High School History Day

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thank you for your interest in History at Western. We are excited for the chance to meet you and to give you a glimpse into what studying History at university is like!

Registration is closed.  If you are interested in attending, please contact history-inquiries@uwo.ca



Beer: 9,000 years of history brewed in 45 minutes or less!
Learn about the fascinating lore and traditions surrounding this age-old beverage in this beer-hop through time.

Insiders and Outsiders: Anti-Immigrant Discrimination in North American History
North America has always been a continent of newcomers, but not all newcomers have been treated equally. Find out why, and what this means for us, and for the wider world.

Joan of Arc – That’s One Dangerous Woman!
She has been featured in Hollywood epics, video games, toys, advertising, and even in grocery stores. But who was Joan of Arc? Did a teenaged girl really change the course of European history almost single-handedly?

The Killer App: How the Cold War Created Video Games and Vice Versa
Video games have a history—and that history is deeply intertwined with the history of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Computers and game-like simulations shaped Cold War politics and strategy, while Cold War ideas were embedded in the design of the computers we use and the games we play to this day.

Looking for Freedom: The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the End of the Cold War
The 9th of November marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. We learn why a concrete wall became the symbol of Communism vs Democracy and how Baywatch hunk David Hasselhoff helped end the Cold War.

Why Britain?
As Britain stumbles through the Brexit crisis, we wonder why it has all gone so wrong. From the depths of the constitutional crisis to the impassioned plea of a young African woman now living in New Zealand, we think about democracy, the European experiment, and the legacies of empire.


10 Things You Didn’t Know About East Asian Culture
A journey from the Bronze Age through Japan’s Middle Ages to the Meiji Transformation period – even if you thought you knew East Asian culture, you still have lots to learn!

Afghanistan – Good War or Bad War?
Canada’s military commitment to Afghanistan gave us the Highway of Heroes, the first woman to be killed in action since the Second World War, and endless controversy. But what were we doing there in the first place? Explore the roots and impact of one of Canada’s biggest military operations in decades.

“Are You Not Entertained?”: Gladiators and Sport in the Roman Empire
If you liked Russell Crowe in Gladiator or the trash TV show American Gladiators, shouldn’t you find out about the real history? Heroes or outcasts, victims or celebrities? – it’s complicated!

Black and White in Colour
Peter Jackson gave us The Lord of the Rings movies – then he put the colour back into the First World War in They Shall Not Grow Old. Colourizing archival photographs and film is all the rage now, but it has divided opinion – is it vandalism or reinterpretation?

Canada and the Eugenics Movement
Eugenics – the idea of improving the human race by eliminating undesirable traits from the population – is most commonly associated with Nazi Germany. But the eugenics movement was global and emerged in many countries, including Canada. Find out what it meant for Canadians.

Close Reading: Historians, Detectives, and Spies
Historians, detectives, and spies all tell stories based on evidence that is incomplete and often ambiguous. Using real-world examples, we will explore some of the methods that lead us to the truth, even when others would rather that we didn’t discover it.

Dark Tourism
Why do people like to visit sites of mass murders and plane crashes? What draws them to places of violence and tragedy? We look at the booming business of dark tourism, and think about its ethical implications – does it turn suffering into entertainment?

“Let Them See What They’ve Done”: The Kennedy Assassination in Legacy and Memory
On November 22nd, 1963 at 11:38 am, John F. Kennedy’s plane touched down at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. Fifty-two minutes later, he was shot dead as his motorcade made its way through Dealey Plaza. Explore the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination and the importance of imagery to the memory of this event.

Smuggling and Excisemen: The History of Whisky in Scotland
Would you be willing to fight the government, live on the run, commit murder, and risk your life and that of your family just for the freedom to drink and produce your favourite drink? Find out why the 1700s were a century of murder, mayhem, and moonshine in Scotland.

TROUBLEShooting 101: The Skinny on the Conflict in Northern Ireland
“The Troubles” is the name given to Northern Ireland’s long and complicated sectarian conflict. Find out what it’s really about – the narratives, the belligerents, the symbolism, and the legacy.


The day will begin at 10am with a general introduction.  After that, students and teachers will break into their sessions.  A free lunch will be provided, as well as drinks and snacks throughout the day.  Sessions will end at 1:45 to allow teachers and students to regroup and board busses between 1:45-2pm. 

Introduction: 10:00am-10:30am

Session A: 10:40am-11:20am

Session B/Lunch group 1: 11:30am-12:10pm

Session C/Lunch group 2: 12:20pm-1:00pm

Multimedia Interactive Historical Extravaganza: 1:10pm-1:40pm

Transfer to busses: 1:45-2pm

If you have any questions, please email history-inquiries@uwo.ca.

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