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November 17, 2016
Department of History Seminar Series - Watson Hall 517, 11:30
Dr. Duncan McDowall (Queen’s University)

"Writing about Queen's: an Historian Ponders the Emergence of a Multiversity"

Between 1961 and 2004, Queen’s grew from a small provincial university of 3,100 students with national aspirations – often described as “the Princeton of the North” – into a multiversity of 23,000 dedicated to grooming “global citizens.” How does the historian capture and systematize this dramatic transition? Through a prism of intellectual development? In terms of academic governance? Through the social life and ambitions of its students and faculty? Through its response to outside pressures? And how does it adjust its storied, and often conservative, traditions to fit the ethos of rapidly changing times? Testing Tradition (MQUP, 2016) is one historian’s attempt to make sense of all these strands.

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