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SUBJECT: Memorial alumnus Gwynne Dyer appears as part of ARTS on Violence

DATE: Feb. 19

Alumnus, author, historian and independent journalist Dr. Gwynne Dyer will present Why Is The Middle East So Violent? on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Memorial University’s Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation on the St. John’s campus.
Dr. Dyer will address the question of why the Middle East, the home to almost all the organized military, paramilitary and terrorist violence in the world outside of Africa, has been the site of so many violent episodes over the years.
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 over 175 papers in 45 countries. In the spring of 2012, Dr. Dyer was made an officer of the Order of Canada.
ARTS on Violence is a semester-long, faculty-wide program examining themes of violence through the lens of the social sciences and humanities. It is supported by the Vice-President (Academic)’s Fund for Scholarship in the Arts. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please see
Why Is The Middle East So Violent? takes place in the Bruneau Centre’s Innovation Theatre (IIC-2001) at 7:30 p.m. Parking is available in lot 15B.

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