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August 7, 2003
 In Brief

In Brief

Conference on knowledge economy
Memorial University of Newfoundland will host a conference on the knowledge-based economy featuring top economists and policy-makers from all over the globe. Dr. Wade Locke, a professor of economics at Memorial, is the lead organizer of the event, to be held Oct. 3-5, 2003. Dr. Locke and his team have been developing the concept and organizing the conference for the past two years. Their efforts have paid off with a slate of prominent international conference presenters.

“The conference will give researchers and policy-makers an opportunity to meet and debate the issues pertaining to regional economic development as areas are exposed to the forces of the new economy,” Dr. Locke said.

The conference – titled The Knowledge-Based Economy and Regional Economic Development: An International Perspective – was thought to be particularly timely by its organizers, given the shift of much of the world’s economy to a knowledge-based economy and its particular importance to the development of the economies of rural, dispersed populations, including those of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“We are bringing these people here to discuss issues that are relevant to the province and to raise the profile of the university”, he said. “For those who wish there is an opportunity to network and collaborate with others who are the top of their fields and move their research agenda and research networks forward.”

The conference is open to the public and media agencies are encouraged to send representatives. For further information on the conference, see the conference Web site at: www.ce.mun.ca/kbe/conference.

Two new displays in library
Two new displays in the QE II Library on the St. John’s campus highlight Labrador.

The first, on display to the right of the reserves desk with the Labrador flag as a backdrop, is a permanent display courtesy of the Labrador Heritage Society. The photographs are from the Peary-MacMillan Collection, Bowdoin College, Maine.

The second, near the administration office, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Hubbard expeditions, 1903 and 1905. In July 1903 Leonidas Hubbard, Dillon Wallace and George Elson left North West River, Labrador, to travel through an unmapped region of Labrador. The party lost its way and by mid-September, they were forced to turn back, their clothes worn, their food supply exhausted. By mid-October Hubbard could go no further. He was starving and exhausted. Wallace and Elson made him as comfortable as possible and left him to find help. Elson made it to a trapper's cabin where he found several Labradorians. They eventually found Wallace collapsed and delirious in the snow, and Hubbard dead in his tent.

Dillon Wallace recounted this experience in his book, the Lure of the Labrador Wild. However, Mina Hubbard, the widow of Leonidas, disagreed with the way her husband was portrayed in the book. So when Dillon Wallace decided he would return to Labrador and complete the trek, Mina felt that he was trying to steal credit and fame that should belong to her husband. She countered Wallace by secretly organizing her own expedition. A race was soon hyped in the press — who would be the first to travel across the Labrador interior?

The rival expeditions both departed North West River in June 1905 within only a day of each other. Mina came well-equipped with food and supplies, while Wallace's food supply required supplementation by wild game. As a result, Wallace's journey was considerably rougher and slower than Mina's. He finally reached his destination at the Hudson Bay Company post on the George River on October 16, more than six weeks after Mina's arrival. She had won the race.

The material in the Hubbard display is from the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, CNS Archives and the Map Library.

Apply now for Harlow program
There are still places left in the English Landscape and Literature program being offered by the Faculty of Arts at Memorial’s Harlow campus this fall.

The program consists of special topics courses (Memorial credits, taught only at Harlow) in English historical geography and landscape studies integrated with courses in English literature which are shaped to emphasise the evolution of English society and culture.

The usual forms of teaching by lecture and seminar are complemented by an extensive program of field trips to sites of cultural and historical significance — many of these trips are day trips to examine features of the built environment (for example prehistoric forts, castles, cathedrals, medieval houses and halls) or agricultural and settlement systems.

Some of the field visits are to sites of cultural or literary significance (e.g. the settings for the work of Hardy, Shakespeare, Austen the Brontës, Johnson, Dickens, Wordsworth, Ruskin), or are theatre or museum/gallery visits, principally in London. Some of the trips may be more extensive and occupy two, three or four days.

The program is an attractive and exciting way to learn about England and its regional and cultural attributes based at Memorial's wonderful home-from-home campus at Harlow. It is open to all students from all faculties, and there are no prerequisites.

Those interested in taking part in the program should contact Dr. Michael Staveley at 737-8999, 726-9198 or staveley@mun.ca, or Dr. Annette Staveley at 737-8279, 726-9198 or astaveley@mun.ca.

 


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