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Lecture Series :: 2014 - 2015

2014 Fall Lectures

Thursday, October 2 2014: Crisis of Conscience - Amy Shaw

Lecture: Crisis of Conscience: Conscientious Objection in Canada during the First World War – Guest speaker Amy Shaw (University of Lethbridge) explores WWI as an early example of the recognition of the rights of ethnic and religious groups, which would later become an important part of Canada’s rights and statutes legislation.

Thursday, October 9 2014: Conscription Crisis
– Patrick Brennan

Lecture: Conscription Crisis – Patrick Brennan (U of C) speaks about the great unrest, violence and bloodshed in French Canada caused by the issue of military service. The issue was so volatile that Wilfrid Laurier, then leader of the opposition, believed conscription would tear the country apart.

Thursday, October 16 2014: Ukrainian Internment
– Linda Gerhardt

Lecture: Ukrainian Internment – Linda Gerhardt speaks about a little known dark period in Canadian history when 4000 Ukrainians had their property confiscated and were forced to work in internment camps across the nation, four of which were in the Canadian Rockies.

Thursday, October 23 2014: Aboriginal Involvement
– James Dempsey

Lecture: Aboriginal Involvement – Despite access to exemption status, an estimated 3,500 aboriginal people served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI. James Dempsey (University of Alberta) examines the reasons for enlistment, the government’s response, and the post-war experiences of returning veterans.

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