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Past is Present: Popular History & National Consciousness

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Somerville House (SH)
Room: Great Hall
Joanne Goodman Lectures, The Past is Present: Popular History & National Consciousness

The Joanne Goodman Lectures: “The Past is Present: Popular History and National Consciousness”

Speaker: Charlotte Gray
Dates: Sept 26, 27 and 28, 2017
Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the Great Hall (Somerville House room 3326)


Tuesday, Sept 26th: “Selling History: Education or Entertainment?”

Wednesday, Sept 27th: “Putting the Story on Screen”

Thursday, Sept 28th: “Canada’s Sesquicentennial: The post-national celebration”

In these lectures, Charlotte will explore the appeal of popular history. From 1066 And All That to Canada, The Story of Us, narrative history aimed at a general audience has always reflected contemporary concerns while incorporating the work of scholars. She will focus on some of the most successful popular historians in both Britain and Canada, and their relationships – often constructive, sometimes contentious -- with university-based historians. She will also trace the shifting Canadian narrative as portrayed on film and television. As Canada marks 150 years since Confederation, what role has history played in the celebrations? How has Charlotte’s own contribution to the celebrations reflected a twenty-first perspective on the past?

Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known biographers and writers of popular histories. Author of ten acclaimed books of literary non-fiction, her most recent best-seller is The Promise of Canada: 150 Years – People And Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. She is also the author of The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country which won or was nominated for most major Canadian non-fiction awards.

Department of History
Heidi Van Galen
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