Class in Session: 2020 Juno Beach Centre Fellowship

| January 13, 2020

I have complete confidence in our ability to meet the tests which lie ahead.

– Lieutenant-General H.D.G. Crerar, Canadian Army commander, message to the troops on the eve of D-Day

The 2020 Juno Beach Centre Fellowship class is now underway with the ample leadership of Professors Graham Broad and Katrina Pasierbek!

On Friday, January 10th 2020 the Juno Beach Centre Association’s Operations and Outreach Manager, Alex Fitzgerald-Black, visited with the professors and students receiving this year’s Juno Beach Centre Fellowship.

The group posed for an inaugural class photograph at King’s University College before adjourning to a classroom for an introductory lecture covering the history of Juno Beach and the Juno Beach Centre.

Back in October, we announced that students in a unique new experiential history course at King’s University College at Western University have been awarded the prestigious Juno Beach Centre Fellowship. The upper-year course, The World Wars in History, Memory, and Reconciliation, includes an overseas program in France and Belgium following a term of classroom studies in 2020.

This is the first time the prestigious Fellowship has been awarded to a group. There will be 20 students who split the $5,000 award to help offset the costs of the course. 

As part of the course, students will complete an exhibit for display at King’s in November 2020 on the relationship between London, Ontario and the Juno Beach battlegrounds, including representations of the people of the region, and items from the town and the battle of Normandy in summer of 1944. We eagerly anticipate the fruits of their research!


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