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Robert Sweeny

Robert C. H. Sweeny is a socio-economic historian living in St John’s, Newfoundland. The chronicle of his forty-year search for an answer to “Why Did We Choose to Industrialize?” won the Governor General’s Award for Scholarly Research in 2016. His current research explores gender, property, and national identity in turn-of- the-century Montreal. In the 1990s, his experiments in digitizing historical sources of pre-industrial Montreal led to a sustained collaboration with Sherry Olson in building a historical GIS research infrastructure: Montréal, l’avenir du passé.

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Sharing Spaces

Sherry Olson firmly believes that we can understand and explain the world. Indeed, more than a belief it is a responsibility.Disciplined, critical work to understand how we got to where we are now is how we build a better world. For Sherry, only continuous ethical engagement with real-world problems can possibly justify an intellectual’s privileges. In making sense of her long trajectory as both a teacher and a researcher, her life-long commitment to working with people of diverse backgrounds and skills to overcome problems has been far more important than any formal training. The scholar celebrated in these pages was decades in the making.

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