History

Gillian KornackiBotsford scholar Gillian Kornacki will deliver a lecture on French colonial families in the Detroit River Region at Ducks on the Roof in Amherstburg this Thursday night.

History scholar to discuss Detroit River region's French colonial families

Whenever Gillian Kornacki drives down Goyeau Avenue, she must wonder what life was like for her distant relatives.

“My grandma was a Goyeau, so I grew up with the stories about how that street used to be our farm,” says the fourth-year history major.

Those stories were enough to make her do a little more digging. Several years ago, while visiting her grandfather’s house, she found a genealogy book, compiled by one of her relatives during the 1970s, tracing her family’s history back 12 generations.

Emile NaickerHistory major Emile Naicker demonstrates the web site he created that's devoted to the history of the Manchester United football club.

Students preserve history on web

When Emile Naicker came to university, he never imagined he’d be able to combine his love for history with his passion for his favourite football club.

But that’s just what the fourth-year history major did when he signed up for an innovative course taught by Heidi Jacobs and Rob Nelson called History on the Web. Designed to teach students how to integrate historical archives and other resources with modern communications technology, the course required each one to create a project demonstrating how they would preserve history on the internet.

Kim and Rob NelsonKim and Rob Nelson will both receive awards at today's Celebration of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, which happens to fall on their 14th anniversary. Photo by Hagen Nelson.

Award winning researchers to be recognized on wedding anniversary

Today is an especially rewarding one for Kim and Rob Nelson.

Besides taking home a pair of awards at today’s annual Celebration of Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, the two professors are celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary.

runaway slavesMany slaves escaped their situations in the US only to be re-enslaved in the Maritimes, according to a visiting lecturer who will speak here Thursday.

End to slavery brought new form of racism in eastern Canada

African-descended people played an important role in bringing slavery to an end in Canada’s Maritimes, but that came with some cost.

Carlin MillerCarlin Miller will be researching the effectiveness of a course designed to improve mindfulness for teachers and parents of children with ADHD.

ADHD study among projects backed by research stimulus fund

Anyone who ever raised and educated a child with ADHD knows it can be a challenge, but armed with new stimulus funding, a psychology professor is planning to equip parents and teachers with skills to better deal with their demands.

Cooking creates connections for historian

You might think cooking an exotic meal for his family or invited guests would be a welcome distraction from his labour, but it actually brings Rob Nelson closer to his work as an historical researcher.

“Food has so much to do with culture and history, so cooking a recipe from a country like Senegal, for instance, can really enhance your understanding of a place, even if you’ve never been there,” said Dr. Nelson. “You just feel like you have some kind of connection through cooking.”

Calin MurguThird-year history major Calin Murgu holds up a copy of the inaugural edition of The Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History.

New journal recognizes undergraduate history research

Calin Murgu figured it was about time all the great historical research being done by his undergraduate colleagues was given some more permanent recognition.

“A lot of it just gets written up in papers, handed in and read by professors, assigned a grade, and that’s it,” said Murgu, a fourth-year history major. “We just felt that there wasn’t enough attention placed on the works of undergraduates and that there are times when there is some really good research that’s happening.”