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Trent University's Journalist in Residence to Deliver Seminar Series Beginning February 2


Scottish Writer and Activist, Nick Bibby, to Discuss Current Issues in Global Politics as Part of New Book

Tuesday, January 31, 2006, Peterborough

Trent University is proud to announce that journalist-in-residence, Nick Bibby, will be delivering a series of three, free, public seminars on current issues in global politics starting Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Seasoned Spoon at Champlain College.

Mr. Bibby is a writer, activist, and environmentalist who has been heavily involved with the Social and Green movements in the United Kingdom. A journalist by profession, Mr. Bibby has been a freelance writer for the Scotsman and the Herald. Politically, after spending 10 years in the Labour Party, he joined the Scottish Green Party and went on to become the party's spokesman on economics, education, planning and culture as well as the party's key strategist.

As Trent University's journalist-in-residence, Mr. Bibby has been living on campus since November 2005 and working on his first book, tentatively titled The Global Order: A User's Guide. Described as "a beginner's guide to the left", the book will be targeted at people, mainly young people, who have been "politicized" by things like the war in Iraq and the Bush presidency but lack a broader ideological understanding of what is behind it all.

"I am just trying to give people some pointers," explains Mr. Bibby. "I want to provide a critique of what is going on, a reference to what others are saying and suggestions on what to do with it all."

The upcoming seminar series will provide an opportunity for Mr. Bibby to test out and receive feedback on a number of topics and theories he plans to address in his book, each seminar topic is also a working chapter title.

Details and dates for the seminars are as follows:
Thursday, February 2
Old, Cold Warriors and the War on Terror
This first seminar will examine the similarities between the Bush regime's War on Terror and previous escapades during the Cold War.

Thursday, February 9
Energy, Oil and the End of the World
The second seminar will explore Mr. Bibby's theory that, as energy supplies dry up, the rush to use military strength to secure what's left will take a heavy toll in terms of both human life and environmental destruction

Thursday, February 16
Globalization: Exporting Poverty, Importing Fear
The final seminar will address the fact that even as the West has become richer and richer, it has also become more and more terrified. This discussion will draw together the threads of how a globalized world increases poverty in developing nations and terrorism in the West.

All seminars are free and open to the public. A free light supper will be provided each evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Seasoned Spoon at Champlain College, followed by the seminars at 7:00 p.m.


For more information, please contact:
Professor Stephen Brown, Department of English, 748-1011 x1238 or swbrown@trentu.ca   





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