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Past Visiting Speakers and Speaker Series

Visiting Speakers (2018-2019)

Leaving the History of Capitalism behind, our Visiting Speaker Series will again be divided into two series’ this year. The first returns to our more traditional practice of hosting a variety of speakers on a variety of themes. Our second series will continue our practice of inviting speakers to present papers and/or discuss a specific theme. This year’s theme is: the Democracy, Citizenship, and Freedom.

Traditional Series 

  • A Conversation with Dr. Lorenzo Veracini and Dr. Allyson Stevenson (20 September 2018) Held in Conjunction with the Socrates Project and Indigenous Studies.
  • Kristine Alexander, Winner of the 2017 Wilson Book Prize/University of Lethbridge (18 October 2018) “But I Thought You Were a Canadian Historian?”: The Perils and Pleasures of Taking an ‘Aeroplane View’ to the Study of Modern Girlhood
  • Daniel Macfarlane, Western Michigan University (22 November 2018) Faking Niagara Falls: The Transborder Remaking of an Iconic Waterscape
  • Kassandra Luciuk, Corsini Fellow in Canadian History/University of Toronto (29 November 2018) Red Racket and DP Deviance: Violence and the Shaping of Hegemony in Cold War Canada
  • Jamie Jelinski, Queen’s University (31 January 2019) Hands Across the Sea: Charles Snow, Fred Baldwin, and Tattooing from England to Canada
  • Clint Bruce, Wilson Institute Associate/Université Sainte-Anne, Corina Crainic, Université de Moncton & Gregory Kennedy, Wilson Institute Associate/Université de Moncton (14 March 2019) Project launch and round table discussion for Repenser l’Acadie dans le monde : études comparées, études pluridisciplinaires

Democracy, Citizenship, and Freedom Series

  • Lisa Chilton, Wilson Institute Associate/University of Prince Edward Island (14 February 2019) Nativism, Migration, and the People’s Will: Democracy and the Practice of State Power in Canadian History. 
  • Geoff Eley, University of Michigan (21 March 2019) Fascism & Antifascism, 1920-2020: Slogan, Impulse, Theory, Strategy
  • James T. Kloppenberg, Harvard University/Author of Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought (1 April 2019)  Why democracy is in crisis: a historical perspective.
    • Held in Conjunction with the Socrates Project
  • Nancy MacLeanDuke University/Author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (1 May 2019) Enchaining Democracy: The Now-Transnational Project of the Radical Libertarian Right
    • Held in Conjunction with the Socrates Project

Visiting Speakers (2017-2018)

Leaving Canada150 behind, our Visiting Speaker Series will be divided into two series’ this year. The first will return to our more traditional practice of hosting a variety of speakers on a variety of themes. Our second series will continue what we started with Canada150 and invite speakers to present papers and/or discuss a specific theme. This year’s theme is: the History of Capitalism. Our aim is to approach the topic in a critical and nuanced manner, and we hope to invite a wide variety of historians, working on various periods, peoples, and regions.

Traditional Series 

  • Elizabeth Ellis, New York University (September 28, 2018) w/ Indigenous Studies “Beyond Standing Rock: Activism, Academia, and the Fight for Sovereignty in the 21st Century”
  • Animal Studies Conference (November 30, 2017) w/ Dr. Tracy McDonald, holder of a SSHRC Insight Grant for the study of animal history.
  • James Hill, Mississippi State University (March 15, 2018) “A Voyage ‘Ill Advised’: Creek and Cherokee Experiences in Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Upper Canada, 1790-1794”

History of Capitalism Series: 

  • Jason Opal, McGill University (October 26, 2017) “Beyond Barbados: The Relocation of the Sugar Economy and the Rise of Anglo-American Capitalism, 1630s-1670s”
  • John Weaver, McMaster University (February 8, 2018) Farmers and Capitalism: Restructuring an Agrarian Country, New Zealand, 1975 – 1990
  • Allan Greer, McGill University (March 1, 2018)  Capitalism and Colonization?  Land Grabs in 17th Century North America
  • Catherine Desbarats, McGill University (April 5, 2018) Money and Empire in New France

Canada150 Visiting Speakers (2016-2017)

As part of the Wilson Institute’s involvement in Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Fall 2016-Winter 2017 Visiting Speaker Series was devoted entirely to Confederation. However, rather than simply celebrating Canada and Confederation, we examined the subject within a more critical framework. We therefore lined-up a series of speakers that tackled important issues such as the impact of Confederation on Indigenous peoples, Confederation in the context of 19th century North American nation-building, and the environmental impact of Confederation.

Winter 2005 – Winter 2016

Dr. Dimitry Anastakis, Department of History, Trent University
Sex, Risk, and Plastic: New Brunswick’s Bricklin Car and Its Meaning in 1970s North America

Dr. Charles Beach, Professor of Economics, Queen’s University
“A Recent History of Income Inequality in Canada: Evidence and Explanations”

Dr. Stephen Berstein, Political Science Department, University of Toronto
Dr. Louis W. Pauly, Director, Munk Centre, University of Toronto
Dr. Tony Porter, Department of Political Science, McMaster University
The Current Global Financial Crisis: Perspectives and Implications

Dr. Ted Binnema, Associate Professor of History, University of Northern British Columbia
“‘Pleased that our Father is Taking a New Way with Us’: Aboriginal Contributions to the Formation of Indian Policy in Upper Canada, 1791-1844”

Dr. Michael Bliss, University of Toronto
“The History Wars”

Dr. Michael Bliss, University of Toronto
“Rediscovering the Discovery of Insulin”
(Co-sponsored by the Hannah History of Medicine Unit, McMaster University)   (Nov. 26, 2015)

Dr. Heidi Bohaker, University of Toronto
“How the Caribou Came to Mnjikaning: Systems of Kinship and Land Tenure among the Anishinaabe of the Eastern Great Lakes, 1690-1850”

Dr. Jennifer Bonnell, Wilson Assistant Professor, McMaster University
“Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley”

Dr. John Bonnett

Dr. Peggy Bristow, Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Toronto
“Our Lives Enriched: The Hour-a-Day Study Club, Windsor, Ontario 1946-1959”

Dr. Christopher R. Browning, Frank Porter Graham Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Frank Bialystok, Chair of Canadian Jewish Congress-Ontario Region
“Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony”
“The Politicization of Holocaust Survivors in Canada”

Dr. Sarah Carter, Henry Marshall Tory Chair, Department of History and Classics and the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
“Imperial Plots: British Women, Land and Canada”

Dr. Peter Clarke
“The Last 1000 Days of the British Empire”

Dr. Karen Dubinsky, Department of History, Queen’s University
How Babies Rule the World: The Iconography of the Global Poster Child

Magda Fahrni
“Anticipating the Accidents ‘Waiting to Happen’ in turn-of-the-Twentieth Century Montreal

Dr. Michael Gauvreau, Department of History, McMaster University
“Winning Back the Intellectuals: Inside Canada’s ‘First War on Terror’, 1968-1970”

Dr. Douglas Glover
“The Novelist as Historan”

Dr. David Goutor, Department of Labour Studies, McMaster University
Dr. Stephen Heathorn, Department of History, McMaster University
Taking Liberties: Human Rights in Canada in Historical Perspective”

Graduate Student Enactment
“War and Peace: July 1914 and the Conference that never was”
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You Tube Question Period

Dr. Angela Graham
“Between the Elephant and the Colossus: The United States and Canada’s China Policy, 1949-1970”

Dr. Alan Greer
“Feudal Colonization: Natives and Seigneural Tenure in New France”

Dr. David Hackett-Fischer, Brandeis University
“Champlain’s Dream”

Dr. David Hackett-Fischer, Brandeis University
“Toward a Comparative History of Settler Stocieties: Canada, the United States, New Zealand”

Dr. Richard Harris, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University
“How Neighbourhoods Became Important, 1900-2015”
(March 17, 2016)

Jeet Heer, Canadian Journalist
“Reflections of McLuhan at 100”

Dr. Stuart Henderson, Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow, Wilson Institute for Canadian History
“Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the Sixties”

Dr. Craig Heron, York University
“Work, Idleness, and the Misues of Time in Canada since 1850”

Dr. Franca Iacovetta, Univerity of Toronto
“Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History”

Michael Igantieff
The Rights Revolution Revisited: How We Got Here, Where We Go Now

Dr. Richard John
“Network Nation: The Political Economy of Telecommunications from Franklin to Innis”

Sean Kheraj
“Order and Animals in 19th Century Toronto”

Dr. Matthias Kipping, Professor of Policy and Chair in Business History at the Schulich School of Business, York University
“Deliberate or Emergent? Alcan’s Strategies in Europe, 1928-2007”

Dr. Tina Loo, Department of History, University of British Columbia
“Moved by the State: Forced Relocation and the ‘Good Life’ in Postwar Canada”

Dr. Saje Mathieu, Department of History, University of Minnesota
“Profiles in Courage: Black Soldiers and the Politics of Enlistment in the Great War Era”

Dr. Ian McKay, Department of History, Queen’s University
“Anglosphere Rising: The Not-So-New Conservative Canadian Nationalism”

Dr. Asa McKercher, Wilson Associate Professor, Wilson Institute for Canadian History
”Building Bridges Between the Peoples’: The Commonwealth, Race, and Canada’s Post-Colonial Foreign Policy, 1945-68″
(Jan. 22, 2016)

Dr. Sean Mills, Department of History, University of Toronto
“Haiti, Haitians, and the Making of Quebec”

Dr. Wendy Mitchinson, Department of History, University of Waterloo
Obesity: Fighting Fat in Canada: A History

Dr. Viv Nelles, Chair, Wilson Institute for Canadian History
“The Electric Cemetery”

Dr. Joy Parr, Canada Research Chair, Technolgy, Culture and Risk, Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario
“Embodied Histories”

Dr. Louis W. Pauly, Director, Munk Centre, University of Toronto
“Globalization, Political Authority, and the Prevention of Systemic Financial Crisis”

Dr. Tim Pearson, Wilson Assistant Professor, Wilson Institute for Canadian History
“Reading Rituals: Performance and Belief-life in the Early Colonial Northeast”

Dr. Adele Perry, Canada Research Chair in Western Canadian Social History, University of Manitoba
“Moving Targets: Colonial Lives and Canadian Histories”
“Colonial Archives, National Histories and Feminist Research”

Dr. Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University
“Canadian Fire”

Dr. Nancy Ross, Department of Geography, McGill University
“Urban Form and Population Health: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”
(Co-sponsored by the Hannah History of Medicine Unit, McMaster University)  (Oct. 22, 2015)

Dr. Eric Sager, Department of History, University of Victoria
Dr. Michael Veall, Department of Economics, McMaster University
Inequality: When does Income Inequality matter?

Dr. Joan Sangster, Professor of History and Women’s Studies, Trent University
“Modernizing Colonialism: Native Women and Work in Post World War II Canada”

Dr. Edward Shorter, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
“The Fragility of Knowledge in Psychiatry”
(Co-sponsored by the Hannah History of Medicine Unit, McMaster University)  (Feb. 10, 2016)

Dr. Donald B. Smith, University of Calgary
“Prairie Pretenders: Grey Owl, Honore Jaxon and Chief Long Lance

Dr. Mark Sproule-Jones, Department of Political Science, McMaster University
Dr. Joel Tarr, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
“Steel Town Cleanups”

Dr. Veronica Strong-Boag, University of British Columbia
“Imperial Masculinity? The Dilema of John Gordon, Earl of Aberdeen, Viceroy of Ireland and Governor General of Canada”

Dr. Alan Taylor, Professor of History, University of California at Davis
“Joseph Brant’s Vision: Native Land Ownership in a Colonial Society”

Dr. John Thompson, Professor of History, Duke University
“Managing in the Bush Leagues: The U.S. – Canada Relationship since 2001”

Dr. Maria Tippett
“A Portrait of Karsh”

Dr. Neville Thompson, Professor Emeritus, University of Western Ontario
“Winston Churchill in the Second World War: A Canadian Close Up”

Dr. Alan Taylor, University of California at Davis
“The Civil War of 1812”

Dr. Ryan Touhey, Department of History, St. Jerome’s College
“The 4Rs of the Canada-India Relationship 1952-1957: Escott Reid, Romanticism, Race, and Religion”
(Nov. 12, 2015)

Dr. William Turkel, University of Western Ontario
“The Digital Historian”

The UN at 70 Conference

Dr. Jonathan Vance, Professor and Canada Research Chair
“The Canadian Expeditionary Force: A Nation in Arms?”

Dr. William Wicken
“Leaving the Reserve: Grand River Six Nations People Living Off the Reserve, 1890-1920”

Dr. Donald Wright, Department of Political Science, University of New Brunswick
“Donald Creighton: A Life in Photographs”