TIME Magazine Interview: Harry & Meghan Tries to Offer a History Lesson on Race. Here’s What It Says

I discussed the history of the Commonwealth and discussions of race and racism in the Harry and Meghan documentary on Netflix – including moments from Harry’s past that were left out of the series – in an interview with Olivia Waxman at TIME History.

Click here to read “Harry & Meghan Tries to Offer a History Lesson on Race. Here’s What It Says”

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Princess Margaret

In my latest article for the Canadian Encyclopedia, I discuss the life and legacy of Princess Margaret including her tours of Canada and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto.

Click here to read my article about Princess Margaret in the Canadian Encyclopedia

Canadian Press Interview: A look at the Canadian content in ‘Harry & Meghan’Canadian Press Interview:

In an interview with Cassandra Szklarski at the Canadian Press, I discussed portrayals of Toronto and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s time in Canada as presented in the recent Netflix documentary, “Harry and Meghan.”

Click here to read “A look at the Canadian content in ‘Harry & Meghan’” in the Toronto Star

Winter 2023 Online Course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Imperial Spain

In January, February and March 2023, I will be teaching a course on the history of Imperial Spain online at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Click here for more information and to register.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Ferdinand and Isabella transformed Spain into a world power. They sponsored Columbus’s voyages to the Americas and formed alliances with other European kingdoms. This new imperial Spain had a dark side in the rise of the Inquisition, the expulsion of Spain’s Jews and the exploitation of the colonies’ native peoples. Gold and silver from the Americas made Spain’s rulers the richest in Europe until the Golden Age came to an end with the wars of the 18th century. Join Carolyn Harris for illustrated lectures and lively discussion about the rise, fall and enduring influence of imperial Spain.
 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Discern the lessons of the rise and fall of Imperial Spain for modern politics and international relations.
  • Appreciate the art and culture of Golden Age Spain and their lasting impact on painting, literature and architecture.
  • Trace the influence of Imperial Spain on the politics and culture of Latin America today.

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My Winter 2023 Course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Magna Carta and The Making of the Modern World

I will be teaching my course about the history and impact of Magna Carta, the charter imposed on King John of England by his barons in 1215, in January-February 2023 in-class at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

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Course Description: The Magna Carta is the landmark charter that placed limits on the power of the English king. Neither the king nor his rebel baron opponents necessarily expected its terms to be respected for long. But some of the Magna Carta’s principles – like the right to trial by peers and due process – have become basic to common law. The charter influenced the creation of Parliament and the concept of equality before the law. Later interpretations informed the American and French Revolutions, Canada’s Confederation and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 800th anniversary in 2015 was celebrated around the world, and a surviving copy of the Magna Carta was exhibited across Canada. Join Carolyn Harris, author of Magna Carta and its Gifts to Canada, and discover the enduring impact of this document on the modern world.

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