- Dept. of History
Elsbeth Heaman (McGill University) “Canada in the 1860s” (Library Lecture) Public lecture given on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Federation
The statesmen who wrote the Constitutional Act of 1867 knew that they were making history. What did it mean to make history; what lessons did “History” hold for the discerning? The lecture will explore the relationship between Scottish-Enlightenment narratives of civilization, British constitutional history, English-French perplexities, and the peculiarly illiberal governance of Indigenous peoples in 1860s Canada.
Lorenz Luthi (McGill University): “The Meaning of the Tet Offensive” (Library Lecture) Public lecture given on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam
The Vietnam War divides American society until today. Fifty years after the iconic Tet Offensive that changed the war, historians are able to reflect on its larger meaning for Vietnamese and global history. What motivated the Vietnamese Communists to start the offensive? How did it affect the country? And how did the world react it?