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Second Annual History Research Day Now Another "Day in History"

Second Annual History DayPeople wearing gas masks, the comic strip Pogo, and the ecological Indian were three central images Professor Finis Dunaway focused on during his talk at the second annual History Research Day, held on February 3 in the Senior Common Room at Lady Eaton College. Professor Dunaway's lecture, entitled "Earth Day and the Visual Politics of American Environmentalism", argued for looking at and understanding Earth Day in visual terms and how the three images listed above showcase the representation of Earth Day in the mass media.

Aimed at highlighting the research conducted by faculty members interested in history, the second annual History Research Day was organized into three moderated panels, each with their own theme.

Professor Dunaway's presentation fell into the panel entitled "Memory and Images", along with Professor Tim Stapleton's "De-memorializing the World Wars in Zimbabwe", Professor Alan Brunger's "Commemorating Social Institutions: The Landscape of the 1820 Settlers in the Cape Colony" and Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez's "Gendering Terror in the Francoist Memoirs of the Spanish Civil War".

The two other panels, "Exploration, Archives and Business" and "Gender in History" featured topics ranging from Geological Survey and Exploration in Canada's North to the Uses of Magic in High Medieval Pregnancy and Childbirth.

The day concluded with a dinner held in honour of the members of the History department who have recently published books. Faculty members who were honoured included: Dimitry Anastakis, for Auto-Pact; The Creation of a Borderless North American Auto Industry 1960-1971; Finis Dunaway, for Natural Visions: The Power of Images in American Environmental Reform; Jennine Hurl-Eamon, for Gender and Petty Violence in London, 1680-1720; and Kevin Siena, (ed.) for Sins of the Flesh: Responding to Sexual Disease in Early Modern Europe.

Posted February 9, 2006







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