An exciting new speaker series presented by the faculty of arts at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton continues this week with a discussion on the rebuilding of peacekeeping traditions after the Canadian Forces leave Afghanistan.
Lee Windsor, the deputy director of UNB’s Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, will give the lecture, Is Canadian Peacekeeping Dead?, on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the Tilley 102 Auditorium on the UNB Fredericton campus. This is the second lecture in the Ideas that Matter series.
“A lot of people wonder whether Canada has taken a turn away from peacekeeping because of its role in Afghanistan and, as the Afghan Mission winds down, if there’s any possibility Canada could return to traditional Blue Beret UN peacekeeping,” Dr. Windsor said. “When looking at these issues, the first thing I think people need to consider carefully is, ‘what do you want your soldiers to do overseas?’ and ‘what did you think they were doing in the 1990s before Afghanistan?’”
The Ideas that Matter speaker series is designed to engage people in topics that are meaningful to New Brunswickers. It features some of UNB’s leading researchers in discussions about issues and challenges that live at the heart of the province’s social values, cultural perceptions and political motivations.
All of the Ideas that Matter lectures are free and open to the public thanks to the support of New Brunswick businesses and the UNB Associated Alumni. A complete schedule is available at www.unb.ca/ideas.
Patrons for Ideas that Matter include: Atlantic Hydrogen Inc., AutismPro, BioAtlantech, BMO Bank of Montreal, Bulletproof Solutions Inc., C-Therm Technologies, Fabinex Heritage Restoration, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, Fredericton International Airport Authority, Goose Lane Editions, Innovatia Inc., King Construction Ltd., Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, LearnSphere, Mais Reynolds Financial Group, NB Power, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, Populus Global Solutions, Remsoft, Stantec, Stewart McKelvey, Sunny Corner Enterprises Inc., The Daily Gleaner, and Valley Graphics. The series presenting sponsor is the UNB Associated Alumni.
The speaker series is being held in conjunction with the university’s 225th anniversary celebrations. In addition, UNB is co-hosting the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences with St. Thomas University from May 28 to June 4. Congress 2011 and the Ideas that Matter series will together shine a spotlight on the social sciences and humanities, highlighting their impact on the world.
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About Dr. Windsor:
Dr. Lee Windsor specializes in Canadian Army history from the Second World War up to and including current missions abroad. His specific research interests include the 1943-45 Italian Campaign and post-Cold War ‘peace and stability’ operations around the world. On behalf of UNB and the Canadian Battlefields Foundation, he regularly guides groups of students, soldiers and the general public on study tours to battlefields in Italy, France, Belgium and Holland.
He is a native New Brunswicker and served with two Atlantic region Canadian Forces units, the VIII Canadian Hussars and the West Nova Scotia Regiment. He is completing a manuscript on the Allied war effort in Italy in 1944 based on his Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal-winning doctoral dissertation. In 2007 he accompanied Canada’s Task Force 1-07 for part of its time in Afghanistan and was then lead author of Kandahar Tour: Turning Point in Canada’s Afghan Mission. Presently, he continues to study NATO operations and their relation to Canadian civilian government agency, NGO and UN efforts in Afghanistan.