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Let’s Talk History! on Your Campus

Posted by Cynthia Wallace...
6 February 2012 - 9:58am


Did you know that February 20 is National Heritage Day in Canada? First established in 1974 by the Heritage Canada Foundation, each year the third Monday in February is widely recognised across our nation as a day to encourage Canadians to identify, protect and enhance their natural, cultural, and built environments.

This year, in recognition of National Heritage Day in February, the THEN/HiER Graduate Student Committee has initiated a program to advance more interdisciplinary dialogue about doing history. How this works is that history graduate students are invited to participate in an informal discussion with social studies/Canadian studies education students, on their university campuses, about historical inquiry.

For historians, doing history involves, among other things, research, writing, scholarly, and public dissemination of historical knowledge. It also involves adopting critical historical literacy methods that open up the interpretive nature of history. These historical literacy methods are key to teaching younger students how to think historically.

"Let’s Talk History" offers an easy and practical way of experiencing pedagogical-content knowledge in action.

As a member of the THEN/HiER Graduate Student Committee, I invite you to initiate a "Let’s Talk History!" dialogue on your campus. Let’s start talking with the next generation of social studies teachers and historians in Canada... along the way, we just might make some new friends, share, network, and deliberate.

Are you intrigued? Interested? Excited?! If so, please contact me via this blog post – or any of my fellow committee members. Funding is available to assist with related costs, and we can provide you with everything you need to make your event memorable. We invite you to be a part of this unique February initiative. Start up a dialogue on your campus!


University of Toronto Let’s Talk History!

 University of Toronto Let’s Talk History! Dialogue About Doing History, will be held on February 21, 2012 at OISE-5th floor-room 170 at 11am

Graduate students in the Department of History at the University of Toronto and York University have been invited to participate in a  "Dialogue about Doing History" with Dr. Ruth Sandwell, Garfield Newman and Rose Fine-Meyer's History method's class in the Faculty of Education at OISE.
Graduate history students: Arlis Barclay, Katherine Joyce, Brittany Luby, Melissa Otis-Dixon, Nathan Smith, Martin Weger and Jay Young will join the History methods class to join in a 1.5 hour dialogue between the next generation of history teachers and historians in, dialogue and share refreshments.
Everyone is looking forward to this event.


Let's Talk History at UNB (Fredericton): Wednesday February 22,

Let’s Talk History!
 Dialogue About Doing History
February 22, 2012
 1:00 – 2:20 (ED 4620) and 2:30 – 3:50 (ED 4623)
 President's Room, Alumni Memorial Building,
13 Bailey Drive, UNB  
Graduate students in the Department of History have been invited to participate in a  
"Dialogue about Doing History" with Dr. Theodore Christou’s class in the Faculty of Education at UNB (Fredericton).
Funding support for this student activity is gratefully acknowledged from
The History Education Network THEN/HiER.(