AS PART OF THE GORDON SMITH LECTURE SERIES THE CENTRE FOR GLOBAL STUDIES IN COOPERATION WITH ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY PRESENTS
Minutes to Midnight - Why 865 Order of Canada Recipients Call for Nuclear Disarmament Lecture & Book Launch with Murray Thomson
Murray Thomson is Author and Coordinator of Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention Co-founder of Project Ploughshares
When: May 19th , 2016 | 7:00-9:30pm
Where: University of Victoria’s Engineering and Computer Science Building Room 123
Murray Thomson OC – A lifetime working for world peace
An adult educator, Quaker, international development worker and life-long peace activist, Murray Thomson is described by Doug Roche, former Canadian disarmament ambassador, as a “Canadian treasure” for his unceasing commitment to nuclear disarmament. A university student at the time of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945, these acts made him a pacifist, and set a life course resisting militarism and working for peace.
He accomplished this through his own work as an educator and activist, and through helping to form a variety of peace-focused organizations, including Grindstone Island (1962), Project Ploughshares (1976), Group of 78 and Peace Brigades International (1981), Peacefund Canada (1985), Canadian Friends of Burma (1991) and Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (2008). In 1990 Murray Thomson was awarded the Pearson Peace Medal by the United Nations Association of Canada, and in 2001 he received the Order of Canada. His Order of Canada citation starts: “He has devoted a lifetime to world peace.”
Guest presentations by:
Mary Wynne Ashford, former Secretary-General of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (1985 Nobel Peace Prize winner)
Patrick Lane, Governor General Award Winning Poet and Order of Canada recipient
Anne Mortifee, Singer, Actor, Writer, Peace Activist and Order of Canada recipient
Shivon Robinson, Denis Donnelly, and the Getting’ Higher Choir
This event is put on in partnership with Royal Roads University, and the Canadian Peace Initiative .
Please see attached poster with further details and distribute widely.
All are welcome!
This lecture series is in recognition of Dr. Smith’s service to the university community as the Centre’s Director for 13 Years