Today’s Project Spotlight features Seed Student Researcher Chris Mcgivern’s Winter 2016 project, “Thinking the Panama Canal (1903 – 1914) and Welland Canal (1824 – 1932) Together in History”, the objective of which is to establish a connection between the construction of the Panama and Welland Canals, and their effects on the local inhabitants in each case.
In today’s Project Spotlight, we’re having a look at Ryan Laxton’s research from the 2016 Winter term.
Laxton’s work set out to explore the connection between Latin America and the Niagara Region through wine culture and industry. The connections he saw in this field were that both localities have an impact on the global wine industry, with Niagara being known as a wine region, while Latin America is known for its many unique wines, and ideal growing conditions. Both regions started off being viewed with less respect in the global wine industry, and known for cheaper, low-quality wines. Laxton observes their respective evolutions — Niagara coming to be known for its ice wines, and Latin America (specifically Chile and Argentina) coming to be known for their rarer red varieties, with Chile’s Carmenere having been thought of as extinct until recently rediscovered.
To facilitate his research, Laxton visited local Niagara archives and vineyards, interviewed people in the industry, and drove through wine country! The poster below highlights Laxton’s research and experiences through his project.
Today in our Project Spotlight, we have a look at the work done by Seed Researcher Laura-Lee Karen Burey in the Winter term of 2016.
Burey’s topic was Racial Intermixture in Canada and Latin America: the Métis and and the Mestizo in History, and the objective was to reveal the true story of the Métis people in the Niagara Region and the Mestizo people of Latin America by connecting their histories of colonial transculturation and racial intermixtures. Part of this project included the creation of an exhibit at the Welland Museum using their existing Métis collection and correlating it with the Mestizo culture. The below poster displays several of the artifacts explored in Burey’s work, along with more detail on the process of the project.
Next up in our Project Spotlight series, we take a look at a project related to our previously-explored project Think Latin America Canada, Think Canada Latin America:
This project is entitled, Think Latin America Niagara, Think Niagara Latin America
Narrowing the focus from all of Canada as a nation, Think Latin America Niagara, Think Niagara Latin America focuses on connections we can make right here in the Niagara Region.
Our Project Spotlight feature showcases the work of our researchers and contributors. First up is Think Latin America Canada, Think Canada Latin America: