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Island Studies Press launches...

Called to Serve: Georgina Pope, Canadian Nursing Military Heroine

by Katherine Dewar

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7 p.m.
Carriage House, Beaconsfield, Charlottetown

Sunday, June 24, 2 p.m.
Eptek Art & Culture Centre, Summerside


Island Studies Press will launch its newest book, Called to Serve: Georgina Pope, Canadian Nursing Military Heroine, by Katherine Dewar in both Charlottetown and Summerside. The Charlottetown launch is Thursday, May 24, at the Carriage House at Beaconsfield, while the Summerside launch is Sunday, June 24, 2 p.m., at Eptek Art & Culture Centre.

Called to Serve
 documents the life and times of Prince Edward Island's Georgina Fane Pope (1862-1938), daughter of William Henry Pope and Helen Desbrisay Pope. Her journey takes us from Charlottetown, where, inspired by Florence Nightingale, she developed a "burning desire" to become an army nurse; to the Boston States where she trained; to the battlefields of Africa and Europe where she served as a nursing sister and Superintendent of Nurses―and helped establish the nursing corps of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Matron Pope was the first Canadian Nurse decorated with a Royal Red Cross, 1st class, by Queen Victoria. 

In 2007 Georgina Pope’s bronze bust became one of the 14 heroic figures forming a part of the Valiants’ Memorial in Confederation Square, Ottawa. She also appears on the Canadian $5 coin.
Katherine Dewar is the author of the award-winning book, Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War, 1914-1918. Katherine is retired from a career as a nursing instructor at the PEI School of Nursing, and is now committed to researching PEI’s colourful nursing history. Those Splendid Girls was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award, won the Publication of Year award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation and the City of Summerside’s Heritage and Culture department, and Katherine herself is the recipient of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Award of Honour for her outstanding contribution to Prince Edward Island Heritage.
The launches are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881. Books will be on sale for $27.95 in bookstores this coming weekend.





The Folklore Studies Association of Canada / L’Association canadienne d’ethnologie et de folklore Annual Meeting
May 25-27 2018 | UPEI's SDU Main Building 

OPENING REMARKS: Friday, May 25, 5-6:30 p.m., Main Building Faculty Lounge, followed by LECTURE: “Recueillir, conserver et partager la chanson traditionnelle acadienne de l’Île-du-Prince- Édouard” by Georges Arsenault

LECTURE: Saturday, May 26, 5-6:30 p.m., Carriage House, Beaconsfield, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown: “The Witch & the Song Maker as Law Givers in Island Farming & Fishing Communities” by John Cousins

ROUNDTABLE: Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: “A Tribute to Sandy Ives,” with Laurie Brinklow, John Cousins, Pauleena MacDougall, and Rob MacLean and Melissa Mullen of The Homestead Players

Two pre-eminent Island folklorists receive prestigious Marius Barbeau Medal

From 25-27 May 2018, The Folklore Studies Association of Canada / L’Association canadienne d’ethnologie et de folklore will be holding its annual meeting at the University of Prince Edward Island in collaboration with the Institute of Island Studies.
This year’s theme, “Carried on the Waves: Contemporary Currents in Folklore and Ethnology / Porté par les Vagues: Courants Actuels d’Ethnologie et de Folklore”, inspires researchers to explore the flow of expression among various groups over time and place.
Prince Edward Island has long served and continues to serve as an integral hub for multicultural contacts. As Marius Barbeau, widely acknowledged as the founder of Canadian folklore, observed in the Journal of American Folklore in 1918, “Prince Edward Island and some other parts of the Maritime Provinces are very conservative centers in which folk-lore still flourishes.” To this day the Island’s resilient communities continue their long legacy of offering key insights into the expression and transmission of communally maintained knowledge. Whether it is farming and fishing communities redefining their relationships to the land and sea based on the present realities of climate change, the digital construction of narrative in videogame design attracting new Canadians forging their own pathways, or the composition of a fiddle tune for commercial production within the music industry, all of the Island’s groups contribute to our understanding the ebb and flow of human experience.
The executive of FSAC/ACEF are very pleased to announce that both Georges Arsenault and John Cousins, two of Prince Edward Island’s most esteemed folklorists, will receive the association’s Marius Barbeau Medal. The medal is given in recognition of remarkable contributions to folklore and ethnology through individual contributions to teaching, research, and communication―activities in which both Georges and John have excelled. Previous recipients of the Barbeau Medal with fieldwork links to PEI include Dr. John Shaw and the late Dr. Edward “Sandy” Ives.

As Dr. Edward MacDonald, Chair of UPEI”s Department of History notes, “In the year when the Folklore Studies Association of Canada is meeting on PEI, it seems entirely appropriate to recognize two giants of Prince Edward Island folklore for their career contributions to the collection, study, dissemination, and popularization of folklore within this province and beyond: Georges Arsenault and John Cousins. Both Georges and John were born into the communities they have studied, giving them the unique perspective that comes from being at the same time both outsiders and insiders in their research. Both live a conviction that scholarship has a responsibility to speak to the general populace, a duty to help us all better understand the culture that forms our mental and physical landscapes.”
Both Arsenault and Cousins will be giving free lectures open to the general public as part of the conference. Arsenault will present a lecture in French on traditional songs with examples form fieldwork in Prince Edward Island’s Acadian communities, entitled “Recueillir, conserver et partager la chanson traditionnelle acadienne de l’Île-du-Prince- Édouard” on Friday, 25 May, 5:00-6:30PM at the Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building, UPEI. Cousins will present a lecture from his fieldwork and historical research in West Prince communities and beyond in “The Witch & the Song Maker as Law Givers in Island Farming & Fishing Communities” on Saturday, 26 May, 5:00-6:30PM, at Beaconsfield Carriage House, PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation, in downtown Charlottetown.
All are warmly welcomed!


Saying farewell to the founder of the Institute of Island Studies: 
Harry Baglole

We here at Island Studies are very sad to share the news that one of the "godfathers" of Island Studies is seriously ill and is in Palliative Care in Charlottetown. Harry Baglole was the founding Director of the Institute of Island Studies, and the visionary behind much of what has taken place in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island since 1985 - as well as many of the Island's cultural institutions such as Ragweed Press, The Island Magazine, the Macphail Homestead, the Bonshaw Hall, and the Vinland Society. More tributes will no doubt follow, but Harry was thrilled to receive this one from his good friend Gísli Sigurðsson from the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík. Harry visited Iceland several times over the years, and Gisli always greeted him with champagne and smoked salmon breakfasts when he arrived on those early flights from Canada. In typical Harry fashion, he suggested that this letter should be published in the Newsletter. We are more than happy to oblige.
Dear Harry,

My wife Guðrún (that is not the cousin) and I send you our best greetings across the Vinland waters. We have been thinking a lot about you lately as we took on a dog this winter, a border collie/collie blend whom we have been trying to bring up and teach good house-manners. We regret not having the wonderful countryside around our house that we enjoyed so much with you and your dog the last time we visited PEI, setting up sail in search for Vinland - as well as looking in the woods and meadows for clues. Rather we have to teach her traffic rules and how to move in a restricted manner among cars and pedestrians. Not to mention how a dog should treat our new grandson, Vilhjálmur Gísli, who is celebrating his 8th months’ birthday tomorrow - with his mother Jónína only 18 since January. As you can understand the dog is intended for me and Anna, the younger daughter (15), to busy ourselves with something important as Jónína empowers herself within the family with her new motherhood status!

The moment the two of us first met in my cousin Guðrún’s house, when I had just arrived from Greenland many years ago with a clear map of the Gulf in my head after lecturing on the Vinland sagas to the Greenlanders, has had a lasting effect on my life, work and travels ever since. I don’t think I would have been so smitten by the Vinland bug without your enthusiasm and interest in the idea that we could bring PEI into the Vinland-picture. My public talk in Greenland would probably have marked the end of that project without your input. But we certainly made a go for it and I think we have managed to make a lasting mark with our efforts. A new complete five volume edition of the sagas in Icelandic is just coming out in June with a map showing Leifur Eiríksson’s voyage to PEI and currently a film-company here in Reykjavík is financing a documentary on our friend Guðríður - and they have hired me as their main advisor and Attenborough. So we are not even near the finishing line on this Vinland-tour. 

Another and not less enjoyable fruit from our meeting was when you took the initiative to invite the Motet-choir to PEI in 2001 with the most generous reception and welcome that we received across Canada - even though PEI was the only location where we were not met by a committee of our fellow countrymen or their descendants in Canada. The lobster and mussels party that you arranged then is still referred to in the choir as an emblem of the highest standard in how to receive a choir. Hörður now sends his best greetings. He just returned from Seattle where he was conducting a Norwegian choir brought over to celebrate the opening of a new Scandinavian culture house in the city.

Your visit with Sebastian and Keith was an occasion for us to join you on one of the most enjoyable daytrips we have had in Iceland, sharing their excitement and having the opportunity to enjoy the land in such fine weather as we had - with their eyes. I can still smell our barbecue on the balcony in the evening when we postponed the game of golf for later as we opened our respective beers… Please give them my best greetings. I am so glad you all managed to go to England last year.

Dear Harry, I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with you and do all the things we did together - with much still to be done. Your initiative and continuous drive for the good causes you have chosen to support is one of a kind but serves as an inspiration for all of us who are less gifted but still want to improve ourselves. I understand that your physical strength is not what it used to be but I am confident that your spirit is still high and that you will continue to follow your dreams and lead the way for the rest of us through woods and across plains and seas to the Vinland wonderlands on the other side where wild grapes and wheat grow freely and the salmon are bigger than we have ever seen before. I know you are blessed and surrounded by friends and family. Please give them all my best regards and warmest wishes,

your friend,



Island Studies Press books up for PEI Book Awards

This Saturday, May 26, at 7 p.m. two Island Studies Press books are up for the PEI Book Award at the 31st Cox & Palmer Literary Awards gala at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. They are John Cousins' New London: The Lost Dream, and Jane Ledwell's Bird Calls. Congratulations to John and Jane, and to all the shortlisted authors!

Admission is free, but please RSVP here


Islands of the World Conference, June 10-14,
in Leeuwarden and Terschelling, The Netherlands

Island Studies aficionados from around the world will meet in the Netherlands June 10-14, for the 16th Islands of the World Conference: The Changing Future of Islands. Representing University of Prince Edward Island are Drs. Jim Randall and Laurie Brinklow, along with MAIS student Emerald Naylor. Of course, ISISA President Dr. Godfrey Baldachino, along with Anna Baldacchino, will be there, too - along with longtime Island Studies supporter Dr. Peter Meincke, and IIS Advisory Committee member Dr. Andrew Jennings. Plus, I'm sure, more that I've missed! Looking forward to talking islands, to catching up with old friends, and to seeing the beautiful island of Terschelling.

And the host locations of our upcoming ISISA conference - Leeuwarden and Terschelling - are Lonely Planet's #3 in the top places to visit in Europe this year! Here's what they have to say:

#3 - Friesland, the Netherlands Most people visiting the Netherlands make a beeline for Amsterdam, but this year the province of Friesland is stepping into the limelight. It joins its capital Leeuwarden, a small city with a thriving cafe culture, eclectic shopping and canals lined with historic houses, as European Capital of Culture 2018. The city is going all out with a program of installations, festivals and events, including a major exhibition in the Fries Museum inspired by one of Leeuwarden’s best-known former residents: artist M.C. Escher. Beyond the city, fertile fields criss-crossed by dykes frame a new art route – Sense of Place – that will celebrate the region’s beguiling landscape, a highlight of which is the peaceful quartet of islands in the Unesco World Heritage-listed Wadden Sea, the perfect spot to escape amid sand dunes, long beaches and tidal flats.

Congratulations to this year's graduates in the
Master of Arts in Island Studies Program

We congratulate four graduates of the MAIS program in 2018: Erin Rowan, Janice Pettit, Nathaniel Preston, and Simone Webster-Stahel! Job well done! 

Here's a happy snap of Jim, with Janice and Simone just after they crossed the stage at Convocation.


UPEI Announces 
Tenure-Track Position

Tier II Canada Research Chair - School of Climate Change and Adaptation - Faculty of Science

The University of Prince Edward Island seeks a dynamic researcher who engages in independent and collaborative multidisciplinary research, who is recognized by their peers as a potential leader in areas of increasing national and international significance and of emerging importance at UPEI. This position is situated within the innovative new School of Climate Change and Adaptation, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation and has a Master of Science in Climate Change and Adaptation under development. The strategic areas of research for the School of Climate Change and Adaptation include data and policy analysis for transition to low-carbon economies, coastal system impacts, clean technology innovation in support of agriculture and aquaculture, and climate change and human health.

For more information, please click here.

Accepting applications in the
NEW Master of Arts in Island Studies launches at UPEI this September: Island Tourism


You may be familiar with the University of Prince Edward Island’s well-respected thesis-based Master of Arts in Island Studies postgraduate program. In September 2018 we are launching a brand-new course- and work-study-based MA program to complement this thesis option. 

In order to meet the growing global demand for professionals in the island tourism sector, the first cohort of 25 students will specialize in Island Tourism. This innovative program allows you to complete most of your classes online from anywhere in the world, with two short summer sessions on beautiful Prince Edward Island. Alternatively, you could complete your entire program on PEI. It also incorporates two work-study classes that allow you to work directly with island tourism organizations and companies. 

We are now accepting applications. For more information or to contact us about this new Island Tourism program or our other Island Studies specializations, click here: 

We will be scheduling an interactive webinar soon. Stay tuned for more information.


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