January 16th, 2021

PUBlic Professor to discuss sports, Canadian history

By Mabell, Dave on January 21, 2020.


Sports and Canadian history are the focus of a no-charge “PUBlic Professor” event this Thursday at the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge.

University of Lethbridge kinesiology professor Carly Adams will present “Hey, why don’t we have a bonspiel?” – Oral Histories, Sport, and (re)Imaging Community. A board of governors research chair (Tier II), Adams is also a founding and active member of the Centre for Oral History and Tradition.

Stories of two projects will be shared, illustrating the place of oral history in contemporary scholarship and communities. One is the legend of the Preston Rivulettes – possibly “the greatest women’s hockey team ever to lace up their skates.”

The other is an ongoing project where Adams and Darren Aoki – at Plymouth University in England – are considering “community (re)building” as it relates to the Nikkei community in southern Alberta after 1945.

Both highlight the value of oral histories, Adams says – both in drawing attention to histories too often left in the margins of scholarly work, and in reminding everyone about critical moments, peoples and communities in histories of the places and spaces we inhabit.

As a social historian and an advocate for oral history, Adams explores community, resiliency and gender in her research, with a focus on sport, recreation and leisure experiences. She is author of “Queens of the Ice,” a book about the Preston Rivulettes team from the 1930s, and editor of a new textbook, “Sport and Recreation in Canadian History” being released this year. Adams is also co-editor of the “Routledge Handbook of Sport History,” also being published this year.

Starting in 2017, Adams teamed with Aoki and several community partners – the Galt Museum, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden and the Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge and Area – to launch the Nikkei Memory Capture Project, a long-term community-based oral history project to spur the narration of the history of Japanese Canadians in the second half of the twentieth century.

Open to all interested, Thursday’s event includes appetizers and a cash bar. It’s scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m.

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