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On Thursday, October 12, at Colby College in Waterville, Canadian Mine Action Scholar Christopher Kirkey will present “The Global Elimination of Landmines: Where is Washington?” The 7 p.m. lecture will be held in the Robins Room of Roberts Building and is open to the public free of charge.

Kirkey holds a fellowship created and funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Mines Action Team to raise American awareness of landmines and the international movement to ban them. As the Canadian Mine Action Scholar and a specialist on U.S.-Canadian relations, Kirkey lectures across the United States on anti-personnel mines, the Ottawa Convention, the U.S. landmine policy and de-mining 2010 initiative, and the current status of mine usage internationally.

Kirkey is an associate professor of political science and Canadian studies at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. He received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Queen’s University in Ontario and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

The October 12 lecture is sponsored by Colby’s department of French and Italian, the international studies program, the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights and Colby’s Amnesty International chapter.