The Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecture Series

Winter 2020 Lecture

The Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecture Series brings highly-regarded scholars to Memorial University. Established as part of the Henrietta Harvey Endowment Fund in 1964, the series has provided our faculty, students and public with tremendous insight and the opportunity to share knowledge.

Mrs. Henrietta Harvey (1878-1964) left a significant gift to Memorial University. Her bequest funds continue to enrich our community. Each year, this fund allows Memorial to bring in three or four distinguished lecturers not only to speak to the larger community about issues of interest and importance, but also to spend time in discussion with faculty, students and staff.

Scheduled Lectures

Dr. Helen Rozwadowski

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Department of Classics, the Department of History and the Maritime Studies Research Unit, February 12, 2020

A poster for the upcoming Henrietta Harvey Public Lecture with Dr. Helen Rozwadowski

This year's Henrietta Harvey Public Lecture is Writing Ocean Histories with Dr. Helen Rozwadowski, Professor of History and Maritime Studies at the University of Connecticut and author of the 2018 book Vast Expanses: A History of the Oceans.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Emera Innovation Exchange at 100 Signal Road in St. John's, in the main conference hall (B2007). There is complimentary parking at the building in areas 200 and 201.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Department of Classics, the Department of History and the Maritime Studies Research Unit at Memorial University.

More event details here.

In addition to the lecture, several panels will also be held in conjunction with Dr. Rozwadowski's visit.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Session 1: Ocean Paradigms, Ocean Ethics

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in IIC 3001 (Genesis Boardroom)

  • Brad de Young (Ocean Sciences): “Changing Paradigms of Oceanography and Seeing Human/Ocean Interactions”
  • Brett Favaro (Ocean Sciences): “Climate at the Center of Ocean Studies”
  • Heather Lynn Elliott (Anthropology): “Inland Shipwrecks – The Reach of Ocean and Maritime Culture”

2:30-2:45 coffee break, tea and sandwiches provided.

More details here.

Session 2: Ocean Histories 1

2:45-4:15 p.m. in IIC 3001 (Genesis Boardroom)

  • Kathryn Simonsen (Classics): “'The Sea the Sea!': Ocean in Greek Thought”
  • Sébastien Rossignol (History): “Intercultural Contacts and the Baltic Sea in the Middle Ages”
  • Bill Montevecchi (Psychology, Biology, Ocean Sciences): “The Beothuk and Funk Island”
  • Sarah Wilson (Archaeology): “Seascapes and Icescapes: Navigating the Coast in Northern Labrador”

More details here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Session 3: Ocean Histories 2

9:00 -10:30 a.m. in IIC 3001 (Genesis Boardroom)

Coffee, tea and snacks provided

  • Patricia Dold (Religious Studies): “Of Milk and Monsters: Mythic Ocean in Hindu Narratives”
  • Luke Roman (Classics): “Mare Nostrum: Sea and Land, Mobility and Monument in the Ancient Mediterranean”
  • Milorad Nikolic (Classics): “Ocean in Roman Writers on Natural Philosophy”
  • Daniel Duda (QEII Library): “Story of the Ocean Through Maps”

More details here.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Session 4: Ocean Narratives and Representations

10am – 11:30 a.m. in IIC 3001 (Genesis Boardroom)

Coffee, tea and snacks provided

  • Andrew Loman (English): “Melville’s Benito Cereno”
  • Cory Thorne (Folklore): “Merb’ys, Mermen and Masculinities: Aquapelagic Imaginaries in Contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador”
  • Clay Everest (English): “Lost at Sea: Examining Titanic Narratives”
  • Nancy Pedri (English): “Over the Ocean and Into Us: Comics Mapping Collective Experience with Water”

More details here.

Past Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecturers

Winter 2019

Dr. Kim TallBear, Sponsored by the Department of Gender Studies, March 7, 2019

Fall 2017

Dr. Robert Orsi, Sponsored by Department of Religious Studies, October 5, 7 p.m.

Fall 2015

Dr. Riley E Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, Sponsored by Department of Sociology, October 1, 2015

Winter 2015

Dr. Gavin Bridge, Durham University. Sponsored by Department of Geography - January 15, 2015

Fall 2014

Dr. Jeff Malpas, University of Tasmania. Sponsored by Department of Philosophy - September 29, 2014

Fall 2013

Dr. Henry Glassie, Indiana University. Sponsored by Department of Folklore - October 3, 2013

Winter 2013

Dr. Frederick Newmeyer, University of Washington. Sponsored by Department of Linguistics - February 26, 2013

Fall 2012

Dr. Sandra Whitworth, York University. Sponsored by Departments of Political Science and Gender Studies - October 3, 2012

Fall 2011

  • Dr. Lutgarde Vandeput,Director of the British Institute, Ankara, Turkey. Sponsored by the Department of Classics - October 5, 2011
  • Dr. Maryanne Kowaleski, Fordham University. Sponsored by Department of History - October 20, 2011

Fall 2010

  • Dr. Nigel Waters, George Mason University. Sponsored by Department of Geography - September 29, 2010

Fall 2009

  • Dr. Bonnie McCay, Rutgers University. Sponsored by Department of Gender Studies and Department of Sociology.
  • Dr. Marek Zvelebil, University of Sheffield. Sponsored by Department of Archaeology and Department of Anthropology.

Fall 2008

  • Dr. Gianfranco Pasquino, University of Bologna and Johns Hopkins University. Sponsored by Department of Political Science
  • Dr. Mathieu Marion, Université du Quebec à Montréal.Sponsored by Department of Philosophy

Who was Henrietta Harvey?

Mrs. Henrietta Harvey was a generous benefactress of Memorial University. Born in Nova Scotia in 1878, she first visited St. John's in 1905, accompanied by her mother. The following year she married John Harvey, a St. John's businessman and an important figure in the advancement of education and the fight against tuberculosis in Newfoundland. Mrs. Harvey was widowed in 1920.

When Mrs. Harvey died in 1964, she left a significant bequest to Memorial University. Among the properties were two letters from Rudyard Kipling (she and the Kiplings were warm friends). Memorial University presented these to the University of Dalhousie library, which already had an extensive Kipling collection.

The generous fund which Mrs. Harvey left to the university has been used, in accordance with her wishes, for the general enrichment of University activities in ways which would not otherwise be possible. It was decided that the benefaction would used be for the endowment of Chairs, to cover the costs of special visiting professors, and for the organization of special conferences and lectures.

While her funds were not used for buildings, Memorial's leadership felt it would be fitting to commemorat e her gift in a tangible way. In 1970, at a special ceremony honouring Harvey, Memorial University Library was officially named the Henrietta Harvey Library. This library was replaced by a new one named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, which opened in 1982. Today, the Mathematics Building on our campus bears Mrs. Harvey's name.


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