June 29, 2020

CALL FOR STORIES: Canadian individuals, communities, or institutions impacted by diabetes and/or the discovery of insulin

View PDF Defining Moments Canada (DMC) is marking the centennial of a catalyst moment in history – the discovery of insulin – through a virtual exhibition and adjacent educational resources and outreach.  The story of insulin is the story of a uniquely Canadian and collaborative medical innovation with global consequences. Insulin changed the lives of Canadians, and … Continue reading →


September 4, 2020

“A Mysterious Something”: Curatorial Thinking and the Discovery of Insulin

Dr. Madeleine Mant While preparing for my fall teaching, I have returned repeatedly to the story of the summer of 1921. The experiments of Frederick Banting and Charles Best throughout those sweltering summer months at the University of Toronto led to the staggeringly important discovery of insulin. Biochemist James Bertram Collip, co-discoverer of insulin, referred … Continue reading →


August 30, 2020

CALL FOR STORIES: Canadian individuals, communities, or institutions impacted by diabetes and/or the discovery of insulin

View PDF Defining Moments Canada (DMC) is marking the centennial of a catalyst moment in history – the discovery of insulin – through a virtual exhibition and adjacent educational resources and outreach.  The story of insulin is the story of a uniquely Canadian and collaborative medical innovation with global consequences. Insulin changed the lives of Canadians, and … Continue reading →


August 4, 2020

Curatorial thinking about health histories: an educational framework

Dr. Madeleine Mant Dr. Madeleine Mant is a Research Associate in the Anthropology of Health at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She was previously a Banting SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her work incorporates bioarchaeological, medical historical, and medical anthropological research methodologies to investigate health experiences through time. My journey to thinking … Continue reading →


July 10, 2020

The next pandemic and the case for syndemics thinking

Neil Orford (for The Globe and Mail)Originally published in The Globe and Mail online – 2 July 2020 Neil Orford is the founder of Defining Moments Canada. John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist and editor. Three-plus months in, we increasingly understand that the coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t spread randomly through Canadian society. … Continue reading →


May 29, 2020

Syndemics and Health

Merrill Singer is a medical anthropologist and emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut. He specializes in environmental health and infectious diseases, and coined the term “syndemics” in 1992. He generously provided this backgrounder for Defining Moments Canada.  WHAT ARE SYNDEMICS? Syndemic is a concept used among public health, health social science, and … Continue reading →


May 26, 2020

Beyond the ridge: Soldiers, nurses, and the 1918-19 Flu Pandemic

From the Vimy Foundation: Beyond the Ridge, a series of conversations in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, brings together Vimy Foundation program alumni and expert academics to examine knowledge of the First World War and how it relates to the Canadian experience today.  The first instalment of this limited series, in collaboration with … Continue reading →


May 5, 2020

VEDay75 – A Commemorative Webinar

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our historian roundtable and resource discussion today. We were thrilled to have so many Canadians participate, share their stories, and ask questions. A recording of the webinar is posted below, and we’ve shared links to all of the resources as well. If you’re interested in further information, please … Continue reading →


April 30, 2020

75 Years of Liberation in the Netherlands

Reflections of a Canadian Soldier As we approach Remembrance and Liberation Day in The Netherlands on the 4th and 5th of May respectively, we find humanity embroiled in another global battle, the battle against COVID-19. To that end, while we are all preoccupied with doing our part to defeat this dreadful virus, we will solemnly remember the … Continue reading →


April 15, 2020

Archiving COVID-19

Ida Milne is historian and lecturer of European History at Carlow College in Ireland, specializing in the history of disease. What should we consider when curating the history of this pandemic? The COVID-19 crisis will inspire some of today’s schoolchildren to pursue careers in health care or science. Others will seek to study the pandemic … Continue reading →