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The Civilization of the Canadas in the 1860s

The Civilization of the Canadas in the 1860s
4 Devonshire Place, Massey College, Upper Library
Time: Apr 22nd, 6:00 pm End: Apr 22nd, 9:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Indigenous, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Canada, 1800-1900
Talk by Elsbeth Heaman, McGill

The Department of History invites you to

The Other 60s conference and 2017 Creighton Lecture in the Department of History at the University of Toronto on Saturday 22 April 2017. This is a significant year in Canada given the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and our conference and Creighton Lecture forms part of a larger series of lectures, events, and exhibits. 
Our speaker this year is Elsbeth Heaman of McGill University, who will be speaking about the complicated academic and political uses of “civilization” in Canada during the 1860s and their afterlife. Her Creighton Lecture will cap off a day-long conference co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography on the theme of The Other 60s: A Decade that Shaped Canada and the World. The conference will bring together scholars from across Canada to discuss the global context in which the Canadian federation emerged and ultimately, provoke a larger public discussion. It will also include a plenary talk on the Métis, treaty-making, and Confederation by Jean Teillet, a legal scholar and lawyer specializing in Indigenous rights and treaty negotiations, and author of a forthcoming history of the Métis Nation.


On Thursday 27 April 2017, we will also be launching a special exhibition, Canada by Treaty: Histories of A Negotiated Place. The exhibit is co-curated by fourth year undergraduate James Bird, Nehiyawak (Cree), Indigenous Studies and Architecture, and Professors Laurie Bertram and Heidi Bohaker, Department of History, and funded by our Department and the University’s Sesquicentennial Committee.

The Other 60s conference will be held at the George Ignatieff Theatre, and the Creighton Lecture will be held across the street at Massey College; there will be a reception at Massey College following the Creighton Lecture. Please find attached the full programs for both events.  The Canada by Treaty exhibition is being held in the Reading Room at Hart House, and special arrangements will be made for our visit to it in advance of its formal opening later in April.
If you are able to attend The Other 60s conference and/or the Creighton Lecture, please RSVP to


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