Talking About Failing in Academia

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Taking about failure is hard. The ways in which we talk about and process failure can be deeply personal. We often see failure of a representation of ourselves and take it personally. Folks in academia talk about success, however we are less apt to discuss those times we've failed to hit the mark. Failure is … Continue reading Talking About Failing in Academia

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Historical Reminiscents EP 16: Building Moderation Skills

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New podcast episode! In this week's episode I discuss effective moderation techniques and the role of a good moderator.  I try to answer the questions: How do you become a moderator? What does a moderator actually do? What skills do you need to bring to the table as a moderator? Do you have good or … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 16: Building Moderation Skills

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S is for Signal-boost

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This post was partially inspired by Claire Kreuger's alphabet blog series on colonialism and reconciliation. I've been thinking a lot about signal-boosting as a form of activism recently.  This has in part come from conversations around what work settlers can engage in following the verdict which found Gerald Stanley not guilty in the shooting death … Continue reading S is for Signal-boost

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AASLH Technical Leaflet – Get to Work: Crafting Cover Letters and Résumés for Emerging Professionals

In 2017, I had the opportunity to work with Michael Dove, of Western's Public History Program, to author a technical leaflet for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).  Titled, "Get to Work: Crafting Cover Letters and Résumés for Emerging Professionals," our leaflet is part of the AASLH's Winter 2018 History News publication … Continue reading AASLH Technical Leaflet – Get to Work: Crafting Cover Letters and Résumés for Emerging Professionals

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Historical Reminiscents EP 15: Ableism and Accessibility in Public History

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New podcast episode! Some of the core facets behind public history practice are accessibility and community access. And preserved heritage should be accessible to all. In this week's episode I talk about ableism in public history and heritage sites.  I discuss job descriptions that include lifting requirements, inaccessible heritage sites, and digital accessibility. As a … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 15: Ableism and Accessibility in Public History

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Historical Reminiscents EP 14: All The Memes

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New podcast episode! This week's episode is a case of 'and now for something completely different.' I talk about some of my favourite public history and archives focused web comics and memes.  I discuss using memes in the classroom and their potential as educational tools.  I also tackle the question of meme preservation and copyright. … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 14: All The Memes

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Anishinaabe Inendamowin Research Symposium

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Last week I participated in the Anishinaabe Inendamowin (thought) Research Symposium held at Algoma University. The theme of this year's symposium was "Weaving Meaningful Anishinaabe Research Bundles" and there was an emphasis on enriching academic research through Indigenous ways of knowing. The symposium included community knowledge holders, post-secondary students from all levels, and established Indigenous … Continue reading Anishinaabe Inendamowin Research Symposium

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Historical Reminiscents EP 13: Fostering Meaningful Student Work Experiences

Since starting at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre in 2010 I have worked with a lot of students and new professionals. Over time I've developed really strong feels about the important of building meaningful placement, co-op, and work experiences for students. This episode dives into student mentorship and the importance of creating skill building opportunities … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 13: Fostering Meaningful Student Work Experiences

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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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