The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) exists to foster research, education, and discussion of historical and contemporary conflict. The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, LCMSDS Connect, offers an update on the Centre’s recent initiatives in these areas. Click on the link below for an overview of our recent publications including Canadian Military History and 1812: A Guide to the War and its Legacy.
Director’s Letter – “Moving Forward”
After a period of uncertainty, the Centre has developed a program for moving forward over the next several years. A revised financial plan will allow us to continue our quarterly journal Canadian Military History, published in partnership with the Canadian War Museum, and to maintain many of our research, publication, and outreach activities. Our Military History Colloquium, Windsor conference, and Waterloo and Guelph public lectures are being run on a strict cost-recovery basis. Our latest guidebook, 1812: A Guide to the War and its Legacy, was fully-funded by a Departtment of National Defence grant with John and Pattie Cleghorn generously covering the cost of printing.
We are making other changes which will allow us to devote resources to activities that offer students opportunities for both volunteer and paid employment on major digitization and new media projects. We will be completing the air photo preservation project in 2013 and will begin development of a user-friendly interface this summer. Our most important new initiative is the creation of a Massive Open Online Course or ‘MOOC’ on “Operation Overlord: The Battle for Normandy.” Students will be responsible for the production and administration of the course in partnership with Desire2Learn, an international company based in Kitchener.
We look forward to an exciting period of activity building on the commitment of Board members, friends, and the energy of the young people who make it all work.
Professor Emeritus, WLU