Craig Heron Retirement Conference May 26-27

Dear Friends of Craig Heron,

 This is a quick note to let you know about the conference program and dinner honouring Craig Heron on the occasion of his retirement.

“Scholarship, Activism, Public History: Celebration of the Work and Leadership of Craig Heron” will be held in Founders 305 (York University) on May 26-27.  As you can see from the program below, we will begin with lunch on Friday, May 26, and conclude Saturday night (May 27) with dinner at a restaurant downtown--Prop on St. Clair, 770 St Clair Ave West.  Dinner tickets cost $60 (this includes tax and gratuity) and must be purchased in advance.  We will send menu details and an RSVP form next month.

 In the meantime, if you want more information about the conference or dinner, please contact us at

 Best wishes,

Molly Ladd-Taylor, Kate McPherson, Steve Penfold


"Scholarship, Activism, Public History: Celebration of the Work and Leadership of Craig Heron,”
May 26-27, 2017,York University, Founders College 305


Sponsored by York University’s Department of History and Founders College



 12-1 pm: Lunch

 1-2:45 pm: Politics of Labour

Chair: Jennifer Stephen

Ian McKay, “Liberalism in the Coal Mine”

Ryan Targa, “The Workers’ Revolt in Canada: Then and Now”

James Naylor, “Whatever Happened to Labourism?”

Paul Craven, “Labour, Judges and the `Postwar Settlement': Ontario, 1950-68”

3-4:15 pm: The Union and the University

           Chair: Cindy Loch-Drake

Robert Kristofferson, “Shifting the Frontier of Control on the Academic Commons: Collegial Governance, Resource Allocation and Program Prioritization at One Ontario University”

Mark Rosenfeld, “Craig Heron: Faculty Activist and Advocate for a Progressive Vision of Higher Education”

Richard Wellen, “Academic Unions and the Contested Terrain of University Governance”

4:15-5:30 pm:  Forty Years of Labour History

Chair: Greg Kealey
Robert Storey, “On the Job: Confronting Canadian Labour Processes 30 Years On”

Lynne Marks, “Craig Heron and the Social History of Religion in Canada”

Steve Penfold, “Was Craig Heron a Social Historian?”

5:30-7 pm: Wine and Cheese Reception



9:30-10:45 am: Making History Public, or the Politically Engaged Historian

Chair: Marlene Shore

David Frank, “Looking for Avrom: An Exploration of the Cultural Front”

Michael Akliados, “The Challenges of Navigating Sacred Spaces: The Coptic Canadian History Project”

Franca Iacovetta, “Working on a Dream: Craig Heron and Activist History”


11-12:45 pm: The Politics of Identity

Chair: Sean Kheraj

Jason Russell, “Finding Canada’s History of Capitalism in the Work of Craig Heron”

Todd Stubbs, "Negotiating Democratic Citizenship in Toronto's Dunkin Act Campaign, 1877."

Eric Strikwerda, Unemployment and the ‘Crisis of Masculinity:’ Notes from the Great Depression and Beyond

Adele Perry, “Annishinaabe land, Indigenous labour, and the organized labour movement: Winnipeg, 1919”


12:45-pm: Lunch


2-3:30 pm:  Cultures and Communities

           Chair: Steve Maynard

Christine Sismondo, “Camp Discourse and Civil Rights Arguments in Toronto’s Postwar Bars and Tabloids”

Tom Hooper, “1881Ž2 Seaton Street: George Smith, Tim McCaskell, and the Marxist Commune that Transformed the Right to Privacy Committee”

Peter Stevens, Remembering ‘The Coming Leisure Crisis’: Work, Time, and Visions of the Future During Canada’s Long 1960s”


3:30-4:30 pm:  Craig Heron, “The Public Intellectual”

6:30 pm: Banquet (at Prop on St. Clair)

                 Tickets $60, advanced purchase, includes tax and gratuity

                 Location: 770 St Clair Ave W (St. Clair W & Arlington, on St. Clair streetcar line)

                 Menu details & information about reservations and payment to follow