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Issues and experts: Iraq, GM foods and mental fitness

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Oct 14, 2003
Déjà vu in the Middle East…It happened in Eastern Europe and now it is happening in the Middle East—hundreds of NATO troops pouring into Afghanistan to quell political violence. SFU political scientist Lenard Cohen has written extensively on the impact of NATO in Eastern Europe when civil war erupted in countries associated with former Yugoslavia. He can look at the significance and impact on NATO’s increasing presence in Afghanistan on the stability of the Middle East. Military strategist and historian Andre Gerolymatos can reflect on whether efforts to rebuild Iraq are working, and the international efforts to quell terrorism originating from the Middle East.

The risks and benefits of altering foods…Zamir Punja says consumers have readily accepted earlier attempts at genetic alterations of crop plants, because they have enhanced the quality of our food and in some parts of the world, have helped stave off starvation for millions. This year’s winner of SFU’s Nora and Ted Sterling prize in support of controversy will look at the issues that created the debate over genetically modified foods, and what lies ahead, when he gives the prize lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

Exercise for the mind…Mental agility until the end of life — that’s what gerontologists Wendy Thompson and Sandra Cusack hope to convince readers they can achieve through their new book, Mental Fitness for Life: 7 Steps to Healthy Aging. Research for the book is largely based on programs and workshops the pair designed for New Westminster seniors. The book is to be launched on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Harbour Centre bookstore

Judging a legendary judge…He was known for his skill as a lawyer, which resulted in his appointment as BC’s first judge in the 1850s. But what Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, knighted in 1875, is most known for is his dubious reputation as "the hanging judge." Begbie’s record as a judge will be the subject of a talk by John Keenlyside, former chair of the SFU Friends of the Library Board and an avid collector. His talk is part of the SFU Special Collections’ Share the Enthusiasm: Vancouver Book Collectors Discuss Their Collections Series. It will take place Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Hamber Foundation Room #470.