Nature's Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 47: Pollution Probe and the History of Environmental Activism in Ontario

Environmental activism has a long history in Canada. Like others around the world, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Canadians became involved in a number of environmental non-governmental organizations. Picking up on a prevailing spirit of protest during the era, several environmental problems surfaced as popular political issues: air pollution, water pollution, solid waste […]

Prof. William Wicken Discusses His Course, "Murder in the Archives"

  Article courtesy of YFile - October 26, 2018 Mario Concordia was convinced that the manslaughter conviction handed down to Italian immigrant Frank Buono in the 1920s was indefensible. William Wicken Concordia, now a first-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School, researched the 100-year-old case in detail as part of History 4515, Murder in the Archives, […]

Exploring ‘plutopias’ at the annual Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture

YFile Article: October 25th, 2018 A talk drawing from the extraordinary stories of the American- and Soviet-created “plutopias” will be the focus of the annual Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History on Monday, Oct. 29. Presented by York University’s Department of History, the lecture “Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters” […]

History and politics professors launch new books on Canadian Confederation

Source: YFile Article - October 22, 2018 York University’s history and politics professors continue to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with the launch of two edited collections featuring Confederation scholarship. These collections were completed as part of an array of projects to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, projects that were executed under the leadership of history Professor David Koffman, […]

The Department of History Congratulates Adrian Shubert on his new book, "Espartero, el Pacificador"

  Dear colleagues: I am delighted to announce the publication of Adrian Shubert's latest 750 page book in Spanish:  Espartero, el Pacificador (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2018).  The book has caused something of a stir in Spain with Adrian much in demand by local media.  Please join me in congratulating Adrian who has kindly provided an English […]

Rachel Koopmans featured on The Times, BBC and ITV for her work in the Canterbury Cathedral

  Rachel Koopman's work in the Canterbury Cathedral has been receiving more attention.  Here is a link to an article in the Times: And here's a link to a brief report from the BBC: Additionally, please see this link for Rachel's video on ITV Meridian News: Congratulations Rachel!

Congratulations to Alan Durston on "Indigenous Languages, Politics, and Authority in Latin America: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives"

    Dear Colleagues: What better way to start the new academic term than with an announcement of yet another book?  This time it is an edited volume by our colleague, Alan Durston.  Please join me in congratulating Alan on this wonderful achievement.  Here is a brief description: Indigenous Languages, Politics, and Authority in Latin […]

Congratulations to Rachel Koopmans on her Award

Rachel Koopmans has received a highly competitive award from the British Academy for six months of research as a Visiting Fellow in the UK. The abstract for the award is as follows:  “Rachel Koopmans’ research is focused on the eight ‘miracle windows’ of Canterbury Cathedral, a magnificent series of stained glass windows (dating ca. 1200) […]

Edward Jones-Imhotep: Winner of the Sidney Edelstein Prize from the Society for the History of Technology, for his book “The Unreliable Nation”

    Our colleague Edward Jones-Imhotep has just won the most prestigious book prize on the history of technology — the Sidney Edelstein Prize from the Society for the History of Technology, for his book The Unreliable Nation. The prize will be awarded in October at the society’s annual meeting.  I include a description of […]