Dr. Catherine Gidney

may 22 2015 01Catherine is a former Chair of the Selection Committee of the O’Brien Foundation.  She was helpful in the design of the Evaluation Criteria that is currently being used and in the modification of the Application Form and Application Process.  Catherine has a new book. She has been Adjunct Professor of History at St. Thomas since 2004.  Her research focuses primarily on the history of education and youth culture in Canada.

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By Catherine Gidney
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2015
World Rights
304 Pages 9 Images



In the early twentieth century, university administrators and educators regarded bodily health as a marker of an individual’s moral and mental strength and as a measure of national vitality. Beset by social anxieties about the physical and moral health of their students, they introduced compulsory health services and physical education programs in order to shape their students’ character. Tending the Student Body examines the development of these health programs at Canadian universities and the transformation of their goals over the first half of the twentieth century from fostering moral character to promoting individualism, self-realization, and mental health. Drawing on extensive records from Canadian universities, Catherine Gidney examines the gender and class dynamics of these programs, their relationship to changes in medical and intellectual thought, and their contribution to ideas about the nature and fulfilment of the self.