will be begin on Friday evening, 7 November, and Saturday, 8 November 2008 at Lake Street Armoury, 81 Lake Street, St. Catharines, Ontario.
Admission is free; the public is welcome.
This event is sponsored by The Lincoln and Welland Regiment, the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, and the History Departments of Brock University and the University of Waterloo.
The symposium will begin on Friday evening with a keynote address by Dr Jack Granastein. He will speak on "Who Killed the Canadian Military?"
Saturday 8 November
The War of 1812 (Morning)
· Robert Malcomson, St. Catharines, "Myths in Flames: The Canadian Attack on the War of 1812"
o Mr. Malcolmson is the recent author of Capital in Flames, The American Attack on York, 1813
· David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, “Major-General Sir Isaac Brock: The Man Behind the Myth"
o Dr. Schimmelpenninck van der Oye is the Chair, History Department, Brock University
The First World War (Morning)
· Captain John Thompson (ret’d), "What Did Great-Granddad Do in the Great War? Tracing Your Family's World War I Roots"
o Captain Thompson is the Executive Director of the Mackenzie Institute.
· Andrew Iarocci, Canadian War Museum "Shoestring Soldiers: The 1st Canadian Division and the 1915 Campaigns"
o Andrew’s recent book, Shoestring Soldiers: The 1st Canadian Division at War, 1914-1915 (University of Toronto Press) is just out.
The Second World War (Afternoon)
· Geoffrey Hayes, University of Waterloo, “Operation Elephant Reconsidered”
o Hayes published The Lincs: A History of The Lincoln and Welland Regiment at War in 1986. It was reprinted in 2007.
· Terry Copp, (invited) Wilfrid Laurier University, “February 1945: Breaking through to the Rhine”
o Copp is Canada’s best historian of the Second World War. His most recent book, Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945 (University of Toronto Press) was published in 2006.
Panel Discussion: “What Will the Canadian Forces Do after Afghanistan?” (Afternoon)