ARTS on Oceans

ARTS on OCEANS is a faculty-wide program, funded by the Vice President Academic’s Fund for Scholarship in the Arts, examining ocean issues through the lens of the social sciences and humanities.


January 28 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., PE 2001 – Beneath the Waves: Film Festival and Panel Discussion (a partnership with the People and the Sea Film Festival). A festival of six short films focused on ocean issues and topics including coral reefs, oil rigs, ship wrecks and marine ecosystems. Films to be screened include: Once Upon a Tide, Kelp Forests of the North East Atlantic, Windy People, Dynamic Landscapes, Gloop, The National Treasures of Bonaire, Lophelia II: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with: Dr. Barb Neis (sociology), Dr. Charles Mather (geography), Dr. Danine Farquharson (English), Filmmaker Anne Troake. All are welcome and admission is free.


March 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m., EN 1054 - Dr. Lance Morgan of California's Marine Conservation Institute discusses "Quest for Healthy Seas: A lasting future for people and marine life."  All are welcome and parking is available in area 16A.

March 26, 3:30 p.m., AA 2071 - Adieu a la Nouvell-France - The First Poetic Description of the East Coast of Canada by Marc Lescarbot (1607), presented by Professor Haijo Westra of the Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Calgary



April 1, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., The Rocket Room, 272 Water Street - Work and the Sea featuring Sean Cadigan (Fish & Whips), Jenny Higgins (The Steamer Seal Hunt), im Payne (Songs of the Sea) and Too Big to Ignore (Fishing and Fisheries slide show)

April 7, 9 to 4 p.m., Junior Common Room - Research symposium. Open to all but registration is required. Working lunch on ARTS on COASTS.  Reception to follow. RSVP to View the schedule

April 15, 12 to 1 p.m., A 1045 - Citizens Dialogue About CETA - What does CETA mean for Newfoundland and Labrador? What does it mean for Memorial University? What does it mean for you?


September 9, 7:30 p.m., IIC 2001 - Discovery of the Sea? A Central Role for the Humanities - Arts on Oceans Distinguished Lecture - Dr. Helen Rozwadowski of the University of Connecticut

September 10, 12 noon, SN 2000 - The Blue Frontier: Science and Global Enclosure of the Ocean after World War II - Dr. Helen Rozwadowski of the University of Connecticut


October 2, 3 to 5 p.m., IIC 2001 - The Water Next Time: Changing Wavescapes in the Anthropocene - Dr. Stefan Helmreich, Department of Anthropology, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology



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