Media releases

  • Renowned historian’s public talk to analyze enduring conspiracy theories

    MEDIA RELEASE: 31 October 2022 – R0120

    Sir Richard J. Evans, a renowned scholar and historian of modern Germany, will share his insightful analysis into conspiracy theories and “alternative facts” with the Brock and wider Niagara community this week.

    Evans, who is well-known for his best-selling books on the Third Reich and Nazi Germany, will discuss his latest book, The Hitler Conspiracies, in a public talk at Brock University on Thursday, Nov. 3 in Pond Inlet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    His book focuses on five of the most enduring conspiracy theories from the Nazi period, examining how they were used by the Nazis and why they endure today. In the process, Evans also explores the current “golden age” of conspiracy theories and what fuels it.

    “This is a unique and exciting opportunity for the Faculty of Humanities to host Sir Richard Evans, and for Brock faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the Niagara community, to hear him speak in person,” says Elizabeth Vlossak, Associate Dean for the Faculty and Associate Professor of History.

    A prolific researcher and author, Evans was the principal expert witness in the unsuccessful libel action brought before the High Court in London in 2000 by David Irving against American author Deborah Lipstadt. Evans recounts the case in his 2002 book Telling Lies About Hitler, which was dramatized in the movie Denial in 2016.

    Evans is a member of the U.K. Spoliation Advisory Panel, advising the government on restitution claims on Nazi looted art. He has also appeared regularly in television documentaries about the Third Reich.

    He writes book reviews and articles for a number of publications, including the London Review of Books and The Guardian, gives talks around the world and remains committed to bringing history to a wider audience beyond academia. He was knighted for services to scholarship in 2012.

    Evans was Regius Professor of History at the University Cambridge (2008-2014), the Master of Wolfson College, Cambridge (2010-14) and the Provost of Gresham College, London (2012-2020). He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He also holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Oxford and London, and from Queen’s University in Canada. Since 2018, Evans has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

    Evans and his wife, Christine Corton, will meet with Brock graduate students before Thursday’s talk, which is free and open to the public. Corton is known for her historical research on London Fog: The Biography, which explores the story of London’s epic pea soup fogs — thick yellow clouds of water droplets, soot and sulphur that seeped into homes and businesses — and their lingering effects on the cultural imagination.

    What: “The Hitler Conspiracies:” a public talk by Sir Richard J. Evans
    When: Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Where: Pond Inlet, Brock University. Free parking is available on site.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

    * Doug Hunt, Communications and Media Relations Specialist, Brock University or 905-941-6209

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  • Brock mainstage production puts human behaviour, climate crisis in spotlight

    MEDIA RELEASE: 28 October 2022 – R0119

    Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) is inviting the community to experience a journey through time and place in AnthropoScene.

    The fall mainstage production explores how the alienation that results from humans’ supremacist behaviour towards one another contributes to the climate crisis, as well as engages the ethics of theatricalizing the present climate emergency.

    AnthropoScene playfully mingles elements of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, real-life figures including Toussaint L’Ouverture and various youth climate justice activists, and fictional characters across multiple locations and time periods.

    The production, which debuts Friday, Oct. 28 and continues into the first week of November, involves one of the largest groups of students, faculty and staff in recent years. Twelve DART students will perform, as 30 others assist in creative and backstage roles. This original work is written and directed by David Fancy, designed by David Vivian, and choreographed by Trevor Copp and Colin Anthes, with live music performed by Devon Fornelli.

    “I’m so pleased at the skill and talent of the many students involved in creating this production, from actors to assistant designers, directors and sound designers — the list goes on,” says Fancy, a Brock DART Professor.

    Conveying so many complex elements within the production has been no easy task, but one the cast and crew have handled impressively, he says.

    “Our Dramatic Arts students have really shown courage and insight in dealing with the challenging materials that this play covers: self-harm, racism and environmental harm,” Fancy says. “They have also brought great verve and joy to the choreography, company dance numbers and comedic aspects of the project.”

    To help immerse audiences in multiple locations and time periods, the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre has taken on a new form.

    “I imagine the audience having an experience of poetry, drama, comedy, dance, beautiful design, light and sound that will transport them to different places and times,” Fancy says. “I’ve configured the theatre differently than it usually is in order to help the audience feel they are being brought somewhere else.”

    AnthropoScene opens Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances on Oct. 29 and 30, and Nov. 4 and 5. All shows take place at the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre in Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in Downtown St. Catharines.

    A roundtable discussion, also open to the public, will take place on the production stage Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m., with a panel of experts from Brock and other institutions discussing topics related to staging planetary evolution and destruction.

    Brock Professor of Art Education Fiona Blaikie will lead the discussion alongside Fancy, Vivian, Christine Daigle, Katrina Dunn, Lin Snelling and Priya Thomas.

    Tickets for AnthropoScene are $20 for the general public and $16 for students and seniors. For a full schedule of performances or to purchase tickets, visit the Brock University Tickets website.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Doug Hunt, Communications and Media Relations Specialist, Brock University or 905-941-6209 

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