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.



***The History Department’s annual book sale is coming November 28-30***

TONIGHT: November 7, 2018 – Documenting War: Journalists and Storytelling from Conflict Zones

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8

Presented by Carleton University’s School of Journalism & Communication in collaboration with the Canadian War Museum

The second annual Peter Stursberg Foreign Correspondents Lecture will be delivered by Janine di Giovanni, a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and a Professor of Practice, Human Rights.



TONIGHT: November 7, 2018 – Invitation for the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht

The Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship ( will launch the 2018 Holocaust Education Month on November 7th at 7:00 p.m. with a keynote address delivered by Dr Michael Berenbaum, a leading Holocaust expert and one of the founders of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

And a Special Premiere Performance by Niv Ashkenazy: In tribute to the six million whose voices were silenced forever. Mr Ashkenazy, a virtuoso and classically trained student of Itzhak Perlman, will perform on a “Violin of Hope”, that was salvaged from the ashes of the Holocaust and lovingly restored by Amnon Weinstein in Israel.

Wednesday, November 7th, at 7:00pm at the Kehillat Beth Israel Synagogue, 1400 Coldrey Avenue, Ottawa

Please RSVP by Nov 1st, 2018 to:


November 8, 2018 – CU in the City – Nature and the Happy Path to Sustainability

When: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Rue Laurel St 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP:

Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. John Zelenski Professor, Department of Psychology

Ottawa has a fortunate location with many public green spaces, urban parks, and rivers. Although we sometimes overlook it, this ‘nearby nature’ can be a source of well-being for individuals and the broader community. I will describe recent research, conducted by the Carleton University Happiness Lab and researchers around the world, on the potential benefits of nature. These include positive emotions, prosocial behaviour, health, and restoration from stress and mental fatigue. Beyond time actually spent in nature, developing a subjective sense of connection with the natural world is associated with many of the same desirable outcomes, and motivation to behave sustainably. I will consider some of the small things we can do to incorporate nature into daily life, with the goal of making happier people and a healthier community and planet.


November 8, 2018 – War Stories to Remember

On Thursday, November 8, two local authors who have written about the World Wars will discuss their works and talk about the experiences of Canadian soldiers, at the Sunnyside Branch of the library.

Brian Tackaberry, author of The Lost Generation of Mississippi Mills, is a historian and genealogist who has researched the lives of World War I soldiers from Lanark County.  Peter Usher is the author of Joey Jacobson’s War: a Jewish Canadian Airman in the Second World War.  Joey Jacobson volunteered for Bomber Command in 1940.  He did not survive the war, but his letters and diaries did, and his cousin Peter Usher tells his story based on Joey’s letters and those of his family and friends.

Ottawa Public Library – Sunnyside Branch

1049 Bank, 6:15 p.m.

November 8-9, 2018 – RMC History Symposium 2018

The program for the Royal Military College’s history symposium, Manpower and the Armies of the British Empire in Two World Wars (8-9 November 2018) is set and we have a great schedule lined up this year!

More details and registration info is available at Fees: Regular $185, Students $125. Includes registration, lunch and coffee breaks for both days, and dinner at the Fort Frontenac Officer’s Mess on 8 November.

Recommended Hotel, Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, 2 Princess Street, Kingston, ON K7L. Preferred rate of $124 for a single occupancy room, breakfast included, available until 1 October. See attached poster.


November 9, 2018 – Shannon Lecture with Kisha Supernant, “Good Intentions, Bad Archaeology: The uses and abuses of Canadian archaeology against Indigenous people”

The lecture will take place in room 2017 Dunton Tower (20th floor) starting at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception at 2:30 p.m.

Lecture abstract: In the lands currently called Canada, archaeology is often used to tell stories about the history of this place, but often at the expense of Indigenous nations. Throughout our disciplinary history, archaeologists have positioned themselves as experts on and stewards of the past for the good of all, even though those pasts are sometimes not our own. In this talk, I explore how archaeology in Canada has been and continues to be part of the settler colonial state, centering knowledge from archaeologists and heritage practitioners rather than Indigenous peoples. I provide examples of how archaeological research has marginalized Indigenous voices, even when archaeologists have good intentions, and make some suggestions for how we can move toward a better archaeology for the future.

November 14, 2018 – African Studies Brown Bag: Logan Cochrane, Banting Fellow, Global and International Studies, Carleton University, “Bottom-up Change in a Top-down Government: Changing Policy and Law in Ethiopia”

All Brownbag talks take place on a Wednesday, in The Discovery Centre (room 482 MacOdrum Library), 1:00pm – 2:30pm.


November 20, 2018 – “Historicizing Indigenous Dispossession” and “Transnational Indigenous Feminisms”

Please see attached poster for details on these two events with Dr. Cheryl Suzacktaking place on November 20th. Sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature and the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.

November 20, 2018 – Reading the Classics of Social Sciences

Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

A602 Loeb, 4.30-6.00 pm
We will discuss The Origins of Totalitarianism, Part ll, Chapter 9.

The aim of this activity is to bring together Faculty members, graduate students and advanced undergraduate students from different subfields of political science to read and discuss books that have left a significant mark in the social sciences and humanities. Students often only read passages of foundational texts in their courses; this is the opportunity to join us in a collective effort to read great works more closely and to partake in a productive interdisciplinary dialogue.

Students and Faculty members from other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities are welcome to participate. Please email for questions or to receive a copy of readings.


November 23, 2018 – Shannon Lecture with Katherine Cook, “There is no ‘net neutrality’ in digital archaeology”

The lecture will take place in room 2017 Dunton Tower (20th floor) starting at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception at 2:30 p.m.

Lecture abstract: Colonisation, at its core, is the extraction of resources from those without power. What then gets extracted in digital colonialism and what does this have to do with archaeology in Canada? Considering the critiques, questions, and fallout regarding digital corporations, capitalism, and politics over the course of the past year, we are ever more acutely aware of the much darker underbelly of the digital world. Yet we still act as if digital technology is ‘the answer!’ to solving those ‘Great Challenges’ facing archaeology today, namely the lack of equity, inclusivity, access and the unwavering manifestations of (neo)colonialism. This discussion will consider the realities of digitally disrupting archaeology, the opportunities it presents but also the dangers it poses to argue that not all data, not all audiences, and not all archaeologists are treated equal in digital practice. Digital archaeology will not save us from bad archaeology, so we must decolonize the digital first.

November 23, 2018 – Honouring Agnes Calliste: Innovative Critical Race and Intersectional Perspectives in Canadian Sociology

When: November 23, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: 270 Residence Commons
Who: Anyone, but space is limited. RSVP required.

*Continental breakfast and lunch included

The symposium will honour the scholarship of Dr. Agnes Miranda Calliste, 74, who spent her career as a Professor of Sociology at St. Francis Xavier University, and passed on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Dr. Calliste, born in Grenada, was a nationally and internationally celebrated academic. Her scholarship focused on the complex interrelation of migration, work, race, ethnicity and gender in Canada. Her ground-breaking interdisciplinary research with African-Canadian railway porters and Caribbean-Canadian nurses and domestic workers explored under-researched dimensions of our social history.

The symposium, composed of three chaired panels with continental breakfast and lunch included, will be held on November 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Residence Commons room 270.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

November 28-30, 2018 – History Book Sale

Get a head-start on your holiday shopping and come peruse a grand selection of inexpensive books! History, Politics, Literature, and more – New, Used and Rare(ish).

Large selection in the History Lounge (433 Paterson) along with a smaller selection in the University Galleria. We look forward to seeing you there.

10:00am-3:00pm on November 28th, 29th, and 30th.


November 29, 2018 – “Kristallnacht: An After History”

Thursday November 29th, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Discovery Centre 482, MacOdrum Library

Speaker: Dr. Helmut Walser Smith, Martha Rivers Professor of History at Vanderbilt University

The November Pogrom of 1938, the Night of Broken Glass, was one of the decisive moments of the history of the Third Reich. For the first time, tens of thousands of ordinary people, if not more, participated in a ritual of violence and degradation directed against their Jewish neighbors. In more than a thousand communities, synagogues were burned down, destroyed, and desecrated. Historians know a great deal about the event. They know less about how this event became part of collective memory in the postwar years. Using method from digital humanities, this talk will address the question of when and how Germans in the Federal Republic thought about and memorialized a central event that had shown Nazi Germany to be a persecuting society.


November 30, 2018 – Shannon Lecture with Morag M. Kersel , “The Pathways of Pots: The movement of Early Bronze Age vessels from the Dead Sea Plain, Jordan”

The lecture will take place in room 2017 Dunton Tower (20th floor) starting at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception at 2:30 p.m.

Lecture abstract: What is the pathway of a pot? How do Early Bronze Age (3600–2000 BCE) pots from Jordan end up in Canadian institutions – and why does it matter? These particular pots are from sites along the Dead Sea Plain in Jordan, which have been identified as the “Cities of the Plain” mentioned in Genesis. One of the sites, Bab adh-Dhra’ is thought to be, by some, the original city of sin – biblical Sodom. “Who doesn’t want a pot from the city of sin?” declared one interviewee when I asked why they were purchasing (legally) what most would consider a fairly unattractive, non-descript pot. Over 15 years of investigation have led to interesting insights related to why individuals and institutions want to own artifacts from the Holy Land?

Tracing how pots move (both legally and illegally) involves archaeological survey, aerial investigations using unpiloted aerial vehicles, archival research, and ethnographic interviews in order to understand better the competing claims for these archaeological objects and the often deleterious effects of demand on the landscape. In this talk, I will look at how artifacts go from the mound to the market to the mantelpiece or museum vitrine and why this matters.

December 11, 2018 – Book Launch: Roots of Entanglement

Please join Kerry Abel at a reception at Library and Archives Canada on December 11 to honour historian J.R. Miller, who has made major contributions to the field of Indigenous history in Canada, and recently retired from teaching.  At the event, we will launch a collection of essays published as a tribute to him by the University of Toronto Press (edited by Kerry Abel, the late Myra Rutherdale, and P. Whitney Lackenbauer).  Refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for sale.  See the attached poster. The event is free but advance registration is required at:




Carleton University’s Annual United Way Campaign

Each year, Carleton runs a campaign to raise funds for the United Way.

In 2017, we raised $113,276 for United Way! Thank you to everyone who donated!

Your donation will help kids be all that they can be; move people from poverty to possibility; help people in crisis and create healthy people and strong communities. 100% of your donation stays in Ottawa.

Donations through Payroll Deduction can be set up through Carleton Central (found under the Employee Services tab). A couple of dollars per pay adds up!

Check the website for more details about the campaign and events happening around campus.

Carleton Course Taught Abroad: GINS 3300 (0.5 CREDITS), Global and International Studies Abroad

This four-week Carleton course taught in China (Beijing and Shanghai), and Ottawa, provides deep insights into the intensifying competition for highly skilled professionals. We will examine the challenges countries are facing in managing migration, and in translating economic migration successfully into innovation and growth. The course will equip students with both a thematic understanding of migration and challenges in the recruitment and retention of global talent. Knowledge gained will become contrasted by travelling to China and benefiting from the unique insights this course will be able to offer to students in Beijing and Shanghai. Students will learn about China’s emergence as a new economic and innovation superpower, which will allow them to take an informed position in discussions on economic migration, the role of talent mobility for innovation, the competition over talent, and the question of how Canada might still be able to compete with China.

Course dates:  May 6 – May 31, 2019

Deadline to Apply:  Dec. 1, 2018

Fees: Approximately $1100-$1300 travel fee due March 1, 2019

Academic Requirements:  Undergraduate students who will have third or fourth year standing by the beginning of the summer 2019 term are eligible to apply. Graduate students are also welcome. Priority will be given to BGInS students if the course is over-subscribed.

Financial Considerations: Cost: Carleton course tuition plus approximately $1100-$1300 travel supplemental fee (includes lectures, accommodation, ground transportation while in China). Airfare, meals and personal expenses not included. BGInS students should apply for the IER Bursary.

Course Instructor: Professor Martin Geiger, PSCI and EURUS

Further information and to apply: Orlaith McCaul, BGInS International Experience Manager,

History Department, Dalhousie University, Tenure-Stream Position

The Department of History at Dalhousie University invites applications for a tenure-stream position in the history of the North American continent, at the rank of Lecturer/Assistant Professor, specialization open.  The position is open to historians of any part of the continent of North America. Candidates should be motivated towards interdisciplinary and community-engaged teaching and scholarship. Candidates should have a PhD by July 2019; ABDs will also be considered.

See attached advertisement for more details.

Applications Invited for 2019-2020 Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants at the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

The Lewis Walpole Library , a department of Yale University Library, funds four-week visiting fellowships and two-week travel grants to support research in the Library’s rich collections of eighteenth-century materials (mainly British). In addition, the Library administers two jointly funded residential fellowships: The LWL / ASECS Library Fellowship is awarded to an ASECS member in good standing for up to four weeks of research at the Lewis Walpole Library, and The LWL / Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Fellowship is awarded to support up to eight weeks of research in the collections of both libraries.
The Lewis Walpole Library is a research center for eighteenth-century studies and an essential resource for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. Its collections include important holdings of eighteenth-century British prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, paintings, and decorative arts. It is located in Farmington, Connecticut, in several eighteenth-century buildings on a fourteen-acre campus.
Scholars pursuing postdoctoral or advanced research, as well as doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply. The fellowship year runs from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, and all fellowships must be completed within the fellowship year.
All fellowship recipients are expected to be in residence at the Library, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and to focus their research substantially on the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections. Fellowship recipients also have access to additional resources at Yale, including those in the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art.
Application materials must be submitted directly through the listing in the Yale Grants Database. Search for Visiting Fellowships Lewis Walpole. Please note you will need to login to access the application form. Decisions are based on a number of factors, including the merits of the project and fit with the collections.
Applications for 2019-2020 will be accepted beginning Monday, November 5, 2018, and the application deadline is Monday, January 7, 2019.
​More information about the Visiting Fellowship & Travel Grant Program

Juno Beach Summer Institute for Educators

The Juno Beach Centre is pleased to announce the 14th edition of the Summer Institute for Educators. The Summer Institute provides Canadian educators an opportunity to discover the Canadian First and Second World War historic sites in France. Exciting locations include: Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, Dieppe, the Juno Beach Centre, the D-Day landing beaches, and various other sites in Normandy.
Applications are due 3 December 2018.

To subscribe or unsubscribe to the Roundup email newsletter, please email