President's Lecture Series W. Dr. Ian Mc Kay Vimy Traps: Canadians And The Contested Memory Of World War I

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Canada was forged as a nation in World War One—especially at Vimy Ridge when Canadian soldiers from the frontier taught their British and French allies how to fight the Germans. And it is to these soldiers, who defended civilization against barbarism, that we owe our democratic freedoms and our national independence. Or so say the “Vimyists”—those who wish to make war the source of Canadian identity and the First World War the Birth of the Nation. In this lecture, Dr. McKay will argue that these ideas about Canadian history are driven more by present-day politics than by a mature consideration of the complexities and subtleties of the past.

Ian McKay has taught Canadian History at Queen's since 1988. His research interests lie in Canadian cultural history, particularly the history of Canada as a liberal order, Canadian and international left-wing movements and the economic and social history of Atlantic Canada in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The President's Lecture Series (PLS) is a faculty initiative of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences that is sponsored by the Office of the President. The lecture series is planned, organized, and administered by a committee of faculty volunteers who are guided by the PLS Mission Statement.

PLS Mission Statement: By welcoming public intellectuals to a dynamic educational environment, The President's Lecture Series strives to provide a forum for critical discourse that is responsive to the interests of the Humber community. In fulfilling this goal, we commit to the values of free speech, diversity, and academic and social engagement.?

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Ian Gerrie
Chair, President’s Lecture Series Committee
416.675.6622 ext 72051 or ian.gerrie@humber.ca

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