Political Commentator and International War Correspondent Gwynne Dyer to Deliver “Climate Wars” Lecture November 11


Tickets for Free Public Lecture at Showplace Now Available

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, Peterborough

Acclaimed political commentator and international war correspondent Gwynne Dyer returns to Peterborough to deliver a free, public lecture entitled Climate Wars on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George Street North).

During the lecture, Dr. Dyer, one of the world’s great geopolitical analysts, will share perspectives from his new book Climate Wars, a terrifying glimpse of the none-too-distant future, when climate change will force the world’s powers into a desperate struggle for advantage and even survival.

Originally trained as a historian, Dr. Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries. His first television series, the seven-part documentary War, was aired in 45 countries in the mid-80s. One episode, “The Profession of Arms,” was nominated for an Academy Award. 

His more recent works include the 1994 series The Human Race, and Protection Force, a three-part series on peacekeepers in Bosnia, both of which won Gemini awards. His award-winning radio documentaries include The Gorbachev Revolution, a seven-part series based on Dyer's experiences in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in 1987-90, and Millennium, a six-hour series on the emerging global culture.
Dr. Dyer is also the author of several books, including: Ignorant Armies: Sliding into War in Iraq, Future: Tense and The Mess They Made: The Middle East After Iraq, all of which were number one or number two on The Globe & Mail's non-fiction best-seller list. His most recent book, Climate Wars, is based on his CBC "Ideas" series of the same name and deals with the frightening geopolitical implications of large-scale climate change
The Remembrance Day talk will be Dr. Dyer’s fourth visit to Trent University and Peterborough. In October 2001 he spoke about the origins and likely course of the War on Terrorism following the events of September 11, in January 2004, he spoke about current issues of terrorism, global division, and the problems with American and British policies after Iraq and in November 2006, he spoke about the emerging power of China and the shift in global influence from the U.S. and its allies in the West to Asia.

Dr. Dyer’s Climate Wars lecture is a free, ticketed event, open to the public. Seating in the theatre is on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve tickets, please call (705) 748-1011 x6205 or send an e-mail to

This lecture is sponsored by the Colleges of Trent University.


For more information, please contact:
Robin Lathangue, Head of Colleges, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x7660 or