Twice each year, at our Ambrose University Open House days for prospective students and their parents, I know I will have several conversations about the economic value of a history degree. Almost without fail, parents ask this question–and quite rightly, since they are usually the ones investing tens of thousands of dollars into their children’s […]Read More Yes, You Can: Studying History and Finding a Career
The other day, I was working with students to analyze a series of primary historical documents. It’s something we do often in history classes, but as we were discussing Jewish responses to the Holocaust at the end of the war, a different conversation started up inside my head. Since then, I’ve been thinking about the […]Read More Life Interrupted: History and the Possibility of Life Lessons
On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, The Atlantic posted an article entitled “’Hail Trump!’: White Nationalists Salute the President Elect.” It concerns a November 19 National Policy Institute (NPI) conference in Washington, DC, along with video footage excerpted from the speech of NPI president Richard B. Spencer. The NPI is an “alt-right” (i.e. right-wing extremist) white […]Read More How Contemporary White Nationalists Reference Nazi Germany
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?
In the spring of 2016, 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 […]Read More University-Museum Partnerships: The “Placing Memory” Project and Community-Based Research