Listerv: Sept 27, 2016


HSA Listserve Preamble: Check your facts!


Howdy, fellow historians! We have no doubt some of you folks tuned into the thrilling drama of the first presidential debate last night (and of course, like good history students, checked the truth behind some of the things said by the candidates!).  Remember – every moment we live is a moment that is going to be a part of history, even if it sometimes seems like we are living in a dystopian alternative universe.


  1. This Week in History
  2. Meet and Greet
  3. Call for Editors-in-Chief
  4. Halloween Lectures
  5. Welcome Back Event Survey
  6. Speaker Series
  7. New History Classes
  8. Other announcements/events
    1. Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec: The Tashereaus and McCord


This week in History

On September 27th 1791,  the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea fell to the Ottoman Turks after a 21 year siege (that’s a long time!).


On September 29th 1962,  the popular Argentinian comic strip Mafalda (known as the Argentinian “Peanuts”) began publication, in the weekly Primera Plana.


Meet and Greet

The previously planned meet and greet for Tuesday September 27th, has been moved to Wednesday, October 12th. Come by the office (Leacock 629) for welcome back (from Thanksgiving) tea and snacks with your executive!


Call for Editors in Chiefs

URGENT! We are still encouraging anybody interested and dedicated to apply to edit our  undergrad journal:

Historical Discourses, The McGill Undergraduate Journal of History is looking for 2 gems determined to edit the best undergraduate journal of all time (maybe)! As editors-in-chief, you will lead the editorial board for the selection and editing of papers, organize fundraising events and work closely with the executive of the History Student’s Association to publish the 2017 edition of the journal. Anyone who is interested in history is encouraged to apply. Visit our website to have more information and consult previous editions.

To apply, email us at

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the position and your areas of interest in history
  • Your CV
  • A writing sample (history papers are an asset)

Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 30 at midnight!


Halloween Lectures

Heads up! Keep your calendar free on October 26th and our ~spooky~ Halloween lecture series! Wine and cheese will be served during an awesome discussion about creepy, paranormal, occult and ghostly stories from history!


Welcome Back Event Survey

We hope you enjoyed the welcome back event hosted in collaboration with the PSSA, DESA, IDSSA and ESA. The PSSA has created a survey in order to hear what people thought about the event! We would love for those who attended to fill it out in order to give us some feedback for future events, so we can make sure that future events fit what you expect from the HSA!


Speaker Series

The Department of History and Classical Studies will be presenting a series of talks, held every other Monday at 3:30 in Leacock 834. Here is a list of presentations for the coming semester – make sure to come check out both our own professors and visiting experts from across the continent:

Monday, 3 October. Elizabeth Elbourne, (History and Classical Studies, McGill University)

“Treaty-making in the British Empire, 1750-1850”

Monday, 31 October. Piotr H. Kosicki (History, University of Maryland)

     “The Limits of Catholicism: The Case of Tadeusz Mazowiecki”

               Co-sponsored by the School of Religious Studies

Monday, 14 November. Stuart McCook (History, University of Guelph)

      “The Political Ecology of ‘Bad’ Coffee in the Twentieth Century”


Monday, 28 November. Valerie Korinek (History, University of Saskatchewan)

“Exporting and Defending ‘Marriage’: Canada, Gay and Lesbian Marriage, and the International Implications”


New History Classes

Additional history classes have been added to Minerva! Professors will be assigned to these awesome new courses in October – so stay tuned! We hope that this will, however, not stop you folks from signing up for these classes.

HIST 316 Russian Revolutions 1905 and 1917

HIST 336 France 1789 to 1914


Other Announcements/Events

Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec: The Tashereaus and McCord


The McGill Canadian Studies will be presenting the book Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec: The Tashereaus and McCord by author Brian Young, Professor at McGill University.


A discussion period will be held after the presentation and snacks will be served. If you wish to attend, reservations are required due to the limited number of places. If you are interested, please RSVP to !

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