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.



July 13-14, 2018

2018 Summer Cities Symposium

Please join us Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14, for our inaugural Summer Cities Symposium, titled Working Waterfronts // Freshwater Fictions, at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism.

The event will focus on issues of urban waterfronts, and is organized around the themes of environment, equity, and infrastructure. The idea of “fictions” is meant to include the variety of stories and visualizations we create to understand and to communicate ideas for these evolving sites. Our website includes full schedule and details:

The symposium is free and open to the public, but requires registration via the event website.



The Corsini Fellowship in Canadian History at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History 

This two-month fellowship is geared towards graduate students. Any candidate whose project deals with Canadian history will be considered, but projects dependent on local archives and libraries are particularly welcome. McMaster and southern Ontario are home to numerous archives, including the Archives of Ontario, Bertrand Russell Collection here at McMaster, and numerous other regional historical societies. Each fellow will receive $5,000, a work space at the L.R. Wilson Institute, and access to McMaster’s libraries and archival collections. Each fellow is expected to be in residence in Hamilton during the two-month fellowship in order to participate in the L.R. Wilson Institute’s program of activities and engage with our students and faculty. The fellowship will start on 1 August 2018 and will end on 30 September 2018. Corsini Fellows are expected to produce a blog post based on their research and present a paper at a Wilson Institute public event. In order to be considered for this fellowship, please send a CV, a cover letter (which includes a project description) and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor to Applications must arrive by 20 July 2018.


VSFS e-Internship Opportunity

The National Cemetery Administration is joining the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) Internship program this year, and we want to let your students know about this opportunity. Check us out at:

The NCA History Program wants to enlist college students (all levels) as digital storytellers through the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS).  E-interns will research and write web content, interpreting U.S. history through historic national cemeteries–people, places, monuments. More information is in the attached flyer. Please forward to likely candidates and post it where they might see it. Thank you!

Details about the VSFS project are here:

Applications are due July 31, so hurry.

Students apply through

COMS 1000C – Offered to non-COMS students

New this year, the department of Communication and Media Studies is offering section C of COMS 1000 to non-communication students. COMS 1000 will satisfy Breadth Area 1: Culture and Communication.

COMS 1000 [1.0 credit]

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies

The scope of communication studies including the history and structure of mass media, their relationship to social and cultural change, and basic issues of communication   and cultural policy.

Please note: COMS 1000C does not have a discussion group.