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Distinguished Canadian Biographer to Speak at Trent on November 1


Former Trent Professor Denis Smith to Discuss his Latest Book, Ignatieff’s World

Tuesday, October 31, 2006, Peterborough

On Wednesday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. in the Traill College Dining Room at Trent University’s downtown campus, Denis Smith, a former Trent professor, professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, and a renowned Canadian biographer, will speak about his latest book, Ignatieff’s World.

Ignatieff’s World presents the Liberal candidate’s intellectual journey from liberal internationalism to support for the American invasion of Iraq, Canadian military intervention in Afghanistan, and the selective use of assassination by governments.
In his book, Denis Smith examines Mr. Ignatieff's extensive writings to capture the essence of his values and his views on foreign policy and human rights.

Denis Smith is a writer, a political scientist, and professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario. He also taught at Trent University from 1964 to 1982, during which time he served as Vice-President, Master of Champlain College, and chair of the Department of Politics.

Dr. Smith has published four highly praised books, including works on the 1970 October Crisis and Canadian diplomacy during the Cold War. His book, Rogue Tory: The Life and Legend of John G. Diefenbaker, is the definitive biography of Canada's thirteenth prime minister, and was followed by The Prisoners of Cabrera, the story of Napoleon’s forgotten soldiers. He has twice won the John W. Dafoe Prize for historical writing and the University of British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography.


For more information, please contact:
Professor David Morrison, Department of Politics, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x 5375.