Friday, 25 November 2016
Speaker: Randy Boswell
Lecture title: News, History and Memory: Rediscovering the Past in a Digital Age
The digitization of historical newspapers has created a remarkable portal to the past for researchers and storytellers of all stripes. What can be found? Long-lost answers to enduring questions, as well as forgotten people, places and events that — once rediscovered — can spark exciting initiatives to commemorate the past and enrich the present life of any community. With stories from his own adventures at the intersection of journalism and history, former Ottawa Citizen writer Randy Boswell — now a Carleton University professor with a passion for historical sleuthing — discusses recent discoveries in Ottawa Valley archaeology and probes the digital files of the Almonte Gazette for hidden gems.
Randy Boswell is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa. For more than 20 years, he was a reporter and editor with the Ottawa Citizen and Postmedia News, eventually developing a national history beat that splashed stories about Canada’s past on front pages across the country. Now he loves probing old newspapers in search of historical scoops.