At Ambrose, history faculty and students research various local history projects. From 2016-2018, we are engaged in a project called “Refugee Stories: The Immigration and Resettlement of Germans in Western Canada, 1947-1960.” We are partnering with members of various German-Canadian communities in Calgary and throughout Alberta, combining scholarly research and oral history interviews to discover […]Read More Researching German Immigration to Western Canada
After the Trumpocalypse: What should we expect now? In “After the Trumpocalypse: What Happened?” I attempted to explain–if only to satisfy myself–how Donald Trump won the 2016 US presidential election. But what happens now? We have no idea. Given Donald Trump’s erratic and unprincipled record in his business, public, and private life, there is absolutely no […]Read More After the Trumpocalypse: What Should We Expect Now?
Donald J. Trump’s victory in the 2016 US election shocked both that country and the rest of the world. It will no doubt become an I-remember-when moment in history not unlike the Kennedy assassination, the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the 9/11 terrorist attack. What happened? In the 24 hours after Trump’s victory, politicians, […]Read More After the Trumpocalypse: What Happened?
Recently, I was invited to participate on a panel at the Organization of Military Museums of Canada conference in Calgary. The organizer wanted to bring together scholars who had something to say about the potential for partnerships between museum curators and university scholars, based in part on some of the innovative ideas around public engagement […]Read More University-Museum Partnerships: The “Placing Memory” Project and Community-Based Research
Over the years, friends and family members have often joked with me that once the summer comes, I don’t really have to work. Usually (I think) this is in fun, and my standard reply is something like, “I don’t remember seeing you in grad school …” It’s my way of reminding them (and myself) that […]Read More A Professor’s Summer (2016)
Over the past year, members of the Ambrose University history program have been working on a local history research project: “Placing Memory in High River’s Built Environment.” The project explores the connections between physical places and the sense of community identity and collective memory in the town of High River. It’s been a great opportunity […]Read More Local History Research in and by the Community
Recently, I was asked to contribute a word to our church’s monthly newsletter. I found myself reflecting on two ideas–the many things I’ve learned by interacting with the history of Christianity and the meaning of Christmas. The following was an attempt to bring these two ideas together: Christmas Through the Eyes of Medieval Christians One […]Read More Christmas Through the Eyes of Medieval Christians