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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 7 p.m. | UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge, UPEI
Dr. Sharon Myers presents Island Studies December Lecture:
The Murderous Mother and the Meanings of Minnie McGee
The December Island Studies Lecture is Tuesday, December 6, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, featuring Dr. Sharon Myers speaking about “The Murderous Mother and the Meanings of Minnie McGee.”
In July 1912, 36-year-old Minnie McGee (nee Mary Cassidy, 1875-1953) of St. Mary’s Road, was tried and sentenced to hang for the murder of her son. While charged only in the death of 10-year-old John, evidence suggests she had killed all six of her children during the same week that spring.
At trial, McGee’s lawyer and family members, indeed McGee herself, would raise questions about her mental condition, but the defense declined to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. The jury found McGee guilty and the judge sentenced McGee to hang. Over the course of the next weeks, over 130 people in the larger Georgetown area signed a petition for clemency, requesting the federal Minister of Justice to “commute her sentence on a plea of insanity.” The commutation was awarded and McGee would spend the rest of her life in a variety of provincial and federal institutions.
Dr. Myers’ research follows McGee’s life in and out of institutions, showing a pattern of occurrences in McGee’s “criminal” life where the state chose to discipline and punish with far lighter touch than might be expected.
Sharon Myers is a member of the Department of History and former Coordinator of the Canadian Studies Programme at UPEI. She studies the relationships among the state, women, and children in the late 19th– and early 20th-century Maritimes, and is especially interested in histories of law and social welfare.
October 27, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS to Diane Griffin, Institute of Island Studies Advisory Council Member, who has been appointed to the Senate of Canada!
Diane has been a long-time supporter of the Institute, having served on its Advisory Board and as Chair of many of our Public Forums over the years. We applaud her appointment wholeheartedly.
Diane will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Red Chamber – along with her passion for all things Prince Edward Island.
July 22, 2016
A Tribute to Long-time Friend of the Institute of Island Studies: Dr. George McRobie
by Harry Baglole
Dr. George McRobie died in Charlottetown on Friday, July 2, 2016. The trajectory of his remarkable life took him from his birthplace of Moscow (1925), through his childhood in northern Scotland, his highly successful career in London and throughout the world, and finally here to Prince Edward Island, his half-time home since 2009. He was a man of great personal warmth and charm, much beloved by his many friends on the Island. READ MORE
Two good friends of the Institute of Island Studies receive awards at the 2016 Congress in Calgary!
Congratulations go out to Dr. Lisa Chilton and Dr. Edward MacDonald of UPEI’s history department, who were nationally recognized for excellence in research and service. READ MORE…
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