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The future of history hangs in the balance
This weekend Western will host a debate series featuring a collection of world-renowned historians, philosophers and intellectuals.
"The Future of the Past," held by the history department, will focus on the status of historical studies in the 21st century.
The first of 10 debates will open Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and the event will wrap up on Sunday afternoon.
Andrew Johnston, a Western history professor and one of the event's organizers, said registration for the event will take place in University College's Conron Hall, Friday night between 6 and 7 p.m. The cost is $25 for students.
Further information can be obtained at www.ssc.uwo.ca/futureofthepast
Make way the caravan is coming
Next week, students will be able to experience song, dance and free food, as Western's Cultural Caravan moves into the University Community Centre.
This year's caravan will run from Mar. 18-20 in the UCC atrium, showcasing various Western clubs and groups, said Ho-Yin Lee, University Students' Council International Students' Commissioner and event organizer.
Starting at 10:30 a.m., displays will be set up by various clubs and there will also be musical and interactive activities.
The Wave will be hosting a free food fair on Mar. 20 at noon with eight clubs also preparing a variety of international foods for sampling.
The last event of the caravan will be a free cultural show on Mar. 21 at 6 p.m. in Conron Hall. The showcase will consist of performances from 10 diverse groups.
You mean the attic isn't full of junk?
If you're wondering how much that old chair you found in grandma's attic is worth, now is the time to find out and it only costs the price of a couple of beers.
Western's McIntosh Gallery will host its third annual Antiques Appraisal Days at Cherryhill Village Mall this weekend. The event is a fund-raiser for the McIntosh Gallery Endowment.
Seventeen expert appraisers will be on hand Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to appraise all kinds of antiques, from ivory and vintage recordings to jewelry and silver.
"Last year's Appraisal Days drew hundreds of people and we hope to have the same numbers this year," said Catherine Elliot Shaw, curator of the McIntosh Gallery.
In years past, many interesting items have been brought in for appraisal, including a first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, a note written by Queen Victoria and 18th century Russian coins.
Appraisals are $10 for the first item and $5 for each subsequent item.
OC boogies "Under the Sea"
Off-campus students are being invited to dress up in fancy clothes and party underwater next Friday night.
This year's off-campus semi-formal, entitled "Enchantment Under the Sea," will be held Friday, Mar. 22 at The Wave.
"It's open to anyone not just students from a particular faculty," said Tara Kozicki, head of the social committee for Off Campus Dons. "It's an event that people who don't fit into a certain category can attend."
Food and door prizes are included in the ticket price of $15.
Tickets are currently on sale at InfoSource or at the OC Dons office in Rm. 65 of Stevenson-Lawson Building.
CAISA plans their "Escape"
If you are looking to escape your scholastic responsibilities, you can try tonight's Canadian Asian International Student Association's fashion show.
Entitled "Escape," the show will begin at 8 p.m. at the London Convention Centre.
Advance tickets priced at $15 are still available and others will be available at the door for $18, with proceeds going to the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario Foundation.
Melanie Chang, a third-year social science student and VP-internal of CAISA, said the show's 12 scenes are bound to blow your mind and leave you breathless.
"Be sure to come out and witness this unique display of fantasy and reality," Chang encouraged.