Governor General's lecture to be delivered at Memorial
By Janet Harron
The Royal Society of Canada Governor General's Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Jacques Lévesque, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), on Thursday, Nov. 22, at Memorial University's St. John's campus.
Dr. Lévesque, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University du Québec à Montréal, will speak on After The Fall of the USSR: Russia's Search for a New Place in the World Order 1992-2012 in the Petro-Canada Hall, School of Music, at 7:30 p.m.
The lecture will review the achievements and limits of Moscow's endeavours in theses arenas and their prospects for the future. On this basis it will also assess the opportunities and constraints for the "new beginnings" of U.S. relations with Russia, as sought by the Obama administration.
Dr. Lévesque has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1982 and acted as president of the Academy of Social Sciences of the RSC from 1993-96. He has briefed political leaders, acted as special adviser at the United Nations and in June 2000 he was awarded the title of Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the then-president of France, Jacques Chirac.
A specialist in Soviet and Eastern European affairs, Dr. Lévesque has published numerous articles in international scholarly journals and eight books, which have been translated into several languages. He has held numerous research and teaching positions in foreign institutions, including Columbia University, Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Established in 2004, the RSC Governor General Lecture Series is the first national research lecture series in Canada. The lectures, with topics ranging from stem cells to law and society, inform Canadians of recent advances in research as well as the policy implications from that research.
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists. It is Canada's national academy, whose objective is to promote learning and research in the arts and sciences.
The RSC consists of nearly 2,000 fellows, men and women who are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences, in the arts and in the humanities. As Canada's national academy, the RSC exists to recognize academic excellence, to advise governments and organizations and to promote Canadian culture.