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Metta Spencer

Metta Spencer

Metta Spencer

Metta Spencer is a sociologist, writer, peace researcher, and activist. She serves on the steering committee of the International Peace Bureau.Spencer spend many years as an academic in the US and Canada. After completing a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1969 at the University of California, Berkeley, Spencer joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto’s Erindale College in 1971.  There she also founded the university’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program, and and coordinated until her retirement in 1997.Spencer has specialized in peace and war studies, and has been active in the Canadian peace movement. As the founding president and director of the Canadian Disarmament Information Service (CANDIS), she published the monthly Peace Calendar from 1983 to 1985, when the publication changed to magazine format and took the name, Peace Magazine. In 2009, Spencer organized the Zero Nuclear Weapons public forum in Toronto, jointly sponsored by four major Canadian peace organizations with which she has been involved since the mid-80s: Physicians for Global Survival, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate organization Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and Science for Peace.She has also extensively researched peace and conflict in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. In 1997, she organized “The Lessons of Yugoslavia,” a three-day Science for Peace conference at the University of Toronto. In 2011, she published “The Russian Quest for Peace and Democracy,” the culmination of 28 years of research and hundreds of interviews with Russian politicians and activists.More recently, Spencer has become involved in climate change and has researched edutainment, or social change through storytelling. She is the author of the book “Two Aspirins and a Comedy: How Television Can Enhance Health and Society” (2006), wherein she argues that television could be a force for health and social change.