Minutes to Midnight, May 19, 2016

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You are Invited to the Centre for Global Studies’ Gordon Smith Lecture Series WITH Murray Thomson

In recognition of Dr. Smith’s service to the university community as the Centre’s Director for 13 Years

“Minutes to Midnight:  Why 865 Order of Canada Recipients Call for Nuclear Disarmament” Lecture and Book launch
May 19, 2016 | 7:00-9:30pm
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
Ann 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

Gordon Smith Lecture Series with Murray Thomson_ Poster

Ann Mortifee

Singer Ann Mortifee is a genre unto herself. Blessed with a remarkable four-octave range and a gift for impacting hearts with her music and lyrics, her albums, concerts, full-length musicals, scores (ballet, film, opera, TV), and In Love with the Mystery book have generated national/international distinctions and awards. She is an Order of Canada Member, the country’s highest civilian honour. A world traveller, compelling storyteller, and sought-after keynote speaker for major conferences, Ann creates and facilitates inspiring arts and consciousness workshops and co-founded two foundations - for social innovation and for forestry conservation. Based in BC, Ann is the wife of the late jazz flutist, Paul Horn.

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