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Situating L’Anse aux Meadows in the Vinland Sagas 
Hosted by the Vinland Society

Featuring Dr. Birgitta Wallace

WHEN: Sunday, February 12 | 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Irish Cultural Centre
(Storm date: Monday, February 13 | 7:30 p.m. | Location: The Carriage House, Beaconsfield)

Where does Prince Edward Island figure, if at all, in the great saga of Vinland, the bounteous land explored by Leif the Lucky, sailing from Greenland more than a thousand years ago? This will be one of the subjects addressed in an upcoming public lecture sponsored by the Vinland Society of Prince Edward Island.

The speaker is Birgitta Wallace, noted archaeologist and Canada’s leading authority on the Norse site at L’Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland. This site was found and excavated in the 1960s by a Norwegian expedition led by Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad.

The talk will take place on Sunday, February 12, at the Benevolent Irish Society Hall/Irish Cultural Centre on North River Road in Charlottetown. Start time is 7:30 p.m.  Admission is by free-will donation. Everyone is welcome. (Storm date is Monday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Beaconsfield's Carriage House on Kent Street in Charlottetown.)


The title of Ms. Wallace’s lecture is “Situating L’Anse aux Meadows in the Vinland Sagas.” Her conclusion is that the L’Anse aux Meadows site was not a colonizing venture. Instead, it was a base for wide-flung explorations of other areas in all directions, particularly to the south, into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Thus it served as “the gateway into Vinland.” She states that the archaeological evidence is unequivocal that the Vikings travelled to “more hospitable areas where butternuts grew on large trees and grapes grew wild.” 
Birgitta Wallace is a graduate in Nordic Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. Her main research interest is the West Norse expansion into North America. At L’Anse aux Meadows, she worked with both the early Norwegian expedition and the later Parks Canada excavations, eventually assuming responsibility for the analysis of all the archaeological material. She has been curator on numerous international exhibits, among them the blockbuster millennium exhibit The North Atlantic Saga for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. 
She is the author of more than 80 articles on matters concerning the West Norse and Vinland, and her book, Westward Vikings: the Saga of L’Anse aux Meadows, originally published in 2006, has gone through a second printing. Copies of this book will be on sale at the lecture. 


Island Lecture Series February Lecture: 
PEI and the Maggies: Long-standing Connections

Featuring Georges Arsenault

WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 7 p.m.
WHERE: SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge

The February Island Studies Lecture is Thursday, February 23, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, featuring Island historian Georges Arsenault, speaking about connections between Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands. Arsenault has explored links going as far back as 250 years to the pre-Deportation years when Islanders sailed to the Maggies to participate in the walrus hunt.
In more recent times, when the Magdalen Islands were part of the Catholic Diocese of Charlottetown, many PEI priests served in the Maggies while priests from there were posted in Island parishes. Later, over 30 young Acadian women from the Island studied at the Havre-aux-Maisons Normal School and came back home to teach, mainly in Acadian schools. Since the early 1900s, young people from the Maggies have been coming to work and study on the Island. In the last decade or so, the PEI Acadian and Francophone community has cooperated with the Magdalen Islands to develop projects in both the cultural and economic fields. Arsenault will explore the many connections that have been forged over the centuries between these insular communities.


A native of Abram-Village, Georges Arsenault lives in Charlottetown. He is the author of many publications on Acadian history and folklore and a well-known lecturer. He is the president of the Sister Antoinette DesRoches Historical Society. Georges was recently made a member of the Order of Canada. 
Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Watch for details for another lecture about islands – near and far – March 14! For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.



Presenting the 2016 MAIS scholarship award-winners!

Congratulations to scholarship winners in the Master of Arts in Island Studies program, presented at the Island Studies Holiday Social in December! Scholarships include those from UPEI donors, the Entrance Scholarships, and other national or international awards. 

L to R.: Crystal Burrows, Mark Carr-Rollitt, Satyajit Sen, Jim Randall (MAIS Co-ordinator), Jennifer White, Owen Jennings, and Pooja Kumar. Missing from the photo: Eric Gilbert and Erin Rowan.



The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference
is looking for papers, presentations, and stories
from across rural Canada!

We know that the world is always changing, but in rural Canada, we feel that today more keenly than at any other time in recent history. From changing environment to new work realities, from rapidly advancing technology to new economic opportunities, local governments, community groups, and rural researchers find themselves facing those changes head on. The good news is that none of us are alone and together we can piece the puzzle of a more sustainable and prosperous future for rural Canada. That’s what the 2017 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference is all about. Bringing together researchers, policy-makers, and community leaders, this is a unique opportunity to learn from colleagues, share your own successes, and hear about the latest research on issues that matter to communities and people who call rural Canada home.

The first call for abstracts is open until March 10, 2017. Click here to learn more: 




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