Caption:  25859 Ben Deutsch (L),and 10763 Dr Randy Wakelam (Dark blazer)  with other presenters 16559 LCol Paul Johnston, Canadian Forces College,  13141 Maj Bill March, RCAF Aerospace Warfare Centre, and (R) 25752 Chris Lane,

History Department Presents at Laurier Military History Colloquium

Article by: 25752 Christopher Lane and 25859 Benjamin Deutsch

This week two fourth year History students, 25752 Christopher Lane and 25859 Benjamin Deutsch accompanied by 10763 Dr Randy Wakelam from the History Department attended the 24th Wilfrid Laurier University Military History Colloquium, the largest annual military history gathering in Canada.

Foundation donations made it possible to continue providing the Officer Cadets and members of the staff of the Royal Military Colleges with Opportunities to Enhance Excellence.

While there all three presented a well-received talk on the teaching of History across the RMCC curriculum. As readers will see from the following comments the cadets made the most of the three day event:

Spending three days at the Laurier Military History Colloquium was an interesting, and thoroughly humbling experience. Admittedly it was quite overwhelming being surrounded by academics with qualifications that boasted Masters Degrees at the very least. However, the regulars of the colloquium were highly welcoming and delighted to chat with us, the youngest ‘historians’ attending. As always the RMCC connection drew attention and interest from ex-cadets and those with affiliations to the college who were understandably easy to find at a military history conference (especially when giving our presentation on RMCC in uniform). We had the opportunity to make a number of connections, and even talk with renowned author of Canadian military history: Tim Cook. We attended several lectures on an array of topics covering many facets of military history, be it Canadian or otherwise. Overall, the conference has motivated us, as our short tenure in the RMCC history department has, to continue to learn despite leaving the world of academia for the time being. We would thoroughly encourage cadets, regardless of their department of study, to benefit from this enriching experience.


Caption: OCdt Lane and NCdt Deutsch speaker with Emily Andrew, senior editor for the UBC Press Military History Series which publishes a number of RMC History Department researchers including Drs Delaney and Wakelam.

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