McCaffrey Seminar Series

The Bruce McCaffrey Memorial Graduate Seminar Series

Bruce McCaffrey ImageThe History Department enjoys a vibrant graduate student culture, which has been energized by various students over the years. One important graduate activity is the graduate seminar series, which is organized by, and for, graduate students as a venue for their research and intellectual exchange. In 2002, the graduate students renamed their series in memory of M.A. student Bruce McCaffrey (1938-2002), whose love and enthusiasm for history reverberated throughout the department at Western.

Bruce McCaffrey left politics in 1987 and shortly thereafter relocated to London where he completed his honours upgrade and M.A. degree in History at Western. McCaffrey enjoyed studying the mid-19th century Canadian political era, with a special interest in Sir Francis Hincks (1807-1885). As a member of the history community, McCaffrey was friendly to all, with no pretensions and a great sense of humour. Fellow graduate students loved to hear his many (and sometimes bawdy) stories about the culture of politics.

Bruce McCaffrey died in August 2002 of lung cancer just days after completing his major M.A. research paper and graduated posthumously in October 2002. In memory of his spirit and enthusiasm for history, the seminar series continues to support historical research and graduate interchange.


2019-2020 Presenters

All workshops will be held on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.  in Lawson 2270C (unless noted)

September 12:
Michael Feagan (PhD Candidate, Western)
"Precarious Professionals: The Liminal Identity of Canadian Telegraph Operators, 1880-1914"

October 10:
Bryan McClure (PhD Candidate, Western)
"Memory, Memorials and Imperial Identity after the First World War"

October 31:
Sarah Hart (MA Candidate, Western)
"Muddying the Lens: Photographs of the Canadian Expeditionary Force"

November 28:
Jessi Gilchrist (MA Candidate, Western)
"A peaceable solution: Anglo-Italian Imperial Cooperation in the Red Sea, 1926-1929"

January 16:
Allen Priest (PhD Candidate, Western)
"No Place To Run, No Place To Hide" - The Hydrogen Bomb and the Politics of Masculinity in Canada and the United States, 1953-1958 

Feb 6:
Erin Brown (PhD Candidate, Western)
"Tranquilize Your Mind": Drug Use, Gender, and the Middle Class in America, 1955-1970"

March 5:
Kenny Reilly (MA Candidate, Western)
"Plant Kudzu Seeds Up Nawth: The Spread of Kudzu in the North"

March 26:
Sara Poulin (PhD Candidate, Western)
"Beyond Anyone's Comprehension: Canada and the Liberation of the Nazi Concentration Camps”