A Celebration of the Work and Leadership of Craig Heron

Sponsored by the Department of History, Founders College Master's Office, the Department of Social Science and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Please Note: Registration for the dinner is now closed.  If you would like to change your menu option or have other questions, please contact heron17@yorku.ca

The conference is free, but we ask that you register so we have a sense of the numbers.




12-1 pm: Lunch and Welcome Remarks

1-2:45 pm: Politics of Labour
Chair: Jennifer Stephen, York University

  • Ian McKay, McMaster University, “Liberalism in the Coal Mine”
  • Ryan Targa, York University, “The Workers’ Revolt in Canada: Then and Now”
  • James Naylor, Brandon University, “Whatever Happened to Labourism?”
  • Paul Craven, York University, “Labour, Judges and the `Postwar Settlement': Ontario, 1950-68”

3-4:15 pm: The Union and the University
Chair: Cindy Loch-Drake, York University

  • Robert Kristofferson, Wilfrid Laurier University, “Shifting the Frontier of Control on the Academic Commons: Collegial Governance, Resource Allocation and Program Prioritization at One Ontario University”
  • Mark Rosenfeld, Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, “Craig Heron: Faculty Activist and Advocate for a Progressive Vision of Higher Education”
  • Richard Wellen, York University Faculty Association, “Academic Unions and the Contested Terrain of University Governance”

4:15-5:30 pmForty Years of Labour History
Chair: Greg Kealey, University of New Brunswick

  • Robert Storey, McMaster University, “On the Job: Confronting Canadian Labour Processes 30 Years On”
  • Franca Iacovetta, University of Toronto, “Working on a Dream: Craig Heron and Activist History”
  • Steve Penfold, University of Toronto, “Was Craig Heron a Social Historian?”

5:30-7 pm: Wine and Cheese Reception


9:00 am: Coffee, Tea and Light Breakfast

9:30-10:45 am: Class, Religion, Culture
Chair: Marlene Shore, York University

  • Lynne Marks, University of Victoria, “Craig Heron and the Social History of Religion in Canada”
  • Michael Akladios, York University, “The Challenges of Navigating Sacred Spaces: The Coptic Canadian History Project”
  • David Frank, University of New Brunswick, “Looking for Avrom: An Exploration of the Cultural Front”

11-12:45 pm: The Politics of Identity
Chair: Sean Kheraj, York University

  • Jason Russell, Empire State College, “Finding Canada’s History of Capitalism in the Work of Craig Heron”
  • Todd Stubbs, Lakehead University, "Negotiating Democratic Citizenship in Toronto's Dunkin Act Campaign, 1877."
  • Eric Strikwerda, Athabasca University, “Unemployment and the ‘Crisis of Masculinity:’ Notes from the Great Depression and Beyond”
  • Adele Perry, University of Manitoba, “Annishinaabe land, Indigenous labour, and the organized labour movement: Winnipeg, 1919”

12:45-2 pm: Lunch

2-3:30 pm: Not Harold and Marg’s Postwar Canada
Chair: Steven Maynard, Queen’s University

  • Christine Sismondo, York University, “Camp Discourse and Civil Rights Arguments in Toronto’s Postwar Bars and Tabloids”
  • Tom Hooper, York University, “188½ Seaton Street: George Smith, Tim McCaskell, and the Marxist Commune that Transformed the Right to Privacy Committee”
  • Peter Stevens, York University, “Remembering ‘The Coming Leisure Crisis’: Work, Time, and Visions of the Future During Canada’s Long 1960s”

3:30-4:30 pm: Closing Remarks

  • Introduction: Kathryn McPherson, York University
  • Craig Heron, “The Public Intellectual”

6:30 pm: Conference Dinner, Prop on St. Clair, 770 St. Clair Ave. West