In episode 4 of our Wilson Institute Speaker Series, Self-Isolation Edition, we talk to Tyler Wentzell about his latest book: Not for King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War, which was published in January 2020. His book tells the story of Edward Cecil-Smith, the commander of the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, … Continue reading Not for King or Country, with Tyler Wentzell
Welcome to Episode 3 of the Wilson Institute Speaker Series, Self-Isolation Edition. In this video, Jodey Nurse (a visiting assistant professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History) will reflect on COVID-19 and our food systems. Dr. Jodey Nurse is an L. R. Wilson Assistant Professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History. A graduate of Queen’s … Continue reading Reflecting on COVID-19 and our Food Systems, with Jodey Nurse
Maxime Dagenais As a result of the pandemic, we will not be able to officially reveal the Wilson Book Prize and the Viv Nelles Essay Prize winners at a local watering hole during the CHA in London, Ontario. Nevertheless, the show, as they say, must go on and it is our pleasure today to reveal … Continue reading 2019 Wilson Prize Winners!
In episode 2 of our Wilson Institute Speaker Series, Self-Isolation Edition, we talk to Kassandra Luciuk and nicole marie burton about their latest book: Enemy Alien: A True Story of Life Behind Barbed Wire, which was published in March 2020. Their graphic novel tells the story of Canada’s first national internment operations through the eyes … Continue reading Enemy Alien with Kassandra Luciuk and nicole marie burton
Welcome to Episode 1 of the Wilson Institute Speaker Series, Self-Isolation Edition. In this video, Max (the coordinator of the Wilson Institute for Canadian History) will introduce the series and talk about his own research in progress: the American South, Slavery in the United States, and the Canadian Rebellion of 1837-38. If you want to … Continue reading The American South, Slavery in the United States, and the Canadian Rebellion of 1837-38, with Maxime Dagenais
It’s the time of year again! The moment when we reveal the Wilson Book and Viv Nelles Essay Prize finalists. And like I say every year: “This year’s competition is as strong as ever.” Historians in Canada and abroad are producing some amazing, ground-breaking work, and limiting our shortlists to three was, as you will … Continue reading 2019 Wilson Prize Finalists!
On 5 November 2019, Dr. Harvey Amani Whitfield presented a wonderful paper titled: "Sketches of Everyday Enslaved Black People in the Canadian Maritimes." This was part of our Race and the Colour of Democracy Speaker Series. Dr. Harvey Amani Whitfield is professor of American and Canadian History at the University of Vermont. He is the author of, … Continue reading Sketches of Everyday Enslaved Black People in the Canadian Maritimes, with Amani Whitfield
This year's visiting speaker series is titled "Race and the Colour of Democracy." Our first speaker, Dr. Max Mishler, presented a paper titled: "Freedom’s Carceral Landscape: Counter-Insurgency, Incarceration, and Racial Formation after the Civil War." Dr. Max Mishler is assistant professor of American history and the Atlantic world. He received his PhD from New York University … Continue reading Freedom’s Carceral Landscape: Counter Insurgency, Incarceration, and Racial Formation, with Max Mishler
A few weeks ago, we hosted an event titled The Statue Wars: Is the global movement to tear down problematic memorials erasing history? Moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin, a discussion panel featuring Vanessa Watts, James Daschuk, and Christopher Moore discussed the conflicts in Canada and around the world over statues and commemorations. This event was hosted in … Continue reading Statue Wars with Steve Paikin, Vanessa Watts, James Daschuk, and Christopher Moore
Chelsea Barranger “Will they let me be buried a Canadian, if they won't let me live as one? I'm serious, because it is that important to me … it's my total identity.”  -- Sheila Walshe, Kelowna, BC, CBC News, “In Depth: Lost Canadians War Babies in Limbo,” March 2007 When the Stephen Harper Conservative government … Continue reading An Indelible or Tenuous Right? A Reflection on the Evolution of Canadian Citizenship Through the Lens of British War Brides and Their Children