The J.J. Talman Lecture Series

Canada's Peacekeeping History: Symbols, Contradictions, and Hard Truths

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 In-person and via Zoom

Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: The Great Hall, Somerville House 3326

Our 2022-2023 Speaker

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Professor Kevin Spooner, Wilfrid Laurier University

Kevin Spooner is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada (LCSC), Wilfrid Laurier University.

Dr. Spooner's research expertise is in the history of Canadian foreign policy, particularly Canada’s contribution to international peacekeeping and Canadian relations with Africa with a focus on the impact of decolonization.

About the J.J. Talman Lecture Series

image of J.J. TalmanPresented by the Department of History and Western Libraries

The J.J. Talman Lecture Series focuses on Ontario history, Ontario regional collections and innovative uses thereof, or previously unstudied aspects of Canadian history.

Reflecting the breadth of Dr. Talman’s career at Western, as a respected historian and Chief Librarian, the lectures are organized annually by a joint committee comprised of representatives from the Department of History and Western Libraries.

The J.J. Talman Lecture Series was envisioned and is funded by Raj Jain, Librarian Emerita, and her brother, Dr. Sushil Jain, in gratitude for Dr. Talman’s many personal kindnesses, and to recognize his substantial contribution to Western.

Past Talman Lectures

Year Lecturer Lecture Title
2023 Dr. Kevin Spooner Canada's Peacekeeping History: Symbols, Contradictions, and Hard Truths
2022 Prof. Linda Mahood The Legend of the Wawa Hitchhiker: Youth Mobility in the Hippie Generation
2020 Dr. David Koffman Unsettling Ethnic History: Jewish Indigenous Encounters in Canada
2019 Dr. Barrington Walker The Honourable Leonard Braithwaite: The Imprint of a Black Canadian Legal Pioneer on the History of Modern Ontario
2017 Prof. Constance Backhouse Viola Desmond: Her Historic Challenge to Race Segregation in Canada and Her Appearance on Our $10 Note
2015 Prof. Jane Errington 'A burthen to the community'? J.B. Hawke and Managing Migration to Upper Canada
2013 Prof. Alan Taylor Settling and Unsettling Borders: Continental Legacies of the War of 1812.
2012 Dr. Cecilia Morgan "Among the Six Nations": Celia B File and the Politics of Writing Memory, History and Home in Southern Ontario, 1920s-1960s
2011 Dr. Tim Cook Ghosts from the Trenches: Stories of the Supernatural and the Uncanny among Canada's Great War Trench Soldiers
2009 Dr. Carl Benn Mohawks in the Sudan War, 1884-85
2008 Dr. Peter Neary From War to Peace: Canada in the 1940s


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