Presentations on “Public History and the University” and “Winning the Border: Settling the War of 1812”

picture of Prof. Jonathan Edmondson, Chair of the History Department; York University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri, Professor Marcel Martel, Avie Bennett Historica-Dominion Institute Chair in Canadian History from the Public History Workshop

from left, Prof. Jonathan Edmondson, Chair of the History Department; Avie Bennett, Chancellor Emeritus; American Historian Prof. Alan Taylor; Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri, York University President and Vice-Chancellor; and Prof. Marcel Martel, Avie Bennett Historica-Dominion Institute Chair in Canadian History.

The Department of History offers congratulations and thanks to professors Craig Heron and Marcel Martel for the wonderful workshop they organized Nov. 1 on “Public History and the University” and the annual Avie Bennett Historica-Dominion Institute lecture by Prof. Alan Taylor on “Winning the Border:Settling the War of 1812”.

Superbly organized, the workshop's lively discussions helped make valuable progress as the department moves towards a public history stream in our History programme. The Métis Fiddler Quartet added a splendid extra element to the day's and evening's events. Special thanks to Will Baker for the role he played in making the workshop such a success.

Between the two events it was a stimulating day involving a large number of York History graduate students, departmental faculty and many members of the wider historical community from the greater Toronto area.