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Gunn Award for Research Paper Awarded to Kassandra Luciuk

November 4, 2016

Kassandra Luciuk, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, has been awarded the Gunn Award for her research paper on Ukrainians living in Cold War Canada. The Gunn Award ($1000) is presented jointly by the Canadian Immigration Historical Society (CIHS) and the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) at Wilfrid Laurier University. The award recognizes the best fourth-year or graduate-level research paper on the historical evolution of Canadian immigration policy or a historical analysis of Canadian immigration related to specific places, events, or communities.

Kassandra’s essay was chosen from a very strong field of candidates. Entitled, “‘There is only one Ukrainian People’: Ukrainian Canadians, symbols of self, and the negotiation of legitimacy in Cold War Canada,” the essay explores how Taras Shevchenko, the best known 19th century Ukrainian poet and nationalist, became a symbol for the two Ukrainian Canadian organizations competing for support during the Cold War years, one socialist and communist and the other anti-communist and nationalist.

There is an annual call for submissions that are then assessed by a jury from the two sponsoring organizations. More information can be found on the CIHS website and the IMRC website.

The Department congratulates Kassandra on receiving this recognition for her work!


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CIHS Jury member, Dr. Gerald Van Kessel, Kassandra Luciuk, and Michael Molly, CIHS President.
The award was presented in Ottawa on October 20, 2016 at the 30th annual general meeting of the CIHS. Pictured (L to R): CIHS jury member Dr. Gerard Van Kessel, Kassandra Luciuk, and Michael Molloy, CIHS President.