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February 22, 2017
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Two prominent peace and justice experts to lecture at Laurier

Mar 4/13| For Immediate Release


Edmund Pries, Assistant Professor, Department of Global Studies
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Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
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WATERLOO – Resource scarcity and the state of peace in the world are the themes behind two lectures being held at Laurier’s Waterloo campus in March featuring Randall Amster and Cris Toffolo – experts on peace and justice issues – as part of a Global Studies Speaker Series.

Amster is a frequent commentator and analyst on peace and social justice issues, including homelessness, global justice and resource scarcity. In his March 5 lecture at Laurier, he will speak about the competition for resources and examine our global resource future.

Toffolo's work as a peace and justice researcher and educator, as well as an activist with human rights organizations, allows her to apply her observations to conflict theory. In her March 7 lecture at Laurier, she will reflect on a century of war and peace since World War I, and discuss the question of whether we have made any progress toward peace.

“We are honoured that Randall and Cris have both agreed to speak at Laurier,” said Edmund Pries, an assistant professor in Laurier's Department of Global Studies. “Resource scarcity and the state of global peace are issues that have an impact not just at the international level, but also at the national and local level.”

Amster is the graduate chair of Humanities at Prescott College in Arizona, and serves as the executive director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He is the publisher and editor of the news and commentary website, New Clear Vision, and has written several books. Among his most recent books are Anarchism Today and Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization and Urban Ecology of the Homeless. Amster also serves on the editorial boards for the Contemporary Justice Review and the Journal of Sustainability Education.

Toffolo is the chair of Justice Studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Her areas of research and teaching include peace education, conflict resolution, human rights, theories of justice, social movements and the politics of the Global South. She is co-chair of the board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) and from 1991-2011 she served as Amnesty International (USA) Pakistan Country Specialist. Toffolo’s publications include The Arab League and Emancipating Cultural Pluralism.

Amster’s lecture “Resource Scarcity: Conflict or Cooperation” is March 5 at 4 p.m. Cris Toffolo’s lecture “…to end all wars…” is March 7 at 4 p.m. Both lectures will be held in the Arts Building at Laurier’s Waterloo campus, Room 2C16. They are free and open to the public.

The Faculty of Arts, the Global Studies Department and the Political Science Department are sponsoring the Global Studies Speaker Series.


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