles on Canadian and world affairs, Professor MacMillan has written several award-winning books, including The Uses and Abuses of History and Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World.

Sept. 19th, 8:00pm

Free Admission, and all are welcome!

HH – J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities
Humanities Theatre
University of Waterloo

More information can be found here.



John Galt Roundtable

The Centre for Scottish Studies presents the John Galt Roundtable

Exploring the life and contributions of John Galt, Scottish novelist, founder of Guelph, and from 1826 to 1829, the first Commissioner of the Canada Company.

5 April 2012

OAC Boardroom (room 104) Johnston Hall, University of Guelph
Admission Free – All are welcome

10.00 Welcome Graeme Morton, Scottish Studies Foundation Chair

10.15 Robert Lee, diplomat, historian, and author, “Was the 1829 Termination of John Galt by Canada Company Management, After Two and a Half Years as the Company’s First Commissioner in Canada, Justified?” Lee is also the author of The Canada Company and the Huron Tract – Personalities, Profits and Politics – 1826-1853.

11.00 Tim Sauer, former librarian at the University of Guelph McLaughlin Library, “Annals of Glenfell, the Majolo, and the Spaewife: Building the University of Guelph’s John Galt Collection”

11.30 Break

11.40 Kathryn Harvey, Head of Archives and Special Collections, McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph, “John Galt in a Binary World; or, ‘Essays’ in Digitization”

12.10 Lunch, Book Sales,

12.45: A Proposal to Publish the John Galt Roundtable

1.00 Cairns Craig, Glucksman Professor of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen, “John Galt and the Accidents of Empire: history, space and the narrative of unintended consequences.” Professor Craig’s participation is possible through the generous support of the Saint Andrews Society of Toronto.

1.50 Suzanne Evans, a descendant of Galt, “Tipping my Hat to John Galt, my Ancestral

2.10 Gil Stelter, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Guelph, “In Search of the Real John Galt: Galt and the Character of Communities”

3.00 Close

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Volunteer at the CHA

CHA Annual Meeting

The organizers of the Canadian Historical Association’s Annual Meeting would like to encourage all Tri-University students to come out on May 28-30, 2012, and help make sure the conference runs smoothly.

You can register as a volunteer in a number of roles at the Congress 2012 Volunteer Page. Just fill out the registration form and mention in the comments that you’d like to help with the CHA meeting.

From Alba to Aotearoa: A précis of a profile of New Zealand’s Scots, 1840-1920

Speaker: Dr Rebecca Lenihan, Post-
Doctoral Fellow in the Department of
History at the University of Guelph
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
2:30 to 3:30 in Room 2020, Mackinnon

Dr Lenihan’s work investigates demographic patterns among Scottish emigrants in the
nineteenth and early twentieth century. Her PhD research sought to establish the key
characteristics of the Scottish migrants arriving between 1840 and 1920. Her talk will give an overview of this research and draw parallels between her doctoral work and her postdoctoral research at Guelph.

Guelph Department of History – Centre for Scottish Studies

2012 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association

Crossroads: Scholarship in an Uncertain World

Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, May 28-30, 2012

Deadline to Submit Your Proposal: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In 2012, we will observe the bicentennial of the War of 1812, and the centennials of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the election of Woodrow Wilson as president of the United States, the formation of the African National Congress, the creation of the Republic of China, the tragic 1912 Arctic expedition of Russia’s Georgy Brusilov, the onset of the first Balkan War, the implementation of Regulation 17 in Ontario schools, and the Regina Cyclone (tornado) which killed 28 and left 2500 homeless. Each of these events shaped our world. As historians, our task is to explain, interpret, and re-interpret them for contemporary audiences. This brief list, however, represents just a fraction of the transformative events of the past that have substantially altered the course of history.

Are we currently standing at a key juncture in historical scholarship? Has our world become substantially more uncertain over the past centuries? What role will history play in the 21st century? Will technological change spell the end of traditional forms of teaching and scholarship? For historians change and continuity represent the fundamental building blocks of our discipline. We ask vital questions about the past in order to determine not only what has changed and why it changed, but also what has not changed and why it remains the same. Are we truly at a crossroads in terms of the future of the nation-state, the environment, human survival, social structures, global economics and ideological polarization? If so, what ‘lessons’ can be drawn from studying similar moments in the past? Our challenge is to demonstrate the relevance of history to society now and for the future.

The Programme Committee for the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association invites proposals in English and in French from scholars working in any discipline, in any field, and in any era that addresses the conference theme. We also welcome proposals that do not specifically address the theme.

The Programme Committee strongly encourages panel submissions of three papers and a facilitator, although panel submissions may be reorganized if necessary. We also welcome proposals or inquiries for other session formats including roundtables, film screenings, websites, podcasts, and posters.

You are invited to submit a 250-word proposal and a one-page curriculum vitae (in PDF format), as well as your contact information to Heather MacDougall, Programme Committee Chair, at

Please note that presenters must be members of the Canadian Historical Association.

May 5, 2011 – Rethinking the History of Science and Technology in a Global Context Workshop

Tara Abraham and Sofie Lachapelle are hosting a one-day workshop, “Rethinking the History of Science and Technology in a Global Context,” at the University of Guelph on Thursday, May 5th, 2011. The aim of the workshop is to generate dialogue and discussion on ways to foster global awareness in teaching history of science and technology.


The workshop is part of a project funded by the Learning Enhancement Fund to re-envision the first-year undergraduate course, HIST*1250 “Science and Society Since 1500”. Presently the course is an introduction to the historical development of science in Western society from the middle ages to the mid-twentieth century. The newly envisioned course, “Science and Technology in a Global Context”, will emphasize global awareness as a learning objective, and will focus on the patterns in which scientific knowledge and practices have traveled across cultures, the interconnected but distinct histories of science and technology, and the complex and contested reasons that science has flourished in the West.

The event will bring together faculty with expertise in both history and history of science and technology in a global perspective who will share their experiences, methods, and perspectives in an informal atmosphere. It will be a small and informal day-long workshop centered on the following questions:

  • What different ways might we understand the idea of “a global history of science and technology”?
  • In what different ways can our histories be “global”?
  • What challenges do we face in teaching history of science and technology in a global context?
  • What tools and methods are available to meet such challenges?
  • How do we balance the need for local histories with the need for a coherent narrative structure?


Dr. Suzanne Zeller, Wilfred Laurier University (Department of History); Dr. Nikolai Krementsov, University of Toronto (Institute for the Historyand Philosophy of Science and Technology); Dr. Michelle Murphy, University of Toronto (Department of History); Dr. Ingrid Hehmeyer, Ryerson University (Department of History); Dr. Michael Egan, McMaster University (Department of History); and Dr. Nicholas Dew, McGill University (Department of History and Classical Studies).

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Sept 25, 2010 – Scottish Studies Fall Colloquium


  • Jill McKenzie Memorial Lecture to be given by Dr. Leith Davis (Director, Scottish Studies Centre, Simon Fraser University) “Robert Burns in Transatlantic Culture: The 1859 Centenary”
    (11:30 a.m.)
  • Dr. Lucille Campey, author of the newly-released Planters, Paupers, and Pioneers: English Settlers in Atlantic Canada, “Push, Pull and Opportunity: Emigration from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to Canada” (2:15 p.m.)
  • Talks by Dr. Barb Murison and Dr. Kris Gies and the 2009 Winner of the Jane Grier Graduate Scholarship, Mr. James Jensen
  • Graduate Awards and Report for Scottish Studies at Guelph

10:00 a.m. – Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph
(registration from 9:30 a.m.)
Fee: Early bird registration, before 17 September: $35
At the door registration $40 for members of the Foundation, $45 for non-members (cheques payable to ‘The University of Guelph’)
Lunch and refreshments included.

Registration & Inquires:

Scottish Studies
Department of History
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
Tel: (519) 824 4120, ext 53209

9-12 June – Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples Conference

There is still time to register for the Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples Conference that takes place from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th June 2010. Come for it all, or come for one day. Come for the keynote talks, the sessions, the healing circle, the entertainment, or just the banquet in the stunning Atrium of the University of Guelph’s new Science Complex.

Venues: St Michael’s College, University of Toronto (9th-11th) and the OVC Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Guelph (12th).

Full details at:

Register at:
Tel 519 824-4120 ext 53209

Or through Pay Pal at:

This is an international conference, sponsored by the University of Aberdeen, with speakers from Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, Ireland and Scotland. There is is free bus to take delegates from Toronto to Guelph on the Saturday, and to return after the banquet. So come and enjoy the cocktail reception as well as a wee drink or two with your meal. Let us be your designated driver!

It promises to be a superb gathering of international scholars.

Do join us.

15 January 2010 – Dr. Jane Errington

All members of the Tri-University Community are invited to attend a
lecture presented by

Elizabeth Jane Errington, Professor and Dean of Arts, Royal Military

“RMC and Becoming an Imperial Gentleman:  A Preliminary Study of
Masculinity, Nationhood and Empire”

Friday, January 15, 2010
MacKinnon Building, Room 132
University of Guelph

Dr. Errington is author of  Emigrant Worlds and Transatlantic Communities.

December 9, 2009: Author! Author!

Please join the Waterloo History Department on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 from 2:00 – 4:00 in the UW Bookstore to celebrate the achievements of the History Professors listed below. Each Professor will have a few minutes to speak about their recent work.

  • John English-“Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968-2000”
  • Gail Cuthbert-Brandt-“Bold and Courageous Dreams: A History of Renison University College, 1959-2009”
  • Julia Roberts-“In Mixed Company: Taverns and Public Life in Upper Canada”
  • Ken Coates and Whitney Lackenbauer-“Arctic Front: Defending Canadian Interests in the Far North” (attendance tentative)
  • Andrew Hunt-“The 1980s: Social History of the United States”
  • Coming soon-Lynne Taylor-“Polish Orphans of Tengeru: The Dramatic Story of their Long Journey to Canada, 1941-49

Light refreshments provided.

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