History Professor Receives Highest Academic Honour

VIU History Professor Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh

October 16, 2018 - 8:15pm

“Absolutely thrilled. Delighted.”

This is how Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, a VIU History Professor, described her reaction to being named the University’s first Fellow in the Academy of Arts and Humanities of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

It’s an honour bestowed on scholars who have made exceptional contributions in their field. Election to the RSC is considered the highest academic honour a scholar can receive in the arts, humanities and sciences. Warsh joins more than 2,000 other Canadians who have received this recognition.

Warsh’s research focuses on the everyday lives of people, with some of her more notable research delving into the lives of patients at the London Psychiatric Hospital and the Homewood Retreat of Guelph, Ontario.

“I wanted to go beyond the images, promotional literature and the glossy veneer and see what was going on in the lives of average Canadians,” says Warsh. “Everything we know about patients is through the eyes of authority figures, doctors and police.”

This is VIU’s second RSC honour. In 2014, Susan Juby was the first VIU faculty member to be inducted into RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

*This article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 edition of VIU Magazine. Check out more stories on the VIU Magazine webpage.

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