Last June, four of Bettina’s former graduate students met at the Canadian Historical Association‘s Annual meeting the time of a roundtable about her work. The oldest of them all, I spoke – in French – of the way she supervised my research in the late 1980s, and about supervision in general. Labour/Le travail published our roundtable this week. You may read our contributions here.
In addition, thanks to the tireless radio work of Sean Graham, Active History posted an audio recording of the roundtable last month, which included, at the end, Bettina’s own comments.
Some of these thoughts were about retirement, a topic about which the President of the American Historical Association, Jan Goldstein, wrote eloquently about in her October 2014 column of the AHA’s Bulletin, Perspectives on History, in generous ways that converged with Bettina’s.
Bettina is retiring shortly, and she gave a talk on her work at her university, York, last year, entitled “Twists, Turns and Tall Shoulders”
Her colleagues organized a symposium on her work last Winter, with a wonderful program. You can find the program here..
She also became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada last year, and gave a shorter talk then.