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Thursday, February 18 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Congo for the Taking… (Part 1) Leopold’s Congo Free State to ‘Independence’

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This session examines the history of Congo as a case study of Imperialism… from Leopold’s Congo to ‘Independence’. It focuses on the roles of foreign actors, including Canada, and their motives. Were they truly motivated by the enlightened Idealism they professed or the dark Realism described by Joseph Conrad, “The conquest of the earth is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much”? This session quotes from "Heart of Darkness" to illustrate the continuity of Realism in Imperial policy from Leopold's Congo to ‘Independence’ and challenges many of our most cherished historical myths… including the admission in a DND document that Canadian Peacekeepers played a vital role in Prime Minister Lumumba’s capture. Kwame Nkrumah and Politburo and US NSC staff explain how UN Peacekeepers were misused for control in Congo. From Leopold to Lumumba’s assassination we examine this quote, "… the norms of private life and of a polity regulated by law are only with difficulty invoked in global politics.” We also explore the implications of this history for Social Studies Curricula.


Greg Hunter

Teacher, Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge... Read More →

Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am MST
CATCA Virtual Room 057