Lyell Lectures; Book Launch: Running on Empty; Digital Humanities Summer Institute; African Women Innovation and the Future; Marx’s Capital after 150 Years; Historical Thinking Summer Institute; …

Below are events taking place soon as well as announcements that may be of interest. (A bulletin will now be sent out each Wednesday with upcoming events and announcements.) Departmental events are also posted on our website.


May 4-18, 2017

The Vatican Library and the Counter-Reformation, a Series of Five Lectures

In the 2017 Lyell Lectures at Oxford University, Paul Nelles enters the social and material world of the Vatican Library in the late sixteenth century. At the vanguard of the Counter-Reformation, the library gradually adapted to its new role as an instrument of papal policy and hub of ecclesiastical reform. The lectures locate the Vatican Library within a constellation of new state-sponsored collections in early modern Europe. Framed around the vibrant fresco cycles that graced the new library quarters constructed under Pope Sixtus V (1585-1590), the lectures visit specific episodes in sixteenth-century cultural history to probe the dynamic of script and print within the space of the Vatican Library. Particular attention is given to the individuals, practices, and working tools that intersected with libraries in this period.


May 17, 2017

Book Launch: Running on Empty

Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, at 6:30pm.

This free event is presented with Library and Archives Canada and Society Canadian Immigration Historical Society in association with the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Cambodia and the Vietnamese Canadian Community of Ottawa.

From the 1960s through the 1970s Canada’s dominant value system shifted from Europe centered to a diversity based, multicultural model. One of the tangible expressions of this major change was the response of Canadians and their government to the terrible refugee tragedy, impacting millions of lives, in Southeast Asia.

May 17-20, 2017

Digital Humanities Summer Institute: Technologies East

Explore the possibilities that the digital humanities open up for your research at DHSITE this may! Registration is now open for a series of workshops at the University of Ottawa and at Carleton exploring everything from social media analysis to mapping, twitter bots to game studies. See the website at for more information.

May 18, 2017

Beyond SDG5: African Women Innovation and the Future

Forthcoming IAS – African Heads of Mission conference: 8:30am-5:00pm in room 270-274 of Residence Commons. RSVP: Please contact the Institute of African Studies for more information.


May 24-26, 2017

Marx’s Capital after 150 Years:  Critique and Alternative to Capitalism Conference

The conference which will be held at York University from May 24-26, 2017 and will play host to a number of speakers including:  Immanuel Wallerstein, Saskia Sassen, Etienne Balibar, Himani Bannerji, Marcello Musto and many more. Everyone is welcome.  Admission is free.

For more information on the Conference, including the conference program, please visit:

June 14, 2017

Workshop: Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project (CFIHP)

This is a one-day workshop that the CFIHP will be holding in Ottawa on 14 June. Full details are available on the attached pdf as well as on the CFIHP webpage:

This will be an opportunity discuss the documentation available through the CFIHP database and opportunities for research and collaboration.


July 17-22, 2017

Historical Thinking Summer Institute
The Historical Thinking Summer Institute is designed for teachers, curriculum developers, professional development leaders, historians, museum educators and curators who want to enhance their expertise at designing history programs, courses, units, lessons, projects, or educational resources that explicitly focus on historical thinking.

Attendees of the 2017 Historical Thinking Summer Institute will participate in a variety of activities including presentations and workshops, learning activities at the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum, discussions of readings, guest

lectures, and group work to explore six historical thinking concepts: evidence, significance, continuity & change, cause & consequence, perspective-taking, and the ethical dimension of history. For more information visit


Toronto History Lecture Series

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has issued a special call for proposals. To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, our annual Toronto History Lecture is being expanded to a three-lecture series for 2017.

We are now requesting proposals for each of the three lectures, to be delivered on the evenings of Wednesday, August 9, 16, and 23, 2017 at the City of Toronto Archives. We seek interesting, innovative and well-presented lectures on any aspect of Toronto’s history. A connection to 1867 or any aspect of the sesquicentennial would be particularly appropriate. For details, download the full Call for Lecture Proposals.

The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2017. For information about past Toronto History Lecture topics and speakers, please visit our website.