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Evolution of non-violent revolution

By Janet Harron | Feb. 18, 2013

Memorial alumnus, author, historian and independent journalist Dr. Gwynne Dyer will be discussing The Triumph of Non-Violence on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001.

Dr. Dyer’s talk will begin with the Arab Spring, and expand into a discussion of how non-violence works and why it has accomplished so much in the past 30 years.

Moderated by Kerry Hann, managing editor of The Telegram, the lecture will explore the revolutions of the Arab Spring and what they will mean for the region and the rest of the world, and how non-violent revolution has evolved and why it produces much better results than rival revolutionary techniques.

Dr. Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a PhD in military and Middle Eastern history from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by more than 175 papers in 45 countries. In the spring of 2012, Dr. Dyer was made an officer of the Order of Canada. 

The Triumph of Non-Violence takes place in the Bruneau Centre’s Innovation Theatre (IIC-2001) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for alumni and friends and $5 for students and can be purchased in advance by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development at (709) 864-2313 or emailing

This event is presented by the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development in partnership with the Faculty of Arts. It is co-sponsored by Johnson Insurance, The Telegram, and TC Media.