Divisions: Varsity and Junior Varsity only
Competition Type
: Individual, Research and Group Seminar

For the 2022 International History Olympiad, we are introducing a new event which showcases how history impacts important issues of the present: the Task Force. Two separate Task Forces will be offered. The first will focus on the conservation of endangered languages, and the second topic will be determined in the coming months. The Task Force on Language Conservation will only be open to Varsity and Junior Varsity students, though the second Task Force will also be open to Middle School students.

In advance of the Task Force on Language Conservation students who plan on participating will write a 1200-1600 page paper detailing the efforts being made to document, conserve, and revitalize a particular endangered language (a different one of which will be assigned to each student). Students will also listen to online speakers, read articles, and familiarize themselves with the topic in advance of the Olympiad.

At the actual Olympiad, students will then come together in their age division groups, present their findings, listen to further presentations (including from native speakers and professional linguists and/or anthropologists) and analyze further materials, and then draft a program of revitalization for an endangered language spoken by one of the First Nations of Canada.

The Task Force will be an application-only event with a field cap of 15 students in each division. Details on how to apply will be forthcoming in early 2022. Students will be evaluated not only through their own presentations, but on how well they collaborate in the group (hint: talk less, listen more!) and the merits of their contributions to the final report. This Task Force will be led by David Madden, the founder of the International History Olympiad, who has a particular interest in this topic.