What We Talk About When We Talk About War?
Nov 15, 2012, 7-9PM
Noah Richler gives the annual R.B. Byers Memorial Lecture on Canada and International Security. He suggests that the former Liberal prime minister's vision of Canada as a nation of peacekeepers has changed over the past decade to that of an able and ready belligerent. In What We Talk About When We Talk About War, Richler examines the rhetoric of conflict, how story and information is used to convince a society to pursue a particular path, or not.
Nominated for a 2012 Governor-General’s Literary Award for non-fiction, his book looks at the narrative employed by politicians and the military, and takes the media to task for the revised national mythology and re-interpretation of the events of past wars.