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Queen's University

Department of History

Clio's Craft: Graduate Student Workshop

On Friday 11 February 2011, twenty-eight members of history's departmental community met for the first annual, "Clio's Craft: Graduate Student Workshop."  Held in the upstairs room of the Grad Club, the workshop brought together student and faculty research in an informal setting, followed by a lively discussion on both the paper presentations and the common experiences shared by historians in researching, writing, and disseminating their findings.  The keynote talk was given by Professor Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, based on her experiences researching in the Vatican Secret Archives and writing Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2009).  In support of Dr. Duffin's talk, three graduate students presented papers related to the inaugural theme of 'religion and medicine.'  Robert Dennis gave a paper on "A Saint for the Canadian Left?  The Case of Catherine de Hueck and the Friendship House movement;" Samantha Sandassie spoke on "Religio Chirurgi;"and Jennifer Aitken delivered a talk entitled, "Brother Andre wins a 'Gold Medal' for the Roman Catholic Church in Quebec: Personal Encounters with Canada's Newest Saint."  Enthusiastic conversation continued well into the afternoon—and workshop organizers hope that "Clio's Craft" will become a valuable and anticipated annual event on the departmental calendar.  Support for the graduate student workshop was kindly provided by the Bernice Nugent bequest.

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