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Welcome to History
History is the study of the thoughts, actions and achievements of human beings over time. It communicates a profound and practical understanding of how our world came into being by teaching students how to study events in historically-aware ways. History provides a methodology for research and critical thinking which is essential in most professions and walks of life. It acquaints students with important concepts, events and people, and builds their cultural literacy. History promotes a depth of understanding of ourselves and others by heightening critical thinking, deepening global understanding, and enhancing aesthetic and moral awareness. The skills History provides are invaluable in such varied professions as the law, education, journalism and public and international service.
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Laurier Inspiring Lives: Allan Downey, PhD candidate in History
Chair, History Dept
People at Laurier
Susan Neylan studies the history of Aboriginal-Settler relations in Canada, specifically Aboriginal roles in mission work in British Columbia and how local churches were indigenized. While highlighting Aboriginal agency, she also explores Christianization as colonialism. Recently Neylan has focused on forms of cultures introduced by missionaries that subsequently became unique expressions of Aboriginal identity, such as brass bands or sports, such as basketball. Her research has been supported by SSHRC grants and a Fulbright award.