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



April 12, 2018

Adventures from the Coldest Part of the Cold War

The Distant Early Warning Radar Line (DEWLine) and the Diefenbunker have much in common. Both were born out of paranoia and fear. Both were enormous engineering and construction feats. Both were necessary. Both served Canada for over 30 years, and both share a common ancestry, the Cold War.
The one thing they didn’t share was their working environments. While the earth’s natural geothermal system keeps the Diefenbunker at a constant temperature, high winds and extremely low temperatures often ravaged DEWLine sites making life on the Line perilous at times.
Come and spend an entertaining evening exploring what it was like to live and work in the coldest part of the Cold War during the early years.
In 1960, at 19 years of age, Brian Jeffrey was the youngest radar technician (Radician) at the time to go North for the Federal Electric Corporation.
In this informative and interesting talk, Brian will share the ups and downs of his 3-years above the Arctic Circle. Among other stories, you’ll meet 2-year old Emily Nakoolak, share a polar bear hunt, feel the tension of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Saturday night hi-jinks, what happens when you miss a bogie (target), and much more.
Brian Jeffrey has been involved with the Diefenbunker for over 20 years and is a lifetime member. He served on the Museum’s board for many years and spend a brief stint as Acting Executive Director. Today he remains a Museum guide and member of the Volunteer Radio Group.
Tickets available via Eventbrite ( or at the door
DATE AND TIME: Thu, 12 April 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Diefenbunker Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Ottawa, ON K0A 1L0

April 17, 2018

Pre-Show Chat: Nurturing Thriving Communities

NAC’s English Theatre welcomes you to a Community Talking Circle featuring local artists, activists, and community members. Our guests will discuss ways in which Ottawa’s diverse communities and organizations can come together in the aim of resilience and connection, and a Q&A will conclude the event. The event is free and will be moderated by Sarah Waisvisz, NAC English Theatre Artist in Residence. Please join us! More information about the event is available online.


  • Director of Sal Capone / creator of The Arrivals Project Diane Roberts
  • Storyteller; Odawa Native Friendship Centre Lesley Parlane
  • Staff Sergeant, Ottawa Police Dave Zackrias
  • Artist, writer, facilitator Nènè Konaté
  • Professor of History, Migration & Diaspora Studies Daniel McNeil
  • Storyteller & performer; 8th Generation Storytelling Jacqui du Toit

April 17 and 21, 2018

cuLearn Drop-ins This Month

Stop by the EDC this month and work on your cuLearn course with an educational technology consultant nearby who can answer questions and help with course preparation. We’ll be hosting two cuLearn drop-ins in April: Tuesday, April 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, April 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No registration is required. Stay for the whole session or drop by for some quick help.

April 20, 2018

2018 Marston LaFrance Lecture

“Cultural Policy and Economic Development, 1967-1982” featuring Dr. Sarah Brouillette from the Department of English Language & Literature.  Between 1967 and 1982 UNESCO organized dozens of meetings dedicated to the discussion of cultural policy. These meetings were the first sustained attempt to think about how governments could and should be disposed toward cultural funding and administration. This talk argues that this rise of the cultural policy establishment is inseparable from worry about economic development and modernization. It was the pressing economic catastrophes of the era that directly shaped UNESCO’s turn toward culture as a prophylactic. But it was the permanent and ongoing crisis of integration of pre-capitalist enclaves into capitalist modernity that was the deeper source of the transformations that UNESCO sought to manage through its cultural programming.

The event will be held on Friday April 20th at 2:30 pm in Dunton Tower 2017. Light refreshments will follow the presentation. Please RSVP to




Bruce Elliott would be pleased to receive proposals from faculty or senior doctoral students for the autumn 2018 Shannon Lectures in History, the department’s annual public lecture series.  Though the series deals with the social history of Canada, broadly defined, the terms of reference encourage linkages between approaches to Canadian history and the wider body of international scholarship on a theme, so we also encourage non-Canadianists to propose series.  At least two of the sessions should be about Canada. The series is funded through a major gift from the late Lois M. Long, a long-time friend of the Department of History.  The fund allows for speakers to be brought from throughout North America and overseas.  Some colleagues have chosen to organize the series in connection with a seminar course, so that the students can meet with and hear the people they are reading.  Dominique and Ann have arranged for a slot to be reserved on Fridays next fall so that it would be possible for anyone contemplating this to overlap a seminar with the time of the lecture.  Anyone offering to organize the series will receive plenty of help and guidance along the way.  If you have any thoughts as to a topic, please contact Bruce.


Acadiensis: The David Alexander Prize, 2018

The David Alexander Prize, 2018

The David Alexander Prize is awarded annually for the best essay on the history of Atlantic Canada written in course by an undergraduate student in any university.

Submissions: Entries shall be submitted by course instructors no later than 30 June 2018.


The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

11th Annual Decolonization Conference of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies November 8-10, 2018 OISE, University of Toronto

CIARS is pleased to announce that it is holding its XI Decolonizing Conference for critical dialogues on the theme of “Dialoguing and Living Well Together: Decolonization and Insurgent Voices”. Using a Decolonizing perspective, the conference hopes to explore new meanings of “living well together” outside of White mythology (in Derrida’s terms) and the capitalist paradigm. We ask: how do we bring non-Western epistemologies to a terrain that has existed through a long-exercised White Mythology? What Indigenous experiences speak to the possibility of living well together in new futures? What additional dimensions of the above can be gleaned from the constant mobility of bodies, identities, subjectivities and relations?

CIARS welcomes a wide range of submissions, from individual papers to arts-based installations, and more! We highly encourage a range diverse critical contributions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: download our full call at:

Long-term funding and training for graduate students

The Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship provides long-term funding for a significant part of graduate degree programs:

  • Master’s students can complete an 18-month project (minimum $30,000 stipend)
  • PhD students can complete a three-year project (minimum $72,000 stipend)

Along with their research experience with an industry or not-for-profit partner, participating students receive training that helps them ensure the success of their projects and further their careers.

Fellowships can form new Accelerate projects or be added to existing ones, and applications are accepted any time.

For more information or to discuss a potential project, contact the Mitacs representative at your university.

Registration Open for Summer Program

Carleton University’s Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous People (CUIERIP) will hold its 5th annual week-long summer program in Ottawa from June 3rd to the 8th, 2018. It is a six-day immersive experience devoted to learning about good practices in ethical research with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities.
CUIERIP’s mission is to provide a collaborative and safe learning environment for faculty, students, community members, and professionals working on Indigenous issues and research ethics.
CUIERIP is led by Carleton Faculty, research ethics professionals and community leaders. Presiding Elders guide all participants.  CUIERIP’s 2018 theme: “Story keeping and the story bundle”. Story bundles, a concept that pertains to Western and Indigenous ethical considerations around being a story-keeper, or more specifically, the person who brings the experiences and stories of others forward. During the week-long institute, we will consider the distinctions between different types of stories, the protocols/ethical considerations around who can carry/disseminate stories, historic and contemporary examples of storykeepers, examples of how carriers adapt to the evolution of ever-changing stories, what researchers need in their storybundles, and how a story bundle is developed, maintained and utilized.
Registration for the 2018 Institute is now open.
For more information about CUIERIP 2018, please visit our website

Applications open for 2018 EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship

Ottawa – The European Union Delegation to Canada and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are thrilled to launch the 2018 edition of the European Union-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship.

The EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship aims to recognize outstanding journalistic talent among young Canadians. Since 2001, three candidates have been selected every year to participate in a week-long study tour to experience the EU institutions, the Canadian Mission to the EU, and media outlets in Brussels. Winners will also attend the daily European Commission press briefing. All expenses are paid for by the European Union Delegation to Canada.

Prior to the trip, winners will be invited to an awards ceremony co-hosted by the Office of the Speakers of the House of Commons and the CAJ in Ottawa. Winners will also benefit from a one-year CAJ membership or one-year CAJ membership renewal.

The EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship seeks to foster links between Europeans and Canadians and to raise awareness of the European Union among a new generation of Canadian students and journalists.

Winners are required to submit a sample of their work and to chronicle their study tour experience online or in print during the study tour or upon their return from Europe (i.e. published articles, blogging, social media platforms).

For further information:

Diodora Bucur, EU Delegation Press Officer, 613-563-6354 @EUinCanada