News Archive


2017


November

Alumni of the month - Drew Brown

In freelance writer (and political science MA) Drew Brown's experience the people who don’t see the value in arts degrees are usually those who need them the most.

Read more about our alumnus-of-the-month here.

Grad student of the month - Emily Murphy

Grad student Emily Murphy had always identified as a feminist but it wasn't until she took Gender Studies 1000 as an elective that she felt like "my whole outlook on life had been flipped on its head." Read more about her and her research here.

October

Alumnus of the month - Colleen Power

A self-taught musician and a Newfoundland Francophone ambassador, Colleen Power has two separate music careers - in French and English. She says you never know where an arts degree can get you in life - especially if you have languages.  Read more about our alumnus of the month here.

Grad student of the month

Andrea McGuire is graduating this month with an MA in folklore.  Her masters thesis looks at how trust is built during the hitchhiking moment.

Read more about her research here.

 

September

Alumnus of the month

Edward Jarvis teaches at Carbonear Collegiate and is our alumnus of the month.  Read more about him here.

Grad student of the month

Robyn Lacy is currently completing her MA in archaeology at Memorial, where her research focuses on early 17th-century British burial landscapes in eastern North America and Newfoundland.  She's our grad student of the month. Read more about Robyn here.

August

Towards a better understanding

Dr. Meghan Burchell of Memorial's archaeology department has received $75,000 to establish a laboratory for environmental archaeological science which will be housed in the Memorial Applied Archeaological Sciences Lab.

Read more in the Gazette.

Grad student of the month

Laura O'Brien of the Political Science department is our grad student of the month for August 2017. Learn more about her here.

June

Anthropologist brings different perspective

Originally from Brazil, Dr. Carolina Tytelman's PhD thesis, Place and Forest Co-Management in Nitassinan/Labrador, examines how well the co-management process and its institutions worked in representing both the Innu Nation and the provincial government.  Read more about her in the Gazette.

May

Donner for Marland

Huge congratulations to our own associate dean Alex Marland on winning the 2017 Donner Prize, a prestigious national award that encourages and celebrates excellence in public policy writing by Canadians and has a value of $50,000.

Read more about Alex's big win in the Gazette.

 

Mayday, mayday

Female faculty focused bootcamp scheduled for May 23 to 25 -  read more in the Gazette.

April

Saltwater Stories

Sonja Boon's SSHRC-funded project Saltwater Stories: Migration, Memory, and Identity at the Water's Edge considers historical migrations in a contemporary context. Multi-instrumentalist Rosalind McPhail's latest collaborative project shares many of the same themes and she will perform at an event at Memorial on May 12. Read an interview with Ms. McPhail by gender studies MA student Daze Jeffries.

 

 

 

 

Sharon Roseman, candidate for Associate Dean

Dr. Sharon Roseman, candidate for the position of Associate Dean of Research and Graduate for HSS, will be giving a public presentation on Monday, April 17, 2017, from 1-2 pm in A1043. Dr. Roseman has kindly provided her CV and a Vision Statement for review.

 

Peter Pope

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is sad to announce the death of Dr. Peter Pope. He began teaching in the Dept. of History at Memorial University but later joined the Archaeology Unit, eventually becoming Head of the Dept. of Anthropology and Archaeology and an Honorary Research Professor. He was also director of the Newfoundland Archaeological Heritage Outreach Program. In 2001, he was awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Research in recognition of his achievements in uncovering the past and preserving it for future generations. He will be remembered for his impeccable research covering a wide array of topics including Breton ceramics, John Cabot, waterfront archaeology, the early cod fishery, French material history and so much more. Dr. Pope will be sorely missed. We extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. (thank you to the Centre for Newfoundland Studies for the original post)

March

Plan ahead

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences now has a webpage that lists upcoming undergraduate course offerings throughout the Faculty. The page will be constantly updated by department administrative personnel. Please bookmark it for future reference and share  whenever the opportunity arises.

http://www.mun.ca/hss/courses.php

 

 

 

Alumnus of the month

Amanda Mews is the entertainment and community reporter with NTV News in St. John's. She has a BA in English with a specialization in theatre/drama and minored in psychology. To anyone who questions the value of a BA Amanda says,"Show me a more rounded person than one with a BA. Show me a degree that offers you a more diverse career choice." Read more about Amanda here.

February

Grad student of the month

Mark Brefo's research is examining how free trade is collapsing local industries in his native Ghana.  He is also a member of Memorial's Seahawks basketball team and says his supervisor Dr. Jennifer Dyer knows what every student needs and makes provisions to cater for all these needs.  Read more about Mark here.

Alumni of the month

Katherine Harvey is a folklorist, curator and writer from Cupids, Newfoundland. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in folklore from Memorial University in 2014, and is currently completing her Master of Arts in public folklore. She is our alumnus of the month for February.  Read more about her here.

Grad student of the month

Sharmane Allen is a doctoral candidate in our geography department. Under the supervision of Drs. Charles Mather and Dean Bavington, she is studying the implementation and practice of rights-based fisheries management (i.e. the allocation of licenses and quotas) in Newfoundland and Labrador’s commercial fisheries.  Read more about her here.

January

Alumnus of the month

Alumnus of the month Sarah Stoodley is Senior Digital Manager at RSA Canada (Royal Sun Alliance), focusing primarily on Johnson Insurance, RSA’s main Canadian personal insurance brand.  She has an MA in political science from Memorial and says says the skills and approaches that she learned completing her masters help in her work life every day.  Read more about Sarah here.

Grad student of the month

Our grad student of the month is Mandy Rowsell of the Memorial University Department of English. Under the supervision of Fiona Polack, her doctoral research is exploring representations of masculinity within contemporary Newfoundland fiction.

Read more about Mandy here.


2016


December

Top teacher

The Department of Sociology's Dr. Ailsa Craig has been named recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Teaching (Faculty).  Read more in the Gazette.

Alumni of the month

Jennifer Dodge is senior vice president, development for Nickelodeon Preschool and a graduate of our faculty with a BA in linguistics and psychology. Read more about how her academic coursework translates to her career in television here.

 


Grad student of the month

Megan Stewart is an MA candidate in sociology who is exploring the relationships between food tourism and the security of the food system in the Bonavista Peninsula region of Newfoundland.  Read more about her research here.

November

Understanding the green economy

 

Featuring presentations by experts in ecology, economics, and rural development as well as an open forum for the public to speak to the challenges facing Newfoundalnd as we transition from fossil fuels to green, remnewable energy in an era of global climate change.  On Tuesday November 29 from 7:30 to 9:30p.m. at St. Bonaventure's College.  Read more here.

 

 

 

Innovation and Responsibility

An innovative new program partnering the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with Student Life, the Faculty of Science, and the QEII Library is helping to map the East Coast Trail from Topsail to Cappahayden.  Read more about it in the Gazette.

Understanding Change

On Nov. 28, Memorial professor Robert Sweeny will be awarded the Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.  To mark the occasion, leading researchers from across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will critically assess the relevance for their own discipline of the new historical approach at the heart of Sweeny’s prize-winning book. on Nov. 24. Read more here

Conflicted Colony

Congratulations to Kurt Korneski of the history department on the publication of Conflicted Colony:Critical Episodes in Nineteenth-Century Newfoundland and Labrador, a publication that elucidates processes of state information in Newfoundland through a reassessment of key moments in the country’s history. Published by Mc-Gill- Queen's University Press.  Read more about it in the Gazette.

October

The search is on ...

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) seeks a Director for its new Nexus Centre for Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research on the St. John's campus of Memorial University.  For more information see job ad.

Life experience

Professional educator Gail Gosse received her BA in sociology at this year's fall convocation.  Read more about how her life experience acted as a resource for learning in the Gazette.

Supreme Alumnus

It’s not only the province of Newfoundland and Labrador that has its first Supreme Court justice.  

Justice Malcolm Rowe, an alumnus of Memorial University, holds bachelor’s degrees in both arts (political science) and science.  Read more about him in the Gazette.

Anthropology doctoral student honoured with Vanier scholarship

A PhD candidate in Memorial’s Department of Anthropology has been named as a recipient of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is Canada’s most prestigious award for doctoral students.

Originally from the U.S., Michael Oman-Reagan is currently in Victoria, B.C., doing fieldwork and research with space scientists, including astronomers and astrophysicists.

“It’s not yet common for an anthropologist to study outer space, so I think it really demonstrates the courage and vision of my supervisor, my committee members, our department and the university, in that they all saw potential in the research that I proposed as a PhD student.”

Read more about Michael's achievement in the Gazette.

 

September

Wonder writer

Writer and actor Sara Tilley has been named Memorial’s fall 2016 writer-in-residence.

Ms. Tilley’s inaugural launch reading will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. in Suncor Hall, School of Music.  Read more about her appointment in the Gazette.

 

 

SSHRC Grants to HSS

Congratulations to all the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Memorial University members who have received Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grants: Mario Blaser (archaeology), Dominique Bregent-Heald (history), Robert Ormsby (English),Liam Swiss (sociology), Eric Tenkorang (sociology), Gerard van Herk (linguistics), Russell Alan Williams (political science), Lincoln Addison (anthropology), Karlo Basta (political science), Anne Graham (modern languages), Maria Mayr (modern languages), Adrienne Peters (sociology), Yolande Pottie-Sherman (geography) and Maureen Scheidnes (linguistics). Read all the details in the Gazette.

Language renaissance

Languages at Memorial are having a renaissance with the official launch of the Department of MUN Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures. The newly minted department will replace the two separate departments of French and Spanish and German and Russian. The change signals a new direction and a new way of doing things. Read more about this in the Gazette.

COAST HSS Project Coordinator Wanted

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) is hiring an HSS graduate student (preferably a doctoral student) to support the second year of COASTS HSS initiatives.

August

Who we are, what we do: Religious Studies

France’s current burkini debate is yet another example of why knowing more about different religions is fundamentally important to appreciating and celebrating diversity. Discover more in Who we are, what we do: Religious Studies featuring professor Barry Stephenson and grad students Cory Funk and Pascal Mukuye . 

Who we are, what we do: Philosophy

Philosophy is the first science according to Dr. Jöel Madore, who is featured in the latest Who we are, what we do installment with PhD candidate Kyle Bruff. Read more about it and view the video in the Gazette.

Who we are, what we do: Sociology

Assistant professor Liam Swiss and PhD candidate Paula Graham came to sociology from different backgrounds. Read more about them and Who we are, what we do: Sociology in the Gazette story.

Political Passion

Two and a half millennia ago, Aristotle wrote that humans are political animals. Meaning that it is in our very natures to be political and that when we forget or disregard that, terrible things happen.

Dr. Luke Ashworth calls political science "defense against the dark arts." Find out why in the latest installment of Who we are, what we do: Political Science.

Making sense of the present

When the present seems confusing, history offers us lessons from the past ... Who we are, what we do: History featuring Justin Fantauzzo and Sarah Hannon - read the story https://gazette.mun.ca/student…/making-sense-of-the-present/

Language lessons

Linguists study the structure of languages ... latest in Who we are, what we do features Sara Mackenzie, Gerard van Herk and Rebecca Hobbs from the Department of Linguistics - read more about it in the Gazette -https://gazette.mun.ca/student-life/learning-language/ 

July

Who we are, what we do: Geography

To be clear, university level geography is not about maps and memorizing place names.

It’s about climate change, resource management, landscapes and seabeds, regional development, natural hazards and risk management, meteorology, domestic and industrial pollution, electronic waste, sustainability, globalization, immigration and diversity, and coastal communities.

Read more in the Gazette.

 

 

 

Who we are, what we do: Gender Studies

What is gender studies and how can it change the way we look at the world?  Assistant professor Dr. Carol-Lynne D’Arcangelis and student Jillian Ashtick-Stinson give us the facts in Who we are, what we do: Gender Studies - read more in the Gazette.


Who we are, what we do: Folklore

Folklore is simple and complex at the same time.  Faculty member Dr. Jillian Gould and recently graduated student Blair Kerr explain what it has to do with your mother's chicken soup in Who we are, What we do: Folklore. See https://gazette.mun.ca/student-life/simple-and-complex/.

June

Who we are, what we do: English and Communication Studies

English and communication studies are perfect things to study if you want to make sense of the world.  Faculty members Drs. Jamie Skidmore and Jennifer Lokash join students Esther Eagleson and Jordan Steinhauer explain why in Who we are, What we do: English and Communications studies.  See https://gazette.mun.ca/student-life/degree-delights/.

Who we are, what we do: Economics

 Recent grad Devin Drover and Dr. Nahid Masoudi explain what economics is and what economists do in the most recent installment of our summer series. See https://gazette.mun.ca/student-life/necessary-tools/.

National recognition

Congratulations to Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie who has received the Canadian Linguistic Society's national achievement award. See https://gazette.mun.ca/research/national-recognition-2/ for the complete details.

Who we are, what we do: Classics

Classics has "the best stuff" according to Memorial University of Newfoundland professor Luke Roman. Also featuring undergraduate student Morgan Locke.  Latest installment of Who we are, what we do, video created by Timo Sargent.  See https://gazette.mun.ca/student-life/unique-discipline/.

Who we are, what we do: Archaeology

Ever wonder what sort of people become archaeologists and what it is they actually do? We've got the answers in our latest installment of Who We Are and What We Do: Archaeology, featuring assistant professor Dr. Meghan Burchell and undergraduate student Anna Sparrow.  Visit https://gazette.mun.ca/teaching-and-learning/the-past-in-your-hands/.

Sargent first class

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has never seemed cooler, thanks to Timo Sargent.  See https://gazette.mun.ca/student-life/rare-gem/ for the reasons why ...

May

Who we are, what we do: Anthropology

The first in a summer series featuring different BA programs in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Visit https://gazette.mun.ca/teaching-and-learning/social-inequality/. Videos produced by Timo Sargent.

A twist of fate

It’s not every day that the vice president of a nationally renowned communications firm collects an MA.

For Summa Strategies’ Jim Armour, it’s been a long time coming.

 

Number lover

Michael Sullivan loves numbers.

His enthusiasm for the patterns and theorems of mathematics combined with an interest in history has led Mr. Sullivan to what is obviously a perfect match for his abilities – the study of macro economics.

 

Grad student of the month for May

Meet Gabriel Olayiwola Ologbonde, a first year MA student and graduate assistant in the Department of Classics.

Alumnus of the month for May

The Overcast founder and editor, writer Chad Pelley did a major in biology, a minor in English and has a pile of humanities courses under his belt. He's our alumnus of the month for May.

"English and biology are both the study of life. The former just turned out to be how I wanted to study life; through words, not the lens of a microscope. And I wouldn’t have known that without the way all those years at Memorial re-wired my brain and who I am."

http://www.mun.ca/hss/engagement/alumni/alumni_of_month.php

 

April

Telling stories

It’s an enviable title – the professor of history of the book. And one completely in keeping with the George Story Lecture, as Dr. Story himself was a key figure behind what Professor Mary Dalton calls, “a book to break spells,” the Dictionary of Newfoundland English.

 

Memorial geographers included in national report on climate change

Memorial University geography professors Drs. Trevor Bell and Donald Forbes are lead authors of chapters in Canada’s Marine Coasts in a Changing Climate, a Government of Canada report officially released Wednesday April 13 in Ottawa at the Adaptation Canada conference. 

Global citizen/storyteller brings his voice to world stage

Donovan Taplin, a fourth-year student in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences studying communications studies and folklore, is proving himself once again to be a truly outstanding global citizen.

Power Poets

Local writer Andreae Callanan is this year’s winner of the Gregory J. Power Poetry Award.

Aboriginal and Indigenous studies certificate reflects national movement

There are many reasons why Memorial’s new Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies Certificate is an important development in the university’s curriculum, says the program’s co-ordinator―one of the top being the university’s special obligation to all of Newfoundland and Labrador’s citizens.

March

What's in a name

As a result of recent approval from Memorial University’s Board of Regents, the faculty will immediately be known as the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Cultural Renaissance

Despite many Aboriginal Peoples throughout the world still feeling stigmatized by stereotypes associated with their ancestry, in this province Dr. Mario Blaser says he’s witnessing a “reassertion of cultural pride,” as individuals and groups embrace their Indigenous identities.

Observing the Outports

The years after Newfoundland’s confederation with Canada were ones of rapid social and economic change, as provincial resettlement and industrialization initiatives attempted to reshape the lives of rural Newfoundlanders.

Alumnus of the month

Department of archaeology alumnus Corey Hutchings tells tales of FABS, eating raw narwhale and what an archaeologist is doing working for an engineering company.

Grad student of the month

Anthropology PhD candidate Michael Oman-Reagan has recently been involved in a high profile Twitter exchange about gendered definitions. 

Creating a consciousness

The second in an ongoing series of initiatives aimed at creating collaboration among humanities and social sciences scholars about the future of the planet will take place this week in St. John’s.

February

Observing the Outports

The first 30 years after Confederation were ones of rapid modernization in Newfoundland and Memorial University was a principal agent of that transformation, even as it documented the changes.

Boardwalk empire

History is being made in Rigolet, Labrador with the recent completion of one of the world’s longest wooden boardwalks.

 

January

Big potential: Researchers contribute to Nordic project on Arctic resource extraction

Nordic countries are looking west and to the research expertise of Memorial University as they look tap into the lucrative resources of the Arctic, widely considered the new frontier of extractive development.

 

Boardwalk empire

History is being made in Rigolet, Labrador with the recent completion of one of the world’s longest wooden boardwalks.

And thanks to a partnership with Memorial University archaeologist Dr. Lisa Rankin, visitors have a unique destination to visit after their nine kilometre trek along the waterfront and between the forest and the shore.

 

Public servant in residence helps grad students see range of career options

What sort of academic background does it take to work in the senior ranks of the government of Canada?  

An MBA?  An engineering degree?  

Try an undergraduate degree in English followed by a PhD thesis on Canadian feminist poetry.

 


2015


December

An extraordinary ordinary man

Everyone should have a father, grandfather and teacher like St. John’s native Edgar House.

Seventh SPARKS to light up January

Recently named St. John’s favourite literary festival/reading series by local media outlet The Overcast, the annual SPARKS Literary Festival will be held at the Suncor Energy Hall in Memorial’s School of Music on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Megan Gail Coles alumnus of the month for December

When she was an 19-year-old undergraduate in English at Memorial Megan Gail Coles was a "wild as a March hare" ...

Recent arts grad youngest MHA in Newfoundland and Labrador history

The Faculty of Arts sure can pick them.  Two years ago political science and French major Mark Browne was featured as a member of our Brainy Bunch. Now he’s achieved membership in a slightly more elite group as the youngest elected MHA in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history.

November

Lecture series on legal issues initiated

Memorial University might not currently have a law school but an inaugural lecture series on the law in Newfoundland and Labrador will kick off on November 26.

 

The Arctic at your feet

Geography is all over the map. The Arctic Alive giant floor map that is.

The experts weigh in

For the first time in Canadian history, leading political scientists, communications scholars and practitioners from across Canada have come together to publish a collection of innovative, unique and accessible analyses of the federal election, just days after October 19th.

From curry fries to ceilis

Sinéad Ní Mheallaigh is the Faculty of Arts’ Irish language teaching assistant for the 2015-16 academic year.

Cree language exhibit on display

Every year the Canadian Language Museum sponsors a travelling exhibit to assist in their mandate to promote an appreciation of all the languages spoken in Canada and of their role in the development of the nation.

This year the exhibit will make its way to Memorial, coinciding with the annual Atlantic Provinces Linguistics Association meeting, being held at Memorial on Nov. 6 and 7.  

 

October

Fifty years of scholarship results in Inuktitut dictionary

This week the Nunavut Arctic College officially released Utkuhiksalingmiut Uqauhiitigut Uqauhiliurut, Dictionary of Utkuhiksalingmiut Inuktitut Postbase Suffixes. The dictionary was authored by Memorial University anthropologist Dr. Jean Briggs, Dr. Alana Johns (University of Toronto) and Conor Cook of Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit.

Re-enacting Viking-age warfare

Some Memorial University archaeology students will get a view into the Viking era when they workshop Viking-age warfare techniques with members of the Sea-Wolves, a local re-enactment group, on Thursday, Oct. 29, on the east lawn of Queen’s College on the St. John’s campus.

Memorial sociologist co-signs open letter to federal leaders on climate change

Memorial University sociologist Dr. Mark Stoddart is joining a group of over 60 researchers from across Canada in releasing an analysis of the federal political parties positions on 10 key policy orientations on climate change. 

September

Social scientist leads major science grant

Sociologist Dr. Max Liboiron has capped off a stellar inaugural year at Memorial with a serious coup.

 

Roll off the tongue

Dr. Anne Thareau, head of the department of French and Spanish at Memorial University, recalls a time when she taught French phonetics using cassette tapes and, later, computer-assisted learning devices and DVDs. Now, with Internet and online tools readily available, she has ventured into more novel territory.

Small scale research leads to big time nomination

Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee of the Department of Geography is a finalist for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Impact Award in recognition of her groundbreaking work on small-scale fisheries.

ARTS on Oceans Distinguished Lecture

The Faculty of Arts-wide initiative ARTS on Oceans is back on Sept. 9 with a distinguished lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre on the Discovery of the Seas: A Case for the Humanities.

August

Poet and editor John Barton named 2015 writer in residence

Poet and editor of literary magazine The Malahat Review, John Barton, will be Memorial’s fall 2015 writer in residence.

Q&A with alumna Gemma Hickey

It was a journey full of purpose and meaning. Along the way, Faculty of Arts alumna Gemma Hickey, BA’03, witnessed the power of engagement — connecting with people, stopping to listen to their stories and sharing in their emotions. Ms. Hickey just completed her Hope Walk, a more than 900 kilometre, gruelling month-long trek from Port aux Basques to St. John’s.

Scotiabank bursaries facilitate international study

Five Faculty of Arts graduate students have been awarded Scotiabank bursaries to fund their educational experience by travelling abroad to complete their research.

Alumna to be honoured with lifetime achievement award

At first she thought she was being duped but when the news sunk in, her disbelief quickly turned to delight. That’s how Faculty of Arts alumna – and Memorial honorary degree recipient – Dr. Anita Best summed up her reaction to learning she is this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society.

July

Town of Cupids receives community engagement award

 

The town of Cupids has been named the 2015 recipient of the Faculty of Arts Newfoundland and Labrador Community Research Engagement Award.

 

International study confirms timing of first migration wave

An international study reveals that the ancestors of all present-day Native Americans arrived in the Americas as part of a single migration wave, approximately 23,000 years ago.

The research, published in the online edition of Science on July 21, 2015 was co-authored by Drs. Vaughan Grimes and Michael Deal of Memorial’s Department of Archaeology. Kelly-Anne Pike, an MA graduate of the department is also listed as a co-author.

 

Memorial alumni establish feminist art show

When you don’t know all the rules, breaking them is a lot easier.

That’s the approach Zaren Healey White and a dedicated group of volunteers took when planning Feminisms (Re)Framed, an art show happening at Gallery 24 in St. John’s from July 18-19.

Students contribute to cultural shift

It’s not a secret that getting a PhD is no guarantee of a tenured, academic position. And in the case of humanities PhDs, the statistics are even more troubling with only a small percentage of newly-minted Canadian doctorates achieving permanent academic employment.

 

The Future of Nature

For Dr. Sean McGrath, Pope Francis’s recent comments on climate change couldn’t have come at a better time.

The philosophy professor is convening The Future of Nature, a transdisciplinary event to be held at Memorial’s Grenfell Campus and Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point, Sept. 10-13.

 

June

Faculty of Arts alumnus a Rothermere Fellow

It only took arts alumnus Sean Fleming about two seconds to rip open an envelope containing a letter naming him 2015’s Rothermere Fellow.

That was on May 21. The news, he says, is still sinking in.

 

These boots were made for graduating

Among the hundreds of arts students that crossed the stage at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre at the end of May, Nina Darleen Rumbolt-Pye stood out. Maybe it was her status as a mature student and her two grandchildren in the audience. Or it could very well have been her footware.

May

Sociologist named Teaching and Learning Chair for Faculty of Arts

Sociologist Dr. Max Liboiron has been named the Teaching and Learning Chair for the Faculty of Arts. Thirteen educators will support teaching and learning across the university, collaborating with colleagues to advance the objectives of the Teaching and Learning Framework, promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning and developing strategies to address common challenges. 

April

Representing the rural

If a thesis had a theme song, Jillian Smith’s would be “I’ll Be Your Mirror” from the Velvet Underground’s 1967 debut album.

 

Last Days in Vietnam

On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon (April 28, 1975), Memorial University’s Department of Sociology and the Avalon Woodturners Guild are co-sponsoring a free screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam.

Tourism under the microscope

Those stakeholders considering reforming the Crown Lands Act should really sit down and have a chat with sociologist Dr. Mark Stoddart.

 

 

March

Maintaining culture in the face of climate change

The Labrador Inuit communities of Rigolet and North West River are located on the shores of Lake Melville in south-central Labrador, where sea ice forms an integral part of local Inuit t culture and wellbeing. 

Fun and games with Folklore

Each year, graduate students in the Department of Folklore’s  Public Folklore course (FOLK 6740) have the opportunity to plan and facilitate a public program over the course of a semester. 

Memorial sociologist co-organizes Write2Know campaign

Memorial University sociologist Dr. Max Liboiron is a co-organizer (with York University's Dr. Natasha Myers) of the recently launched national initiative Write2@Know, a letter-writing campaign mobilizing the public to ask federal scientists and Ministers about the results of the government’s environmental monitoring and scientific research programs.

February

Dr. Larry Felt named the recipient of the Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics

A dedicated researcher and faculty member for more than 38 years, Dr. Felt has rigorously applied research ethics methodologies not only to his own research.

Sex talk

Recent changes to Canada’s prostitution laws have sparked new discussions about sex work as have recent reports of several St. John’s sex workers being raped.

The Faculty of Arts’ Department of Gender Studies believes that it is important to encourage informed conversations about sex work. In this spirit, they are hosting a three- day event, Sex Work: Soliciting Reflections, from March 5 to 7.

 

A Fine Crowd to be rescheduled

Due to weather predicted for February 12, our annual celebration of faculty success, A Fine Crowd, will be rescheduled for a later date.

Henriquietta (Kathy) Duarte

The Faculty of Arts is sad to announce the passing of Henriquietta (Kathy) Duarte who died Feb. 8 in Peterborough, Ontario.

Dr. Barbara Neis delivers Royal Society of Canada lecture

An upcoming public lecture by Royal Society Fellow Dr. Barbara Neis will explore how research can help address real world problems experienced in places like rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) New Fellow Public Lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rocket Room, 272 Water Street.  All are welcome.

 

Surprises surface at sixth SPARKS Literary Festival

Again this year, the annual SPARKS Literary Festival, now in its sixth year, saw packed sessions and dazzling performances Sunday, Jan. 25. Once again the Memorial University Bookstore sold out of many titles, with an eager audience snapping up books after each of the four reading sessions. And once more, there was a lively public reception following the festival.

But this year the festival was bookended by two surprise announcements.

 

January

ARTS on Oceans sets sail

The Faculty of Arts is launching ARTS on Oceans, a faculty-wide initiative looking at our understanding of oceans through the lens of the social sciences and humanities.

The fluid field of petroculture

Oil is everywhere. 

It's in the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the roads we drive on and the buildings we live in. 

New Jarislowsky chair introduced to Memorial community

Dr. Tony Fang is the newly-appointed Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation at Memorial University.

Henrietta Harvey lecturer to discuss oil's unconventional future

A professor of economic geography at Durham University, U.K., will deliver the Henrietta Harvey Lecture at Memorial University on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Dr. Gavin Bridge’s research focuses on the extractive industries of oil, gas and mining and the spatial and temporal dynamics of natural resource development.

 

SPARKS Fly - Memorial-grown literary festival enters its sixth year

Fans of Newfoundland and Labrador writers and writing will soon come together at the SPARKS Literary Festival, a celebration of the written word in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The sixth annual festival will be held at the Suncor Energy Hall in Memorial’s School of Music on the St. John’s campus on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 


2014


December

Fish n' film

The culture and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador is steeped in our relationship to the sea and to harvesting seafood.

Dr. Barbara Neis’s seven-year Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance (CURRA, 2007-2014) examined this relationship by investigating strategies for the recovery of fish stocks and fishery communities.

As part of the CURRA, filmmaker Anne Troake (My Ancestors were Rogues and Murderers) was commissioned to create The 100 Nautical Mile Seafood Diet, a short film promoting the idea of accessing locally sourced seafood.

Building links and fighting isolation

Rural and regional work is critical to understanding people’s lives, according to Dr. Vicki Hallett of the Department of Gender Studies.

“We need to know what people on the ground are experiencing and the only way of doing that is to get out into the community and ask people what’s happening in their lives.”

 

MUNPA tribute awards to arts faculty

Anthropologist Dr. Jean Briggs and administrator and philosophy professor Dr. Evan Simpson were awarded the 2014 MUNPA Tribute Award, which recognizes the importance of the ongoing contributions of Memorial's retirees to the university or the community. 

Medical glossary bridges gap

The connection between language and place is inescapable but perhaps nowhere more so than in Labrador.

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie of Memorial’s Department of Linguistics has had a huge impact on the preservation and promotion of the Innu language in the mainland part of the province during the last 40 years.

 

November

Phon call

It might not cause quite as big a splash as a new version of the iPhone but a second iteration of the Phon software system is a major deal for researchers studying phonetics and phonology, especially in the areas of language acquisition and speech disorders.

Cuffer Prize for Ryan

Longtime Memorial staff member and Faculty of Arts alumnus Beth Ryan was recently named the recipient of the Telegram's 2014 Cuffer Prize for her short story “Campfire Stories.”

The producers

Memorial students in Dr. Jamie Skidmore’s Producing the Play course will perform and produce the Governor General’s award-winning play Unity (1918) from Nov. 27 to 29 at the Barbara Barrett Theatre in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Studying on sacred ground

Forty-six Memorial University students just experienced first-hand what they have heard about in class – the battlefield at Beaumont-Hamel.

On Nov. 11 this year, 24 students and two Memorial professors currently studying at Memorial’s campus in Harlow, England, made the trip across the channel to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies at the memorial park. And next August, another 22 Harlow students and two professors will make the trip, visiting Beaumont-Hamel and other First World War battlefields.

 

Department of English hosts conversation about boreal forests, poetry and multimedia

Memorial University’s Department of English is hosting a conversation about boreal forests, poetry and multimedia on Thurs., November 6 featuring local environmental artist and poet Marlene Creates and ecocritic Dr. Derek Gladwin of the University of Alberta.

Gold for Diamond

Ethnomusicologist Dr. Beverley Diamond was presented with the 2014 Gold Medal of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

October

BOOK SWAP TODAY

Yes it's back!  Our semi-annual book swap featuring all genres - academic, YA, childrens, non fiction, fiction, poetry, illustrated, etc.  Bring a book (or books) to swap or a pay-what-you-can donation. All proceeds will go to support MUN Law in their quest for Canadian moot court competition domination.

A future for small scale fisheries

It’s impossible to ignore the fact that oceans continue to be an important and reliable source of food.

Faculty of Arts at film fest

Faculty of Arts alumni and faculty are well represented at the current St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

Sadie, directed by Department of Archaeology lecturer Dr. Latonia Hartery, which will have its world premiere on Friday, October 17 as part of the CBC gala at 7 p.m. at the LSPU Hall.

 

From Greenland to Newfoundland

Greenlanders Sofie Abelsen and Aqqaluk Egede are loving every minute of their semester at Memorial University.

Both are arts students in a translation and interpretation program at Ilisimatusarfik University in Greenland’s capital Nuuk, While at Memorial, they are taking an eclectic mix of linguistic, anthropology, Latin, philosophy and communications courses.

 

September

Good news on the Russian front

Despite the threats of sanctions, reprisals, counter-reprisals and the controversy over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, there is good news on the Russian front for Memorial University.

Citizen Science takes on ocean plastics

Plastics have been found in every ocean in the world, including the waters off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. However, despite the widespread recognition of this environmental threat, there has been little data on the phenomenon in this province. Until now.

Imagining the ocean

For centuries, the world’s oceans have been described by writers and artists in words and pictures. Now, a faculty member in the Department of English is embarking on a new project that will trace the various ways the ocean has been imagined in Atlantic-Canadian fiction.

Decoding Newfoundland culture

“I’m feeling right mauzy. Been ‘eaving and I’m all plugged up.”

Translation:  I’m feeling ill and am experiencing vomiting and constipation.

The recent Newfoundland film The Grand Seduction showcased the challenges of attracting and keeping a doctor in a small town. But imagine how different the film would have been if the young doctor wasn’t from mainland Canada but from China. And English wasn’t his (or her) first language. 

 

Memorial researchers awarded funding for social sciences research

Researchers at Memorial University have been awarded significant funding to support research on behalf of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

August

Noted anthropologist returns to Memorial

Dr. George Gmelch has come full circle at Memorial.

In the early 1970s, as a young anthropologist from San Francisco, Calif., he received a two-year fellowship from the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) to study Irish travellers, a traditionally nomadic ethnic group also known as tinkers or Gypsies.

 

July

"Valuable information"

By browsing through family photo albums, we create our own personal memory banks -- occasionally from events that happened even before we were born. An archive provides the same for an entire culture, enhancing a collective memory and creating cultural touchstones that bind us together.

And, unlike a library, the documents in an archive are usually one-of-a-kind.

 

The Evolution of the Reid Theatre

Memorial University is poised to make recommendations on the future of the Reid Theatre and is asking for community feedback at two public consultations scheduled for July 22-23.

Writer in (permanent) residence

Everyone has a story.  And those that choose to study creative writing have a powerful desire to tell their own stories. So powerful in fact that desire creates its own energy.

That’s according to Memorial’s new assistant professor of creative writing Lisa Moore. And as one of Canada’s preeminent novelists, she ought to know.

 

Talking and listening

A love for talking and listening has made journalism a perfect fit for Alyson Samson, a native of Port Union in Trinity Bay North and the recipient of the 2014 CBC Radio Peter Gzowski internship.

June

Being Vikings: Experiential Learning at Memorial University

Archaeology department lecturer Dr. Shannon Lewis Simpson explains how experiential learning has become an essential tool in her teaching portfolio. Originally published in the spring newsletter of the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada.

Making her mark

Originally from Millertown in central Newfoundland, MA student Janelle Skeard is definitely making her mark here at Memorial.

Her thesis, Hope Springs Eternal, examines company and community in the former mining town of Buchans. 

 

National student leadership award for political science major

Jennifer Crowe, a third-year political science (honours) student in the Faculty of Arts, has been named the 2014 recipient of theCanadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) Student Leadership Award.

May

'A marathan you're running on your own'

A recent pilot project funded by Memorial’s Teaching and Learning Framework, co-ordinated by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and sponsored by the Faculty of Arts’ Writing Centre, has had a significant impact on participating graduate  students.

Bringing diverse documentaries to St. John's audiences

St. John’s might be a city without a downtown movie theatre but it does have a branch of Cinema Politica, the largest volunteer-run, community and campus-based documentary-screening network in the world.

And that’s thanks to sociology PhD student Paula Graham who launched Cinema Politica St. John’s in the spring of 2013. 

 

Improving student success rates with First Year Success

Students are told to prepare for their marks inevitably going down during their first year in university.

But for Megan Power, an alumnus of the 2012-13 First Year Success cohort, her marks have actually gone up. Way up.

 

Public lecture examines history that made us what we are

An upcoming public lecture at Memorial University will look at archaeology of the Petit Nord, on the Atlantic side of the Great Northern Peninsula.

ARTS on Violence wraps up with events focused on activism

Four prominent activists will join Dr. Sean Cadigan of Memorial’s Department of History as participants in the final ARTS on Violence sessions on Tuesday May 13 and Wednesday May 14.

A faculty-wide initiative highlighting some of the exciting research being done by faculty members and graduate students in the Faculty of Arts, ARTS on Violence is supported by the Vice President’s (Academic) Fund for Scholarship in the Arts.

 

April

End of an era

After 25 years, the International Journal of Maritime History (IJMH) is ceasing its association with Maritime History Publications, situated in the Henrietta Harvey building on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.

Accounting for wellbeing

The field of economics explores how societies distribute and produce goods and services.  But it’s not all about interest rates, business cycles and the cost of production. 

Economist Doug May studies wellbeing. As a member of the Canadian Research Advisory Group he helped develop the first Canadian Index of Wellbeing

 

Human dimensions research empowers wellbeing

In 2009 Canadian folksinger Taylor Mitchell was attacked and killed by coyotes in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. She was the second person and first adult in North America to be the victim of a fatal coyote attack.

 

 

The story behind the statistics

The Discovery Channel’s Cold Water Cowboys showcases Newfoundland fish harvesters doing what they do best but, according to sociology professor Dr. Nicole Power, the risks the producers focus on aren’t the real story.

 

 

Biblical scholar off to Oxford

A graduate student in Memorial’s Department of Religious Studies has, academically speaking, hit the jackpot.

Trevor Pomeroy is the recipient of this year’s Rothermere Fellowship, one of the most prestigious and lucrative scholarships offered at Memorial University.

 

Arts alumnus working on World War I writings

Nancy Martin’s interest in the First World War began in high school. An interest piqued by Kevin Major’s No Man’s Land has stayed with Ms. Martin, who is now a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford. The Mount Pearl native is currently working on a number of projects associated with the First World War, including her doctoral thesis.

March

The 'hero' ship of Russia and Newfoundland and Labrador

At a time when tensions between Russia and the rest of the world are strained, Memorial University recently hosted two Russian filmmakers who came away greatly impressed by the wealth of the university’s archives. Their visit revealed some of the unexplored and unexpected historical bonds between Russia and Canada and, in this case, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Graduate student receives scholarship honouring late Beothuk scholar

Master of arts student Jeralyn Bohms from the Department of Archaeology received the 2013 Pioneer’s Scholarship at an event earlier this month held in honour of the late Beothuk scholar and former Memorial faculty member Dr. Ralph Pastore.

An Arctic pioneer at Memorial

Dr. Jean Briggs has led the kind of life that a movie could be made of.

Dr. Briggs spent several years early in her anthropological career in two remote Arctic camps, documenting behaviour, language and customs of the Inuit people who lived there. And for three and half decades, while a faculty member at Memorial, she lived happily alone in her home on the Cape Spear peninsula without running water or road access.

 

Such a fine crowd

The Faculty of Arts recently held its annual celebration to demonstrate and celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of colleagues and the important contributions of the Faculty to the life of Memorial University as a whole.

February

The social cost of northern development

Canada’s North offers tremendous potential for development. But northern development often comes with significant social and environmental costs, particularly for Aboriginal communities. That’s just as true now as in 1948 when Giant Mine opened in Yellowknife. 

Study finds marine-protected areas tend to be leftovers from extractive uses

A paper co-authored by Memorial University’s Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and an international group of researchers argues that established global marine protected areas (MPAs) are too often a case of all show with no substance and do not adequately protect the most vulnerable areas of the world’s oceans.

Employment Relations program ranks third in Canada

A master’s degree program at Memorial, offered by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Business Administration, has been ranked fifth in Canada among human resource management programs.

Speaking the language of the north

Polar sovereignty, oil and gas exploration, northern sea routes, Arctic ecology, the Arctic Council, Russian-Canadian co-operation and controversy, and now the Winter Olympics in Russia – Russian is truly a language of northern significance.

Where history and biology intersect: decoding the source of the 1918 flu epidemic

The groundbreaking research of a Memorial University history professor on the 1918 flu epidemic is highlighted in the most recent online issue of National Geographic magazine.

January

SPARKS Literary Festival

The traditional material of the fifth anniversary is wood, representing strength, solidity and warmth. And warmth definitely abounded on Sunday, Jan. 19, as the SPARKS Literary Festival celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Geographer Awarded Arctic Inspiration Prize

SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik: the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) of the Nunatsiavut Government and its principal research partner Dr. Trevor Bell of Memorial University’s Department of Geography, will share the 2013 Arctic Inspiration Prize along with two other Canadian research teams.


2013


November

Arts student wins Cuffer Prize

Eva Crocker, a student in the creative writing stream of the MA in English literature, has been named the winner of The Telegram’s annual Cuffer Prize for short fiction.

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