Give War a Chance: Are Peace-Building and Stabilization a Bust after Afghanistan?

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Speaker: Alistair Edgar Even before the Taliban’s rapid return to power in Afghanistan, most western governments—including Canada—appeared to have abandoned their willingness to engage in peacekeeping, peace-building and/or ‘stabilization’ interventions that involved placing western ‘boots on the ground’ in support of populations who were facing large scale threats of violence. This presentation will consider why […]

The Devil’s Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War

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Speaker: John Boyko Through the lens of six remarkable people, some well-known, and others obscure, John Boyko will recount Canada’s often-overlooked involvement in the Vietnam War that began before the Americanization of that slow-motion tragedy and lasted long after the Americans left. Canada was a perhaps naive peacemaker, combatant, a cynical provider of weaponry, and […]

Catastrophe: Stories and Lessons from the Halifax Explosion

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Speaker: Roger Sarty This event is part of the Military Lecture Series hosted by Guelph Museums.    Catastrophe – Stories and Lessons from the Halifax Explosion will be presented by Roger Sarty, Editor of the recovered book manuscript of ‘Catastrophe’ by the late Professor T. Joseph Scanlon. The Halifax explosion, 6 December 1917, was the […]

Is There a War on Science?

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Speaker: Maya Goldenberg 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 […]

Atomic Soldiers – The Canadian Armed Services and Radiation Exposure during the Cold War

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Speaker: Matthew Wiseman This event is part of the Military Lecture Series hosted by Guelph Museums.    Military Lecture: Atomic Soldiers – The Canadian Armed Services and Radiation Exposure during the Cold War is presented by Dr. Matthew Wiseman. Operational between 1950 and 1959, RDU personnel participated in live trials and assessed nuclear toxicity at […]

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

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Speaker: Lianne C. Leddy 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 […]

Heritage, Meaning, and Remembering Well in 21st Century Canada

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Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey Bird This event is part of the Military Lecture Series hosted by Guelph Museums. Tune in for “The torch; be yours to hold it high”: Heritage, Meaning, and Remembering Well in 21st Century Canada, presented by Dr. Geoffrey Bird on Thursday April 14th, 2022 at 7 pm. Interpreting John McCrae’s immortal poem, In Flanders Fields, as […]

Canada and the Second World War at Sea with Jeff Noakes

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Jeff Noakes Active on many fronts during the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy played its best-known and arguably most crucial role in helping to keep Allied shipping lanes open in the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Canadian merchant ships and merchant sailors transported vital supplies to Allied forces and populations around the world. On Canada's home […]

Ne-kah-ne-tah: The Liberation of Welberg, Memory, Meaning and Experience

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CLICK HERE to register Over five days in November 1944, the Algonquin Regiment played a pivotal role in the capture of the tiny Dutch town of Welberg. In 2018, twenty Canadian university students returned to the site as part of an experiential learning course focused on the Regiment’s warpath from Point 140 to the Kusten […]