Events - 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015 — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Battle of Waterloo: Local legacies 200 years later

 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 — 7:00 PM EST
Trivia night poster

It's the last event of the term! Join the History Society for the annual Profs v. Students Trivia showdown, this year at the Heuther Hotel's Boardroom at 7:00pm.

Wear your ugliest holiday sweater!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST
Professor David Wolff

The History Speaker Series and Belair Centre Speaker Series are co-hosting a seminar by David Wolff, professor of history at Hokkaido University in Japan, and director emeritus of the Cold War International History Project at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.,  entitled "From Manchuria to the World: Kitchen Imperialism and the World Soybean Market".

Thursday, November 19, 2015 — 7:00 PM EST
Movie Night: Forrest Gump

Movie Night is this Thursday 19 November at 7pm in the Reading Room. Take a break from Week 10 crunch time with FREE pizza, popcorn, and soft drinks. The movie will be 1990s classic Forrest Gump.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 — 4:00 PM to 5:20 PM EST
Haldimand treaty map showing Six nations land in 1784 and the present day
Thursday, October 15, 2015 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

Have you heard about the Arts Majors Reset, coming in Fall 2016? Not sure what it means for you?

Come out to the Reading Room (HH 117) for a drop-in information session about the options you'll have and the potential benefits to you!

Academic Advisor Professor Roberts and administrative coordinator Anne will be on hand to answer your questions about the changes.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 — 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM EDT
Student in library

Know the past to understand the present: Research at Special Collections & Archives

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 — 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM EDT
Student in library

Heading out on the research highway? This librarian says: "Head for the ditch!"

Monday, September 28, 2015 — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Have you heard about the Arts Majors Reset, coming in Fall 2016? Not sure what it means for you?

Come out to the Reading Room (HH 117) for a drop-in information session about the options you'll have and the potential benefits to you!

Academic Advisor Professor Roberts and administrative coordinator Anne will be on hand to answer your questions about the changes.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 — 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT
Tomson Highway laughing (portrait by Sean Howard)

Join us for an engaging presentation by acclaimed Cree playwright, author, and musician Tomson Highway. Tomson will draw from his wealth of knowledge of Canadian and Indigenous literature, theatre and music, language and world travel, and much much more!

Tomson Highway enjoys an international career as playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter. His best-known plays are The Rez Sisters, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout, and The (Post) Mistress. His best-selling novel is Kiss of the Fur Queen.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 — 7:00 PM EDT
Placing a train in Ticket to Ride

Board Game Night!

Hosted by the History Society and open to all!

Meet us in the MacKirdy Reading Room (room 117 in Hagey Hall) for free pizza, board games and more!

We have Settler of Catan, Betrayal at the House on the Hill, Bang, the Game of Life, but if you have a game you want to play, please bring it along with you!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 — 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
Block cut print

Global, Colonial, and Transnational Paths: Thinking through Francophone Spaces in World War II and Beyond

Guest Lecture by Professor Eric Jennings, University of Toronto

"The French colonial edifice, like so many others, was an empire of exceptions, achieved by slow aggregation.  If we take up Frederick Cooper’s invitation, itself inspired by James Scott, to 'think like an Empire,' then we also have to grapple with the differentiation that empires presented, and its legacies."

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
Billboard with slogan 'Arise!', Ethiopia

Why Africa is not rising: History reproducing?

Guest Lecture by Professor Ian Taylor, University of St Andrews

Africa is said to be rising, with current high growth rates being pointed to as indicators that the continent has turned a corner; that it is in fact, “the next Asia”. Such commentaries, however popular they may be, neglect the deep historical roots of the continent’s underdevelopment and overlook the structural challenges to any notional Africa rising narrative.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 — 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
Partial portrait of soldier with caption reading they're not telling you everything.

Can you imagine a game in which the act of doing history – of collecting and interpreting evidence and constructing narratives – is both the goal and the reward? Can there be a game which actually gets students to explore museums, libraries, and heritage sites on their own time? And would students actually want to play it? A few historians at Western University set out to try to make one. Timothy J. Compeau, PhD candidate at Western, discusses his experiences in the last History Speaker Series talk of 2014-15.

Monday, March 16, 2015 — 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EDT
Author event poster

Join us at the bookstore for a launch of two new books and an exhibition by UWaterloo History professors Ian Milligan (Rebel Youth), Catherine Briggs (Modern Canada) and Susan Roy (The City Before the City).

Friday, March 13, 2015 — 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
1930s Chin Lee Restaurant menu cover (New York)

Transpacific Currents: Chinese Restaurants and the Movement of Labour and Capital during Chinese Exclusion, 1915-1943

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
Centre for Career Action

Get a head start on your summer, co-op, or post-degree job searching!

Friday, March 6, 2015 — 6:00 PM EST
Father Hugh MacKinnon

Tickets on sale now!

In honour of Father Hugh MacKinnon, the History Society presents the 31st Annual MacKinnon dinner.

This event takes place on Friday 6 March 2015 at Golf's Steak House in Kitchener. Cocktails start at 6:00pm and dinner served at 7:00pm. Dress is formal!

Thursday, March 5, 2015 — 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST
Zotero to the rescue

In this short workshop, Professor Milligan will lead attendees through the basics of researching in the digital age: from finding primary sources online, to building up a Zotero database and letting computers do all the hard work of citing and building bibliographies. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to set up a top-notch research browser, completely equipped with free and open-source software.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 — 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Pizza

Come along and enjoy a pizza lunch with us!

Are you interested in majoring in History? Or would you like to find out more about declaring a History minor?

The History Department will be hosting a Declare your History Major Information Session to help you get started!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Dr. Lorenz Lüthi is an Associate Professor of History at McGill University and one of the world's foremost historians of Cold War diplomatic history. His 2008 book, The Sino-Soviet Split, 1956-1966: Cold War in the Communist World (Princeton University Press) was the winner of both the 2008 Edgar S. Furniss Book Award for an Outstanding Contribution to National Security Studies and the 2010 Marshall Shulman Book Prize.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 — 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM EST
Illustration of boy ice hockey goalie

Join us on 12 February for the first History Speaker Series event of the Winter 2015 term, From Nicholas Nickleby to High School Graduate: Hockey, Education, and Canadian boys, 1945-1967, presented by J. Andrew Ross, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Guelph.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Student in library

Heading out on the research highway? This librarian says: "Head for the ditch!"

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