Welcome Back for the Fall Term - 2019


It’s been a quiet summer in Buchanan Tower, but much has been happening in the world.  Fires in the Amazon; tremors in global trade; persistent and sometimes violent manifestations of racism in Canada and around the world; politicians prevaricating over acts of genocide; millions on the streets of Hong Kong in defense of democracy. 

History never rests.  Historians take vacations, but we don’t really rest either.  We’re constantly asking new questions of the past, looking for new sources, rethinking interpretations in the light of new knowledge and our unrelenting present.  Our teaching changes too.  We have an exciting slate of courses this year, as topical as ever, including histories of Hong Kong, the Global Environment, Drugs in Canada, Capitalism, Human Rights, the Vietnam War, and the 1960s. 

Many of our students are returning from a summer of research on the cutting edges of our discipline, including work on disability history, refugees, Indigenous subjectivities, colonialism, Chinese medicine, environmentalism, and much more.  It will be a busy fall, with over 50 courses, visiting speakers from around the world, and office hours aplenty.  We look forward to seeing you, sharing stories about the summer, and talking history.


- Eagle Glassheim, Head, Department of History