History 2222 is a workshop in the art and craft of the historian.  

My students engage in the big questions that have driven our discipline for thousands of years and the challenges and opportunities we face today, while honing the historian's unique blend of analytical and communication skills.

On our last day together they work in small teams to write a "rant," modelled after a famous Canadian beer commercial, about what it means to them to be historians.  

Their final assignment allows them to demonstrate their skills, as they write a blog post (or, in 2019, for the first time ever, a podcast) assessing the historical accuracy and the sheer entertainment value of a movie, book, tv show, web series or video game that is set in a real time and place.

Listen to the THUGS' podcast about 2222 here!

Tom, Call of Duty

Media critic Dawn Spring describes that, “The video game offers far greater potential for the creation and presentation of history than...

Taylor, 300

Today, people have a complicated relationship with history. While there are many like myself who have no problem dubbing themselves as...

Kiera, The Crown

“To do nothing is often the best course of action, but I know from personal experience how frustrating it can be. History was not made by...

Hanna, Monty Python

“Help, I’m being repressed!!”: Historical Value in Satirical Films Completely accurate historical films with conventional plots are...

Ethan, Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption 2 was the much-anticipated sequel/prequel of the hit Rockstar Games, Red Dead Redemption released in 2010. The game...

Dayn, Civilization Revolution

One of the first video games I remember watching my father play was Sid Meier’sCivilization. I was too young to comprehend what it was,...

Brooke, Titanic

The romance drama Titanic released in 1997, stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack), and Kate Winslet (Rose) as characters from different social...

By Brianna, Ethan, Grace, Hanna, Perri

So I’m a history major, you may ask - what are you going to do with that? - are you planning on going into Ed? I’m not a radical left...

By Andrea, Brandon, Kaite, Savannah

I am a historian I do contribute to society, more than just research I do care about people I am not a know it all Tweed does not...

By Chris, Jolene, Kiera, Sara, Tess

I am a historian, but I am not boring I like tequila Tuesdays and drinking beer I read more than documentaries and historical texts I...

By Andrew, Jeff, Taylor, Troy, Zuohal

My name is ____________ We are not novelists We do not just remember dates and names We do not just study great men, we study other...

By Erinn, Lauren, Mckenzie, Robin

Hey, I’m not an archeologist I’m not a useless major, and I don’t just memorize facts I don’t know every historical figure but I’m sure...

Aaron, Far Cry 5

Growing up in Montana in the 1990s, I developed a strange fascination with the anti-government movements that permeated the state during...

Cameron, Age of Empires II

History and pop culture have always had a tenuous relationship. Historical content is often adapted and used within mass media for its...

Emily, Downton Abbey

Historians have a tendency of picking apart historical shows or films, saying they are not “accurate” or are too “dramatic.” Well I...

Erica, “Marco? Polo!”

Perhaps an acquired taste, Netflix’s original seriesMarco Polowas not overly well received by audiences. This wasn’t because of a lack of...

Hannah, Heritage Park

Many people, myself included, have been fascinated with going back in time. In a discipline where we focus on the lives of those who...

James, Kingdom Come: Deliverance

“It’s like a modern, interactive museum,” says Joanna Nowak, the in-house historian and consultant on the development of Kingdom Come:...

Kaitlyn, Argo

Argodirected by Ben Affleck is the story about six Americans who are taken in by the Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor and his wife Pat, and...

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