Ten Events That Shaped Our National Character

  • February 08, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom lecture


Adam Chapnick, PhD

Professor Chapnick is a professor of defence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC).  He also serves as the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College.

Professor Chapnick holds a BA (Honours) from Trent University, an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. He joined the RMC in 2006 and currently teaches courses in Canadian government and strategic decision-making, critical thinking and writing, and Canadian international policy. 

Professor Chapnick is the author or editor of eight books, including The Middle Power Project: Canada and the Founding of the United Nations (2005) and The Harper Era in Canadian Foreign Policy (2016) which were both short listed for the Dafoe Prize. 

He is also a regular commentator in the public realm. In 2013, he wrote a weekly on-line column on national politics for the Toronto Star. He has appeared as a foreign policy expert on CTV and CBC radio, and has testified as an expert witness before the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence.

His latest book published in 2019 Canada and the United Nations Security Council was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Ten Events That Shaped Our National Character

A country's character is inevitably shaped by its history. This lecture seeks to shed light on contemporary Canadian politics and society by exploring a series of ten events from Canada's history whose implications resonate today. Some of these historical snapshots will be more familiar than others. All of them are worthy of every Canadian's understanding.

This event is part of the Winter 2021 Speaker series. 

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