Beyond the Lecture: Innovations in Teaching Canadian History

Today Active History announced "Beyond the Lecture" a new monthly series dedicated to renewed dialogue about best practices for teaching Canadian history at the post-secondary level.  This series is edited by Andrea Eidinger and I and is open to submissions. How do you approach Canadian history in the classroom? Do you use digital history, public … Continue reading Beyond the Lecture: Innovations in Teaching Canadian History

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Historical Reminiscents EP 12: The Myth of Neutrality in Description

New podcast episode! This episode was inspired by Colleen Burgess' and Thomas Peace's recent Active History post "19th Century Legacies in 21st Century Historical Research Practice."  Using their work as a jumping off point I talk about descriptive practices within in archives and museums and discuss standard vocabularies, hegemony, and the challenges of organizational schemes. … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 12: The Myth of Neutrality in Description

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Revisiting Beyond 150

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Remember that awesome Twitter Conference Andrea Eidinger and I organized in August? You can now checkout a select number of the Beyond 150 presentations on the Canada's History Society website.  Beyond 150 was "designed to encourage collaboration, public engagement, and spark discussion about Canada’s history in a way that is accessible to everyone. It aimed … Continue reading Revisiting Beyond 150

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Historical Reminiscents EP 11: Healthy Writing Practices

I write a lot. My writing comes in numerous shapes: work related, academic publishing, and personal or reflective writing. In this episode I talk about building a healthy writing practice and some of my favourite tips for developing a writing routine. I discuss the idea of moving beyond word counts and looking at writing in … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 11: Healthy Writing Practices

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Reflections on an Undergraduate Public History Course

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This fall I had the opportunity to teach "Select Topics in Community-Based Public History", a third-year history course at Algoma University.  This was my first time designing and being the sole instructor for a course.  Now that the dust has settled and all my marks are in I thought I would use this post to … Continue reading Reflections on an Undergraduate Public History Course

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Historical Reminiscents EP 10: Goal Setting and Building Communities of Care

New year! New podcast episode! In this episode I talk about establishing goals, setting yourself up for success and some of the problems with recent self-care rhetoric.  I also discuss communities of care and creating supportive spaces within the profession where we can lift each other up. Mentioned in this episode: Things you should know … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 10: Goal Setting and Building Communities of Care

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Reading that changed my thinking in 2017

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For my last post of 2017 I'm going to highlight some of the books, blog posts, and articles I read this year that have had an impact on my thinking and professional practice.  These items are not necessarily new publications but just works I have read (or re-read) this year. Silencing the Past by Michel-Rolph Trouillot … Continue reading Reading that changed my thinking in 2017

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Historical Reminiscents EP 09: Demystifying Archival Labour – Access

New podcast episode! In the final episode of my mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I talk about all the access and archival labour feels. I reflect on why access is at the core of what archivists do, why we don't 'just digitize everything', and the challenges of managing researcher expectations. Missed part one of this … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 09: Demystifying Archival Labour – Access

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Historical Reminiscents EP 08: Demystifying Archival Labour – Preservation

New podcast episode! In part four of the mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I discuss preservation best practices and why preservation is a fundamental part of making archival records accessible. I chat about  my favourite resources and tools for teaching about preservation. Missed part one of this series? Listen to it here. Mentioned in this … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 08: Demystifying Archival Labour – Preservation

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2017 In Review

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It's December! That means it is annual year end reflection time. As in previous years I'm going to use this post remind myself of all the things I did in 2017.  A year is a long time and accomplishments tend to be immediately celebrated and then forgotten in the hustle of the day-to-day chaos.  I … Continue reading 2017 In Review

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