Student mixes love of history with passion for muscle cars

Evan Suntres is astute enough to see the irony in the research path he’s chosen.

A master’s student in history, he is studying a phenomenon which he suggests saw conservative males turn to muscle cars as a way of expressing their masculinity in reaction to such social upheavals of the 1960s as the anti-war and women’s liberation movements.

A self-described political moderate, he’s also in the process of restoring his own 1973 Ford Mustang fastback.

Artists taking their works to the streets of Walkerville this weekend

The Walkerville Art Walk & Rock is a great opportunity for local artists to show their work, says a UWindsor student who is participating in the event, July 20 and 21.

Logo of Walkerville Art Walk“The chance to see such an array of talented local artists is always a treat,” says Nicole Hutchinson, a 2010 graduate of the School of Visual Arts now pursuing a master’s degree in history.

War of 1812 collection reflects development of Canadian icons

When it comes to the making of a hero, timing is everything, and it’s all about location, location, location, says Brian Owens, UWindsor archivist and librarian responsible for rare books and special collections.

Dr. Owens has spent the past five years studying and amassing a large collection of materials in anticipation of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, and he has a surprising take on the big three legends of the conflict – General Isaac Brock, Chief Tecumseh, and Laura Secord.

Dark comedy combines gender politics and sexual scandal

A UWindsor history professor says that a staged reading of his new play, The Metropolitan, combines his own area of research with nursing, drama and social justice.

“It’s a great University of Windsor story where you can get these inter-disciplinary collaborations that are products of a close-knit campus,” says Steven Palmer, who holds the Canada Research Chair in History of International Health.

Historian suggests War of 1812 reading

The War of 1812 was a turning point in Canadian, American and First Nations histories, says Marshall Bastable, yet, like the recent war in Afghanistan, deciding how to remember and commemorate it is a problem.

“Much attention is given to which side won, but there are other important questions too,” says Dr. Bastable, a sessional instructor in the history department. “How did the various people at the time see the war? Was it a popular war? Was it a civil war? Was it glorious or a war full of terrible suffering and atrocities?”

Speaker to examine controversy over prize-winning e-book

In November 2010, Johanna Skibsrud’s novel The Sentimentalists was announced as the winner of the Giller Prize, which promptly embroiled the work, its author, and its publishers in a clash between different modes of book publishing.

“The novel’s publication as a limited-run book from a small press, then as an e-book, then as a mass-market paperback sparked public interest in the kinds of questions usually asked by bibliographers,” says Alan Galey.

Reception to launch book on history of Black Canadian women

book coverIn her book Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora, historian Karen Flynn uses oral narratives to examine the experiences of Black women who trained as nurses in Windsor and Chatham hospitals following the Second World War.