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Editor's notebook: In search of peace

Editor's notebook: In search of peace

[graphic for editor's notebook column]

I have a near-complete collection of Queen’s yearbooks in my office in University Marketing, going back to 1903. I often turn to the yearbooks for information or inspiration. Sometimes I have yearbook photos scanned to use with obituaries. I also use yearbooks for fact-checking, to verify the names of the members of the 1952 women’s basketball team, for instance, or to see if I can find an old photo of a building that was demolished in the 1970s.

I don’t remember what I was originally looking for in the 1965 Tricolor yearbook (its official name from the late 1920s to 1978, when it was changed to the Tricolour.) But I remember stopping at one page and wondering what the story was behind the photo there. It was of a young woman, bundled in her winter coat, looking cold and maybe a little sad, holding a sign that said “Towards peace.” You can see that photo here.

Later on, I learned more about the 1964 Remembrance Day peace vigil, thanks to the digitized Queen’s Journal back issues made available by Queen’s University Archives. Two hundred students gathered in the cold November rain outside the Students’ Union, then walked down to City Park to lay a wreath at the Cross of Sacrifice, a cenotaph honouring Kingston’s war dead. I’m very interested to hear from readers who took part in the vigil. If you have memories you’d like to share, please contact me.

Andrea Gunn, Editor
613-533.6000 ext. 77016

In defence of defense and defence … and gray

This issue includes a couple of international perspectives on peace and security issues. The stories “Deterrence and the gray zone” and “Collaborating for a more peaceful world” each refer to institutions that use the American spelling “defense” and not the Canadian spelling “defence.” I have used the Canadian spelling throughout except when mentioning those institutions, the U.S. Department of Defense and NATO Defense College, and when using a quote from an American report. I have also used “gray” instead of the Canadian “grey,” as “gray zone” is an internationally recognized term in defence and security circles.

Who was he?

One of our readers has inquired:

When I was a student at Queen’s (1955–59) there was, in the periodicals room of the old Douglas Library, a white-haired old man,quite well known to students, who was always seated at a small table with a pile of manuscripts in front of him. Do others remember him? Who was he?

If you remember the omnipresent scholar from the periodicals room,let me know: review@queensu.ca.

[illustration of Queen's students in 1918 wearing army uniforms and Queen's students in 1968 at a peace rally