Is There a War on Science?

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Using vaccine hesitancy as a case study, I argue against the common view that public controversy over scientific claims is part of a culture war on science. These controversies instead highlight a social fracturing that divides scientific institutions from the public. I present the alternative view that vaccine hesitancy signals a crisis of trust that […]

Cold War Colonialism: Anishinaabek Responses to Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake

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In this talk, Leddy will discuss Serpent River First Nation’s resilience in confronting colonial extractive practices during the Cold War period. Relying on oral and archival research methods, Leddy argues that Anishinaabek responses to the devastating impacts of uranium mining in our territory were framed by a powerful understanding of health and homeland. LIANNE C. […]

The Irish Canadian Rangers in Canada and Ireland, 1914–17 with Terry Copp (LCSC)

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

All LCSC public lectures will be available both in-person and virtually on Zoom. For those interested in attending in-person, please visit 232 King Street North, Waterloo. Doors open at 6:30pm and the event begins at 7:00pm. If you are unable to attend in-person but would still like to watch the event virtually, click here to register […]

Lifesavers and Body Snatchers: Medical Care and the Struggle for Survival in the Great War with Tim Cook

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

Click HERE to register. In this talk, Canada’s top war historian, Tim Cook, will discuss his latest book, Lifesavers and Body Snatchers, on how the carnage of modern battle gave birth to revolutionary life-saving innovations. It brings to light shocking revelations of the ways the brutality of combat and the necessity of agonizing battlefield decisions […]

Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory with Ted Barris

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

In the 20th century’s greatest war, one battlefield held the key to victory or defeat – the North Atlantic. It took 2,074 days and nights to determine its outcome, but the Battle of the Atlantic proved the turning point of the Second World War. For five and a half years, German surface warships and submarines […]

Time Travel to Brantford, 1900-1920: Telling Brantford’s Early Immigrant Stories with Christina Han

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

In this talk, Christina Han will present findings from her research “Comparative Spatial Histories of Brantford’s Early Immigrant Communities: A Deep Mapping and Digital Storytelling Project,” which investigates histories of Brantford’s Armenian, Italian, and Chinese communities from 1900-1920. She will also share how the project led to the creation of “Flashback Downtown Brantford,” a public […]

Critical Histories of Blackness in Canada: R v. R.D.S. with Barrington Walker

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

Barrington Walker This talk will explore R v. RDS twenty years after this landmark legal case in Canada. A number of legal scholars and historians of Black Canadian history and Black Canadian legal history have taken the opportunity presented by this anniversary to reflect upon its multi-faceted legacy. Barrington Walker reconsiders RDS in light of […]

‘They’re Very Well Etched Into My Memory’: Reflections on Sport, Community, and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars with Miriam Wright

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

THE CHATHAM COLOURED ALL-STARS, a Black baseball team from Chatham, Ontario was among a number of Black teams that joined white-dominated amateur leagues in the 1930s. The All-Stars developed a high profile in southwestern Ontario baseball over their eight years together which eventually gave them a space to demand more equitable treatment (with varying results). […]

Why Canada Needs a Basic Income Guarantee – A Panel Discussion

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

Amid soaring costs of essentials, could a basic income guarantee be the game-changer? Both the market economy and welfare system are falling short, with minimum-wage workers, and people receiving social assistance trapped thousands of dollars below the poverty line. Imagine a transformative solution: a basic income guarantee for every adult, employed or not. Critics may […]

Canada Carries On: Morale in the Wartime Canadian Army with Geoffrey Hayes

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

Morale is important in any conflict. Canadian army officials during the Second World War spent much energy defining and measuring morale. Their tools ranged from public relations campaigns, censorship reports, films, and questionnaires. This talk will focus on the problem of selling the Canadian army in 1941 to a wary public, a wary prime minister, […]

The War Diary of Leslie Miller, CEF with Graham Broad

Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 232 King Street North, Waterloo, Canada

Held by the family for over a century, Leslie Miller's war diary, which cover the entirety of the war and the first months of peace, offers fascinating insight into the cultural life of a soldier on the Western Front. Graham Broad, who recently edited Miller's diary for publication, will discuss the work's insights and the […]