Women professors who inspire
All these accounts from well-known Canadians remembering a
favourite professor are very interesting (“Dear professor: thank you
for changing my life,” August-September). I especially appreciate
the “hats off” to good historians who inspired the writers, as I am
also a historian.
I was, however, disappointed that none of the examples of
inspiring professors were women. As a grad student, I was inspired
by the teaching of women’s history at the University of Toronto.
Jill Ker Conway and Natalie Zemon Davis started such a course
in the early ’70s, one of the first in Canada, and mentored many a
student interested in the field. Both were lively, engaged teachers
and researchers who challenged us to think about and make sense
of women’s experiences in whatever period or location we wanted
to study. Perhaps readers will wish to continue this feature with
additional comments about inspiring women professors!
Dr. Kealey is professor emeritus in history at the University of New Brunswick.
Raise a toast in harmony
at bishop's university we don’t sing a toast – we
actually sing “Raise a Toast,” which is our university song (“Nine great Canadian traditions,”
Written by four Bishop’s University alumni –
John Piper ’65, Douglas Tees ’65, Ace Henderson
’65 and John Martland ’ 64 – this song is taught
to every one of our newest students within their
first days at Bishop’s and is sung throughout orientation week. It is not uncommon for someone
to be walking through the halls or having a beer
at the local pub and to break out in song, and
immediately everyone around them joins in.
One special tradition with this song, near and
dear to all Bishop’s students, occurs during ori-
entation week. Our students go to our principal’s
home late at night, knock on the door, and he
answers wearing a nightgown and holding a lan-
tern. At that point everyone (usually more than
700 of our 2,400 students) sings the song “Ser-
enading the Principal.” Serenading the Principal
is a very meaningful tradition at Bishop’s (you
can find the lyrics and listen to the original
recording by searching “historical timeline 1951-
1980” on the Bishop’s website).
Ms. LeClair is a graduate of Bishop’s University (2013) now working
as a recruitment officer at the institution.
More great campus traditions
for long-running and quintessentially Canadian college traditions, how about the 1886 ice
hockey tournament between the students of
Queen’s University, Royal Military College and
the gunners of the Kingston garrison, commemorated annually as the Historic Hockey tournament in Kingston’s Market Square?
By the way, the 1886 Queen’s-RMC game was
not the first intercollegiate game in the world,
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Dr. Gordon is professor and director of the school of urban and
regional planning in the department of geography and planning at
What about our voyageurs?
begun in 1987 following Vancouver’s Expo 86
in the city’s centennial year, the University of
British Columbia’s epic 10-paddler (“voyageur”)
canoe stage race at Jericho Beach, called Day of
the Longboat, attracts 3,000 participants and
volunteers annually in October. This tidal, saltchuck paddling extravaganza is North America’s
answer to the Oxbridge boat race [Oxford vs.
Cambridge] and the world’s largest mass-partici-pation Canadian heritage canoe event.
From an online comment submitted by a member of the University of
British Columbia’s MBA Class of 1982.