Virtual Speaker Series

Welcome to the 29th year of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies’ speaker series! Though the COVID-19 pandemic keeps us from meeting in-person for at least a little while longer, we will continue to make available the cutting-edge scholarship currently being done on Canada’s past and present to the general public.

Until Canadian public health officials and the leadership team at Wilfrid Laurier University allow for the safe resumption of in-person gatherings, all speaker series events will take place virtually on Zoom.

Registration is required. Should you have any questions about the speaker series, please send Eric an e-mail at [email protected]

“We must see our men”: Canada’s Official First World War Photographs

Carla-Jean Stokes, Okanagan College

November 3rd at 7:30pm ET | Register HERE

This talk will explore the history of Canada’s official First World War photography program from its inception in 1916 to its conclusion in 1919. We will meet each of Canada’s war photographers and examine their individual styles through viewing digitized vintage prints from the war. This investigation of original photographs will allow us to learn more about the materiality and complex lives of printed objects.

CARLA-JEAN STOKES is a writer, lecturer, and curator of war photographs. She has an MA in history from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. In 2015, she won the Photographic Historical Society of Canada thesis prize for work, “British Official First World War Photographs, 1916-1918: Arranging and Contextualizing a Collection of Prints at the Art Gallery of Ontario.” She also received the 2019 Elaine Ling Fellowship from the Ryerson Image Centre for her project: “‘Somewhere in France:’ Contextualizing the Ryerson Image Centre’s Collection of Canadian First World War Photographs.”


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

Alistair Edgar, Wilfrid Laurier University & Balsillie School of International Affairs

December 1st at 7:30pm ET | Register HERE

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 that dis-engagement has taken place, and what it means for Canada and especially the Canadian Forces.

DR. ALISTAIR EDGAR is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, with cross-appointment to the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He has been closely associated with the Laurier Centre over the past two decades. He is an editor of Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations (Brill/Nijhoff), and served as Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) in 2003-2008 and 2010-2018. Outside of his scholarly activities, he is President of the Canadian Landmine Foundation.

For a list of past speakers, click here.