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Renowned Historian and Journalist Richard Gwyn to Present “How John A. Macdonald Made Canada and Canadians” at Trent University on November 27


Community Invited to Attend 2008 W.L. Morton Lecture

Tuesday, November 25, 2007, Peterborough

Trent University is honoured to announce that acclaimed author and journalist Richard Gwyn will give this year’s prestigious W.L. Morton Lecture, entitled “How John A. Macdonald Made Canada and Canadians” on Thursday, November 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Room 115 at Gzowski College.

Mr. Gwyn, a Member of the Order of Canada, has been one of Canada’s leading journalists and political commentators for nearly half a century. He has written biographies of Pierre Trudeau and Joey Smallwood, as well as thought-provoking books such as Nationalism Without Walls: The Unbearable Lightness of Being Canadian. He is currently a columnist for the Toronto Star.

Mr. Gwyn’s latest book, John A., The Man Who Made Us won the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing. Volume two of his study of John A. Macdonald will be published in 2009.

Each year for the W.L. Morton lecture series, the University invites a leading Canadian scholar to give a public lecture on their work, and also to lead an intimate seminar primarily for graduate students.

Organized by the History Department, this annual lecture series is named in honour of W.L. Morton, the Canadian historian and former Master of Trent's Champlain College. The lecture is free and open to the public. Gzowski College is located on the east bank of Trent’s Symons campus at 2510 Pioneer Road.


For further information, please contact Professor Dimitry Anastakis, History department, at (705) 748-1011, ext. 7839.