Kealey lecture to focus on government spying
If Canada's history suggests that it is one of the most peaceful,
well ordered, uneventful countries in a troubled world, then why have
Canadian governments been so fearful of enemies within?
That's the question that the University of New Brunswick’s Greg
Kealey will answer at the upcoming Ideas That Matter lecture on Sept.
"Since before Confederation, Canadian governments have run spy
operations, with undercover agents, secret sources, agents provocateurs,
coded communications, elaborate files, and all the usual apparatus of
deception and betrayal familiar to aficionados of spy fiction," says Dr.
Kealey, UNB history professor and past vice-president (research) and
provost. "But instead of conducting such activities abroad, Canadian
governments have done so at home, and usually against Canadian
Dr. Kealey will talk about the history of the Canadian government’s
efforts to spy on its own citizens. His talk entitled The RCMP, CSIS
and Spying: Canadians Under Surveillance will take place at 7 p.m. in
the J. Harper Kent Auditorium, Wu Conference Centre, UNB Fredericton.
Dr. Kealey’s areas of specialization are Canadian social and labour
history, and security and intelligence history. His contributions to
scholarship include serving as founding editor of Labour/Le Travail,
general editor of the Canadian Social History Series, and as author or
co-author of four books, including his most recent Secret Service:
Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America.
Ideas That Matter
connects the community with high-profile research in a way that
stimulates discussion. The series features leading scholars whose work
in the social sciences and humanities helps shine light on issues and
challenges that live at the heart of the province’s social values,
cultural perceptions and political motivations.
About the speaker
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Kealey has received numerous grants,
fellowships, prizes and appointments, including visiting professorships
and being named fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal
Society of Canada.
Dr. Kealey is past vice-president (research) and provost at UNB. In
this role, he chaired the boards of UNB’s four research institutes. He
also served on the boards of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for
Family Violence Research, the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation,
the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, and Populomix Cancer Research
Institute, to name a few.
As a historian and expert in Canadian social and labour history, Dr.
Kealey has lent his time and knowledge to a number of committee boards
including the Canadian Historical Association and the Social Sciences
Federation of Canada. He is a member of the Council of Canadian
Academies Expert Panel on the State of Science and Technology in Canada.
Dr. Kealey holds a bachelor of arts in modern history from the
University of Toronto and master's and doctoral degrees from the
University of Rochester.