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March 20, 2003,

Irish-themed night at MUN
Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research and international relations), is hosting an event titled Ireland: Past, Present and Future on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Reid Theatre, main floor, Arts and Administration Building. The evening will feature presentations by Dr. Peter Hart, Canada Research Chair in Irish Studies, and Dr. David Stewart, Vector Aerospace Chair in Irish Business Studies.

Dr. Hart studied at Queen's, Yale and Trinity College, Dublin and, before coming home to Newfoundland to teach in Memorial’s Department of History, taught at Queen's University Belfast. He is the author of The I.R.A. and Its Enemies (awarded the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize) and British Intelligence in Ireland. He is currently completing a biography of Michael Collins.

Dr. David Stewart is a professor of marketing in the Faculty of Business, specializing in international marketing and exporting. He has taught at the University of Westminster (England); University of Paisley (Scotland); Strathclyde University (Scotland); Athabasca University (Canada) and the University of Regina (Canada).

Dr. Hart’s talk is titled What Michael Collins Learned at Business School and Dr. Stewart will present Ireland: Celtic Tiger or Mouse that Roared?

The event is open to the public and there will be a reception following the presentations. For more information, contact Deborah Inkpen at 737-4073 or e-mail

English undergrads host conference
For the first time in its 23 year history, the Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference was held at Memorial University last weekend. Over 50 delegates from across Atlantic Canada presented academic and creative works during the three-day conference. Conference participants also had the opportunity to partake in panel discussions relating to the field of English, creative workshops offered by local writers Bernice Morgan and Lisa Moore and various social activities, including a pot luck banquet to be hosted by the School of Graduate Studies. Details are available at

Books sought for scholarship sale
The Canadian Federation of University Women is now accepting donations of books for their annual book sale in April. Proceeds go to scholarships for MUN. For information or to arrange pick up of books, please call 368-5062 or e-mail

Harvey lecture features archaeologist
Memorial University will host archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Cooney, from University College Dublin, for its Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecture Series 2003. Dr. Cooney’s lecture is titled, Lambay, the Archaeology of an Irish Sea Island. This is a public lecture, and all are welcome to attend. It will take place on Thursday, April 3, at 8 p.m. in A-1046 of Memorial University’s Arts Building.

Dr. Cooney is a lively and informative speaker whose research is well-known in Ireland in both academic and public circles. He has been involved in a number of significant research projects. In recent years he has excavated Neolithic (early farming) sites on Lambay, a small island off the coast of Dublin. In particular he has focussed on Lambay’s role as a quarry for ground stone axes, which were important items of material and ritual significance in Ireland during the Neolithic.

In addition, his Irish Landscape Project traced the evolution of the Irish landscape from Mesolithic hunting and gathering times to the Neolithic with its highly visible monumental architecture. Dr. Cooney is founding editor of the popular glossy magazine Archaeology Ireland and has authored several books on Irish archaeology. Recently Dr. Cooney spent several weeks in Newfoundland studying the organization of community archaeology projects in this province. This research, done in collaboration with Memorial University, was funded by the Ireland Newfoundland Partnership.

Festival 500 is coming
The choral legacy that began in 1997 lives on this year. Choirs from 10 countries will be in St. John's to perform at Festival 500 Sharing the Voices June 29-July 6. Organizers are looking for volunteers willing to help out and home stay hosts willing to open their home to out of town choristers. For information please contact Adele Petten, Coordinator Festival Programs at 709-738-6029 or e-mail

VP search committees being formed
Advisory committees are being recruited to search for successors to Vice-President (Academic) Evan Simpson and Vice-President (Administration and Finance) Wayne Thistle, both of whom have announced their decisions to retire later this year. The details of the two processes, the composition guidelines for each of the committees, and information on how to nominate committee members – including staff, students, faculty and community members – will be posted on the Web at shortly. Interested persons are invited to submit nominations by the respective deadlines.