Articles by author: lbetts

  • Professor Discusses Cultural Interpretations of Eclipse Events

    Chair and Associate Professor of History Olatunji Ojo is exploring the ways geographic location and cultural belief systems shape people’s perception of solar eclipses and celestial events over time. Photo credit: the Brock News

    The Brock News featured Professor Olatunji Ojo in the April 4th edition, in advance of the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th. Congratulations, Tunji!

    Read the full story here.

    Categories: Faculty, Outreach

  • Congratulations Dr. Eric Story!

    Brock History Postdoctoral Fellow, Eric Story, successfully defended his PhD dissertation on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at Wilfrid Laurier University. Bravo, Dr. Story!

    Categories: Postdocs and Scholars

  • Humanities Graduate Student Symposium a Success

    The 2024 Humanities Graduate Student Symposium, “Narratives of Identity,” took place on February 10th in Pond Inlet.

    The full day of programming in Pond Inlet included presentations from MA and PhD students from all across the Faculty of Humanities. Congratulations Paige Groot (MA History candidate) and her organizing committee on a job well done!

    The full program is presented below.

    Panel 1: Mapping Memory

    Steven Hamelin (History), “Finding Richardson”

    Brendan Holk (English), “The Poppy and the Rhetoric of Service that Promotes Nationalism”

    Joshua Manitowabi (History), “Mapping Anishinaabe Kendaaswin: Land, Truth, and Treaties through Oral History”

    Panel 2: Voicing the Visual

    Liao Zihuan (HUMA), “Image Narrative of Identity: Louise Bourgeois’ Spider Images and Unconscious Desire”

    Miranda King (Classics), “The Small Finds from the Sanctuary of Venus at Pompeii”

    John Wilfred Bessai (Canadian Studies, Trent), “Exploring Identity Narratives through NFBC’s Digital Projects”

    Keynote Address

    Gregory Betts (English), “I Am That Am I: An Ontography of I”

    Panel 3: Countering Colonial Conversations

    Long Hoang Vu (HUMA), “Narrating Space: A Father-and-Son Duoethnographic Exploration of Vietnam’s Territory”

    Philip Akoje (SCLA), “Narrative of Identity through Masquerade Performance in Ibaji, North Central Nigeria”

    Alia Wazzan (HUMA), “Muslim Women’s Scholarship: Discursive Decolonization of Human/Women’s Rights”

    Panel 4: Negotiating Nature

    Julie Gemuend (HUMA), “Becoming World: Re-imaging the Material Self”

    Claire Thyne (English), “Probing Positions and Planets: Encountering the Alien in Vandana Singh’s ‘The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet'”

    Daniel Belanger (Classics), “Hepatitis Bee: The Influence of Roma Culture on their Understanding of Bee Disease”

    Categories: Conferences/Presentations, Graduate

  • New Postdoctoral Fellow: Eric Story

    Eric Story (PhD Candidate, Wilfrid Laurier) is starting his Postdoctoral Fellowship this winter with Dr. Maureen Lux. He will give a talk on January 25th (1pm, GLA 201) as a part of the winter Speakers Series.

    Welcome to the Department, Eric!



    Categories: News, Postdocs and Scholars

  • MA Student Kat Rice Receives Horizon Scholarship

    Photo credit: The Brock News

    Kat Rice, BA (’23), is featured in the Brock News as a recipient of the prestigious Horizon Graduate Scholarship. The award, valued at $5,000, supports research-based students from under-represented groups at Brock (BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, low-income or low socioeconomic status backgrounds, first generation graduate students, and people living with disabilities).

    Kat’s research focuses on the representation of queer women in hockey in the Niagara region. “Through oral interviews, which involve collecting, interpreting and preserving memories of people in communities in their own voice, Rice is putting the spotlight on recreational players, coaches, organizers and officials. She is eager to examine how the experiences of queer women relate to their sense of belonging within their own team, their league and their country.” (The Brock News)

    Congratulations, Kat!




    Categories: Awards and Scholarships, Graduate, News

  • Professor Robert R. Taylor (Emeritus) to launch latest book

    Please join Robert R. Taylor, Professor (Emeritus) as he launches his new book! Spirit of the Big Ditch: The Story of the Welland Canals in Pictures, Poems and Songs will be presented on Tuesday, Dec 12, 6:30-8:30, at the St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3, hosted by the Historical Society of St. Catharines.

    A great opportunity to pick up the perfect holiday gift for the local history fanatic!


    Categories: Faculty, Publications

  • Brock Historical Society to host upcoming events

    The Brock Historical Society (BUHS) is hosting two student-oriented events in November.

    Movie Night

    On Thursday, November 23, BUHS is partnering with the English Students’ Association to host a movie night at the Foundry Lofts Theatre. The movie (TBA) will start at 8:30.

    Exam Preparation Workshop

    On Wednesday, November 29, BUHS is holding an exam preparation workshop from 5-6pm in GLNA 164.









    Categories: Brock University Historical Society, Undergraduate

  • History MA Student to present at GIS Days

    Rebecca Nickerson (MA History) will be presenting her work, “HGIS: Mapping Segregated Healthcare in Canada,” as a part of the GIS Days conference, hosted by Western University Libraries, on Nov 13-17. She was featured in the Brock News for her participation in the conference.

    Registration is free but required to attend:

    Rebecca’s talk is part of the Lightning Talks and will speak on Thursday, Nov 16 at 11:00 am. Her abstract follows:

    HGIS: Mapping Segregated Healthcare in Canada will explain the process and ethics of using GIS methods for historical research. The Mapping Segregation Project, a collaboration between Brock University and ESRI Canada explores the spatial relationship of colonial governance over Indigenous healthcare during the 1950’s – 1980’s, particularly focusing on patient transportation. The data used in this project was compiled from archives, both maps and written sources to create a comprehensive database to show how a government system functioned over space and time. Learn about transforming complex archival data into easy to understand visuals in this lighting talk.

    Congratulations, Rebecca! Keep up the great work and good luck with the presentation.

    Photo credit: The Brock News

    Categories: Conferences/Presentations, Graduate

  • Introducing our new MA students!

    Welcome to the program!


    Categories: Graduate

  • Professor Kimberly Monk Rolls Out PortCities 2.0

    Professor Kimberly Monk has released the updated and expanded the PortCities Project website with essays from the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 HIST 2F00 PortCities project.

    From the website:

    “The 22 research essays from our 2022-2023 course on the Port of Toronto, illustrate the range of themes that connect its port history, past and present. We congratulate these students for working so diligently as they progressed from proposal to first draft to final edits. Deepening our understanding of another Canadian Great Lakes port city. ”

    Monk is currently setting up student meetings for the current group of HIST 2F00 students to focus on the Niagara region, to be released next year.

    Congratulations, Professor Monk!

    Categories: Faculty, Outreach