TORONTO, November 13, 2012 – Author Noah Richler will examine the rhetoric of conflict in York University’s inaugural R.B. Byers Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 15.
Drawing from his most recent book What We Talk About When We Talk About War, Richler will speak about a revised national mythology and re-interpretation of the events of past wars, and suggest that this changing narrative about war speaks volumes about the collective consciousness of Canadians.
Did Lester B. Pearson get it wrong? The Liberal prime minister envisioned Canada as a nation of peacekeepers and in 1957 he won the Nobel Prize for his vision. Now some 55 years later, Canada is suffering an identity crisis when it comes to peacekeeping and war, according to Richler: the concept of the Canadian soldier as peacekeeper has been transformed and Canadians are told that Canada is and must be a warrior nation.
Richler, a nominee for the 2012 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction, will deliver the first R.B. Byers Memorial Lecture, a lecture that will be presented annually by the York Centre for International & Security Studies and the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.
The lecture celebrates the pivotal work by the late professor of political science R.B. Byers, whose work, characterized by his creativity and intellectual openness, placed him at the leading edge of what became a profound rethinking of security in Canada and globally.
WHAT: R.B. Byers Memorial Lecture by author Noah Richler
WHERE: York's Osgoode Professional Development campus
1 Dundas Street West, Room C
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at 7pm.
INFO: YCISS website
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