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Off the trail and in transition

Off the trail and in transition

The U.S. presidential election is finally over and close to half of those who voted decided to place their faith – not to mention the future of their country – in the hands of Donald Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star. On Jan. 20, 2017, he will...

Making plans to mark the occasion

Making plans to mark the occasion

You’re going to see a lot of red and white mixed in with purple next year as the university prepares to help Canada celebrate its sesquicentennial.

Cull named Poet Laureate for London

Cull named Poet Laureate for London

A leading literary advocate has now been charged with carrying the city’s unique artistic legacy forward into the world. Earlier today, Western professor Tom Cull was named Poet Laureate for the City of London by the London Arts Council. The Poet Laureate is an...

Professor explores ‘Faces’ in Ukraine

Professor explores ‘Faces’ in Ukraine

“Every morning I wake up feels like a punch in the stomach,” Olena Stiazhkina said during an interview on Oct. 15, 2015 in Kyiv. “I keep thinking, how can this be happening?" It was hard to believe the attractive, well-put-together woman sitting across from me had...

Western News Newsmakers 2015

Western News Newsmakers 2015

How will we remember 2015? Probably through one or more of these faces. Join us in this spotlight, in brief words and striking images, of some of our favourites from the last year.

Dyczok: Finding small moments among the wounded

Dyczok: Finding small moments among the wounded

“I’m a civilian,” he said. “Give the treats to the wounded soldiers.” The young man on crutches smiled and refused to take any fruit or chocolates from my basket. I didn’t look at his injury and focused on his eyes. But I knew he was a soldier, because I was in Kyiv’s...

Professor earns major book award

Professor earns major book award

The connection between war, society and medicine is and always will be an important and rich field of study for researchers like Shauna Devine. A visiting research fellow in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and a Civil War and Reconstruction professor in...

This is the coolest man in all of Toronto. Just ask Drake.

This is the coolest man in all of Toronto. Just ask Drake.

Follow @norm on Twitter and you’ll find out he’s a defender of Toronto; Drake’s self-proclaimed guardian angel; Mrs. Kelly’s favourite son; and not related to American R&B singer R. Kelly. He also really wants to know why some of you keep calling him ‘dad.’...

Students bring Great War to life through one family’s letters

Students bring Great War to life through one family’s letters

Michelle Hamilton was looking for a way to commemorate the centennial of the First World War. What she and her students found was an intimate portrait of a prominent local family. After sifting through and transcribing thousands of pages – from nearly 500 letters –...

Historian redeems Civil War era medical science

Historian redeems Civil War era medical science

History has not been kind to the physicians of the U.S. Civil War. With a toll of more than 750,000 deaths between 1861-65, the Civil War’s casualties far outnumber those of any other war the United States has taken part in. And with roughly two thirds of the war’s...

Visiting professor hopes to continue connections

Visiting professor hopes to continue connections

Stefan Creuzberger is not only a believer in the power of international academic connections – he is a proud example of it. Creuzberger, a Contemporary History professor at the University of Rostock (Germany), visited Western last week as part of a week-long academic...

A ‘strange kind of hero’

A ‘strange kind of hero’

Macdonald at 200:New Reflections and Legacies, co-edited by Western History professor emeritus Roger Hall and Ryerson University professor Patrice Dutil, marks the bicentennial of the 1815 birth of Canada’s founding Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald. The essay...

Dyczok: Beaming academic expertise across the globe

Dyczok: Beaming academic expertise across the globe

When I received an invitation to speak to students in Moscow, I immediately said yes. The invitation came from professor Igor Klyukanov of Eastern Washington University. He edits the British-based Russian Journal of Communication, actively follows events in Ukraine...

Student returns identity to British war evacuees

Student returns identity to British war evacuees

Through four years of researching of Operation Pied Piper, History PhD student Claire Halstead will account for roughly 1,500 British children who came to Canada after being displaced during the Second World War.

Seed of an idea sprouts Pod for young entrepreneurs

Seed of an idea sprouts Pod for young entrepreneurs

Almost overnight, and totally unexpectedly, four Western students have turned a project meant to streamline the 40-hour volunteer requirement for high school students into a successful enterprise. Pod is an online organization tool for clubs, causes and teams, created...

Dyckok: Difficult to cross the line, when you have no idea where it is

Dyckok: Difficult to cross the line, when you have no idea where it is

Editor’s note: As part of a Canadian election monitoring mission, Western professor Marta Dyczok visited Sumy Region in Ukraine. In this report, which first aired on Public Radio Ukraine, Hromadske Radio, she tells of her experience of visiting Ukraine’s unprotected...