By Stephen Riggins

It has recently come to my attention that Victor Zaslavsky, who retired from the MUN department of sociology in 1995, was posthumously awarded the Ignazio Silone International Prize in Italy. The prize is awarded to men and women of letters and to scholars whose work deals with contemporary moral issues in the spirit of the Italian author and politician Ignazio Silone.

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By Liam Swiss
Reflecting on how best to introduce myself in this newsletter, I puzzled over how I once was an aspiring marine biologist intent on saving whales and yet have arrived as a recently-minted political sociologist and new faculty member at MUN. The leap from would-be natural scientist to social scientist might seem an unusual one. Yes, the only whales I have seen lately are those viewed through my kitchen window this past summer. But you just need to add the word “social” in front of “scientist” and you can easily make the jump from marine biology to political sociology. Read more...
By Deatra Walsh
Ravaged by the end of the cod fishery and left desolate by the exodus of people, both young and old, in search of prosperous opportunities elsewhere, what, if anything, is left to be said about rural Newfoundland? Read more...
By Marie Croll

I teach sociology at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial – an incredibly straightforward statement given the circuitous route that brought me here. As with many other sociologists I know, I came to the discipline late and through somewhat of a side door. Following two graduate degrees, one in English literature and the other in counselling, what may strike the outside observer as disparate disciplines, I settled into the study of sociology which (perhaps begrudgingly) integrated my eclectic interests and now provides me with an academic home in the interdisciplinary programme, Social/Cultural Studies.

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“After the Rain,” by Peter Sinclair
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