Bill Waiser (University of Saskatchewan) - An historical examination of why the "new" Saskatchewan of today is fundamentally different from the province that entered Canadian confederation in 1905. The talk seeks to debunk many of the misconceptions about the province, while examining the challenges that Saskatchewan faces in the new century.
William (Bill) Waiser is Professor of History and A.S. Morton Distinguished Research Chair in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. He joined the Department in 1984 and has served as graduate director and head of department. He did his undergraduate studies at Trent University where he gained a BA Honours in History. This was followed by an MA and PhD at the University of Saskatchewan.
Bill is the author, co-author, or co-editor of ten books, including Park Prisoners: the Untold Story of Western Canada's National Parks and (with Blair Stonechild) Loyal Till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion, which was a 1997 finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction.
His book Saskatchewan: A New History was written for the 2005 provincial centennial. A special, pre-publication copy of the book was personally presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a University of Saskatchewan ceremony on May 17, 2005. Copies of the book were also given to all schools in the province as part of the university's centennial gift to the province. In 2006, the lieutenant governor of Saskatchewan presented Bill with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the province's highest honour.
Refreshments available from 17:30. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.
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UCL - Institute of the Americas
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