Glendon Campus, York University, September 27 & 28, 2008
This two-day international symposium is designed to explore the relationships that historians have with communities beyond the university. How can investigations of the past transform both scholars and communities in the present and for the future? How does history make a difference in people’s lives? The symposium will provide an opportunity for scholars and activists interested in pursuing projects that will make an imprint beyond the academy to connect with and learn from those who have been long engaged in active history.
“As professional historians of the future,” said co-organizer Lisa Helps, “We think the work of history is critical in this current historical moment, when the environment has become a key political issue, when homelessness in Canada is on the rise, and when First Nations peoples have reinvigorated sovereignty movements and calls for redress.”
Speakers include Joy Parr, Craig Heron, Dean Jacobs, recipient of this year’s honorary doctor of laws degree from Glendon, and Beth Atcheson, who works for Ontario Senator Nancy Ruth.
Active History is open to the public and will appeal to anyone interested in History, Community Activism, and Policy-Making.
For more information, please visit the symposium website: http://activehistory.wordpress.com/program