George Story Distinguished Lecture Series

Dr. George Story (1927-1994) was one of Newfoundland’s most distinguished scholars and teachers, whose scholarship ranged from Erasmus and Lancelot Andrewes, through Christmas mummering in Newfoundland, to the lexicography that resulted in the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. To commemorate and honour Dr. Story’s contribution to research and scholarship, Memorial University endowed an annual George H. Story Distinguished Lecture Series, which reflect the range and variety of Dr. Story’s intellectual interests.

Nominations are now being invited for virtual visits in May 2021. 

The George Story lectureship is normally scheduled to take place in November. For the current academic year, the schedule has been adjusted to reflect the unforeseen circumstances resulting from the ongoing impact of Covid-19. It is anticipated that the regular schedule of nomination process and lectureships will resume for academic year 2021-2022.

Nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences by Friday, February 5, 2021. They should be submitted by email. For more details, please see this PDF.

Scheduled Lectures

Fall 2019

Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega, Assistant Professor in the Public Adminsintration Division of the Centre for Economic Teaching and Research (Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, CIDE) in Mexico - October 29, 7 pm, Bruneau Innovation Centre 

Past Lecturers

Fall 2018

  • Dr. David A. Wilson, Professor of History and Celtic Studies at the University of Toronto. Sponsored by the Department of English and the Department of History - November 8, 2018

Winter 2016

  • Dr. James P. Carly, Professor of the History of the Book, University of Kent at Canterbury. Sponsored by Department of English - April 29, 2016

Fall 2013

  • Dr. Joan Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Chief Editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE). Sponsored by Department of Linguistics - September 25, 2013

Winter 2013

  • Dr. Stuart Elden, Durham University. Sponsored by Department of Philosophy - March 21, 2013

Fall 2011

  • Dr. Rebecca Johnson, University of Victoria. Sponsored by Department of Gender Studies


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000