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!

Michael, Robin Hood (2010)

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hoodtakes on the task of retelling the story of a famous 12thcentury English outlaw, amidst major events and the...

Mykola, Age of Empires II

Age of Empires IIis the second installment of the well known and beloved history based real-time strategy gamefranchise. The Age of...

Shelby, When Calls the Heart

When Calls the Heartis a T.V. historical drama based on a frontier town in Alberta in the early twentieth century. The drama follows the...

Sheldon, Braveheart

When I originally heard about this assignment, I was under the mistaken impression about the actual purpose of the assignment. Rather I...

Wednesday, Aimée and Jaguar

Aimée and Jaguaris a tragic movie that follows the lives of two German women during World War II who fall in love, despite many factors...

Veronica, Dear Canada: All Fall Down

History and Pop-Culture are two words that can be contradictory. Often times, historians disvalue books, movies and tv shows, etc. for...

Lyndsay, The Titanic

The Titanic is an iconic movie that captured the hearts of people all over the world. It’s a go-to film for rainy days and date night,...

By Mykola, Bryce, Alyson, Matt

(requires utterly deadpan presentation!) I don’t memorize dates. I am not boring. History is not all long and boring papers. It's not all...

By Katelyn, Hannah, Jaden, Nicole, Alyssa

We are historians We are researchers We are interpreters We are storytellers We are proud nerds We don’t do math We don’t know every date...

By Morgan, Sarah, Veronica, Shelby

I am a historian… But I could also be a: Fire fighter, librarian, astronaut, mother, teacher, lawyer, or anyone I damn well please I am...

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