A Celebration of the Work and Leadership of Craig Heron

May 26, 2017 – May 27, 2017 all-day America/Toronto Timezone
305 Founders College, York University
4700 Keele St
North York, ON M3J
Molly Ladd-Taylor



12-1 pm: Lunch and Welcome Remarks

1-2:45 pm: Politics of Labour
Chair: Jennifer Stephen, York University

  • Ian McKay, McMaster University, “Liberalism in the Coal Mine”
  • Ryan Targa, York University, “The Workers’ Revolt in Canada: Then and Now”
  • James Naylor, Brandon University, “Whatever Happened to Labourism?”
  • Paul Craven, York University, “Labour, Judges and the `Postwar Settlement': Ontario, 1950-68”

3-4:15 pm: The Union and the University
Chair: Cindy Loch-Drake, York University

  • Robert Kristofferson, Wilfrid Laurier University, “Shifting the Frontier of Control on the Academic Commons: Collegial Governance, Resource Allocation and Program Prioritization at One Ontario University”
  • Mark Rosenfeld, Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, “Craig Heron: Faculty Activist and Advocate for a Progressive Vision of Higher Education”
  • Richard Wellen, York University Faculty Association, “Academic Unions and the Contested Terrain of University Governance”

4:15-5:30 pmForty Years of Labour History
Chair: Greg Kealey, University of New Brunswick

  • Robert Storey, McMaster University, “On the Job: Confronting Canadian Labour Processes 30 Years On”
  • Franca Iacovetta, University of Toronto, “Working on a Dream: Craig Heron and Activist History”
  • Steve Penfold, University of Toronto, “Was Craig Heron a Social Historian?”

5:30-7 pm: Wine and Cheese Reception


9:00 am: Coffee, Tea and Light Breakfast

9:30-10:45 am: Class, Religion, Culture
Chair: Marlene Shore, York University

  • Lynne Marks, University of Victoria, “Craig Heron and the Social History of Religion in Canada”
  • Michael Akladios, York University, “The Challenges of Navigating Sacred Spaces: The Coptic Canadian History Project”
  • David Frank, University of New Brunswick, “Looking for Avrom: An Exploration of the Cultural Front”

11-12:45 pm: The Politics of Identity
Chair: Sean Kheraj, York University

  • Jason Russell, Empire State College, “Finding Canada’s History of Capitalism in the Work of Craig Heron”
  • Todd Stubbs, Lakehead University, "Negotiating Democratic Citizenship in Toronto's Dunkin Act Campaign, 1877."
  • Eric Strikwerda, Athabasca University, “Unemployment and the ‘Crisis of Masculinity:’ Notes from the Great Depression and Beyond”
  • Adele Perry, University of Manitoba, “Annishinaabe land, Indigenous labour, and the organized labour movement: Winnipeg, 1919”

12:45-2 pm: Lunch

2-3:30 pm: Not Harold and Marg’s Postwar Canada
Chair: Steven Maynard, Queen’s University

  • Christine Sismondo, York University, “Camp Discourse and Civil Rights Arguments in Toronto’s Postwar Bars and Tabloids”
  • Tom Hooper, York University, “188½ Seaton Street: George Smith, Tim McCaskell, and the Marxist Commune that Transformed the Right to Privacy Committee”
  • Peter Stevens, York University, “Remembering ‘The Coming Leisure Crisis’: Work, Time, and Visions of the Future During Canada’s Long 1960s”

3:30-4:30 pm: Closing Remarks

  • Introduction: Kathryn McPherson, York University
  • Craig Heron, “The Public Intellectual”

6:30 pm: Conference Dinner, Prop on St. Clair, 770 St. Clair Ave. West