Discover The Watson
Welcome to The Watson, we're thrilled you’re here! Consider this your neighbourhood blog, where members of the DSC provide interesting and exciting history-based blog posts for your reading pleasure. Explore the site, and all that we have to offer; perhaps The Watson will ignite your own passions too.
Meet The DSC
The People Behind the Scenes
Meet the individuals that are the driving force behind the DSC. We come together from various backgrounds in order to create an interesting and innovative blog and experience within the History Department. Learn about the team and the work they are doing for The Watson.
Hi there! I’m Prishni, and I’m the Co-President of the History DSC this year. Currently, I am a 4th year History student interested in Canada and America during the 20th century, specifically in relation to education policy, racial divides, and gender equality. Our council creates opportunities for students to develop lasting friendships based on a collective interest, while also giving them the platform to play an active role in their own education. This year, I strive to be a voice for undergraduate students and am always open to chatting with new peers, so please don’t hesitate to reach out! If I were to pick one person, I would say that my favourite figure in history is Soujourner Truth. To me, Sojourner Truth embodies exceptional bravery in the face of both gender and racial inequality. She stood up for Black women at a time when few would, and I see her courage in the face of injustice as a testament to resiliency. Sojourner Truth’s life shows us what we should all learn from history - That we are not victim to the circumstances we are born into, but rather, can be a player destined to create change.
Hey there! My name is Austin Wild, I am one of the co-presidents this year for the History DSC. I served as one of the Events Coordinators for the DSC last year and I am happy to be able to contribute more to the DSC this year in my current administrative role. I am a fifth year History Major, Classical Studies Minor and Business Certificate student, with a special love for economic and political history. My favourite figure historical figure is Teddy Roosevelt for his never ending energy in numerous fields in democratic politics... as well as his beautiful moustache!
Hi there! I’m Sam Nicholls, and I am the secretary for the History DSC 2019-2020. I decided to apply for a position on this year’s Council because of the opportunity it would provide me as a third year student. The scale of events held by the DSC speak to many individuals within our unique department and promote a positive, inclusive community in History. I have always been an individual who loves to get involved and to aid those around me. As DSC secretary, I am able to support my fellow council members, as well as advocate for student involvement and engagement through events such as the mentorship program, Speaker series, and more! One of my favourite historical figures - still active today - is Maria Campbell, a resilient and inspiring Métis author and Elder who has selflessly shared her heartbreaking experiences as an Indigneous woman in Canada through her memoir, poems, and films.
Hi Everyone! My name is Emma Schwichtenberg and I’m the treasurer for this year’s History DSC. I’m in my fourth year here at Queens. I wanted to be involved with the DSC this year because I have loved attending events in previous years and wanted to be a part of bringing these experiences to other history students. Also, the DSC is able to create a supportive community in such a large faculty and getting to contribute to this community is a great opportunity. My favourite historical figure is Frederick Douglass because his work as an abolitionist in the US.
Hey there! My name is Cat Bowers and I’m one of the marketing directors for this year’s History DSC. I’m in my second year here at Queen’s and decided to get involved with the History DSC because I really wanted to make sure that history students have the best experience possible within our department. I want to make sure that students feel welcome and are able to connect with their peers through the fun and helpful events the History DSC creates. One of my favourite historical figures is Alan Turing, he is known for being a cryptanalyst during the second world war and is often called the “father of modern computing”. He has a really interesting story, check it out!
Hello! My name is Brooke Cunningham and I’m one of the marketing directors for this year’s History DSC. I am a fourth year History major with an interest in Twentieth Century European history, as well Russian and Jewish History. I wanted to be apart of the History DSC this year because I have always enjoyed the previous years events as well wanted to be apart of this group to help organize and plan more fun events. Also I think it is extremely important to get fellow students more involved in the faculty. One of my favourite historical figures would be Harry S. Truman, because of his contributions to the European Economy. Looking forward to the upcoming year on the DSC!
Hi! My name is Emma Binns, and I am one of the mentorship coordinators on the History DSC this year. I joined the student council to help ensure that history students have the best experience in Queen’s History as possible. I am so excited to be working on the history council this year and to be able to help students further their studies. My favourite historical figure is Nicholas Winton for his amazing humanitarian work. His work with transporting children to safety before the Second World War is inspiring. The fact it was kept so quiet for 50 years speaks to his selflessness.
Hello, my name is Michael Ciomyk and I am one of the mentorship coordinators for the 2019-2020 History DSC. I am in my fourth year at Queen’s and have focused my areas of research during my time as an undergraduate on global, national, and transnational historiography. I decided to apply to be one of the mentorship coordinators as I felt like I could give back to the department that has given me so much, as well as help prospective history students navigate their first and second years. My favourite historical figure is Quintus Fabius Maximus, as his actions during the Second Punic War helped bring about a hard-fought Roman victory.
Hello, my name is Brandon Parkes and I am one of the mentorship coordinators for the 2019-2020 History DSC. I am in my third year at Queens with special interests in Human Rights history. I joined the student council because I wanted to be apart of the body that had so much influence over my department of study and I hope my work in mentorship coordination can help future History students guide their way through their first years here a Queens. My favourite historical figure is James Baldwin for his activist work and his writings on class distinctions and race relations. His debate with William F. Buckley is my favourite historical debate of all time. I’m very excited to be involved in the History DSC this year!
Hello! My name is Colin Walsh and I am one of the events coordinators for this year’s History DSC. I am a fourth year history major with an interest in British and modern European history. I wanted to be on the DSC so I can help organize fun events to bring the department together over our love of history. My favourite historical figure is Queen Victoria. It is thanks to her matchmaking skills that almost all of Europe’s royal families are related today!
Hey! My name is Katie and I am one of the event coordinators for the History DSC this year. I’m a third year student and I applied for this position on the DSC as I saw how integral different outreach events were for student involvement. From smaller events like Meet the Profs to larger ones such as our Speaker Series, the DSC events allow students from all years to enrich their experience here at Queen’s. My favourite “historical figure” is Cindy Blackstock - she is still active and contributes greatly to the field of social history and Indigenous history in Canada. In addition to publishing her research, she also advocates nationally for Indigenous Youth through the First Nations Family Caring Society.
Hi everyone! My name is Tom McKay and I am one of the event coordinators for this year’s History DSC! The reason why I wanted to join the DSC for history is because I absolutely love the history department and truly believe in trying to enrich my fellow peers’ experiences in history. I believe that the events committee gives me the most leeway to plan and execute super fun and engaging events so as to make people’s time the best it can be in history! The DSC is such an important part of each and every department at Queen’s and is responsible for so many important and fun events and I am so excited to be on this amazing team for the year! On a different note, my favourite historical figure is Winston Churchill because he is just such an interesting historical figure and is responsible for my favourite speech of all time.
Blog and Social Media Manager
Hello! My name is Shannyn Bald, I'm a Blog Manager this year for The Watson Blog. You may remember me from last year when I was a writer and editor for the blog. I'm happy to be back with the DSC continuing on the development of our wonderful blog and being able to create fun articles for the history community. I am a fourth year history major with a love for Medieval Europe, especially Russia and Byzantium. My favourite historical figure is Vladimir the Great because of all he did for the Kievan Rus in the 10th and 11th centuries.
Blog and Social Media Manager
Hi everyone! My name is Chloe Fine, and I am one of the blog and social media managers for this year’s History DSC. I am a second-year History major at Queens. I wanted to join the DSC because I love being part of this faculty and wanted to help build community engagement so as many students as possible can enjoy the great events articles and resources offered by the History DSC. My favourite historical figure is Queen Liliuokalani who was the last Hawaiian sovereign to govern the islands. I admire her for her courage in the face of adversity and the tireless way in which she fought, and advocated for her people.