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AVAILABLE EXPERTS: Remembrance Day 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Queen’s University expert on public mourning Jill Scott is available for comment on Remembrance Day 2014.

“Remembrance Day always brings mixed emotions for Canadians. We remember the men and women who lost their lives in military service, especially recent deaths and injuries in Afghanistan,” says Dr. Scott. “Increasingly, this day has come to be a focal point for individuals and families struggling with the effects of Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder.”

Dr. Scott studies the dynamics of public mourning and can discuss what this means on Remembrance Day. She is also the author of A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss and Wrongdoing.

“This year's Remembrance Day will be an opportunity to mourn the loss of Nathan Cirillo. The outpouring of grief that rippled across the country over Cpl. Cirillo's tragic death is both understandable and incredibly complex. Is it about the senseless loss of an innocent young man, or is it about cherishing our national symbols, or is it about a collective triumphing over violence?”

Please note that Dr. Scott is only available for phone interviews.

Queen’s University military expert and director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy Stefanie von Hlatky is available to comment on Remembrance Day. Dr. von Hlatky’s research focuses on foreign policy, military alliances and security. In regards to Remembrance Day, she can comment on military interventions and Canadian strategic culture.

Please note Dr. von Hlatky is currently in Europe and only available for interviews by email.

Queen’s University expert on terrorism and security Christian Leuprecht is available to discuss the security surrounding Remembrance Day

In light of the deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, both of whom were killed on Canadian soil in a span of a few days, more police officers will be monitoring this year’s Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Rosie Hales at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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