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Congratulations to John Cousins,
winner of the 2018 PEI Book Award for non-fiction!

The Prince Edward Island Book Awards were handed out at the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards in Charlottetown on Saturday, May 25, 2018, and Island Studies Press’s book, New London: The Lost Dream by John Cousins, won the award for non-fiction. Congratulations, John!

That same evening, John received the Marius Barbeau Award from The Folklore Studies Association of Canada / L’Association canadienne d’ethnologie et de folklore. Unable to be in two places at once, John's niece Emma accepted the Book Award on his behalf.

New London: The Lost Dream picked up the Publication of the Year Award (2016) from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, and was also a finalist in the Atlantic Book Awards, Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing.


Public talk by Earle Lockerby...
Excellence and Benevolence:
Fanning Grammar School

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 10 a.m. | Keir Memorial Museum, Malpeque

An illustrated talk will be given by Earle Lockerby on Wednesday, July 11 at Keir Memorial Museum, Malpeque, at 10 AM. The title of his presentation is “Excellence and Benevolence: Fanning Grammar School.”

This school building still exists and is located within Cabot Park in Malpeque. It is said to be one of the oldest rural schools of PEI still in existence and is perhaps the only one consisting of two storeys. The school building, which is believed to date from about 1830, has a storied past, partly because of its connection to the family of Governor Fanning, and partly because it was one of three grammar schools established on the Island. These schools provided for a higher level of education than other rural schools. Even before their establishment, Malpeque had gained a reputation for its excellence of schooling under the wing of Rev. Dr. John Keir. It is believed that a few of the leading families of Charlottetown sent their sons to Malpeque to be schooled. Also, several of the school’s teachers went on to very distinguished careers of their own, one of these being Sir Andrew Macphail.


IIS Founding Director Harry Baglole recognized in the Senate of Canada

by The Honourable Diane F. Griffin, Senator for Prince Edward Island
June 4, 2018


I rise today to mark the passing of Harry Baglole of Bonshaw, Prince Edward Island. He was involved in many Island institutions, some of which he helped establish, including The Island Magazine, Theatre PEI, the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, the Island Nature Trust, the Belfast Historical Society, and Farmers Helping Farmers.

Probably one of Harry’s greatest loves was the Sir Andrew Macphail Foundation, for which he recently served as president of the board. This gave him the opportunity to bring together human-sized agriculture, theatrical presentation, and the preservation of the Island home of Sir Andrew Macphail, a man whose work Harry greatly admired. Macphail had been a professor of medicine at McGill University, an author, and in World War I served at the front as a medical officer.

Prince Edward Island was near and dear to Harry Baglole’s heart. He loved it at the micro level such as annually planting hundreds of spring bulbs and a significant vegetable garden. He also loved it at the macro level, which meant advocating for keeping the landscape in agriculture of a human scale. To this end, he worked as the founding Director at the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Mr. Baglole worked on publications, on organizing public fora, and on influencing policy makers in various levels of government.

Harry, although keenly interested in public policy, never ran for office for any political party. He preferred to be an “ideas” person with a low profile; as a result, many candidates and elected politicians of different stripes had the benefit of his counsel.

A celebration of Harry’s life is being held tonight in Charlottetown.

I have never known a more altruistic person than Harry Baglole. I miss him, and I extend my sympathy to his family and friends.

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road
Islands Economic Cooperation Forum
now online

The Annual Report 2017 LR April, published by Island Studies Press in partnership with the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Hainan Province, was launched at the Boao Forum for Asian Annual Conference April 8-11, 2018. Executive Editor-in-Chief is Dr. James Randall, working with Editor Dr. Laurie Brinklow and Designer Joan Sinclair. READ MORE...


16th ISISA Islands of the World Conference 2018 Short Report

Last month, we reported that Jim and Laurie, along with MAIS student Emerald Naylor, were heading off to attend the 16th ISISA Islands of the World Conference 2018 in the Netherlands. We're now back, and here's a report and photo gallery, from the crackerjack organizing team at Waddenacademie. 

Organizers of the 17th ISISA Islands of the World Conference, June 22-26, 2020 in St. John's, NL, have big boots to fill!

At the General Meeting of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA), the following Executive Committee was acclaimed:

President: Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino
Vice-President: Dr. Beate Ratter
Secretary: Dr. Laurie Brinklow
Treasurer: Ms. Rosie Alexander
Members: Drs. Elaine Stratford, Nenad Starc, Jonathan Pugh, Adam Grydehøj, and Stefano Malatesta

Thanks to all for a successful conference, and it was wonderful to meet up with so many members of our Island Studies family in Leeuwarden and Terschelling! See you in St. John's!


IIS Research Associates News
Features Dr. Joshua MacFadyen

Dr. Joshua MacFadyen's article on energy in PEI agriculture was published as one of 12 case studies in a new Special Issue of Regional Environmental Change. The Special Issue is called "Energy transitions in agroecosystems: Long-term changes in agroecosystem energy efficiencies on both sides of the Atlantic," and the Table of Contents is available here.

The article, which examines the changing flows and function of energy in PEI agriculture at multiple scales, is called "Energy in a woodland-livestock agroecosystem: Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1870–2010." The article suggests that PEI agriculture industrialized relatively late and continued cycling large quantities of biomass energy in large part because of the centrality of livestock to the rural economy. 

The findings are consistent with some of the recent work done on PEI by Agriculture Canada. You might remember those reports that came out over the winter arguing that the Island soil's organic material is declining in part because the recent decline in livestock, and by extension, manure for the soil. Similarly, the decline in livestock has meant that the energy that supplies Island agricultural is increasingly being diverted from the biomass cycle and being replaced by fossil-fuel based inputs.

Master of Arts in Island Studies news

Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) student Jocelyn Plourde successfully defended his thesis entitled "From Policy to Action – Renewable Energy in Samsø, Denmark." Thanks to Joce's Examination Committee, including external examiner Dr. Hafþór Ægir Sigurjónsson, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland; committee member Dr. Don Desserud, Political Science, UPEI; and co-supervisors Dr. Carolyn Peach Brown, Environmental Studies, UPEI: and Dr. Irene Novacezk, MAIS Graduate Faculty. Congratulations, Joce!

Reminder about upcoming UPEI Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference conference August 11-13: hats off to MAIS students Crystal Burrows, Emerald Naylor, and Jennifer White who will be presenting papers!

(Still) 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. It 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: 




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