Faculty: Dr. George Warecki

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Associate Professor, History, School of Humanities
Office: Portable Office #3
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).  During his first full-year sabbatical (2015-16), he continued to research and write a biography of J.R. Dymond (1887-1965), a scientist, educator, and conservationist.  Dymond was born and raised on a farm in southwestern Ontario, became a University of Toronto Zoology professor, specialist in Ichthyology (fish studies), a Director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Zoology (1931-48), founder of interpretive services in Ontario’s provincial parks, and was a popular and effective force in educating people about the natural world and promoting conservation through organizations like the Federation of Ontario Naturalists.

Teaching in 2016-17

  • History 2168A: Tackling Nature: Canadian Environmental History
  • History 2126B: Editorial Cartoons in Canadian History
  • History 2202 National Dreams and Divergent Realities: Canadian History Since the 1860s
  • History 2205E: Canada: Confederation to the Present
  • History 3217E/4291E: Canadian Environmental History (senior seminar course)

Selected Publications

  • “Environmental Coalitions and the Limits of Science: Wilderness Advocacy in Ontario During the 1970s,” (forthcoming in Ontario History, 2017).
  • “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.