In each case, students had to submit a formal reflection on the visit:

  • 2016
    • Terrence Blake, an Ottawa‐based photographer, showed my ENGL 2802 (Canadian Literatures) class his images of the Vimy Memorial taken in different seasons over several years. He had taken the time to read Jane Urquhart’s The Stone Carvers (a required course text that is in part about the creation of the memorial) and made connections between the novel and the narrative of his own research and experiences trying to capture the monument and its environs.
    • Gavin Lynch, an Ottawa‐based visual artist (, gave a presentation in my ENGL 2802 (Canadian Literatures) class on his multi‐faceted work The Pass, which represents the layered history and landscape of The Yellowhead Pass in British Columbia. I invited him to speak because I had noted so many interesting connections between his work and Tay John (a required course text), the 1939 novel by Howard O’Hagan, set largely in the region. Both depict the Métis man Tête Jaune, for whom the Yellowhead Pass is named.
  • 2015
  • 2014
    • Frances Itani, an award‐winning novelist (‐itani/), spoke to my FYSM students about her research for the novel Deafening(a required course text) as well as her writing process.
    • Waubgeshig Rice, a writer and CBC journalist (, read from his collection of short stories, Midnight Sweatlodge (a required course text), and engaged in a wide‐ranging discussion with my ENGL 2802 (Canadian Literatures) class.
    • Robert Evans ( gave a presentation on “Photography, Memory, and the Archive” in my ENGL 4806C (Canadian Historical Fiction) class.