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Mary LynnWhat is your favourite definition of history and why?

The study of the past, in all its diversity, to inform our understanding of the present and help us plan for the future.

Who is your favourite historian, living or dead, and why?

This is a difficult choice, but I will choose Natalie Zemon Davis for doing gender , artisanal, and ultimately world history from a French historical perspective.

Although excessive pride is unattractive, of all your writings, which are you most proud of and why?

For Health and Beauty:  Physical Culture for Frenchwomen, 1880s-1930s, because it opened up a field of research combining biological, medical, hygienic and physical education for girls and women in France. 

Thinking about your time as president of the CHA, what was its greatest challenge?

There was concern about potential and actual changes at Library and Archives Canada, which required some careful interactions with the then Archivist of Canada.

If you could give one piece of advice to (someone joining?)  the CHA, what would it be?

If you are not a historian of Canada, but of other parts of the world, there is much to be learned joining the CHA and attending its conferences.

2022 marks the 100th year anniversary of the CHA. This milestone gives us pause to reflect on its durability and also on what its future might be. Hence, what do you think the future has in store for the CHA and for historical research in Canada as the association commences its 2nd centenary?

I hope that the tradition of supporting the dissemination of historical scholarship continues.

 

 

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