Jean Chrétien to present keynote address at Western’s Social Science Academic Conference

The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, who served as Prime Minister of Canada for three full terms in majority governments, will deliver the evening keynote address at Western University’s second annual Social Science Academic Conference on Saturday, January 23.

Mr. Chrétien, who received an honorary degree from Western in 2008, will speak at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The conference, titled Pursuing Peace in an Age of Insecurity, is supported by Social Science Students’ Council and begins at 10:30 a.m. in the University Community Centre Community Room.

Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, an expert in digital media culture and the political dimensions of science fiction and neuroscience from Western’s Department of Political Science, will present the
morning keynote address, titled The Fog of Peace: War by Any Other Means, at 11 a.m.

Canada’s Prime Minister from 1993 to 2003, Mr. Chrétien was the first leader to win three consecutive majority governments since William Lyon William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1945. In February 2014, he joined the global law firm Dentons as counsel, working primarily in the Ottawa office.

The conference includes presentations by students from Western’s Faculty of Social Science, as well as discussion breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Amoah, Vice President Academics, Social Science Students’ Council at

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