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  • Catching up with Katharine Rollwagen

    In episode 6 of our Wilson Institute Speaker Series, Self-Isolation Edition, we catch up with former Wilson Fellow Katharine Rollwagen!

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  • The Audacity of his Enterprise, with M. Max Hamon

    In episode 5 of our Wilson Institute Speaker Series, Self-Isolation Edition, it is my pleasure to talk to M. Max Hamon about his 2019 Wilson Book Prize winning The Audacity of his Enterprise: Louis Riel and the Métis Nation that Canada Never Was. 

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  • The McMaster History Department and Racial Justice

    We support those protesting anti-Black racism and demanding justice for racialized and discriminated against groups in the United States and here in Canada.

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  • The Origins of the Mass Incarceration of Racialized Peoples

    Learn more about the origins of the mass incarceration of racialized peoples here. 

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  • Slavery in Canada

    There was slavery in Canada and you can learn more about it here.

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  • On the 50th anniversary of the War Measures Act, we don’t need a coronavirus sequel

    Dr. Maxime Dagenais and Dr. Ian McKay wrote a piece for The Conversation on Octobre 1970, the War Measures/Emergencies Act, and COVID-19. Check it out here!

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  • Maxime Dagenais: The American South, Slavery in the United States, and the Canadian Rebellion of 1837-38

    Welcome to Episode 1 of the Wilson Institute Speaker Series, Self-Isolation Edition. In this video, Dr. Maxime Dagenais will introduce the series and talk about his own research: the American South, Slavery in the United States, and the Canadian Rebellion of 1837-38.

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The Wilson Institute for Canadian History

Repenser le Canada dans le monde

Il est temps de repenser le Canada.

Et il est temps de repenser l’histoire du Canada; plusieurs de nos vieux récits, vieux héros, vieilles interprétations, ainsi que nos anciennes catégories et questions ne suffisent plus dans un monde en mutation rapide.

Les Canadiens pourront seulement s’engager intelligemment dans le monde du XXIe siècle – avec son système économique mondialisé, ses catastrophes climatiques globales, son anxiété sociale, et ses nombreuses guerres imminentes – par une compréhension complète et critique du passé de leur pays.

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Rethinking Canada in the World

It is time to re-think Canada.

And it is time to rethink Canadian history, for many of our old narratives, old heroes, old understandings, old categories and old questions no longer suffice in a fast-changing world.

Canadians can only engage intelligently with their twenty-first century world – with its globalized economic system, all-encompassing climate catastrophe, staggering social inequities, and many looming wars – with a full, critical grasp of their country’s past.

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The Wilson Institute for Canadian History and the L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History are supported by a generous donation from the Chancellor, L.R. Red Wilson, and McMaster University.

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