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Upcoming talk by Historian Peter Gossage at Colby-Curtis

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--September 12, 2014.

Lecturer: Peter Gossage (in English):
Title: “An Illustrated History of Quebec”

Colby-Curtis Museum
535, Dufferin Rd., Stanstead, QC.
Saturday September 27th, 2014
10:30 a.m.

In this lecture, Peter Gossage will tell some of the “background story” concerning An Illustrated history of Quebec: Tradition and Modernity (Oxford University Press 2012), which he co-authored with J.I. Little.

The talk will focus on how he and Little came to write a new synthesis of Quebec history; on some of the interpretive challenges they faced along the way; on their collaborative process; and in particular, on their decision to build their narrative around the central ideas of tradition and modernity, rather than the standard ethnic and linguistic binaries.

Two years after the book’s initial release in August 2012, Professor Gossage will also take the opportunity to share and reflect on some of the more interesting reactions to this book, whether from audiences at public lectures, in published reviews, or in private conversations and correspondence.

Peter Gossage holds degrees in history from McGill (BA, MA) and the University of Quebec at Montreal (PhD). He taught at the University of Sherbrooke for 16 years before moving to Concordia University, where he is a Full Professor in the Department of History. Peter Gossage is the author or co-author of three books and some twenty scholarly articles or book chapters, most of them dealing with aspects of family life in Quebec between 1840 and 1960. In 2008, he was part of a team which received the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for the history-education website Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History (

The cost: $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Please make your reservation before September 22nd, at (819) 876-7322