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The Peter Stursberg
Foreign Correspondents Lecture

 

Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication, through the generosity of Richard Stursberg and Judith Lawrie, has established the Peter Stursberg Foreign Correspondents Lecture.

Photo: CBC war correspondent Peter Stursberg.

The lecture honours the legacy of famed Canadian war correspondent Peter Stursberg (1913-2014), an adventurous and prolific journalist who was Canada’s last living war correspondent from the Second World War.

It recognizes the importance and impact of journalism that bears witness in troubled areas around the world, and will be delivered annually by a correspondent with sustained experience reporting from conflict zones.

As an early war correspondent for CBC Radio, Peter Stursberg became famous as the voice of the frontline. With the help of a mobile recording truck, Stursberg reported on the Canadian invasion of Sicily, the liberation of Holland and the Allied entry into a devastated Berlin. His on-the-ground reportage helped Canadians understand the human and political cost of the carnage unfolding overseas.

In honour of his contribution to Canadian journalism—and to Canadian history— Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication has established the Peter Stursberg Foreign Correspondents Lecture and the Peter Stursberg Award in Conflict Journalism and Media Studies.

Through the generosity of his children, Richard Stursberg and Judith Lawrie, this important annual lecture will honour the world’s most influential foreign correspondents. The 2017 inaugural lecture was delivered by BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet at the Canadian War Museum, which is partnering with the School on the lecture.

“It’s a great honour for the School of Journalism and Communication to host the Peter Stursberg Foreign Correspondents Lecture,” says Susan Harada, Director of the School. “We’re in the business of training young journalists and down the road some of them will likely end up reporting from conflict zones. The Stursberg lecture series is one way of ensuring that when they do, the journalism they produce will be smart and meaningful.”

In addition to the lecture, the Peter Stursberg Award in Conflict Journalism and Media Studies will be awarded each year to an outstanding student in the Master of Journalism program to undertake a thesis or Master’s Research Project on a subject related to conflict in media.

These two initiatives will highlight the importance these journalists play in shaping the history of Canada, and the world, by providing eyewitness accounts of unfolding events. By offering them a stage, as well as financial support, the School of Journalism and Communication is supporting the production of journalism that is essential to our democracy.

 

 



First Annual Peter Stursberg Lecture
“Bringing War Home: Storytellers of Our Times”

The inaugural Peter Stursberg Foreign Correspondents Lecture was delivered by Lyse Doucet, the BBC’s award-winning Chief International Correspondent and Senior Presenter for BBC World News television and BBC World Service radio, on November 8, 2017 at the Barney Danson Theatre at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The evening was moderated by Paul Kennedy, the host of the CBC Radio program Ideas.

Visit our inaugural lecture page.

 

Promotional Video

First Annual Peter Stursberg Lecture

November 8, 2017.

Lyse Doucet. BBC’s Chief International Correspondent.

Moderated by Paul Kennedy, the host of the CBC Radio program Ideas.

First Annual Peter Stursberg Lecture

The School is pleased to collaborate with the Canadian War Museum to offer the Peter Stursberg lecture.

As Canada’s national museum of military history and one of the world’s most respected institutions for the study and understanding of armed conflict and its effects, the Canadian War Museum is the ideal venue for this informed discussion, and exploration of conflict, past and present.