Check out some of the research by our M.A. and Ph.D. students, and our recent graduates:
Projects and Presentations
Graduate students at Carleton are encouraged to present their work in a variety of media. Digital work is showcased at the DH@CWorks website. History Ph.D. candidate Ian Wereley’s talk about Britain’s experience with oil landed him in the top 5 at the 2016 SSHRC Storytellers Competition.
Projects by Recent Graduates
Our graduates continue to surprise us. See some of the public history projects and other work they are involved in.
Featured project: Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada
According to a 2010 national Canadian Studies survey, 9 of 10 Canadians remember Terry Fox. For these respondents, his name is synonymous with “hero,” “courage,” “determination,” and “tenacity.” On the 35th anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope, the Canadian Museum of History has launched an exhibit, “Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada,” and Carleton History graduate Erin Gurski (MA History 2014) played a pivotal role in its development.
Erin describes the experience of working on the exhibit as “both more challenging and more rewarding than I could have imagined.” She explains that she “was brought on as a research assistant in charge of sifting through all photographs, video and audio materials about Terry from 1980 searching for content for the Exhibition. This role was expanded to include tracking down people Terry met along the way, writing and designing the interactive parts of the exhibition with the team and, finally, working with the curator to develop the exhibition catalogue.”
In an interview on CBC’s All in a Day, Erin recounts the experience of interacting with artifacts such as the scrapbooks created by ordinary Canadians, as well as the iconic sock that Terry wore on his artificial leg. The exhibit is complemented by a Terry Fox memory book, for which Erin is co-author with Dr. Sheldon Posen. The book is made up of the scrapbook pages curated by ordinary Canadians and images by photographers who immortalized the Marathon of Hope, along with Terry’s own words from his journal, speeches and interviews. The book is available for purchase on the Canadian Museum of History’s website.