Professor and Departmental Chair Jason M. Opal and his father, Prof. Steven M. Opal (Alpert Medical School at Brown) have co-written an op-ed for the Globe and Mail on how health systems across the globe need funding and higher levels of preparation to deal with future pandemics.
Media outlets cite Professor Andrea Tone’s research on the history and medicinal use of Lysol to dispel US President Trump’s recent suggestion that injecting or ingesting disinfectants can fight the coronavirus. In response to the president’s remarks, the manufacturer of Lysol issued a press statement, warning consumers to restrict their use of the popular disinfectant to inanimate and exterior surfaces.
Professor Jarrett Rudy passed away on April 4, 2020, two weeks after undergoing quintuple bypass surgery.
Professor and Departmental Chair Jason M. Opal and his father, Prof. Steven M. Opal (Alpert Medical School at Brown) have co-written op-ed for the LA Times on how American Presidents have dealt with epidemics or even triggered them in the past. The op-ed locates the current office holder in a larger historical context of leadership in times of crisis.
Yaroslav Gouzenko has won the Undergraduate Essay Prize of the Canadian Association of Slavists for his paper “Shaimiev and the Tatarstan Model: A Successful Highjack,” which he wrote in Professor Kristy Ironside’s class on Russia in the 1990s (HIST406). The prize is open to students in all disciplines related to Eastern Europe across Canada.
In an insightful op-ed for the Star on January 21, 2020, Prof. Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey explores how Canadian society still denies indigeneity to Black-Indigenous, or Afro-Métis, persons while accepting it in the case of Canadians of mixed Indigenous-European ancestry.
With the retirement of Connie DiGiuseppe in late 2019 as Area Manager for Student Affairs, the administrative centre of History and Classical Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and Jewish Studies says a farewell to a superb and beloved administrator. In her 31 years at McGill, Connie DiGiuseppe worked for the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Student Affairs Area, the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Anthropology, and eventually for the administrative centre of four departments.
Congratulations to Prof. Allan Greer, who was recently won the Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award for an outstanding book in social science history and the Wilson Book Prize for the best exploration of Canadian history.
Three finalists for the 2019 Cundill History Prize were announced last night at an event at Massey College, Toronto. The finalists, all female, are UCL Professor of German History, Mary Fulbrook, Harvard Professor and New Yorker staff writer, Jill Lepore, and Julia Lovell, Professor of Modern China at Birkbeck College at the University of London. These three extraordinary authors approach difficult subjects, opening sometimes uncomfortable conversations around the past to help us better understand their repercussions today.
Congratulations to Prof. Griet Vankeerberghen, who is the co-recipient with Raja Sengupta (Department of Geography) of an Insight Development Grant.
Congratulations to Prof. Kristy Ironside, who was recently been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and a grant of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Societé et culture. The grants will help Prof. Ironside to start her new research project International Copyright Law in the Political Economy of Russia and the Soviet Union.
The Department of History and Classical Studies is delighted to welcome Dr. Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey. Dr. Adjetey is a historian of post-Reconstruction United States, specializing in the African American experience and in the intersections of Canadian, American and African diasporas. Before arriving at McGill, he held the W. L. Mackenzie King Fellowship at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Department of History Lectureship. He holds a PhD , MA and M.Phil from Yale and an MA and a BA from the University of Toronto.
The Department notes with great sadness the passing of Professor Desmond Morton, a colleague, friend, mentor, prominent military and social historian, academic administrator, and inspiration to many. Desmond Morton was Hiram Mills Emeritus Professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies.
A multilingual scholar, Lorenz Lüthi works on Cold War issues from an international perspective investigating how the structure of the international system interacts with ideologies. His work on the Sino-Soviet split changed the whole field of investigation. His current research focuses on the global Cold War in three distinct but related regions: Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia linking Cold War aspects of national and international history across continents.