Island Lecture Series October Lecture: UPEI takes part in Faroe Islands International Community Energy Challenge

The Island Lecture Series gets under way once again on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus. This lecture features a presentation by UPEI students and their professor about an experiential learning opportunity that took them to the Faroe Islands in May.

Six students, along with Professor Anna Demeo from the Sustainable Design Engineering School, were part of a week-long immersion program called the International Community Energy Challenge that took place in the Faroe Islands May 13-22, 2019. Sponsored by the Hydrogen Learning Network, with funding from Nordic Atlantic Cooperation (NORA), the program included universities from five countries: Canada, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and the Faroe Islands. The objective of the ICEC was to immerse students in both the culture and community of the Faroe Islands while they tackled a real and current energy project for a local business or organization.

Student teams, comprised of students from each university, researched, developed, and proposed solutions for community clients. The outcome was intended to both provide clients with a fresh perspective for their business or organization while offering students the opportunity to work across disciplines to conceptualize solutions and put classroom skills to use in a tangible way. The program brought together students from all over the world and from a plethora of disciplines including business, environmental studies, engineering, communications, education, and climate change. Throughout the program, students participated in local activities to gain a better understanding of the people and the culture of the Faroe Islands.

Please join us to hear students Catherine Kennedy (Environmental Studies), Daniel Wartman (Engineering), Stephanie Arnold (Climate Change), Jane Lillian Mac Isaac (Math), Jordan Torrealba (Engineering), and Ellen Ross (Business), along with their professor, Dr. Anna Demeo (Engineering), talk about their experience and learn more about the Faroe Islands.

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

For more information, please contact Laurie at iis@upei.ca or (902) 894-2881.

PEI-Tasmania Writers’ Exchange hosts Tasmanian writer, Dr. Terry Whitebeach

Dr. Terry Whitebeach is an esteemed Australian young adult novelist, biographer and historian, poet, creative writing mentor, community developer, and social activist from Tasmania. She will be the UPEI Writer in Residence this fall semester. Her residency is sponsored by the UPEI Dean of Arts, Institute of Island Studies, and English Department.

During her residency, Dr. Whitebeach will give a public reading in The Carriage House at Beaconsfield in Charlottetown on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. She will also lead a creative writing workshop on Saturday, October 5, 9:30-4:00 at UPEI.

In 2017, she received the Tasmanian Human Rights Award for “her writing, teaching, facilitation and collaborative work with other writers.” Among her recent contributions are Voices of Strength, an anthology of Indigenous women’s writing; oral histories of migrant women for a Tasmanian Museum exhibition; Steps and Stories, an anthology of accounts by adult literacy students; and When I Was a Boy in Sudan and When I Was a Girl in Sudan, bilingual picture books for Sudanese refugee children.

Her publications range from All the Shamans Work in Safeway, a poetry collection for young adults, and The Versatile Man: The Life and Times of Alexander Donald Pwerle Ross, a life history of an Aboriginal stockman, to radio plays Antarctic Journey and Mill Ends, about women textile workers, and young adult novels Watersky and Bantam.

Her workshop at UPEI is called “Creating a Little Book of Dreams,” and will be a “cheerful, interactive workshop on the poetics, grammar, and materiality of dreams – suitable for both prose writers and poets.” Participants will explore the value and use of “dream, reverie, and vision” for their writing, and draft short fiction, poems, or factual narratives of dreams. The workshop is limited to fifteen participants.

For further information about and to register for the workshop, contact Prof. Lee Ellen Pottie: lpottie@upei.ca. Admission is free for Dr. Whitebeach’s public reading.



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