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On 4-5-6 July 2019, the Wilson Institute is hosting a Retreat for High School Teachers, held in collaboration with the Ontario High School and Social Science Teachers’ Association (OHASSTA). The main idea behind this retreat is to explore critical, thought-provoking, and contemporary approaches to the teaching of history in the twenty-first century.

To lead things off, we are hosting on July 4 an event with the Socrates Project titled The Statue Wars: Is the global movement to tear down problematic memorials erasing history? Or correcting it? Moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin, this discussion panel about the “statue wars” will consider the conflicts in Canada and around the world over statues and commemorations. Historians and scholars – such as Christopher Moore, Dr. James Daschuk and McMaster’s own Dr. Vanessa Watts – will discuss issues such as public memory, history, and Indigenous-settler relations, and commemoration. This event will take place at 7pm at the LRW Wilson Hall, Concert Hall. Allinterested in attending this event should register at:

Then, on July 5, join us for a full day of panels in which participants, which includes high school teachers and university professors, will have a chance to discuss some of the latest debates and innovative strategies in the field of history education. These panels place from 9am-5pm at LRW 2001.  Click this link for more details: finally, on July 6, OHASSTA is hosting a series of workshops and breakout groups at LRW 2001.

All are welcome to attend. See the attached poster for more details.