All Around the Hillsborough speaker series
May 1 & 29
The Hillsborough River Association with support from the Canadian Heritage Rivers' Canada 150 Fund will host a variety of events and activities during 2017 with the over-riding theme of "All Around the Hillsborough." The events will acknowledge and celebrate the history, built heritage, culture, recreational value and natural history of the Hillsborough River. In addition to 2017 being Canada's 150th Anniversary, this year marks the 20th Anniversary of the designation of the Hillsborough as the Island's first Canadian Heritage River.
The All Around the Hillsborough Speaker Series runs from March 27 to May 29. Participating speakers will highlight some of the history and the animals on the Hillsborough. A Q&A with the author will follow each talk. Light refreshments and snacks will be available. Free admission.
JoDee Samuelson, a graduate of the Institute of Island Studies who studied the history of the watermills of PEI and Gotland Island, Sweden, will present Powered by Water: The Mills of the Hillsborough. JoDee’s presentation will cover the spectrum of water powered mills including grist, carding, saw, electric power and other mills along the Hillsborough, and will include two short videos featuring water power entrepreneurs on the Hillsborough. It will held May 1 at Beaconsfield Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Streets in Charlottetown at 7:30 pm.
Georges Arsenault, an Acadian historian, folklorist and author, will present Acadians on the Hillsborough on May 29 at Stratford Town Hall's Southport Room at 7:30 pm. Georges will discuss where and how the Acadians lived along the various courses of the Hillsborough.
Stanhope Historical Society
Stanhope Historical Society’s Spring program is May 15, 7:30 pm at Stanhope Place, 2784 Bayshore Rd, Stanhope. The Stanhope Historical Society is looking forward to the presentation of “Around the World in 80 Days” by Sue Ablett. Dr. Ablett is an enthusiastic and experienced world traveller. She has visited many South American countries, the Far East, Africa, Australia/New Zealand, Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica and other places too numerous to mention. One of her more unusual trips was to North Korea, which she describes as “the most interesting place I have ever visited, and a completely unforgettable trip!” For the last 10 years Sue has been giving talks on her travels to groups in the UK. Her honorariaare always donated to charities she supports. Sue has had a chequered career, starting life as a Russian linguist working for the Government,moving on to University administration and research, and for the last 20 years worked as Executive Director of a national children's cancer charity. She has led an appeal to raise £500,000 to restore the 500-year old historic Bell Tower in her home town of Evesham. More recently Sue Ablett initiated an annual literary festival in Evesham. Her talk, “Around the World in 80 Days,” was compiled for that 2016 Festival and was a sell-out event. Described as a “travel talk with a literary twist,” it contains something for everyone. Sue is no stranger to PEI since her brother, Richard, settled here about 25 years ago. Her visit this May is timed to coincide with her niece’s graduation from UPEI. Free-will donations will support of ongoing projects of the Stanhope Historical Society.
Tourism, Place and Identity
Vinland Society AGM and presentation
The 2017 AGM of the Vinland Society will be held at the Irish Cultural Centre, Charlottetown, on May 25, from 6–7 pm. The meeting will be followed, at 7:30 pm, by a talk presented by visiting Icelandic scholar Gudrun Gunnarsdottir, Director of the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre at the University of Akureyri. The topic of the lecture will be, “Travelling the Literary Landscape of Iceland.” Icelandic cultural heritage is centered around the Icelandic sagas, a medieval literature that is thoroughly woven into Iceland’s rural landscape. Most of the sagas are situated on existing farmsteads and in places that have become well-known destinations for saga enthusiasts, who travel to Iceland to explore and experience first-hand the environment that fostered Njall, Gudrun, Egill, Grettir and other saga heroes or heroines. Today, literary tourism has a growing importance in Iceland – and contemporary literature is also a source for product development around the country. This is further emphasized by Reykjavik’s status as a UNESCO-designated “City of Literature.” In this talk, various examples of literature tourism will be explored and put into context with tourism development in Iceland in general. The public is welcome to attend both the Vinland Society AGM and the Icelandic literary-tourism lecture.
Economic success of Mauritius
Nobel prize-winning economist James Meade predicted a dismal future for Mauritius, when he wrote in 1961, “It is going to be a great achievement if (the country) can find productive employment for its population without a serious reduction in the existing standard of living… (The) outlook for peaceful development is weak.” And yet, nearly 50 years post-independence, on the Global Peace Index, Mauritius ranked No 1 as the most peaceful country in Sub-Saharan Africa and 23rd globally. The country also ranked 1st in Africa on the Word Economic Freedom Index 2016 and is in 5th position internationally, along with Canada, Georgia, Ireland and UAE. Mauritius, an island of 1,852 square km, is located in the Indian Ocean on the east of Madagascar. The island was successively colonised by the Dutch, the French and the British. It became independent in 1968. With a population of nearly $ 1.3 billion, the country derives its identity from a strong fabric of multi-culturalism, multilingualism and African, Asian and European ethnicities. Ouma Cuniah will talk about the drivers behind the economic development of the country and draw comparisons and parallels with other islands sharing similar history and also with PEI. Ouma has been working at UPEI since July 2015. She holds a Masters in Commerce and as a Chartered Certified Accountant, has worked closely with the corporate sector in Mauritius and other neighbouring islands for nearly 2 decades.