Congratulations to Philip Van Huisen for winning the 2014 Canadian Studies Network (CSN) Prize for the Best PhD Dissertation in Canadian Studies. "The prize is awarded annually to an outstanding interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation completed at a Canadian university on a Canadian subject that best advances our knowledge and understanding of Canada and Canadian Studies." 

Earlier this year Philip was awarded the W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.

Congratulations to one of our Post-Doctoral Fellows, Andrew Denning, who has just been awarded the Joel A. Tarr Prize for his article “From Sublime Landscapes to ‘White Gold’: How Skiing Transformed the Alps after 1930,”. This prize is for the best article on the relationship between technology and the environment over the past 18 months.

Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery's upcoming exhibit, co-curated by Department member Tim Brook.

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
Aldous Huxley

Thanks to Professor John Conway and his generous endowment for the Conway Summer Travel Scholarship, this summer I had the privilege of embarking on a journey not only to Germany as a geographic location, but also back in time through the annals of German and European history. I am greatly indebted to Professor Conway for his generosity and guidance in my travel plans.

With the recent protests in Hong Kong, department member Leo Shin has been giving interviews, in print, on radio, and on television.

Eric Michael Johnson has been awarded the 2014 3QD prize for science, as judged by renowned primatologist and ethologist Frans de Waal. Johnson was awarded the Top Quark prize for his essay, Promiscuity is Pragmatic, which originally appeared in Slate (link).


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You are invited to participate in a leadership and career development program being offered to History students: the Faculty of Arts Tri-Mentoring Program.
We are looking for 10 junior students (1st and 2nd year students who intend to major in History) and 10 senior students (3rd and 4th year History Majors) to participate this year.
The Tri-Mentoring Program will match you with another current History student (junior with senior) as well as with a History graduate who is now working in an interesting career area.

The Department of History is proud to announce that Hanna Smyth (class of 2014) has been placed on an international short list for The Undergraduate Awards in the category of History. Cited as the ultimate champion for high potential undergraduates, The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme that identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. This year the selection committee received 4792 applications from 27 countries.

Recent History Department graduate Philip Van Huizen has been awarded this year's W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. The prize is awarded "to the author of the most outstanding dissertation on any aspect of the history of the American West in the twentieth century."