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2017 Eaton Lecture

2017 Eaton Lecture

The Eaton Lectures are made possible through the generous support of Fredrik S. Eaton, OC, O.Ont., the Catherine and Fredrik Eaton Charitable Foundation, and John K. F. and Elizabeth Irving.

A UNB alumnus, Fredrik S. Eaton is chairman of White Raven Capital Corp. He has served as chairman of T. Eaton Company Ltd. and as Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Dr. Eaton was UNB’s chancellor from 1993 to 2003 and is one of its staunchest supporters.


Allan Sears, professor of social studies education UNB and a fellow of the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, delivered the 2017 Eaton Lecture in Toronto.

In his talk, Retaking the Ground: War, Memory, and National History in Canadian Schools, Sears argued that history has lost ground in school curricula in several ways. First, it is given low priority vis-à-vis other subjects deemed more important, notably literacy and numeracy. Second, it has often been dominated by icon builders who teach a rote, noncritical history that is not adequate for contemporary citizenship. Drawing on recent scholarship and practice in history education around the world, made his case for teaching a complex and contested history of war and society as a key element in fostering engaged and thoughtful civic participation.

In 2011, Sears began collaborating with colleagues at the Gregg Centre to develop a graduate education course on the teaching of Canadian history built around the centre's teacher professional development program. The program uses an overseas study tour model to immerse teachers in the First and Second World Wars and in Canada's role around the world ever since. That course was first offered in the summer in the summer of 2012 and is now a regular part of the program.

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