Public lecture: Radicalization and Security - What do we know? What do we need to know?Export this event to calendar

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST

Join the University of Waterloo at Kitchener Public Library for a discussion exploring the social, cultural, and political forces behind violent extremism and security in Canada and abroad. Three researchers who regularly appear in the media as expert commentators will speak about the issues. Their talks will be followed by discussion and audience questions moderated by Douglas Peers, Professor of History and Dean, Faculty of Arts.

Lorne DawsonProfessor Lorne Dawson (Sociology) is one of Canada’s leading experts on religious extremism and the process of radicalization that can lead to violence. He is Co-Director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society. He will speak about what we know about radicalization in this country and why some people become violent extremists.

Veronica  KitchnerProfessor Veronica Kitchen (Political Science) is an expert on counter-terrorism institutions, which include government, police, military, and intelligence bodies, with a particular focus on urban security and its impact on public space and civil liberties. She will speak about Canada’s security response to recent threats of terrorism and proposed new legislation.

Amarnath AmarasingamProfessor Amarnath Amarasingam (Religious Studies) is a Post-Doctoral Fellow (SSHRC) in the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University. His expertise includes transnational activism, surveillance, social movements, radicalization, and terrorism. He will speak about the recent phenomenon of individuals who have gone overseas to fight in various conflicts, based on his preliminary interviews with foreign fighters as well as with their families and social circles. 

Free admission | Registration is recommended to reserve seats

Cost 
Free
Location 
Kitchener Public Library Auditorium

85 Queen Street North

Kitchener,
Canada

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