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Nov. 8, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Friday, Nov. 11 marks Remembrance Day.

The following Laurier experts are available to speak about Remembrance Day:

Military History

Mark Humphries, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of History, Dunkley chair in War and the Canadian Experience and director at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS), is an expert in Canadian military history, the First World War and war and health. Contact information: (cell) 519-897-2077 or mhumphries@wlu.ca.

Humphries will explore the legacy of the Battle of the Somme and the Great War more broadly in popular culture and the different ways the battle is remembered during the lecture entitled, “The Legacy of the Somme 100 Years On.” This free event will be held Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the LCMSDS (232 King St. N. in Waterloo).

The LCMSDS also runs waterlooatwar.ca, a website focused on the Waterloo Region during wartime.

Cynthia Comacchio, professor in Laurier’s Department of History, is an expert on the sociocultural impact of war in Canada. Comacchio is available for comment on the commemoration elements of war including history, memory and public memorialization. She is also currently researching Great War veteran’s post-war readjustment, in terms of their families, through the Veterans Pension Files project. Contact information: 519-884-0710 ext. 3422 or ccomacchio@wlu.ca.

Peter Farrugia, associate professor in Laurier’s History and Society Culture & Environment Programs, is an expert on 19th and 20th century Britain and France, particularly the study of war and peace. Farrugia is available to comment on history and memory as it relates to the First World War. His current research explores the impact of the Imperial War Museum London and l’Historial de la Grande Guerre in Péronne, France on perceptions of the Great War in Britain and France. Contact information: 519-756-8228 ext. 5707.

Peace and Conflict

Edmund Pries, assistant professor in Laurier’s Department of Global Studies, is an expert on religion, peace and Remembrance Day. Contact information: 519-884-0710 ext. 4593 or epries@wlu.ca.

The Laurier Symphony Orchestra will perform a tribute to those who died in the Battle of the Somme and the Great War Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in the Theatre Auditorium on the university’s Waterloo campus. Find more information.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca

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