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Myth, ritual and the oral (2010)

Update: A Feb. 21, 2014 New Yorker article is entitled: “Why is academic writing so academic?” [End of update]   In Myth, ritual and the oral (2010), Jack Goody discusses fiction and non-fiction, the role of narrative in oral and lecto-oral societies, and the history of novels and the theatre. In lecto-oral cultures, one finds […]


The conventions of warfare have changed since 1812

In a previous blog post, I spoke of a recent lecture by Denise Harris about the War of 1812. Along with changes in the technology of warfare, as discussed in the previous blog, the conventions of warfare have also changed since 1812. Denise Harris noted, in her lecture on May 16, 2012, for example, that […]


What role did Etobicoke residents play in the War of 1812?

The event had a good turnout Gary Miedema of Heritage Toronto did a great job of coordinating the publicity for this event, one of a series of 1812 lectures occurring this year across Toronto. Gary Miedema is Chief Historian and Associate Director at Heritage Toronto. He’s also the author of For Canada’s Sake: Public Religion, Centennial […]


ISTAR’s 25th anniversary celebration

I was very pleased to see that a report has been posted on the Canadian Stuttering Association website concerning the 25th anniversary celebration for ISTAR, the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research. Here’s the text of the article, written by Jaan Pill: I was very pleased that I had the opportunity to attend the celebration […]