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History of piracy, alien invasions captivate teens

History of piracy, alien invasions captivate teens

Alien invasions, shark-bite incidents and punk rock – nope, history is definitely not what it used to be. More than 500 students from a dozen Ontario high schools were treated to some unconventional history lectures during Western's High School History Day on Oct. 11....

Remembering the ‘father of the modern Western’

Remembering the ‘father of the modern Western’

With the death of Grant Reuber, the Western community mourns the loss of a vital force in the university’s progress over a half century. Those who called him friend are stunned by the disappearance of a truly remarkable man who had seemed indestructible.

Cull taps into his inner ‘Animal’

Cull taps into his inner ‘Animal’

City of London Poet Laureate Tom Cull dodges self-help, David Foster Wallace and updating his MLA Handbook, all while needing to purchase some additional chairs for his author dinner party.

‘Hear, Here’ dials up history around city

‘Hear, Here’ dials up history around city

For Michelle Hamilton, public history wields a special kind of power. It preserves the past, informs the present and has the potential to influence the future. This is the driving force behind her latest project.

Outreach event introduces the future to history

Outreach event introduces the future to history

Pirates and punk rock. Gruesome assassinations and weird operations. More than 260 high schoolers and their teachers were treated Wednesday to an eclectic sampler of some of human history’s unheralded tales and learned why these stories are important.

Hellmuth Prize celebrates elite researchers

Hellmuth Prize celebrates elite researchers

Earth Sciences professor Gail Atkinson and History professor Maya Shatzmiller have been awarded the 2018 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research. The honour recognizes faculty members with outstanding international reputations for their contributions in research –...

Western celebrates top teaching talent

Western celebrates top teaching talent

Eighteen winners, representing five different faculties, have been awarded Western’s highest honours for inspiring active and deep learning. This year’s winners join a company of teachers nearly a quarter-century strong.

Newsmakers: The Athlete

Newsmakers: The Athlete

Joy Spear Chief-Morris For Joy Spear Chief-Morris, track and field was an escape. The sport was a place to get away from the world, a place she sensed she belonged and, most of all, a place where she chased dreams she never thought possible. Earlier this year, she was...

New book takes Canadians ‘Behind the Lines’

New book takes Canadians ‘Behind the Lines’

While stories ripped from the battlefield dominate most histories, the contributions of Canadians who remained on home front during the World Wars takes centre stage in McIntosh Gallery’s latest creation. Released this week, Behind the Lines: Canada’s Home Front...

Alumnus finds roughs in the diamond

Alumnus finds roughs in the diamond

W.G. (Will) Braund loves baseball. But when it comes to chatting about the great American pastime, he’s likely to share stories of wrestling alligators, fighting bears, eating live snakes on the vaudeville stage and partying with the likes of Jack Dempsey, Douglas...

Librarian uncovers historic files using ‘digital forensics’

Librarian uncovers historic files using ‘digital forensics’

Vincent Gray has more than 100 early 80s-era floppy discs and a hefty, mustard yellow, Back to the Future-looking laptop tucked away in his office. There’s a wealth of information stored on the dated hardware – detailed logs of 13th and 14th century agrarian practices...

Brush named to top professor honour

Brush named to top professor honour

Visual Arts professor Kathryn Brush smiles as she remembers getting a photo from one of her students doing a cartwheel in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis, just north of Paris, France. She may be an internationally recognized art historian and an...

Winning the ‘battle of minds’

Winning the ‘battle of minds’

A single game of chess can last longer than a final exam. And making just one move can take far longer than answering the toughest of questions. Once, during a chess tournament, Matthew Blake took 45 minutes to strategize and settle on a move. The game lasted more...

Award aims to level funding support, playing field for female Mustangs

Award aims to level funding support, playing field for female Mustangs

Joy Spear Chief-Morris admits she can sometimes be a bit stubborn. And single minded. But those traits have served the elite athlete, and member of the Mustangs Track and Field team, well – in life and in sport. The fifth-year History and First Nations Studies student...

Grad student steps back from regular history

Grad student steps back from regular history

As the creator of ‘Step Back: Seeing History Sideways,’ a YouTube channel filled with unconventional, quirky and enlightening takes on the past, History PhD student Tristan Johnson enjoys tackling anything that spurs his interest.