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Gwynne Dyer, Alan Hustak highlights Algonquin College spring Speaker Series

Alan Hustak and Gwynne Dyer will be in speaking in Pembroke this spring as part of the Algonquin College Speaker Series

Alan Hustak and Gwynne Dyer will be in speaking in Pembroke this spring as part of the Algonquin College Speaker Series

PEMBROKE – The threat of terror attacks in Canada has left many people unsettled and concerned, particularly in the wake of deadly ISIS killings in Paris and other parts of the world.

Military historian and author Gwynne Dyer believes the global terrorism threat is not as high as most people think it is. His new lecture entitled, “Don’t Panic – Assessing the Risk of Global Terrorism,” will be presented as part of the Algonquin College Speaker Series this spring.

Dyer is an outspoken and gifted public speaker who writes a weekly column for hundreds of newspapers around the world. He has written several books and is frequently called upon to provide commentary on international conflicts, including Canada’s role in the fight against terrorism.

A regular participant in the College’s Speaker Series, Dyer will deliver his lecture on Tuesday, March 29 at Pembroke’s Festival Hall.

His talk will include a question-and-answer session and as always, Dyer will take some time to sign books for anyone who has a copy of his literary work.

A few weeks later, the Speaker Series will focus on the tragic sinking of the Titanic and the 130 Canadian-bound passengers who were on the luxury ocean liner more than a century ago. Titanic author and researcher, Alan Hustak, has investigated the Canadian connections to the disaster for decades. He will tell stories of what he has uncovered including a real-life love story that rivals the fictional bond between Jack and Rose in the 1997 blockbuster movie, “Titanic,” that won director James Cameron several Academy awards.

Hustak will speak at the Waterfront Campus on April 14, the 104th anniversary of Titanic’s striking of an iceberg that led to its demise within a few hours and the devastating loss of more than 1,500 lives. The tragic sinking of the ship that was considered “unsinkable” has fascinated people around the world for more than a century.

Hustak’s work to shine a light on Canada’s connection to the Titanic has earned him respect within the writer’s community and has made him a regular speaker each year when the anniversary of the disaster rolls around.

Tickets for Gwynne Dyer’s terrorism lecture are on sale at the Festival Hall box office for $20 plus HST. Tickets for Alan Hustak’s Titanic presentation are being sold at the Algonquin College Waterfront Campus for $15. More information on the Algonquin College Speaker Series can be found on the Waterfront Campus website or by calling 613-735-4700.