Hello my name is Sarah Ritchie and I am one of the three McNaughton Prize Research Assistants working with Dr. Reid-Maroney on this project. I am a recent graduate from Huron University College, completing my degree in history. While at Huron I had the pleasure of leading the Huron History Society for two years as well as editing the student run publication, The Grapevine. My research interests include studying modern North American history with a focus on social and cultural history. In September, I am excited to begin my Masters in Media: Journalism and Communications at Western University.
The nature of this project allowed us to engage in a wide range of tasks. The creation of the annotated bibliography gave us the opportunity to read and evaluate texts about community based learning and service learning in history. We were also able to conduct some data mining and analysis with members of the American History survey course, as well as help them complete their community based research projects. I very much enjoyed traveling to Oberlin, Ohio with the group to look at their archival resources and to learn more about the anti-slavery movement in Canada as well as the United States and the connection between these two countries. The end of term event proved to be a valuable learning experience for all that attended, in addition to a great way to contextualize the topic in today’s terms. This was a very rewarding research project to be a member of and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Reid-Maroney for this wonderful experience. I really appreciate all the support and guidance we were all shown.
Conor Wilkinson is a proud alumnus of Huron University College, where he earned a BA with an Honors Specialization in History and a Minor in Geography.
As of September 2015 he will be pursuing an MA in British History at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Joy Dixon.
He will be focusing on British colonialism and masculinity in Kenya during the 1950s, with the goal of producing original, gendered research on the Mau Mau Crisis.
You can follow him on Twitter at @cwilkshistory or visit his blog at conorwilkinson.wordpress.com.
My name is Katie and I recently completed my undergraduate degree at Huron where I studied Anthropology, French, and History. It is hard to believe that four years are done already! Currently I am working as an index clerk at the Lambton County Archives and, in the fall, I will begin a Master’s programme in Museum and Artefact Studies. My hobbies include reading, hiking, and playing the piano and violin. I also enjoy hockey and curling.
As research assistants for Dr. Reid-Maroney, Sarah, Conor, and I were responsible for developing an annotated bibliography on community-based learning (CBL) and digital history, drafting and conducting surveys on CBL, and leading a workshop for students in the American history class. As I searched for articles for the bibliography, I was introduced to a range of perspectives and ideas regarding the use of digital media and community-based research in history classes. I was particularly interested to discover how oral histories are being documented and incorporated into CBL projects.
I look forward to learning about Huron students’ experiences with CBL through the results of the survey that we conducted in Dr. Reid-Maroney’s history class. Their research on London’s Fugitive Slave Chapel demonstrates the importance of linking the classroom to the wider community. The class did an excellent job sharing their work with others through their website and their end-of-the-year conference!
I really enjoyed the opportunity to work with Dr. Reid-Maroney, Sarah, and Conor on the MacNaughton project – it was a great experience!
Associate Professor, Department of History at Huron University College
I teach a range of courses in American History, including the U.S. survey; African American History; Race, Rights and Revolution in the Atlantic World; Making Waves:
Histories of Women's Activism; and a fourth-year seminar course called “American Dreams: Radicals and Reformers from the „City on a Hill‟ to Herland.” In 2015, I will debut a first-year course called “Histories from Below,” which examines the lives, ideas, and cultures of ordinary people of the past
My courses include collaborative, community-based research projects that help students develop a critical historical imagination, skills in writing and the practice of digital humanities, an awareness of context in which academic History is constructed, and the chance to think about the contemporary relevance of historical knowledge.
University of Rochester Press, 2013)
(With Boulou Ebanda de B'béri, and Handel Kashope Wright, eds.) The Promised land:
History and Historiography of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent's Settlements and beyond. (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2014.)
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