The Power of Place with Graham Broad

| October 18, 2019

Juno Beach and Beyond
The Power of Place with Graham Broad

For the first time, the Juno Beach Centre Fellowship is going to a group of history students. Usually awarded to a single scholar doing research in support of the Centre, the 2020 award will benefit 20 undergraduate students travelling to Canadian battlefields and commemorative sites in Belgium and France. 

The students are from King’s University College in London, Ontario. They are enrolled in an upper-year course, The World Wars in History, Memory, and Reconciliation, which begins in January and continues in May with the overseas program. The course is designed and led by Professors Graham Broad and Katrina Pasierbek, the latter a King’s alumna and PhD student at Wilfrid Laurier University.

For this episode, Professor Broad joins us to discuss his current Second World War research and to give us an overview of the course. We’ll conclude with a fun segment called “Professor Broad Tweets.” Graham is making a name for himself on Twitter with his wit and knowledge about the world wars. We’ll review some of his popular tweets and get him to unpack the ideas behind them.

The Remembrance and Renewal memorial sculpture outside the Juno Beach Centre.

Time Stamps

2:27 Fighting a War of Limited Liability

11:27 The World Wars in History, Memory, and Reconciliation

26:45 Professor Broad Tweets

Guest Biography

Graham Broad is Associate Professor of History at King’s University College in London, Ontario. He is a scholar in the field of war and society studies and the author of A Small Price to Pay: Consumer Culture on the Canadian Home Front 1939-1945. He has served as a guide for the Canadian Battlefields Foundation in Belgium and France. 


The following links offer more information on the topics discussed in this episode:


Voices of Juno with Desaree Rosskopf

Bomb Girls with Barbara Dickson

Double Threat with Ellin Bessner

The Summer Institute for Canada’s Educators

OSCVI’s War Dead with Dave Alexander

Great Women During the War

Juno75: Above & Beyond with Neil Orford

In Their Footsteps: The Juno75 Student Pilgrimage


The Rise of Fascism


The Normandy Campaign

Return to Peace


Prime Minister William L. Mackenzie King

Chancellor Adolf Hitler


Juno Beach & Beyond is hosted and edited by Alex Fitzgerald-Black, the centre’s Digital Projects Coordinator.

Garth Webb’s quote about D-Day from the Testaments of Honour Historical Archive and the Defining Moments Canada website: 

Mackenzie King’s speech to British Parliament from the British Pathé YouTube channel:

Artillery firing sounds from the CBC News: The National YouTube Channel:

Winston Churchill’s “Finest Hour” speech from Jonathan Thomas’s YouTube channel:

Spitfire sound effect from Jason Kirby’s YouTube channel:

Dramatic Interlude by Alexander Nakarada |

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