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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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People at Laurier
Dr. Dana Elizabeth Weiner is associate professor of United States history. Her courses centre around race, slavery, gender, and rights from 1600-1880. Dr. Weiner’s research explores race, activism, and grassroots politics. In 2013 she published a book about antislavery and anti-Black Law activism, Race and Rights: Fighting Slavery and Prejudice in the Old Northwest, 1830-1870, and her current project focuses on African Americans in early California and their work against the state’s “Black Laws.”