Jun 23, 2021
History Beyond the Classroom
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Today’s guest is the recipient of this year’s Faculty of Humanities Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Elizabeth Vlossak is an Associate Professor with the Department of History where her courses include 20th-century European and World History, Weimar and Nazi Germany, comparative urban history, and women’s and gender history. She has also taught a directed-reading course in historic gardening using Brock University’s community garden and directed students in research projects involving oral history. 

Dr. Vlossak has been bringing her students together with members of the local community to work on Niagara history projects. This includes work with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Tennis Club and the Canada Games, which will be held in Niagara in the summer of 2022. She is the co-director with Dr. Julie Stevens (Sport Management) of the Sport Oral History Archive (SOHA), a digital, interactive archive preserving local and national sporting legacies through the collection of oral history interviews and photographs. 


Students grow history in campus garden (Brock News, Aug. 8, 2019)

Brock History student helps save community sport memories (Brock News, Jan. 14, 2021)

Canada Games Teaching Spotlight: How Elizabeth Vlossak’s students will capture history in Niagara (Brock News, May 7, 2020)

Brock researchers looking for Canada Games stories (Brock News, July 30, 2020)

Elizabeth Vlossak faculty bio

Department of History


Courses & Projects Mentioned

HIST 3F02 ‘Making History in Niagara’

HIST 4F00 'Voices from the Past: Oral History'

"Threads through Time" digital exhibit will launch spring 2022.

"Sport Oral History Archive" (SOHA) is scheduled to launch fall 2021.



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Foreword is hosted and produced by Alison Innes for the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University. 

Series two sound design and editing is by Nicole Arnt. Theme music is by Khalid Imam

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