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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Susanne Klausen wins a Wellcome Trust Research Bursary. Professor Susanne Klausen has won a prestigious research bursary from the Wellcome Trust, a biomedical research charity based in London, United Kingdom. The Wellcome Trust was established in 1936 with legacies from the pharmaceutical magnate Sir Henry Wellcome to fund research to improve human and animal health. Klausen’s…

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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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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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David Tough’s recent talk about Parliament’s sojourn in the Victoria Memorial Museum (now the Museum of Nature) from 1916 to 1920 fills a column by Roy MacGregor in the Globe and Mail.  He writes: On Thursday evening, the Victoria Memorial Museum, now known as the Canadian Museum of Nature, held a lecture by David Tough,…

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Historica Canada held a contest for elementary and high school students which showcased how they remember the First and Second World Wars. This contest was nation wide and touches on the subject of Canada’s involvement in these wars. This link shows the winning art and writing submissions in three categories: Elementary, Junior, and Senior. This…

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A piece in Buzzfeed highlights environmental history, food security, and the history of heirloom vegetables in Montreal: “This Melon Used To Sell For $24 A Slice. Should It Make A Comeback?” During the early 20th century, the Montreal melon was a culinary delicacy and an agricultural mon… Read More: This Melon Used To Sell For…

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START CRUMBS David Dean discusses lottery history with NPR David Dean talked to National Public Radio on January 13 about the first Elizabethan state lottery, held in 1567.  (As NPR notes, the lottery did not go well.) Listen at http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/01/13/462982983/10-11-51-52-62-18 David Dean is professor of History and co-director of the Carleton Centre for Public History….

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Battlefield Recovery, an execrable show that turns the looting of war dead into ‘entertainment’, was shown on Saturday on Channel 5 in the UK. I won’t dignify it by linking to it; instead see this article in the Guardian. I wondered however what the tweeting public thought about the show – keeping in mind that…

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