Alumnus and Award-Winning Author Tim Cook to Deliver 2009 W.L. Morton Lecture at Trent University

First World War Historian to Discuss Humour and the Canadian Great War Soldier during Free Public Lecture November 18

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, Peterborough

Text Box: Interview Opportunity  Dr. Cook will be available for media interviews prior  to the lecture on November 18 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Interviews can be booked by calling Dr. Dimitry Anastakis at (705) 748-1011 x7839 or (416) 767-7293 (cell).  Trent University is honoured to announce that award-winning author, First World War historian and Trent alumnus Dr. Tim Cook will deliver this year’s prestigious W.L. Morton Lecture on Wednesday, November 18 at 5 p.m. in Peter Gzowski College, Room 114.

In addition to the free, public lecture entitled “‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Strife’: Humour and the Canadian Great War Soldier,” Dr. Cook will also be holding a seminar, primarily aimed at graduate students at Trent. Titled “From the Trenches: Contested History at the Canadian War Museum” this seminar will be held on Thursday, November 19 at 9 p.m. in the Wilson Reading Room at Traill College. 

Dr. Cook is the First World War historian at the Canadian War Museum and an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton. He has published four books, including the two-volume history of Canadians fighting in the Great War, At the Sharp End, which won the 2007 J.W. Dafoe Prize, and Shock Troops, which won the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. His new book, The Madman and the Butcher: Sir Sam Hughes, Sir Arthur Currie, and their War of Reputations, will be published by Penguin Canada in 2010. He is a frequent commentator in the media and lives in Ottawa with his wife and three daughters. Dr. Cook is also a distinguished alumnus of Trent University, graduating in 1994.

The W.L. Morton Lecture is named in honour of W.L. Morton, the Canadian historian and former Master of Trent's Champlain College. Each year 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. Recent W.L. Morton lecturers have including Richard Gwyn, columnist for the Toronto Star and author of the award-winning biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, John A.: The Man Who Made Us, and Professor Tina Loo of the University of British Columbia.

The 2009 WL Morton Lecture is supported by the History Department, the Alumni Association, the Department of Canadian Studies, and the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies.


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Dimitry Anastakis, Associate Professor, History Department, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x7839 or (416) 767-7293 (cell)