Faculty: Dr. George Warecki

IMG_1726Associate Professor, History, School of Humanities
Office: Ursuline Hall, Room 319
Email: gwarecki@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519- 432-8353 ext 28239

Academic Background

  • Honors B.A., History, King’s College, The University of Western Ontario
  • M.A., History, The University of Western Ontario
  • Ph.D., History, McMaster University

Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Warecki began teaching Canadian History at Brescia in 1993 on a contract basis, and has been a full-time faculty member since 2002.  He received the Brescia University College Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Spring of 2009, and chaired the Division of Social Sciences for four years (2009-13).  Warecki specializes in North American Environmental History, particularly the history of wilderness protection and public parks policy.  He teaches courses in Canadian History (Introductory; Post-Confederation; Social History; Editorial Cartoons), and Environmental History (Canadian, and Canada-USA).  He recently completed two biographical manuscripts for the The Friends of Algonquin Park, and continues to work on a biography of J.R. Dymond (1887-1965), a scientist, educator, and conservationist.  Dymond was born and raised on a farm in southwestern Ontario.  He became a University of Toronto Zoology professor, specialist in Ichthyology (fish studies), a Director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Zoology (1931-48), and founder of interpretive services in Ontario’s provincial parks.  Dymond educated people about the natural world and promoted conservation through groups like the Federation of Ontario Naturalists.  During 2017-18, Warecki will be teaching 1.5 new courses* while preparing material for a formal review of the Brescia History program.

Teaching in 2017-18

  • History 2170A: Parks, People, and Power*
  • History 2202 National Dreams and Divergent Realities: Canadian History Since the 1860s
  • History 2205E: Canada: Confederation to the Present
  • Seminar Leader for Interdisciplinary Studies 1001E: Becoming Human*

Selected Publications

  • “Environmental Coalitions and the Limits of Science: Wilderness Advocacy in
    Ontario During the 1970s,” Ontario History Vol. CIX, No. 1 (Spring 2017): 60-88. This article was a co-winner of the Thunder Bay Museum Historical Society’s J.P. Bertrand Award, for the best recent academic article on some aspect of the history of Northwestern Ontario.
  • “The Making of a Conservationist: J.R. Dymond and His Environments, 1887-1932,” Ontario History Vol. CVIII, No. 1 (Spring 2016): 64-91.
  • “Balancing Wilderness Protection and Economic Development: The Politics of Planning for Atikaki, 1972-1983,” Ontario History Vol. CII, No. 1 (Spring 2010): 56-77.