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HST 504 and HST 540 seminar sign up is open

September22

I can now open the process and invite you to sign up for seminars in both HST 504 and HST 540 as quickly as you can. PLEASE take careful note of the attached instructions and follow them directly. Please take special note that your room assignments may be different over the four meetings you have. Your group will be the same. Please also note that unless otherwise instructed it’s business as usual: with a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar during your two-hour sessions in these four weeks. That means on those days you may be running across campus between the hours as you switch, but again there’s little I can do about that given the disaster that has been inflicted on us with room allocation. Please try and come quickly from your seminar or lecture to get to the other place on time.

HST 504 and HST 540 seminar sign up instructions

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International Issues Discussion (IID) series talk on the U.S. Government’s Secret “Doomsday” Plans

September19

Dear Friends,

The International Issues Discussion (IID) series at Ryerson University is pleased to present its second event of the Fall 2017 term: “The U.S. Government’s Secret Doomsday Plans.

Our guest will be Garrett Graff, journalist and historian, who has spent more than a dozen years covering politics, technology, and national security. He serves as the director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity and technology program, and is a contributor to WIRED, Longreads, and CNN. He’s written for publications such as Esquire and the New York Times, and served as the editor of two of Washington’s most prestigious magazines; Washingtonian and POLITICO Magazine, which he helped lead to its first National Magazine Award, the industry’s highest honor. Graff is the author of multiple books, including The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House, which examined the role of technology in the 2008 presidential race, and The Threat Matrix: The FBI At War, which traces the history of the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts. His most recent book, Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself–While the Rest of Us Die,  was published in May 2017.

His talk will be Wednesday, September 27th 630-830 pm, in ENG 103 (George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre: 245 Church Street, at the corner of Gould and Church: see www.ryerson.ca/maps) at Ryerson University, Toronto.

All are welcome and admission is free. Please circulate notice of the event as widely as possible. A poster advertising the talk is attached. GarrettM.Graff_Email

Founded in 2005, the IID is a non-partisan, student-led forum designed to engage all members of the Ryerson University community on major events and issues in contemporary global affairs through reasoned, objective, and scholarly discourse. For further details about the IID and our series please see http://iid.kislenko.com  or contact the IID student leaders at iidseries@gmail.com

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TRIN 150: National vs. International Course Outline

September12
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HST 504: World Conflict 1900-1945 Course Outline

September8

HST 504 World Conflict Fall 2017

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HST 540: Espionage – A Modern History Course Outline

September6

HST 540 Course Outline Fall 2017

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International Issues Discussion (IID) series schedule for Fall 2017

September6

I am very pleased to announce the Fall 2017 line up for Ryerson’s International Issues Discussion (IID) series. Please mark your calendars and save the dates for what will no doubt be excellent talks!

Please note that some talk titles and bios are pending or in progress.

IID Fall 2017

 

 

 

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Office Hours for the Fall 2017 Academic Term

September5

At Ryerson: (Jorgenson Hall, Room 510)

Mondays 13:10-14:30 hours and Wednesdays 12:10-14:30 hours or by appointment

At U of T: (Larkin Building, Room 336)

Tuesdays 08:30-10:00 hours and 12:10-12:45 hours or by appointment

 

 

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Dale W. Nelson Award – reflections by award winners

September1

The Dale W. Nelson Award is available to students registered in the History BA programme or History majors in the Arts and Contemporary Studies (ACS) programme studying for at least one semester abroad as part of an international exchange. Further details can be found at http://www.ryerson.ca/history/current-students/awards/donor-awards and http://www.kislenko.com. The competition for the Winter 2018 academic term will be announced in October.

Past Awards:

2017 – Erin Pebesma and Noa Borden

2016 – not awarded

2015 – Muna Osman

One of two winners of the Dale W. Nelson Award in 2017 was Erin Pebesma. She received $2000 from the Award to help fund her studies at the University of Lincoln during the Winter 2017 term.

Earlier this year I was blessed with the opportunity to spend a semester at the University of Lincoln in England. Thanks to the Dale W. Nelson award I was able to do more than just study history. Living in Lincoln for five months allowed me to be surrounded by more history than I’d ever experienced. Having never been out of North America, I was in love with all of the old cities and museums that made everything I’ve learned into something more real than images and words. Thanks to the Dale W. Nelson award I also had the opportunity to travel around England and Europe, exploring different cities and experiencing new cultures. York and Budapest were my favourite places to visit because of the mix of historic sites, green spaces, modern culture, and friendly atmosphere. After all of my travels, I’m now quite comfortable with being in new and unfamiliar places. I always knew that I wanted to study in England and travel the world, and now that I’ve had this experience I look forward to being able to travelling more in the future. I am so grateful for the community that so willingly took me in during my time in Lincoln, and I hope to maintain the relationships and connections I’ve made.”

Noa received $2000 from the Award to help fund her studies at Curtin University in Perth, Australia during the Winter 2017 term. Recently Noa reflected on her experience abroad and what the Nelson Award meant for her:

“This winter, I had the opportunity to escape cold and snowy Toronto for Curtin University in Perth, Australia. The campus is wonderfully designed to take full advantage of the warmth and sun of Australia’s west coast. Like Ryerson, Curtin is innovative and friendly, and there is a constant buzz of activity. Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine, and I was fortunate to do so in such a beautiful city. Being overseas, however, made me appreciate the community we have at home and our amazing space downtown. My primary interest as a history student has always been Europe, but the Dale Nelson award helped fund my travel in Australia and Southeast Asia, opening up my learning opportunities to regions I had not yet explored. I was able to participate in a number of cultural activities in Perth, such as Australian Rules Football, more commonly known as ‘Footy’, which is a mix of a number of sports with a special Aussie twist, and the ANZAC Day Dawn Ceremony which commemorates the sacrifices made by Australians in times of war.  Much like traveling from Toronto to either the East or West coasts of Canada, spending a week on Australia’s Eastern seaboard, in Sydney, during our mid-semester break gave me a very different perspective on what it means to be Australian, and the people who make up the incredibly diverse country. While there, I had the chance to give surfing a try at the renowned Bondi beach, followed by some well-deserved fish n’ chips. In Southeast Asia, the sights, sounds and smells were at times overwhelming, and it was truly a lifechanging experience. The major city centers exist on a scale that is difficult to comprehend, making the time we spent in the countryside even more special. it was refreshing to escape the crowds and learn about the local culture, language and food. It was also a good reminder of the privileged, stable lives we lead in Canada. With new perspective, and a little bit more comprehension, I look forward to this coming year at Ryerson, and sharing my experiences with incoming exchange students and those looking to go overseas.”

The 2015 winner of the Dale W. Nelson Award was Muna Osman. She received $2000 from the Award to help fund her studies at Radboud University in the Netherlands during the Winter 2015 term.

This winter I had the amazing opportunity to study on exchange at Radboud University in the Netherlands. The chance to make new friends and explore different places are just some of the many benefits of studying on exchange. My exchange would not have been possible without the Dale Nelson Award. It allowed me to have a much more fulfilling experience in the Netherlands than I otherwise would have. It funded both my local and international trips where I was able to learn about new cultures, meet new people, and sightsee. For example, I had the chance to take part in the festivities at this year’s Kingsday in Amsterdam and get in touch with the Dutch. This was done by wearing a ton of orange and showing my Dutch pride. I also got to visit Denmark and was lucky enough to be there during Queen Margrethe’s 75th birthday celebrations and even caught a glimpse of her royal highness.  As a History student it was truly amazing to visit places I learned about in class such as Neue Wache in Berlin or the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Palace of Versailles in France. And after going to museums such as the Louvre or Victoria and Albert Museum I probably won’t be able to look at the ROM the same way. Visiting museums for free is just a luxury us Torontonians sadly cannot afford. Not to mention I got to try my hand at learning new languages much to the amusement of the locals. It was also a bonus that my host university was located in one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Where else but in Nijmegen can you have the world’s best hot chocolate in a pub built in 1542? Ever since high-school I always knew I wanted to go study abroad and in January 2015 I finally got to fulfil one of my dreams through the Dale Nelson Award. I now have new life-long friends, a second home, and heaps of memories that I will hold onto for the rest of my life.”

 

 

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The Dale W. Nelson Award

September28

The Dale W. Nelson Award is available to students registered in the History BA programme or History majors in the Arts and Contemporary Studies (ACS) programme studying for at least one semester abroad as part of an international exchange.

The award, formerly known as the History Travel Award, was founded by Dr. Arne Kislenko in 2006 with the belief that an international educational experience gives students a greater appreciation of diversity in the world, and simultaneously increases their self-confidence and independence. The award is now named for Dale W. Nelson (1958-1993), Dr. Kislenko’s best friend and brother-in-law, whose intellectual curiosity, legendary humour, and love of History were always inspirational.

Previous awards:

2007 Julian Reid

2008 Samantha Stevens-Hall

2009 2014 not awarded

2015 Muna Osman

2016 not awarded

2017 Noa Bordan and Erin Pebesma

Details about the Award: see the 2018 call for applications (available in October 2017)

About Dale Nelson:About Dale Nelson

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