Peace and Conflict Studies Speaker Series


2018/19 Series

Anote’s Ark
The Threat of Rising Sea Levels

A screening of Matthieu Rytz’s film Anote’s Ark, followed by a discussion on climate change action facilitated by Mishka Lysack.

Monday, March 18, 2019
2:30 p.m.

Ideas Lounge (EL1270)
Riddell Library and Learning Centre
Mount Royal University
74 Mount Royal Circle SW

No registration required. All are welcome to attend.

Presented by the John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative and Mount Royal University’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability.

Cyber Security, Russia and Canadian Democracy

The John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative presents a public lecture by Brigadier-General Jay Janzen, CD Director General Military Strategic Communications, and Dr. Kari Roberts, Associate Professor, Political Science, Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies.

Monday, January 21, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Room Y222, Y-wing
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

No registration required. All are welcome to attend.


2017/18 Series

Indigenous Rights and Justice

The John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative is proud to present Toronto lawyer, Katherine Hensel, to speak about Indigenous rights and justice.

Katherine has built a diverse practice focused on serving First Nations and its members. She has provided advice and acted in disputes concerning the assertion of Aboriginal, treaty, and other Constitutional rights,  the duty to consult, employment law and wrongful dismissal, commercial matters,  public inquiries (including the Missing and Murder Indigenous Women’s Inquiry currently underway, where she is counsel to two parties withstanding),  Coroners’ Inquests, inherent jurisdiction,  governance,  child welfare matters, and select criminal cases.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

Canadian Involvement in Eastern Europe

The John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative is proud to present Constable John Lamming, M.A. and Captain Lazlo Benak as they speak to the on-the-ground perspectives of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Thursday, February 8, 2018
2:30 – 4 p.m.

Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

Tragedy and Hope — Grassroots Initiatives, Diplomatic Efforts, and Peacekeeping Missions in South Sudan  

The John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative is proud to present Augustino Lucano, Angelo Dut, Jose Tenga, Major John Vintar, as they speak about grassroots initiatives, diplomatic efforts, and peacekeeping missions in South Sudan.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
2 – 3:30 p.m.

Riddell Library, EL 1451 A&B
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW


2016/17 Series

Human Security Worldwide — Building a Culture of Peace in Our Community

How do you position and involve yourself among the increasingly diverse communities for the betterment of our society? How can we create solidarity to build a culture of peace in our community?

The Keynote Address and Panel Discussion event, “Human Security Worldwide — Building A Culture of Peace in Our Community,” will address societal issues that involve all of our community members and encourage dialogue among speakers and audiences to raise awareness of our shared goal, building a culture of peace in our community.

This event invites prominent speakers who are active in international and national-wide arenas as global citizens. The keynote speaker is Cesar Jaramillo (National Director of Project Ploughshares, a prominent peace organization in Canada).  The panellists include Rabbi Shaul Osadchey (President of the Calgary Council of Christians and Jews), Tony Meers (National director of a lay-Buddhist organization, Soka Gakkai International Canada,),  Bev Delong (Chairperson of Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), and Professor Mark Ayyash (Director of Peace Studies Initiative of Mount Royal University).

This is a joint initiative of Project Ploughshares Calgary and the 2020 Vision for Humanity Network, which is one of the components of the 2020 Vision for Humanity Symposium.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Lincoln Park Room (J301)
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

Everything You Treasure Exhibit

The exhibition “Everything You Treasure — For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons” was jointly created by SGI and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Launched in Hiroshima in August 2012 at the 20th World Congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the exhibition commemorates the 55th anniversary of the second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda’s September 8, 1957, Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.

The exhibition has been shown at various international conferences such as the Second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference held in Geneva in April 2013, the first Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons held in Oslo, Norway, in March 2013 and the second in Nayarit, Mexico, in February 2014.

The concept: Nuclear weapons are a continuing and direct threat to all that we, collectively and individually, treasure. They impact us in ways ranging from humanitarian, environmental and economic to medical, generational and spiritual. We ourselves are the solution to the abolition of nuclear weapons which provides an opportunity to transform society, win over violence and establish a culture of peace

March 29 – 31, 2017

Main Street
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

A Nuclear Janus: The return of disarmament

The Peace Studies Initiative is proud to present David Mutimer, PhD, Chair of Political Science at York University, as he speaks about the history of nuclear ‘proliferation’ control and the current nuclear world arms race.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Moot Court (EA 1031)
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

PTSD in the Canadian Military

The Peace Studies Initiative is proud to present His Honour Colonel Don Ethell, Warrant Officer Lloyd (Tex) Leugner, and Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Wright as they speak about post-traumatic stress disorder in the Canadian military.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Moot Court (EA 1031)
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

Feminist Perspectives on Justice in Palestine/Israel

The Peace Studies Initiative is proud to present Rabab Abdulhadi, PhD, and Simona Sharoni, PhD, as they speak to the feminist perspectives on justice in Palestine/Israel.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
12:30 – 2 p.m.

Room Y224 (Y wing)
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW


2015/16 Series

Community Outreach Workshop

Spain’s Gastronomy: Fusion of Cultures and the Future of Iberian Identity

Spain’s gastronomy, like the country itself, is a fusion of cultures. Whether you have little or no previous knowledge of Spain or its culture, our discussion will focus on the notions of peace and diversity associated with Spain in its history, its land, its people, culture and cuisine. In our workshop, we will attempt to answer fundamental questions: Who are the Spaniards? And how well has Spain lived up to the ideal of a peaceful co-existence?

Facilitating this workshop is Enrique Ávila López, PhD, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Romance Studies, Department of Humanities and Department of General Education, Mount Royal University.

Monday, May 23, 2016
6 – 8 p.m.

Why Not Italian Ristorante
156, 555 Strathcona Blvd. SW
Calgary, AB

Indigenizing Education, Decolonizing Canada Speaker Series: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Beyond

Why Truth and Reconciliation? The History and Legacy of Residential Schools in Canada

Guest speaker: Jennifer Pettit, Chair, Department of Humanities, MRU

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Committing Sociology: Biopolitics and Aboriginal Exclusion in Contemporary Canadian Society

Guest speaker: Matt MacLellan, Post-Doctoral Researcher, McGill University

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Good Mind in the Academy: Reflections on Indigenizing our Academy

Guest speaker: David Newhouse, Chair, Department of Indigenous Studies, Trent University

Friday, March 4, 2016
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Restoring Balance: Canada’s Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Context

Guest speaker: Bev Jacobs, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Learning from the Land and Indigenous Education

Guest speaker: John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership, University of Victoria

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
1:30 – 3 p.m.

Cree Cosmology: Land, Water and Body Sovereignties

Guest speaker: Alex Wilson, Director of Aboriginal Education Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan

Friday, April 1, 2016
1 – 2:30 p.m.

(Re)Thinking Reconciliation: A Roundtable Discussion


  • Dr. Marie Wilson
  • Erica Lee
  • Dr. Sean Carleton
  • Chelsea Vowel

Friday, April 8, 2016
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The 2015/16 speaker series is organized by Indigenous Studies and the Peace Studies Initiative, Faculty of Arts, Mount Royal University.

Sponsored by the Office of the AVP Teaching and Learning, the Office of the Provost and VP-Academic, and the Iniskim Centre.