The Future, the Arts, and Ecology
From March 3-5, 2016, a three-day interdisciplinary ecology event occured at Memorial. The event began on 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 3rd in the Great Hall at Queen's College with an engaging talk by Professor Heather Eaton of Saint Paul University and a response from Dr. Michelle Rebidoux from Religious Studies, Memorial University. This was followed by an open reception. At 9:00 am on Friday, March 4th in the Junior Common Room, Dr. Antoine Guggenheim of the Bernardine College in Paris, opened a day of interdisciplinary presentations with a lecture on Thomas Aquinas. After Dr. Guggenheim's talk, two interdiciplinary panels, one in the humanities and another in the social sciences, fostered vivacious collaborations between featured speakers and audience members, who were given the opportunity to exchange ideas in small groups. On Friday evening in the Rocket Room on Water Street, Innu Elder Elizabeth Penashue delivered a powerful talk about "Why the Land is Sacred to the Innu". On Saturday, an activist panel entitled, Towards our Future: Activism in Newfoundland and Labrador, took place in the Junior Common Room at Memorial. The event concluded with a memorable evening at The Rooms, sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada. Prof. Heather Eaton, Prof. Bill Montevecchi, and Prof. Sean McGrath offered talks, and the evening concluded with a showing of Dr. Barry Stephenson's film of “The Future of Nature: Images and Voices”, followed by a reception and gallery tour. Dr. Stephenson's film reminded us of the memories, collaborations and concerns shared at The Future of Nature event, which was held on the West Coast of Newfoundland in September, 2015.