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December 1, 2009

Camosun College’s new winter lineup of continuing education classes includes a series of Saturday Short Takes, provocative, "who knew?" classes, to brighten dull winter weekends.

For example, in the wake of the Roughriders defeat on November 29, who can explain the unbeatable Rider loyalty?

A Saturday Short Take tackles the issue on February 13. "Rider Pride: Roughrider Fans and Collective Memory" is led by James Martens. Martens believes that examining non-traditional areas of history reveals a great deal about the societies in which they function.

"In the case of Rider Pride, an emotional community has developed which allows people from Saskatchewan to remember positively a quickly vanishing past,"says Martens. "It’s a nose-thumbing gesture at those who ridicule the rural culture of their youth."

Martens also teaches "Rugby, Social Class and Masculinity in English History", a Saturday Short Take on January 23.

Saturday Short Takes, and other winter continuing education courses

Camosun College’s Winter 2010 Continuing Education print course calendar will be distributed in the Times-Colonist on Saturday, December 5.

Course details

Rider Pride: Roughrider Fans and Collective Memory

This discussion of the ardent support by Saskatchewan Roughrider fans will establish an understanding of the commitment to Canada's "most loved" sports franchise. Examine the importance of memories of youth spent on the prairies in building a lifelong loyalty to the "Big Green Machine". The second half of the class will open the door to a lively exchange on community identity and collective memory.

  • Instructor: James Martens
  • Saturday, February 13 9:30am-12:30pm Cost: $47.25
  • Location: Lansdowne campus
  • To register, call 250-370-3550 and quote course code 2010W LFST 705G 001

James W. Martens, Ph.D.

Martens has taught history at Red Deer College for over twenty years and has published in the areas of British sport history, and rock and roll. He is currently studying the socio-cultural importance of "momentary communities" in history. Martens believes that examining non-traditional areas of history reveals a great deal about the societies in which they function. He also believes that history should be based on an exchange of ideas.


James Martens, Instructor
Red Deer 403–342–3300 and leave message for James Martens
Or Victoria 778–430–1505 and leave a message


Last updated: December 2, 2009 9:42 am

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