Webinar Series

The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies is excited to announce its first ever Laurier Military History Webinar Series via Zoom! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person lectures have been postponed indefinitely, but we have been providing a platform for the newest scholarship in the study of war and society in history for over twenty-five years and will continue to do so––albeit in a different way. Welcome back!

Registration is FREE for all of our webinars. Please ensure that you register for the correct webinar by clicking on the registration link beside the speaker you wish to see. Once you register, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to the webinar. All webinars begin at 7pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) and are approximately 1 hour in length.

If you have any questions about the Laurier Military History Webinar Series, please e-mail Eric at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you at our Webinar Series!

Fall 2020 Speakers

Featured – November 11th at 7pm

Alex Souchen, “The Surprising History of War Junk”

During the Second World War, Canadian factories produced an astonishing array of munitions and supplies. However, after the war ended, a major disposal crisis emerged when much of this materiel became surplus to requirements. What happened to Canada’s leftover arsenals? This presentation explores how the Canadian government and military disposed of the remnants of war and the ways in which military technologies were diffused into peaceful purposes. Canadians had little choice but to get thrifty and this talk (and the book it’s based on) will explain how they reduced, reused, and recycled war junk to improve their postwar lives.

Dr. Alex Souchen is a historian specializing in warfare, society, and the environment. He is the author of War Junk: Munitions Disposal and Postwar Reconstruction in Canada (UBC Press, 2020). He received a PhD in History from the University of Western Ontario in 2016, and has held Postdoctoral Fellowships at Wilfrid Laurier University and Trent University. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Royal Military College of Canada.

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September 9th at 7pm – Tim Cook, “The Fight for History”

Based on his new book, historian and best-selling author Tim Cook will explore how the Second World War has been remembered, forgotten and remade by Canadians for 75 years. While the Great War became a touchstone, the legacy of the Second World War has been a more complicated struggle in Canada’s collective memory, coming to terms with battles won and lost, Canadians’ relationship to veterans, and how the post-war period created profound shifts in the country.

October 21st at 7pm – David O’Keefe, “Seven Days in Hell”

More than 300 soldiers from the Black Watch found themselves pinned down, as the result of strategic blunders and the fog of war, and only a handful walked away. Drawing on formerly classified documents and rare first-person testimony, O’Keefe follows the footsteps of the ghosts of Normandy, giving a voice to the men who sacrificed everything in the summer of 1944.

For a list of past speakers, click here.