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


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


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 […]