Fall talking season!

I received invites from a couple of groups to come talk about curating. How could I say no? I love my work, and I will tell anyone who will listen. Curious about curating? September 20, 6:30-8:00pm Editors Ottawa 414 Sparks Street Five Things I’ve Learned About Working in Public History October 2, 12:30-1:30pm Trent University … Continue reading “Fall talking season!”

Five Things You Don’t Know About Terry Fox: May 27, 6:30pm

You know he’s a national hero, but what did he add to the national conversation? As he became a hero Canadians were inspired by Terry Fox in ways you might not expect. Come see me talk at the Danforth Coxwell branch of the Toronto Public Library,May 27, 6:30-8:00pm in the Program Room (upstairs). This event … Continue reading “Five Things You Don’t Know About Terry Fox: May 27, 6:30pm”

Debating Femininity with Nancy Greene

Fifteen for 15 #8 Eight years ago I was seeking permission to use an advertising image of Nancy Greene for an article. Getting permission to use old ads and images is sometimes hard. After getting the run-around from the brand I decided to contact Nancy Greene’s “people” to see if they could help. I found … Continue reading “Debating Femininity with Nancy Greene”

Five Things You Don’t Know About Terry Fox: 27 May 2015

You know he’s a national hero, but what did he add to the national conversation? As he became a hero Canadians were inspired by Terry Fox in ways you might not expect. Come see me talk at the Toronto Public Library at part of the History Matters lecture series. Danforth-Coxwell Branch, May 27, evening. More … Continue reading “Five Things You Don’t Know About Terry Fox: 27 May 2015”

Research: “Court Aids Terry Fox Fund”

I’ll be giving a paper on Terry Fox at the Versions of Canada Conference this fall. The paper looks at references to national unity in letters to the Prime Minister, newspaper coverage and House of Commons discussion of Terry Fox during 1980-1981. After reading hundreds of letters written to Terry’s family, Douglas Coupland wrote, “I … Continue reading “Research: “Court Aids Terry Fox Fund””

Tomorrow: Historical Perspectives on Obesity Stigma

Tomorrow afternoon I’m speaking at the Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM) in Waterloo, Ontario. My talk, “Historical Perspectives on Obesity Stigma” examines how the problems that we associate with obesity have shifted over time, from religious (sin) to moral (poor character) to health issues. Obesity’s history means that, when we try to engage the public … Continue reading “Tomorrow: Historical Perspectives on Obesity Stigma”

‘New’ Research Confirms Long-Term Weight Loss Impossible: CBC Health News

The findings of a research study can often be distilled to an amazing headline. And when that research is on a popular health topic like superfoods or cancer research, it can draw a lot of interest. But popular health reporting has drawn critiques from academics for presenting individual studies out of context, misleading and confusing … Continue reading “‘New’ Research Confirms Long-Term Weight Loss Impossible: CBC Health News”

Feminism and Technology @ The Berks

I wrote a post over at ActiveHistory.ca about feminism and technology at the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians. The Berks starts this week and, as part of my work for the media committee, I felt compelled to think a little bit about the history of feminism and technology. Feminists have sometimes felt uneasy about technology, … Continue reading “Feminism and Technology @ The Berks”

Hayley Wickenheiser: Flag Bearer, Standard-Bearer

Fifteen for 15 #6 This morning Hayley Wickenheiser will carry the Canadian flag into Fisht Stadium in the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Games. My first thought on hearing Wickenheiser was going to be flag bearer was, great choice! My second thought was, she’s competing in another Olympics? Hayley Wickenheiser has been a member … Continue reading “Hayley Wickenheiser: Flag Bearer, Standard-Bearer”