The Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) at the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies at Carleton is documenting and preserving the testimonies of Ottawa Holocaust survivors to allow future generations to hear and see the people who experienced and witnessed the genocidal policies and crimes of the Nazis and their collaborators. The recordings and…

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It’s February 26, 2016. The ghosts of Robert McCaffrey and Maria Spearman argue before the heavy iron doors of the gallows. Love unrequited and families ruptured. Silence punctuated by the sound of gunfire. A woman half remembered. An unborn child, lost to memory. Throughout, the audience of this necromantic drama fade in and out of…

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Technological advances have historically been integral to creating inclusive spaces of learning, whether in schools, universities or public libraries, especially as the discourse has shifted from one of ‘charity’ to a human right. Yet how does one tell that story in an online format that is similarly inclusive and accessible? On Thursday, March 3, 2016,…

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For years, historians and heritage professionals in Ottawa have benefitted from the resources of the Ottawa Room at the Ottawa Public Library. Now, researchers interested in the National Capital’s history have a new resource centre they can consult: The Ottawa Resource Room at Carleton’s MacOdrum Library. Its collection offers special value to historians and heritage…

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Chinnaiah Jangam writes in Scroll.in: Rohith Vemula, a 26-year-old doctoral research scholar at the Central University of Hyderabad, took his life last month by hanging himself with a political banner in a friend’s hostel room. Neither mental depression nor personal failure was the cause of the suicide. The crimes that led to his premature death were his birth as a Dalit,…

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On February 2, 2016, the History Watch Project co-sponsored the event “Research, Repression and Freedom: A Conversation with David Austin” with the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University.  The event was hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood. The event was filled to capacity, and attendees stayed well over two hours to listen to a fascinating…

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A New Monument for Ottawa

Dr. David Dean reports on a new monument for the Ottawa landscape: With all the controversy surrounding the Monument to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa, another significant addition to Ottawa’s commemorative landscape has been over-looked: the Canadian Building Trades Monument. Planned for a prominent site in Major’s Hill Park, this tribute to building and…

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Crop Marks | Lug the Camera

When I research photo collections, nothing makes me happier than finding crop marks. And crop marks on contact sheets of medium format film (or larger) really are fantastic because so much of the detail of the image is clear, and the intention of the markings is usually more apparent. Crop marks make visible what is…

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