People, Politics, and Purpose: A Symposium in Honour of John English

People, Politics, and Purpose: Biography and the Structure(s) of Canada since 1939

This one-day symposium honours the long and distinguished career of Professor John English, whose scholarly, political, and administrative work has shaped the study of history, biography, and international affairs in Canada. Long-time collaborators and former students of Professor English will speak about their current research, focussing on themes of biography, diplomacy, and politics, subjects that animated so much of his work and conversation. The symposium is open to anyone with a deep interest in Canada’s past, but as seating is limited, attendees must register in advance.

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Date and Time
Thursday, May 17, 2018
8:30 AM – 5:45 PM EDT

Seeley Hall
Trinity College, University of Toronto

Registration: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks: 9:00 to 9:15 a.m.

Session 1: The Pearson Era —9:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Chair: Jack Cunningham (Bill Graham Centre/Trinity College)
Penny Bryden (Victoria): Cold War, Hot Gossip: Gerda Munsinger and the International Politics of Scandal
Stephen Azzi (Carleton): Lester Pearson as Political Leader
Galen Perras (Ottawa) and Asa McKercher (McMaster): That Bouncy Man: American Views of Lester B. Pearson’s Path to Politics, 1945-1951

Coffee Break: 10:45 to 11:00 a.m.

Session 2: The Trudeau Era —11:00 to 12:30 p.m.

Chair: Nelson Joannette (Wilfrid Laurier)
Jenn Bonder (Toronto): Herb Gray and Foreign Investment Review Agency
Greg Donaghy (Global Affairs Canada): “Between God and Mammon”: Allan J. MacEachen and the Middle East, 1974-84
Ryan Touhey (St. Jerome’s): A Journey without Maps: John Hadwen in India 1979-1983

Lunch: 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Chair: David A. Wilson (Toronto/Dictionary of Canadian Biography)
Keynote: John Milloy (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary/Wilfrid Laurier): The Academic as Activist

Session 3: Interrogating the State—1:45 to 3:15 p.m.

Chair: Ken McLaughlin (Waterloo)
Angelika Sauer (Texas Lutheran): The Lumberjack Wars, 1943-1944: Canadian-American Relations at the Border, and the Lives of Ordinary People
Stephanie Bangarth (King’s University College): F. Andrew Brewin and a Biography of the NDP
Whitney Lackenbauer (St. Jerome’s): “Looks like a Scotsman & is well mannered”: Selecting Canada’s First Indian Senator, 1953-58

Session 4: Biography and Diplomacy—3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Chair: Hon. Bill Graham
Robert Bothwell (Toronto) and Norman Hillmer (Carleton): Biography and Diplomacy
Brian Orend (Waterloo): Michael Ignatieff on Blood, Belonging and Virtual War
Andrew F. Cooper (Waterloo): Justin Trudeau and the Redefinition of Celebrity Politics

Closing Reception: 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

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