Introducing the Beyond the Lecture ebook

The super secret and exciting project that Andrea Eidinger and I have been working is finally out there in the world! Today we launched Beyond the Lecture: Innovations in Teaching Canadian History, an open educational resource focused on innovative pedagogy in Canadian history.

This is the first ebook in the new ActiveHistory.ca ebook series, with an additional publication being released soon.

Cover design by Taylor Jolin.

Active History Museum Theme

Active History Museum Theme week

This week Carly Ciufo and I launched the ActiveHistory.ca museum theme week.  This week was designed to encourage conversation between museum professionals and historians, while highlighting the labour of museum professionals.

It was a pleasure to work with Carly as a co-editor and we are both very please with how the week turned out. A huge thank you to all of our fantastic contributors. Continue reading Active History Museum Theme

Spreadsheet Beauty: Organizing The Things

laptop on table with excel sheet on screen

As is likely evident by a lot of my recent posts, I’ve been doing a lot of collaborative writing and research recently.  A huge chunk of this collaborative writing has been with my co-conspirator colleague Andrea Eidinger of Unwritten Histories. Andrea and I have a lot of project ideas and discussions about things we should work on.  Late in 2018 we decided that we needed to start keeping track of all these brilliant ideas in a more formal way.  Enter the spreadsheet to end all spreadsheets – or at least the spreadsheet to organize our collaborative writing projects. Continue reading Spreadsheet Beauty: Organizing The Things

How and When to Invite Indigenous Speakers to the Classroom

Group sitting in a circle of chairs outside

My latest post, “How and When to Invite Indigenous Speakers to the Classroom” written with Skylee-Storm Hogan and Andrea Eidinger can be seen over at Activehistory.ca This post is part of a new  Beyond the Lecture mini-series, specifically dedicated to the issue of teaching Indigenous history and the inclusion of Indigenous content in the classroom.  This post tackles the issue of how and when to invite Indigenous speakers into classrooms.

Celebrating Women and Non-Binary Historians

Celebrating Women and Non-Binary Historians on yellow background

Check out my latest post over on Unwritten Histories.  This post, written in collaboration with Andrea Eidinger, looks at Celebrating Women and Non-Binary Historians. We share the submissions from our December 2018 call to celebrate folks and talk about why promoting and acknowledging the accomplishments of women and non-binary folks matters.

Unexpected Archival Finds: Shingwauk Student Register

Cover of a green clerks fee book

My latest post, “Unexpected Archival Finds: Shingwauk Student Register” can be found over at Activehistory.ca.   This piece explores the recent discoveru a “Clerk’s Fee Book” that had been re-purposed as a Shingwauk Residential School student register from 1930-1941.  This find by the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre staff provides new information about the students who attended Shingwauk during this period and also inspires questions about archival ethics and unexpected records.

Active History Museums Theme Week

Active History Museum Theme Week poster

Carly Cuifo and I are organizing an Active History theme week about museums! I am super excited about this upcoming series of blog posts and thrilled with the responses we have received so far. Details about the theme week are below:

Active History is organizing a 2019 theme week around museums and museums practice.  Modeled after the 2017 Archives Theme Week this series aims to expand the conversation between historians and museum professionals while highlighting the unique work undertaken in museums.

Blog posts are welcomed on a range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • How do museums actually work? — eg. collection development, exhibit development, research, etc.
  • How are museums places of scholarship and research? (This could be theory based or based on an institutional example)
  • How are museums changing their practices to meet the needs of their patrons (either digitally or on site)?
  • Decolonizing museums
  • Case Study examples of community partnerships within museums

Active History posts are between 700 and 1500 words, avoid jargon, use hyperlinks over footnotes, and we encourage the use of images to illustrate posts. We also ask that the style of writing is accessible to a wide audience. Draft posts are due by February 15, 2019.

Questions and pitches can be directed to series editors Krista McCracken and Carly Cuifo at krista.mccracken@gmail.com

Historical Practice and Media Engagement

Newspaper boxes

My latest post on “Historical Practice and Media Engagement” can be seen over on the Activehistory.ca website.  This post was inspired by the numerous media interviews I’ve done since August in promotion of the Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition.   It provides a look at some of my strategies for preparing for media interviews and discusses the role of historians in the media.

Photo credit: Jeremy Galliani on Unsplash

Colonialism, Maple Syrup, and Ways of Knowing

Four bottles of maple syrup

My most recent piece “Colonialism, Maple Syrup, and Ways of Knowing” can be seen over on Activehistory.ca.  The post looks at the intersection of maple syrup, national identity, appropriation, and Indigenous knowledge.  The post is definitely just a first look at maple syrup and colonialism, and I would really suggest folks check out the further reading list I included with the post – a lot of great graduate level work has been done on this subject in recent years.