A devoted member of our faculty, John Buffinga had only recently retired from the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. He will be sorely missed by students and colleagues (both faculty and staff alike). The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences extends the greatest sympathy to Dr. Buffinga's husband Jeff, his daughter Henny, and the rest of his family.
Eric Tenkorang is associate professor of sociology, cross-appointed to the Division of Community Health and Humanities at Memorial University. His research on HIV-endemic parts of the world grows out of an interest in bringing equity and social justice to marginalized and vulnerable populations.
Read more about him and his research here.
Véronique Hotton is in the second year of her MA program in French, and her research focuses on the translation of plays written in a mixture of French and English and intended for a bilingual audience.
Read more about her here.
Jennifer Selby thinks religious studies allows a unique lens into thinking about politics. She wants students to see how what they learn in religious studies can help them interpret and live in the different worlds they inhabit.
Read more about Dr. Selby and her research here.
Political scienctist Karlo Basta wants you to know this about scholarship in general: "The pursuit of knowledge, all knowledge, is an inherent part of what makes us human. Even those studies that appear useless and absurd to some people, or even most people, are part of that larger enterprise. You don’t disown your kid because they aren’t inventing useful stuff or because they frustrate you. Knowledge is our collective kid. And even if you have an instrumental view of knowledge, you never ever know how a particular bit of it might end up being important in the future."
Read more about our researcher of the month here.
Philosopher Shannon Hoff found her way to philosophy from an interest in creative thinking about human situations.
"...it is especially important for us to learn to appreciate the ways of life of other people and other groups with whom we do not immediately identify, and to try to build avenues of communication with them that will allow us to better understand their specificity and therefore our own as well."
Read more about her research here.
Paul De Decker of Department of Linguistics believes we are all researchers to one degree or another.
About the study of #linguistics in particular he says:
"Linguistics is one of the most relevant scholarly disciplines for understanding the social world because it deals with the structure of language and society. As a case in point, try living socially without using language of any kind. It can't be done. If you have any curious bone in your body, you're probably thinking about all the ways we are completely dependent on this tool. There's nothing more exciting and fascinating than taking those thoughts seriously and turning them into research questions. Linguists do this everyday."
Read more about Paul in our online profile - https://www.mun.ca/hss/research/researcher_of_the_month.php
With undergrads in gender studies and law from the University of Capetown in South Africa and a MA from our Department of Gender Studies, Memorial University, Mimi Sheriff now works with Bluedrop Learning Networks when she isn't selling Ethiopian food for Gursha NL at the St. John's Farmer's Market.
"I thought that living on an island in the Atlantic would be a fun two year adventure for an African - that was nine years ago."
Read more about Mimi here.
Kara Hickson is the recipient of the Terra Nova Aboriginal Student Scholarship.Her master’s thesis looks at the construction of ethnicity in ancient Greek culture and colonization.
"Once I have a significant understanding of ancient colonization in Greece, I would like to compare and contrast aspects of my findings to the colonization of the “New World”, how the cultural identities of the colonizers and Indigenous groups were influenced and effected. It would allow me to further my own understanding of my people and their struggle that is still continuing to this day."
Read more about Kara here.
Assistant professor of history Justin Fantauzzo's recent research project examining how many men survived World War I but never really recovered from it, has significant contemporary applications.
"This project is a reminder that the men and women we send overseas to perform combat and non-combat missions need a support system in place once they return home."
Find out more about Dr. Fantauzzo, where his interest in history came from, and what he considers his biggest success to date, here.
Miranda Carlson-Strain is an anthropology MA student whose thesis topic is LGBTQ \tattooing in St. John’s. She is interviewing both tattooed and non-tattooed LGBTQ individuals to collect narratives about tattoos as a way to better understand what it means to be LGBTQ in St. John’s. Read more about her and her research here.
Latonia Hartery has a PhD in NL and Arctic archaeology. She is director of the Bird Cove Archaeology Project, Director of Archaeology for Adventure Canada, and President of AARA Inc. Also an entrepreneur, Latonia is an award-winning filmmaker and works created by her company, LJH Films, have been seen in over thirty countries. Read more about her here.
So what are YOU doing on your summer break? Researchers like Canada Research Chair Julia Christensen of the Department of Geography are busier than ever - she's travelled to Yellowknife and Greenland this summer visiting active research projects on Arctic homelessness. Read more about her work in the Gazette.
Graduate student Mehmet Ali Basak is studying the anthropology of Islam with an emphasis on how notions of secularism, multiculturalism and Islamic movements impact individual Muslims’ identities. Read more about him and his research here.
Newfoundland native Sarah Kristian is a PhD candidate in linguistics and is examining how we store and organize the sound systems of the languages we speak. Involved in this is how we learn new categories, especially during first language acquisition, and how existing mental categories change during one's lifespan.
Read more about her and her many roles here.
Philosophy graduate Chandra Kavanagh runs her own business, is finishing her PhD, has a full-time job as ethics officer for the NL Health Research Ethics Authority and believes that mentorship improves one's health, social life and level of happiness. Read more about her here.
Miranda Burrage-Goodwin is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and is pursuing a masters degree in maritime history at Memorial. Read more about her and her research here.
Katie Baggs is an anthropology grad (with an English minor) and is co-owner of Little Nest Children's Community, an alternative preschool with a focus on nature education and creative play. Katie is also known for her work as as a singer-songwriter. Read more about her journey to entrepreneurship here.
In our continuing series of HSS entrepreneurs, Stacey Tuttle is our alumnus of the month for April. She holds a BA in English and is a holistic nutritionist and plant-based chef based in St. John's. She says that the critical thinking and research skills she learned in my arts degree help her find the most insightful and legitimate resources for her clients. Read more about Stacey and her business Your Glowing Healthhere.
Maryanne Aghalu is a second-year graduate students pursuing a Masters of Employment Relations (MER). She holds a BScn in business management from the University of Jos, Nigeria. She loves the diversity of students at Memorial and is a great fan of Memorial's Internationalization Office. Read more about her and her research here.
Anna Smith holds a BA (Hons) in English language and literature from Memorial University. She has worked as a facilitator, event planner, and communications professional, working with community organizations and (social) entrepreneurs. In 2016, she started FreeForm Events.
"I received two pieces of advice in my last year of high school: do your degree in the subject you love the most; and do not do a degree in English, because it will ruin reading for you. I think both pieces of advice came from the same person."
Read more about Anna here.
Economics grad student Rovshen Shamedova is a self-described "curious young person from Turkmenistan." She speaks five languages and is currently studying the impacts of minerals and oil & gas production on labor markets, the environment, and international trade. Read more about her here.
In recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the Pratt Lecture, George Elliott Clarke will be reconsidering E. J. Pratt’s Towards the Last Spike (1953) and Brébeuf and His Brethren (1940), two presumptive epics that are “weakened by [Pratt’s] essential promulgation of implicit and explicit racialism, which is also reflective of the impossibility of an ethically ‘ethnic,’ Canadian identity.” Read more about the Pratt Lecture in the Gazette.
The day following the Pratt (Friday March 9), Mr Clarke will introduce and host a staged reading of Lennox Brown's The Captive at 8 pm in the Suncor Energy Hall. The Captive is the first play by a an African-Canadian writer to appear in print and this will be the first time this play has been staged.
Heather Elliott is a graduate student in anthropology who, among MANY other things, publishes her own blog entitled Original Shipster where she researches and write about ships and shipwrecks of Canada. Read more about Heather and her experiences as a grad student here.
Continuing our focus on alumni who are also entrepreneurs, meet Laura Vokey. Laura has a BA in sociology/anthropology and is a current grad student in the Faculty of Medicine. She is the founder of Wild Island Forest Academy, Newfoundland's first outdoor-based elementary school. Read more about the inspiration behind her business here.
Kayla Walters is a three-time graduate of Memorial University, completing her BA (Hons), BEd (Int./Secondary) and finally her MA between 2003-2010. Since completing her MA she has spent time teaching and has recently pursued her love of entrepreneurship, tourism and craft beer by founding St. John’s Beer Tours. She says completing an arts degree endows has made her versatile and ready to accept the challenges of any job. Read more about Kayla here.
Olivia Robinson is a current MA creative writing student at Memorial and her work has appeared in The Overcast, the UPEI Arts Review, and was shortlisted for the Room 2017 Fiction contest. Meeting author and professor Lisa Moore in 2015 was a pivotal event that resulted in her coming to Memorial. Read more about Olivia here.
Entrepreneur Matt House of Broken Books is our alumnus of the month. A former Memorial University of Newfoundland Seahawk (cross-country) and the holder of a BA from the Memorial University Department of English, an MA from MUN's folklore department AND a BEd.
"Amazon sells books, but they are not a bookstore. There's a big difference. A bookstore is an experience. You peruse the shelves; you have a coffee; you talk to the staff and patrons; you might even plot a socialist revolution. Amazon doesn't provide that experience. And Chapters sells more candles and cushions and beer kits than books now. What a strange place." Read more about Matt here - http://www.mun.ca/hss/engagement/alumni/alumni_of_month.php.
Judyannet Muchiri advocates for development in Africa that centers youth and women. She works with the Network of African Youths for Development (NAYD) in communications as a social media coordinator and editor. At NAYD, Judyannet highlights young community development actors, hosts topical discussions with youth on social media and writes on development-related issues. She holds a BA in sociology and English linguistics, an MA in sociology and has just started a PhD where she will be researching development and gender in Africa. She is our student-of-the-month for December. Read more about her here.
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 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.
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.
Edward Jarvis teaches at Carbonear Collegiate and is our alumnus of the month. Read more about him here.
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.
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.
Laura O'Brien of the Political Science department is our grad student of the month for August 2017. Learn more about her here.
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.
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.
Female faculty focused bootcamp scheduled for May 23 to 25 - read more in the Gazette.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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/
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/
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.
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.
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/.
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/.
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/.
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.
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/.
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/.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Meet Gabriel Olayiwola Ologbonde, a first year MA student and graduate assistant in the Department of Classics.
"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."
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 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.
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.
Local writer Andreae Callanan is this year’s winner of the Gregory J. Power Poetry Award.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Department of archaeology alumnus Corey Hutchings tells tales of FABS, eating raw narwhale and what an archaeologist is doing working for an engineering company.
Anthropology PhD candidate Michael Oman-Reagan has recently been involved in a high profile Twitter exchange about gendered definitions.
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.
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.
History is being made in Rigolet, Labrador with the recent completion of one of the world’s longest wooden boardwalks.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone should have a father, grandfather and teacher like St. John’s native Edgar House.
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.
When she was an 19-year-old undergraduate in English at Memorial Megan Gail Coles was a "wild as a March hare" ...
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.
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.
Geography is all over the map. The Arctic Alive giant floor map that is.
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.
Sinéad Ní Mheallaigh is the Faculty of Arts’ Irish language teaching assistant for the 2015-16 academic year.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sociologist Dr. Max Liboiron has capped off a stellar inaugural year at Memorial with a serious coup.
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.
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.
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.
Poet and editor of literary magazine The Malahat Review, John Barton, will be Memorial’s fall 2015 writer in residence.
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.
Five Faculty of Arts graduate students have been awarded Scotiabank bursaries to fund their educational experience by travelling abroad to complete their research.
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.
The town of Cupids has been named the 2015 recipient of the Faculty of Arts Newfoundland and Labrador Community Research Engagement Award.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Those stakeholders considering reforming the Crown Lands Act should really sit down and have a chat with sociologist Dr. Mark Stoddart.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Due to weather predicted for February 12, our annual celebration of faculty success, A Fine Crowd, will be rescheduled for a later date.
The Faculty of Arts is sad to announce the passing of Henriquietta (Kathy) Duarte who died Feb. 8 in Peterborough, Ontario.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Tony Fang is the newly-appointed Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation at Memorial University.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Ethnomusicologist Dr. Beverley Diamond was presented with the 2014 Gold Medal of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
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.
It’s impossible to ignore the fact that oceans continue to be an important and reliable source of food.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Researchers at Memorial University have been awarded significant funding to support research on behalf of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An upcoming public lecture at Memorial University will look at archaeology of the Petit Nord, on the Atlantic side of the Great Northern Peninsula.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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