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
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Dr. Annette Staveley at 737-8279, 726-9198 or email@example.com.