Chancellor Bill Graham Supports New Partnership in Contemporary International History

Posted Feb 13, 2018 2:11 pm

Supported in part by a generous donation to Trinity College by The Hon. William C. Graham and in partnership with the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts & Science, a new faculty position has been created in Contemporary International History. 

Cindy EwingTrinity College is pleased to announce the appointment of Cindy Ewing to the joint-tenure-stream Assistant Professor role, which is a shared position between Trinity College and the Department of History, effective July 1, 2018. 

“Chancellor Graham’s gift was the catalyst for creating this new partnership with the History department. We are extremely grateful for his incredible support and ongoing leadership and commitment to Trinity,” said Prof. Mayo Moran, Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College. “We are thrilled to have Cindy Ewing join the Trinity community. Her outstanding scholarly accomplishments and expertise in international history and the fields of legal history, public law, human rights, security studies and international relations will strengthen the breadth of teaching, research and intellectual dialogue at the College and beyond.” 

Both alumni of the College, Chancellor Graham and his wife Cathy’s relationship with Trinity started a remarkable six decades ago. “Trinity is a place that’s so meaningful to us. We are so pleased to be able to support the College and invest in its people and ideas,” Chancellor Graham said.  

The new faculty position in Contemporary International History represents a unique collaboration – the partnership allows both the College and the History department to strengthen and enhance course offerings and develop capacity in outstanding interdisciplinary programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Beginning in 1976, Trinity has built a highly respected undergraduate program in International Relations. It is one of the most prestigious undergraduate programs of its kind in Canada. 

“We are delighted to work with the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Department of History on this collaborative venture that will enrich the academic experience for U of T students. We hope it will serve as a new model to build on the College’s unique interdisciplinary programs,” Provost Moran said. 

“I am honoured to be joining the storied faculties of Trinity College and the Department of History in this exciting partnership to advance innovative approaches to contemporary international history. I especially look forward to mentoring and working with students in their study of our inherited past and the most pressing issues of our present day,” said Cindy Ewing (Yale University, 2018). Ms. Ewing is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History at the University of Virginia. Prior to this, she held the prestigious Predoctoral Fellowship at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin.

“This is our first joint hire with Trinity College, and we are grateful for Chancellor Graham’s support and for the opportunity to work together with Trinity to advance this important area of research and teaching,” said Prof. Nicholas Terpstra, Chair, Department of History in the Faculty of Arts & Science.  

Along with research and teaching of undergraduate courses in History and International Relations, Ms. Ewing will be involved in graduate teaching and supervision in the new Master of Arts in Contemporary International History, pending approval from the University of Toronto and Government of Ontario. The new professional two-year Master’s program is a collaborative partnership between Trinity College, The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, and the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

“The new Master’s program will build academic strength in both the research and teaching of contemporary history and international relations, and will provide a new pathway for ambitious students interested in these fields to work alongside and learn from world-class scholars and faculty,” Provost Moran said.