CANCELLED: Wordfest Presents Roméo Dallaire

CANCELLED: Wordfest Presents Roméo Dallaire

CANCELLED: Wordfest Presents Roméo Dallaire

Apr 21 @ 1 PM - 2:15 PM MT 
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library
800 3 Street SE

Wordfest is honoured to present global human rights activist General Roméo Dallaire and his new book, The Peace: A Warrior’s Journey. The conversation, hosted by Shelley Youngblut, starts at 1PM MT and includes a book signing, fueled by Owl’s Nest Books. Ticket holders can also pre-order copies here for pick-up at the event.

We are grateful to Penguin Random House Canada for making it possible to connect you with General Dallaire.

About The Peace: A Warrior’s Journey

International humanitarian icon and bestselling author General Roméo Dallaire guides readers on a crucial and inspiring journey from past wars through post-modern conflict toward a vision of lasting peace.

In The Peace, Roméo Dallaire shows us the face of war through the prism of his own life in the military. His has been the journey of a man raised as a Cold Warrior, who became a New World Order warrior after the Berlin Wall fell. That man believed in the mandate of the UN to reinforce peace in Rwanda in 1994, only to see his mission collapse and the country descend into the hell of genocide. The battered, tortured person who emerged from that catastrophe grew determined to become a warrior who now fought against the new world disorder – to prevent genocide, to find ways to intervene in conflicts in defence of humanity. Dallaire helped craft doctrines called the “will to intervene” and “the right to protect,” and then witnessed those initiatives fail to be deployed because of the same old power politics, national self-interest and general indifference that allowed the Rwandan genocide to unfold.

Now in his final act, Dallaire has become a warrior working towards a better future in which those old paradigms are cracked. In The Peace he names all the things that undermine true peace and security because they reinforce the dangerous, self-interested belief that “balance” of power is the best we can do. Too often we settle for a definition of “at peace” that means we are content to stand by when the bombs are falling elsewhere because we ourselves are not under attack. Drawing on his own experience and witness, Dallaire shows us a path to what he calls “the peace,” a state where, above all else, humanity values the ties that bind us and the planet together – and acts accordingly. The Peace is the cri de coeur of a warrior who has been to hell and back and hopes to guide us to a better place.

About Lieutenant-General (retired) The Honorable Roméo A. Dallaire, O.C., C.M.M., G.O.Q., M.S.C., C.D., L.O.M. (U.S.), B.ésS., LL.D. (Hon.), D.Sc.Mil (Hon.), D.U.

General Roméo A. Dallaire is a member of the International Commission for Inclusive Peace. A celebrated global human rights advocate, he is also a highly respected author, public speaker, political advisor, and former Canadian senator. Throughout his distinguished military career, General Dallaire served most notably as Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. He continues to work ceaselessly to bring international attention to situations too often ignored, whether the prevention of mass atrocities, ending the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict, the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on veterans and their families, and strategic solutions for lasting peace. 

About Host Shelley Youngblut

Shelley Youngblut is the CEO & Creative Ringleader of Wordfest. She was the recipient of the 2020 Calgary Award for Community Achievement in the Arts and the 2018 Rozsa Award for Arts Leadership. She also won the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Western Magazine Awards. Youngblut was the founding editor of Calgary’s award-winning Swerve magazine and has created magazines for ESPN, Seventeen, CosmopolitanNickelodeonWestern Living, and The Globe and Mail. She was also a former pop-culture correspondent for ABC World News Now and Canada AM. Follow her on Facebook @ShelleyYoungblut and Instagram/Threads @youngblutshelley.