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March 06, 2003
  Gwynne DyerPDF files may take a moment to load

"There's going to be a war. It's going to start in two or three weeks and it's going to be quite bad."

This is what Gwynne Dyer pessimistically views-- and he's only been wrong twice--is an inevitable American-led war on Iraq. He said the war is likely to occur in weeks, not months.

On Wed., Mar. 5 at the University of Calgary, the Internationally syndicated journalist gave a lecture on the American motivation behind the war and how it could change the political landscape of the Middle East.

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February 27, 2003
  The right manPDF files may take a moment to load

Former White House insider, David Frum spoke at the University of Calgary about his experiences with U.S. President Bush and his new insider expose, The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush, on Mon., Feb. 14.

Frum unexpectedly became Special Assistant to the President for Economic Speech Writing in January 2001.

"I was asked to take this position out of the blue," said Frum, son of respected journalist Barbara Frum. "What qualifications did I have for the job? Absolutely none."

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January 30, 2003
  PC leadership candidate on campusPDF files may take a moment to load

Four days after declaring his intention to lead the Federal Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, David Orchard spoke at the University of Calgary. The organic farmer from Saskatchewan spoke at length on Sat., Jan. 25 about the importance of preserving Canadian sovereignty.

"We have seen 13,000 Canadian companies taken over, mostly by American companies," he said. "It's easy for these giants to do it."

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January 30, 2003
  Chomsky chompsPDF files may take a moment to load

Student apathy suffered a blow as an over capacity crowd packed MFH 162 like so many sheep.

The Trimedia presentation of John Junkerman's Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in our Times, commanded a huge turnout--most uncommon to the U of C. The film--a documentary of Chomsky's post 9–11 speeches and interviews--left some students wanting more.

"The film was kind of a sleeper as far as Chomsky goes--no new material," said one student. "The real fun wasn't until Keeley stepped up at the end, and caused a ruckus."

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January 30, 2003
  Controversial perspectivePDF files may take a moment to load

It was promoted as "An Evening of Perspective and Controversy," and it lived up to its billing.

The Palestinian Canadian Student Society brought Anti-Zionist Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss and paramedic Shane Dabrowski to campus on Tue., Jan. 28 to share their respective views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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December 05, 2002
  When in Kazakhstan...PDF files may take a moment to load

What do Canada and Kazakhstan have in common? Enough, according to Hector Corwan, the Canadian Ambassador to Kazakhstan. Corwan spoke at the U of C on Tue., Dec. 3 on current issues facing the central-asian nation in a discussion sponsored by the U of C International Centre.

"There's a lot of foreign investment and quite a bit of Canadian interest in Kazakhstan," said Corwan of the nation of 16 million people. "It has been a profitable relationship between Canada and Kazakhstan."

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November 28, 2002
  Campaigning onlinePDF files may take a moment to load

Al Gore did not create the Internet, nor a victory for himself because of Florida in 2000, but that didn't stop Dr. Richard Davis, Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University in Utah from lecturing about U.S. on-line election campaigns to a handful of political science aficionados on Tue., Nov. 26.

"The 2000 election was a great leap forward," said Davis. "Seventy-five per cent of U.S. Senate candidates and 55 per cent of U.S. House candidates were on-line."

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November 28, 2002
  Researchers' Speakers SeriesPDF files may take a moment to load

Undergraduate students are the focus of the University of Calgary's Researchers' Speakers Series. Starting Mon., Dec. 2, faculty from English, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ecology and Biomedical Engineering will present their research and how it relates to real-life academic challenges as a part of the Enhancing Undergraduate Learners' Experience program.

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November 28, 2002
  Nobel laureate visits CalgaryPDF files may take a moment to load

Students, faculty and Calgarians packed MacEwan Hall Wednesday evening to attend a public reading by writer and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. A nearly full house welcomed the Nigerian writer, poet, playwright and critic with a sustained round of applause before he read poetry and answered questions from the audience.

A thin man with a full head of shocking white hair complemented by his equally white beard, Soyinka was warm and gracious. He began the evening by reading a collection of poems linked by a common theme.

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November 21, 2002
  Linguistic heritagePDF files may take a moment to load

Many students believe that practical field research is only available to graduates. However, the Department of Linguistics offers more than just lectures and labs to undergraduates. Dr. Darin Howe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics, and an expert on aboriginal languages, leads a group of 15 students in Linguistics 505 to gather first-hand information on the Blackfoot language.

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