Professor Timothy Winegard

The Driedger Lecture Series is pleased to present Professor Timothy Winegard of Colorado Mesa University who will speak on his bestselling book, The Mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator (Dutton/Penguin Books, 2019). Driven by surprising insights and fast-paced storytelling, The Mosquito is the extraordinary untold story of the mosquito’s reign through human history and her indelible impact on our modern world order.

Date: January 20, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. (MDT)



The Mosquito and the Making of Human History

In his 2019 New York Times Bestseller and Globe and Mail Bestseller, The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator,  Dr. Timothy Winegard offers a dramatic new perspective on the history of humankind, showing how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining humanity’s fate. Across our planet since the dawn of humankind, this nefarious pest, roughly the size and weight of a grape seed, has been at the frontlines of history as the grim reaper, the harvester of human populations, and the ultimate agent of historical change. The mosquito has determined the fates of empires and nations, razed and crippled economies, and decided the outcome of pivotal wars. As the greatest purveyor of extermination we have ever known, she has played a greater role in shaping our human story than any other living thing with which we share our global village.
Imagine for a moment a world without deadly mosquitoes, or any mosquitoes, for that matter? Our history and the world we know, or think we know, would be completely unrecognizable. Dr. Winegard will discuss the role of the mosquito in shaping our history.


Dr. Timothy C. Winegard holds a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and is an Assistant Professor of History at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. 

Winegard served as an officer with the Canadian and British Armed Forces, has lectured on CSPAN, and has appeared on televised roundtables and documentaries. 

He is the author of five books including the New York Times Bestseller and International Best Seller, The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator, published globally in 15 languages.  

As a true Canadian, he is also the head coach of the Colorado Mesa University Hockey team.

Inaugurated in 2016, the Driedger Lecture Series is delivered annually by a distinguished historian on an important historical topic. This series, along with student scholarships, is sponsored by the Driedger Fund, which was established by the children of Dr. Gerhard and Hilda Driedger to honour their parents' lifelong love of history.