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Island Studies April Lecture...

The making of a Canadian military nursing heroine: Georgina Fane Pope
with Katherine Dewar

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 7 p.m.
SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge
University of Prince Edward Island

The April 2018 Island Studies Lecture takes place on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus and will feature author Katherine Dewar speaking about “The Making of a Canadian Military Nursing Heroine.” The heroine in question is Prince Edward Island’s own Georgina Fane Pope (1862-1938) and is the subject of Katherine’s soon-to-be-released book from Island Studies Press: Called to Serve.

How does a young woman, born in 1862 into privileged circumstances in Prince Edward Island, rise to the top echelons of Canadian military nursing leadership? This Island Lecture Series presentation discusses Georgina Pope’s path to power through the second half of the 19th century and into the 20th. Among other things, it addresses the significance of her privileged and powerful lineage, the influence of her parents on her world view, and the inspiration of Florence Nightingale who invoked in Pope a “burning desire” to become an “army nurse” in a faraway land. The story takes us from Georgie’s rather sheltered life in Victorian Prince Edward Island to the “Boston States”; to the dangerous and primitive conditions she experienced as Superintendent of nurses in two South African Wars; to her work in the formation of the nursing component of the Canadian Army Medical Corps (PAMC); and to the battlefields of Europe during the First World War.

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.

Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Watch for another lecture about islands – near and far – May 15. For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.


Island Economies videos now online

Over two days in November 2017, the 1st International Conference on Island Economics brought together a group of international and Chinese scholars to better understand the issues surrounding the topic of island economic change and development. Faculty and staff in Island Studies served as the conference program co-ordinators, and UNESCO Co-chairs Drs. Jim Randall and Godfrey Baldacchino both presented papers. The sharing of knowledge from both sides, together with an audience of 50-60 Chinese and Hainan scholars, government staff, and researchers who actively participated in this event, resulted in rich dialogue, translating examples from other islands around the world into cases that may have relevance to China, and building on the intellectual capacity and international professional networks of Chinese government staff, scholars, and their institutions in island studies and related fields.

Now, an Island Economies video series, featuring international and Chinese speakers, provides summaries of some the presentations. Click here for Jim Randall's introduction to the series; the rest can be found here. Thanks to Jeff Eagar at Hummingbird House Productions for putting them together for us!

IIS Research Associates checking in...

As many of you know, the Institute of Island Studies has a stable of Research Associates: outstanding scholars from around the world whose research is congruent with the Institute’s mandate. (For a complete list, click here.)

In order to share their accomplishments with the broader Island Studies community (you!), we've asked our RAs to send us their stories about recent activities that showcase their research in Island Studies. We'll include them in our monthly newsletters. 

This month we feature PEI's Kathleen Stuart, a 2007 graduate in the Master of Arts in Island Studies Program. On February 20 - Prince Edward Island's Heritage Day - she did a presentation at City Hall on Charlottetown's Energy Milestones. Her talk was in conjunction with an exhibit: "Heat, Lights and the Devil Wagon: A History of Energy and Innovation in Charlottetown." 

Drawing material from her thesis and her chapter "Two Centuries of Energy on PEI" from the award-winning McGill-Queen's/Island Studies Press co-publication Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, Kathleen took the audience on a journey starting with the Charlottetown Gas Light Company that first supplied gas to some 60 houses in 1854; by 1879, 125 street lamps used gas. By 1884, Charlottetown had electric lights, only two years after the first electric lighting in North America appeared in New York City. By 1901, competing firms in the City had amalgamated to form Charlottetown Light and Power, a monopoly with three plants for generating electrical power.

Since then, we have seen tremendous strides in energy technology, with Maritime Electric taking over Charlottetown Light and Power in 1918; the Institute of Man and Resources experimenting in alternate energy technologies in the 1970s; and in the 1980s the PEI Energy Corporation creating an extensive district heating system in Charlottetown using steam from burning wood chips and municipal solid waste. Today, our buildings are built according to the latest environmental standards, with solar arrays for lighting and smart controls for efficiency incorporated into Charlottetown's newest public buildings. And our educational institutions teach the latest in advanced energy technologies, creating a pool of expertise that will be ready to face head-on the complex environmental challenges of climate change.

Congratulations, Kathleen, and thanks for your research that can only help Prince Edward Island move more seamlessly through the next years of the 21st century.


NEW Master of Arts in Island Studies launches at UPEI this August: 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 August 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: 


People, Place & Public Engagement is a conference organized by Memorial University's Office of Public Engagement. The conference will highlight connections and collaborations between universities and the public, share best practises and experiences, and provide opportunities for people and organizations with an interest in public engagement to connect.  

People, Place & Public Engagement takes place October 25-27, 2018. On day 1 is the inaugural Canadian Public Engagement Academy, a day-long professional development and education experience for people working in public engagement or with an interest in learning more. Days 2 and 3 will consist of presentations, panels, workshops, field trips, and more.

Interested in attending? Register here.



Rural Policy Learning Commons
April 2018


Thursday, April 5 2018, 10:00am PST

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 1:00 pm Central CST

CLICK on Webinar Title for more information.

QUESTIONS: Meghan Wrathall,, 819-345-3777
RPLC Webinars are a FREE service to all.  Feel free to forward to others interested in improving rural life for all.

Did you miss a past webinar? Check out these March webinar videos!

Please click on each title to be brought to the video. 
Eco-Assets for Rural Municipalities
Forestry Skills: Thinking Beyong Current Paradigms
Rural Water Infrastructure

You can also click HERE for additional webinar videos and presentations.


Scholarships in climate action offered by the Government of Malta for postgraduate studies at the University of Malta

The Scholarships in Climate Action are being offered as part of the Government of Malta's commitment under the Climate Finance Package to provide support for capacity building in developing States.   

In order to be considered eligible, applicants should be Nationals and current residents of one of the countries indicated in the list available on the unfccc website.

Three scholarships in postgraduate studies are being offered to students seeking to enroll in Postgraduate Studies at the University of Malta commencing in October 2018. Each scholarship will focus on one of the three key areas recognised as essential pathways for ensuring effective climate action on a national level. 

These pathways are: 
  • mitigation of climate change and low carbon transportation
  • adaptation to climate change to enhance resilience for the conservation of living marine resources
  • climate change governance in the context of small island states and territories.

To view full details download the document

Application deadline: 25 May 2018

For further information contact: The International Office, University of Malta by email.


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