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Laurier Military History Speaker Series

The Laurier Military History Speaker Series is conducted as part of the LCMSDS’ mandate to make the latest scholarship in Canadian military history available in an accessible format to Canadians, and has been running for over two decades. The Series runs each Fall and Winter, featuring a total of six historians throughout the calendar year. Below is our latest schedule as well as information on the most upcoming event.

Our events are hosted at 232 King St. N, Waterloo, ON. Admission is free and talks begin at 7:00pm. To receive e-mail notification of each speaker in advance of the event date, please subscribe to our free newsletter by entering your e-mail address here:


2016-17 Lineup

Winter 2017

Jan. 25       Alex Souchen, Wilfrid Laurier University
Feb. 15       Mary Chaktsiris, Wilfrid Laurier University
Mar. 22      Terry Copp, Wilfrid Laurier University


Next Up


“Toronto, Urban Space, and the Great War, 1914-1918”

Mary Chaktsiris, Wilfrid Laurier University
15 February 2017
232 King St. N. Waterloo
7:00 pm

In Toronto during the First World War there were spectacles to be seen and obstacles to avoid.  The war was viewed by some as a call to arms, a possibility for adventure, and an opportunity to distinguish the Dominion on a world stage. Yet the war was also inconvenient, divisive, and brought with it a war effort that disrupted daily life. Over four years of war the city’s landscape changed as its urban geography shifted to war work: its boulevards became parade routes, its parks used for ceremonies of mourning and remembrance, its exhibition grounds used to train troops and jail suspected enemy aliens. Based on original archival research, this talk will explore how different strands of the war effort – including sentiments of belonging, acceptance, resistance, and frustration – crossed and became entangled within Toronto during the war years.


Dr. Mary Chaktsiris is the Cleghorn Fellow in War & Society at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research interests include gender, the First World War, social policy, and commemoration. Her ongoing research explores the experiences of Canadian First World War veterans in the years and decades after the Great War through newly digitized Veteran’s Pension files at the LCMSDS. She has published research findings in peer-reviewed journals including Social History/Histoire Sociale, serves as an editor with the website’s First World War blog series, and was the recipient of a student-nominated teaching award from Queen’s University.

For details on our previous speakers, please click here.


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