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Georgina Pope subject of historic exhibit

opening at the Bedeque Museum 

Saturday, July 6, 2019
10:30 a.m.
950 Callbeck Street, Bedeque, Prince Edward Island

Georgina Pope, whose story was brought to life by Katherine Dewar in her award-winning book, Called to Serve, will be featured in a major exhibition at the Bedeque Museum this summer. Georgina Pope's father, William Henry Pope (Father of Confederation) was born in Bedeque. 

In addition to Georgina, the exhibit introduces us to another First World War nurse with Bedeque connections: Beatrice MacDonald of North Bedeque. Both were highly decorated nurses, with Beatrice serving in France and Belgium, and Georgina in France and England. The exhibit features extensive poster displays, with additional items relating to the War from the PEI Military Museum and from the Howard Clark Collection. Created by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, the exhibit has been shown in other Island venues including Summerside and Charlottetown.

The exhibit on Beatrice MacDonald was created by the Bedeque Museum as an addition to the Pope exhibit. Beatrice was descended from a Scottish family – Gaelic-speaking and Catholic – who settled in 1792 among the English-speaking Protestant Loyalists on the northern bank of the Dunk estuary at what is now North Bedeque. Like Georgina Pope, Beatrice was trained in a New York City hospital, and she served with the American Army during the war and became the most decorated nurse to serve in the First World War.

On Monday, August 12, at 7 p.m., Katherine Dewar will give a lecture on another nurse with Bedeque connections: "Nurse Helen Whidden: Daughter of the Manse, North Bedeque's Forgotten Heroine." All are welcome. 


Island Studies Press author and playwright Malcolm Murray part of Fringe Festival event

All the World's a Stage

Friday, July 5
8-11 p.m.
The Haviland Club, 2 Haviland Street, Charlottetown

Playwright Malcolm Murray, author of The Philosopher, will be part of an Island Fringe Festival event, "All the World's a Stage," at the Haviland Club Friday, July 5, 8-11 p.m. 

Malcolm teams up with Louise Burley, Brynn Cutcliffe, Jennifer Platts-Fanning, and Robbin Ward for an evening of readings and performances. Malcolm's book, The Philosopher, is a collection of nine one-act plays that showcase the range of human complexity from nonsense to wisdom. 

All the World's a Stage is a FREE event; however, donations to the Island Fringe Festival will be greatly appreciated. Everyone is welcome. PLEASE NOTE: These are licensed events with mature content.


L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s)
wins the Gabrielle Roy Prize


L. M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s), a book co-edited by UPEI’s Dr. Jean Mitchell, has won the 2018 Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures’ (AQCL) Gabrielle Roy Prize. The AQCL recognizes two books every year with this prestigious award for literary criticism, one in French and one in English. This year’s awards were announced at the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“On behalf of the Faculty of Arts, I would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Jean Mitchell,” said Dr. Neb Kujundzic, Dean of Arts at UPEI. “To receive a nationally recognized award is a great honour for the faculty and the University of Prince Edward Island.”

“This well-curated collection of essays approaches the intersection of humanity and nature from diverse and exciting perspectives,” reads the feedback from the award jury. Although the individual essays come from a variety of fields, including (but not limited to) literature, animal studies, and law, the collection is both concise and coherent. These excellent analyses of familiar texts and figures provide new and useful insights into individual works and the larger field of ecocritical studies generally. L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) illustrates what anyone familiar with the orchard in Anne of Green Gables already knows—that Montgomery’s flair for pastoral writing is among her finest attributes as a serious writer.”

Accommodation needed for Tasmanian writer-in-residence


Dr. Terry Whitebeach will be the Tasmanian writer-in-residence this fall for the University of Prince Edward Island. The annual exchange of writers between UPEI and the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and University of Tasmania is sponsored at UPEI by the Dean of Arts, Vice-President Academic & Research, Institute of Island Studies, and Department of English. Organizers are seeking accommodation for Dr. Whitebeach. She will be here from September 19 to October 16. She requires a private space; for instance, a self-contained apartment with cooking facilities and bathroom in Charlottetown or close by. Monetary compensation will be provided. The coordinators of her residency – Laurie Brinklow, Deirdre Kessler, and Richard Lemm – attest to the high quality of her character and her reliability as a temporary tenant. If you are able to help, please contact Dr. Laurie Brinklow –


Accommodation needed for visiting scholar:
Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program

Dr. Dacia Leslie, a scholar from Jamaica, will be doing research on PEI this fall, and she, too, requires accommodation from close to the end of August to the end of January.

Her work, which is funded by a Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Award, will be a comparative study of crime prevention in Jamaica and Prince Edward Island. The study, entitled "Data-Driven Tertiary Crime Prevention in Small States: The Case of Jamaica and PEI," builds on her doctoral research and seeks to identify areas for capacity-building needed to improve evidence-based decision making in the correctional services of these two island territories.

If you have any leads on a studio or one-bedroom furnished apartment, please contact Laurie at

And watch for her lecture in the Island Lecture Series this fall!


Researching the Jewish History on Prince Edward Island
by Dr. Joseph Glass


Dr. Joseph B. Glass, who presented a lecture on Jewish fox farmer Leo Frank in our Island Lecture Series last year, has been continuing his research on PEI’s Jewish community. He recently had an article entitled “Researching  the Jewish History or Prince Edward Island” published in the Spring 2019 edition of the Atlantic Jewish Council's Shalom Magazine, found here. Congratulations, Dr. Glass!



Announcing Master of Arts in Island Studies
Scholarship-winners for 2019/2020!

The Master of Arts in Island Studies program is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Entrance Scholarship winners. In addition to Entrance Scholarships for both thesis and course/work-study-based programs, we have two new ones: Continuing scholarships for the Course- & Work-study-based program and the Future Prosperity for PEI scholarships. The latter category was created through a donation from the Joan and Regis Duffy Foundation and the Province of Prince Edward Island's Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning.

Christabel Ampadu
Megan MacDonald

Logan Dawson
Adebayo Olubiyi
David Phillips


Seyram Ahorlu
Kofi Amponsah
Shiau-Fang Liou
Abdulrasheed Oladimeji
Yi Zhan

Jacob Ashong
Louise Campbell
Zijian Yang

Sarah Davison
Joyce Ferguson

Congratulations to all award-winners! We look forward to seeing you - and all our new and returning master's students - this fall!




2019 Sustainable Communities Conference
2019 North Atlantic Forum & CRRF Conference
October 1-4, 2019, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Memorial University and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) and its North Atlantic partners are planning for the 2019 North Atlantic Forum and CRRF Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada in October 2019.

Save the date and plan your participation in the Sustainable Communities Forum. Join rural practitioners, researchers, government, business and non-profit representatives for inspiring presentations, breakout sessions, and interactive discussions on the stresses and solutions of sustainable communities.

The program, complete with keynote speakers, will be updated shortly. In the meantime, here's what's on tap: 

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019, Friday, Oct 4, 2019, Saturday, October 5, 2019 – Keynote Addresses and Parallel Sessions, with Knowledge Mobilization Sessions – Podcasting, Webinars, e-Newsletters, and different presentation formats, covering the following themes:

  • Labour market and Labour Mobility, The Future of Rural Work
  • Food Systems (agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture) and Drinking Water in Rural and Remote Communities
  • Cultural and Heritage Industries and Rural Identity, Tourism, Social Enterprise
  • Rural Engagement

Thursday, October 3, 2019 –  Field Trips with tours and panel sessions, with academic and community experts:

  • Ferryland (Heritage and tourism)
  • Petty Harbour/Lesters’ Farm and aquaponics facility (Social enterprise, food security and rural development)
  • Bell Island (Provision of mental health and addiction services in rural communities)
  • Carbonear (Craft breweries and distilleries as drivers of regional development)

Conference registration is now open. Early bird prices are in effect until July 31, 2019.  
Please click here to register.


Still taking applications for course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies in Island Tourism and Sustainable Island Communities for September 2019

UPEI is recognized as the world leader in delivering a quality Island Studies education, successfully offering a thesis-based Master of Arts in Island Studies program for more than 15 years.

In September 2019, we will be starting a second cohort of the new Island Tourism specialization designed to meet the needs of current and future island-based tourism industry managers, executives, and other professional and public sector researchers. At the same time we are adding a brand-new cohort specializing in Sustainable Island Communities. The specialization in Sustainable Island Communities combines concepts of community development with practices of sustainability on islands to create a cutting-edge post-graduate degree. This focus area is ideal for students interested in the interdependence of physical, ecological, economic, political, cultural and social issues and who want to strengthen their abilities to become effective agents of community change.

An additional focus area in International Relations, Islands, and Public Policy will be offered in 2020. Ask the Program Coordinator Jim Randall at or (902) 620-5013 for more details about the various programs or how to apply.

Course-based stream students participate in hybrid model delivery courses, with all courses delivered through a combination of online, video and face-to-face instruction. You can choose to undertake your degree at home or you can come to Prince Edward Island to complete your degree on the beautiful UPEI campus.

And don't forget that the thesis-based program is still accepting applications!

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