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Chantal Brousseau

Degrees:Bachelor of Arts Honours in History (June 2021)

What is your favourite thing about the program?

Honestly, I would have to say the community! My professors are some of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met, and the way they conveyed their knowledge in lectures with passion (and often humour) are what truly made all of my history classes excellent. Additionally, the amazing academic support I received from both them and all of my TAs are what I consider one of the major reason for my success in the program!

Of course, I can’t forget to also mention my peers, a number of whom became good friends over the past 4 years! They kept class discussions lively– even during the 6-to-9s– and offered perspectives that I never would have considered myself, allowing me to grow as a historian.

What is your favourite reading/book/text from the program?

In the 4th year seminar I took on the history of witchcraft, we read a text titled “The Trial of Tempel Anneke,” which is a collection of records from the 1663 trial held in Brunswick, Germany investigating Anna Roleffes, a woman accused of witchcraft. This was my first opportunity to dig into a primary source in its entirety, and as a result the questions these records brought up about historical interpretation, perceptions of the body, and societal structure inspired the area of research I decided to focus on during my MA.

What’s next for you?

I’m happy to say that I will be continuing my studies at Carleton in the Fall, pursuing a MA in history with a specialization in data science! I’m eager to expand my technical and historical knowledge so that I one day may be able to reach my goal of working in an academic library or archive, helping others understand ways which technology can intersect with and be applied to the humanities.