Rabble Radio Podcast Interview: Keep Calm and Carry On: Reviewing the Royals in Canada

I discussed the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II and popular perceptions of the royal family in Canada with Rabble Radio.

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Fall 2022 Course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Women in Power

My course about the history of Women in Power from the Classical World to the 21st Century will be offered in class at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies on Tuesday afternoons in Fall 2022 from October 11 to November 29.

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ABOUT THIS COURSE

Powerful women have presented themselves as warrior queens, rulers by divine right, wives and mothers and, most recently, as elected officials. We’ll examine the most significant female political figures in history, including Boadicea, Queen Isabella, Queen Elizabeth I, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Hillary Clinton. Through lively lectures and discussions, you’ll learn the story of women in political life. Why are women still underrepresented in political life? Join Carolyn Harris for a fascinating look at the often-neglected place of women in power from Cleopatra to Angela Merkel.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Survey changing attitudes toward women and political power throughout history.
  • Explore how female leaders have presented themselves to the public.
  • Understand how powerful women are portrayed in popular culture and the media.
  • Compare the experiences of female leaders around the world.
  • See how the history of women in power influences female political leadership today.

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Toronto Star Profile: On the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, royals watcher Carolyn Harris traces her and our fascination with bluebloods

In a feature article by Shinan Govani in the Toronto Star, I discussed the 25th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, royal tours past and present and my own interest in royal history.

Click here to read “On the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, royals watcher Carolyn Harris traces her and our fascination with bluebloods” in the Toronto Star

New Canadian Encyclopedia article: Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee – 1887

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 and the 1887 Colonial Conference. These occasions set precedents for future royal jubilees and modern Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings.

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New Reader’s Digest Article: What Are the Plans for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Canada?

In my latest article for Reader’s Digest Canada, I discuss the history of royal jubilee traditions in the reign of King George III, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II and the current plans for jubilee celebrations in Canada in the spring and summer of 2022.

Click here to read “What are the plans for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Canada” in Reader’s Digest Canada

Royal Studies Podcast: Royal Jubilees

In the first episode of the 2022 Royal Studies Podcast, I discussed the history of royal jubilees with Dr. Elena Woodacre, editor-in-chief of The Royal Studies Journal, including the Golden Jubilee of King George III in 1809-1810, the Golden and Diamond Jubilees of Queen Victoria in 1887 and 1897 and the Silver, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilees of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977, 2002, 2012 and 2022.

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New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: 10 Places in Canada Named After Royalty

My new article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about 10 of the many places in Canada named after royalty. Click here to read 10 Places in Canada Named After Royalty in the Canadian Encyclopedia.

Winter 2022 Online Course: Behind the Crown: The Monarchy from Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

My new eight week online course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies starts Wednesday January 12, 2022. Click here for more information and to register.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

The year 2022 marks Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne. It’s an opportunity to look back on the social, political and cultural changes during her long reign.  The personal lives of royalty are a popular subject for fiction in novels, films and TV series but the real history is more interesting. Each generation of royalty must respond to the challenges of their times to keep the monarchy relevant and engaged with public opinion. Join Carolyn Harris, historian, commentator and author of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting for a lively discussion of the history, politics and cultural significance of the monarchy in the UK and Canada.

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