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Lecture Series :: 2014 - 2015

2015 Spring Lectures

Wednesday, 1 April 2015: Into the Unknown

Lecturer: Patrick Brennan, Into the Unknown: Canada and the Great War, 1914-1915.

Into the Unknown is part of the New Perspectives on the World Wars series sponsoned by the UofC History Graduate Students Union.  Note: This lecture is on a Wednesday.

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Thurs, 9 April 2015: Bracing for Armageddon

Lecturer: David Gallant, Doctoral Candidate with the University of Calgary Department of History.

Bracing for Armageddon: How Canadians Viewed the Great War's Outbreak Canadians in 1914 were often portrayed as naïve – unaware of the brutal realities of industrialized warfare.

Gallant’s research however, tells a different story. His examination of how media reacted to the impending conflict reveals a population that largely understood that the war would be long, costly, and catastrophic. Many even believed that a general European war in the modern industrial age constituted "Armageddon."

 Thurs, 23 April 2015: Did Ultra Win the Second World War?

Lecturer: Dr. John Ferris, University of Calgary Department of History

In this lecture, Did Ultra Win the Second World War?, Dr. John Ferris examines how Alan Turing and Ultra shaped the outcome of the Second World War.

Bletchley Park in the Second World War was a hub for cryptology. It was there that Alan Turing developed a machine to use against the premiere encryption device of the time, Enigma. Ferris will expand on Turing’s contribution to the war effort, and how it affected the course of the war.

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