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We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a Business lunch meeting at the CHA meeting this May in Ottawa. During this meeting we will be promoting our new web-project Activehistory.ca and founding an Active History committee affiliated with the CHA. If you are interested in this project please attend our meeting and our Round Table discussion the following morning.

Please contact Thomas Peace for more information: tpeace@activehistory.ca

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We have organised a round table for this the CHA in Ottawa this Spring.  The round table is scheduled on Wednesday, May 27 at 8:30am.  The presenters include Kieth Jamieson, a Cultural Consultant, Adjunct Professor and Curator from the Mohawk of the Six Nations of the Grand River, Robin Elliott, Excutive Director of Murmur Toronto, Geoffrey Reaume, Associate Professor, York University, Jim Clifford, PhD Candidate, York University and Thomas Peace, PhD Candidate, York University.

Tom and I hope the round table will both discuss the idea of active history developed at our conference in September and begin a conversation about where we can take active history in the future.  Please attend the round table if you are in Ottawa for the CHA.


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David A. Zonderman from North Carolina State University was unable to present his active history project during the conference do to a medical incident.  He was able to return home soon after the conference and was given a clean bill of health.  Please take a look at this presentation notes linked below:

active-history-presentation-notes

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Active History: History for the Future took place this past weekend at Glendon College in Toronto.  The organizers are really happy with how it turned out and we would like to thank everyone who took part.  We have asked the presenters and attendees to submit blog posts for this website.  I will be adding them as they arrive, so check back often for presentation summaries and reflections on the conference.

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Glendon Map

The conference is taking place in the Manor or Glendon Hall, which is #16 on this map (with the circular driveway)

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Travel within Toronto: The easiest way to get to Glendon College is by taking the 124 bus from Lawrence station (Yonge subway line) to Bayview Avenue. Participants staying in the Best Western Roehampton or elsewhere near the college can take the 34 bus along Eglinton to Bayview and then the 11 up Bayview to Lawrence.

Glendon College directions: http://www.glendon.yorku.ca/english/directions/direction.html

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Program

I have now posted the program for Active History: History for the Future.  I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage people to register for the conference, as we have limited space at Glendon and we will need to cap registration at 100 people.

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Event Sponsors

Active History: History for the Future has been made possible with the generous support of a number of organizations:

The History Department of York University

The History Department of the University of Toronto

The Avie Bennett Historica Chair in Canadian History

The Department of Canadian Studies at Glendon College

The Caledon Institute of Social Policy

The Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto

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Glendon College, York University, September 27-28th 2008

Call for Presentations

Active History: History for the Future is a two-day symposium designed to bring together university-based and community-based historians interested in assessing the ways in which historians engage with communities beyond the academy. Given that historians are also inevitably community members, it is important to consider not only the ways in which our work is taken up by the media, the courts, and so on, but also how we engage with and are responsible to communities in our research. How do, and how can, historical investigations of the past transform both historians and communities in the present and for the future?

The organizers define active history variously as history that listens and is responsive; history that will make a tangible difference in people’s lives; history that makes an intervention and is transformative to both practitioners and communities. We seek a practice of history that emphasizes collegiality, builds community among active historians and other members of communities, and recognizes the public responsibilities of the historian.

The purpose of Active History: History for the Future is to make connections and to foster the development of working relationships among people doing active history within and between the many historical subfields. In this spirit, the symposium will provide an opportunity for graduate students and junior scholars interested in pursuing historical projects that will make an imprint beyond the academy to connect with and learn from colleagues who have been engaged in such historical pursuits for a long time.

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