Gwynne Dyer to Give Free Public Lecture

September 20, 2007 - News Release

Gwynne Dyer, one of Canada’s most respected and prolific freelance journalists, broadcasters and lecturers, will give a free public lecture Oct. 1 at the University of Guelph. He will discuss "Climate Wars" at 7:30 p.m. in the atrium of the new science complex.

He will be introduced by David Anderson, the former federal environment minister and conservationist who heads the Guelph Institute for the Environment. Anderson also served as president of the Governing Council of the United Nations’ Environmental Program.

Dyer's lecture will inaugurate of the University's Arts, Science and Technology Research Alliance (ASTRA), a network of researchers from across campus looking to explore common research and teaching interests in the sciences and the humanities. ASTRA will foster interdisciplinary research collaborations and joint grant applications for research projects involving arts and sciences.

Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years. His twice-weekly column is published by 175 papers and is translated into more than a dozen languages. He is the author of the books War, The Defence of Canada: In the Arms of the Empire, Ignorant Armies: Sliding Into War in Iraq, War: The New Edition and Future: Tense – The Coming World Order?

He has written and produced numerous TV, film and radio projects, including two award-winning TV series, War and The Defence of Canada, which examined Canada’s military role on the international scene, as well as the radio series The Gorbachev Revolution, which followed the changes occurring in Eastern Europe. He also served as a military commentator in Canada during the Gulf War. Dyer received an International Film Festival Award in 1984 and a Gemini for writing The Space Between in 1986.

Dyer served in the Canadian, American and British navies and taught military history and war studies at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto and the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. He holds a PhD in military and Middle Eastern history from the University of London. He received an honourary degree from U of G in 2006.

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