To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building.
Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. March 8, Matthew Hayday presents, Celebrating Canada: How commemorations and national days have shaped our country
Doors open at 6:30 PM with lecture beginning at 7 PM. Admission by donation.
View Hayday’s recorded lecture, “Celebrating Canada” on YouTube.
Matthew Hayday is a professor of Canadian history at the University of Guelph. A specialist in political history, his research deals with issues related to national identity, language policy, celebrations and commemorations, public policy and cultural policy. His most recent books are So They Want Us to Learn French: Promoting and Opposing Bilingualism in English-Speaking Canada and Celebrating Canada, volume 1: Holidays, National Days, and the Crafting of Identities.
April 12 Catherine Wilson, The Heart of Canada: From barn raisings to quilting bees, events that define rural life in Canada.
May 10 Beth Parker, From the Ground Water Up: Exploring the role of water in building Canada and the impact on our future.
June 14 Truth and Reconciliation Panel Discussion: Rebuilding Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.
July 12 Kris Inwood, Making Sense of our Nation: Using the census and historical data to explain who we are and how we live.
August 9 Jeff Thomason, Horse Power: Building Canada on the backs of horses.
September 13 Lawrence Hill, Faction: The merging of fiction and Canadian history
October 11 Dennis Baker, Building Blocks of our Nation: Canada’s constitutional multiplicity
November 8 Why Research Matters, Canada’s Global DNA Detectives panel discussion
December 13 James Raffan, Canada One Five Oh Em Gee: Celebration of nation and community in story and song