Island Lecture Series
2018 PEI Health Promotion Conference: Public Lecture with Dr. David Mowat
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
Calling in bell-like tones:
Sir Andrew Macphail and Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” by Simon Lloyd
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.