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Island Lecture Series

October 16

Janice PettitThe Island Lecture Series begins another season on October 16 at 7 pm in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, Charlottetown, and will feature Janice Pettit speaking about her master’s research: “Is the ‘Island way of life’ lost when the ferry becomes a bridge?” Politicians began talking about building a fixed link between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick in the late 1980s, and while this was not the first time the topic was broached, the Premier of the day suggested a plebiscite vote to determine Islanders’ interest. Both those opposed and those in favour of the link rallied their two sides at public meetings prior to the vote to ensure their messages were heard. The “no” side raised a number of issues, but their main concern centred on the perceived loss of the “Island way of life” if a fixed link connected the Island to the mainland. During the 1989 plebiscite, Islanders voted almost 60 per cent in favour of a fixed crossing, and in 1997 the Confederation Bridge opened to the public. Given all that was said and written regarding concerns about the loss of islandness, it is somewhat surprising that, until now, research had not been conducted to determine if the bridge has, in fact, had this impact. Have Prince Edward Islanders lost their “Island way of life”? This presentation, drawn from the exploratory thesis research of a UPEI Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) graduate, provides some insight into whether PEI residents still consider themselves islanders and if their island identity has been affected by the fixed connection to the mainland. Janice Pettit graduated from the MAIS program in May 2018 and is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Government of Prince Edward Island. Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend. The next lecture is scheduled for November 20. Info: Laurie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 902-894-2881

2018 PEI Health Promotion Conference: Public Lecture with Dr. David Mowat

October 22

Dr. David Mowat will present a public lecture at UPEI in advance of his keynote presentation at this year's PEI Health Promotion Conference. Childhood and youth is a time for growth and development: it is also when the foundation is laid for health later in life. Using practical examples, Dr. Mowat will look at some of the health challenges facing families and argue that society needs to move “upstream” in preventing disease. Dr. David Mowat is a public health physician whose career has spanned positions at the local, provincial and national levels. He has a particular interest in the prevention of chronic disease through action at the population level, especially policy change and developing healthy environments, including the built environment. Dr. Mowat received his medical training at the University of Edinburgh, and holds a Master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a fellow in public health and preventive medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Mowat is now engaged part-time in consulting and teaching. This event is co-sponsored by UPEI Faculty of Nursing and the PEI Department of Health and Wellness Chief Public Health Office. This free, public event, will be held from 7–8:30 pm on October 22 in Room 104, Health Sciences Building, UPEI. All are welcome.

Irish Cultural Centre Lectures

October 26

Join members of the Irish Society for this autumn’s annual Lecture Series at the Edward Whelan Irish Cultural Centre on October 26. The inaugural lecture is by Dr. John McIntyre, entitled “Wandering Rocks: Immigrants and Emigrants in James Joyce’s Ulysses.” Dr. McIntyre is a professor of British and American literature in the English Department at UPEI. He has published articles on Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf, and is the co-editor of Rereading the New Criticism (Ohio State University Press). He is currently writing a book on literary modernism and climate change. Subsequent speakers include Kate Bevan-Baker, Susan Brown, Greg Doran, Simon Lloyd, Gormlaith Maynes, and Tom O’Grady, and their topics range from discussions on the Irish community on PEI and in Ireland to the wider Celtic community. The Series will take place on 7 consecutive Friday evenings in the Katherine Hughes Memorial Hall at the Irish Cultural Centre located at 582 North River Rd, Charlottetown. There is ample parking and the hall is wheel-chair accessible. Doors open at 7 pm and the talks start at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. Info: John Flood, 902-370-2394, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Calling in bell-like tones:
Sir Andrew Macphail and Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” by Simon Lloyd

November 10 

On November 11, 1918, the day an armistice finally silenced the guns of the First World War, Sir Andrew Macphail, proud son of Orwell, Prince Edward Island, finished a remarkable writing project. “John McCrae: An Essay in Character,” was a lengthy appreciation of the life and career of Sir Andrew’s close friend, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, who had succumbed to illness and exhaustion in January of that momentous year. Summoning all of his considerable literary gifts, Macphail now celebrated McCrae’s character and many accomplishments, the most famous of which was a short poem, “In Flanders Fields.” When the book In Flanders Fields and Other Poems was published in 1919, it contained just over 40 pages of McRae’s verse: the bulk of the volume’s 141 pages were given over to Macphail’s essay. 

Both Macphail and McCrae were accomplished writers, physicians, and soldiers, and each, in his own way, can now be regarded as an iconic figure in Canada’s First World War legacy. Exactly one hundred years after Macphail wrote his “Essay in Character” on McCrae, the Macphail Homestead will host a talk by research librarian and archivist Simon Lloyd discussing the friendship of these two extraordinary men, and the various ways in which their brilliant careers intersected. 

This talk will take place at the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell November 10 at 7 pm. The public is invited to partake in a bowl of soup with a biscuit for $5 and a cash bar will be available. The doors will open at 6 pm. Tea and coffee will be served, and the event is by donation.

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