THE INSTITUTE OF ISLAND STUDIES (IIS) is a research, education, and public policy institute based at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada. With an emphasis always on Prince Edward Island, the work of the Institute focuses on the culture, environment, and economy of small islands.
Island Lecture Series
The Goose and the Golden Egg: The Environmental Turn in Island Tourism, 1970-1990 with Dr. Ed MacDonald WATCH THE VIDEO
Tuesday, Febuary 18, 2020 | 7 p.m. | SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge
The Island Lecture Series February lecture featured Dr. Ed MacDonald speaking about tourism and the environment.
Tourism has always traded on Prince Edward Island’s pastoral landscape and pristine beaches, but as the old summer trade became mass tourism in the 1970s, promoters and planners began to worry that uncontrolled development would kill the goose that laid the golden egg. READ MORE…
Beyond the Asylum: The Evolution of Mental Health Care in Prince Edward Island, 1846-2017 with Dr. Tina Pranger WATCH THE VIDEO
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 7 p.m. | SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge
The Island Lecture Series January lecture featured Dr. Tina Pranger speaking about her book documenting the history of mental health care on Prince Edward Island. READ MORE…
“Don’t Discard the Utilitarian Aims”: Revisiting the UK Prison Offerwith Dr. Dacia LeslieTuesday, December 10, 2019 | 7 p.m. | Main Building Faculty Lounge, UPEI Campus
The Island Lecture Series December lecture featured a visiting scholar from Jamaica, Dr. Dacia Leslie, speaking about Jamaica’s prison system: “Don’t Discard the Utilitarian Aims”: Revisiting the UK Prison Offer.
Shifting sands: Capturing climatic and cultural change through art with Brenda Whiteway Tuesday, November 19, 2019| 7 p.m. SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge | UPEI campus
The Island Lecture Series November lecture featured Charlottetown visual artist Brenda Whiteway talking about her most recent undertaking, the White Sands PEI Shoreline Project. Her presentation melds images and words to create “Shifting sands: Capturing Climatic and cultural change through art.” READ MORE…
ISLAND LECTURE SERIES UPEI and the Faroe Islands International Community Energy Challenge with UPEI students Tuesday, October 22, 2019| 7p.m. SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge | UPEI campus
This kick-off lecture to the 2019-2020 season featured a presentation by UPEI students and their professor about an experiential learning opportunity that took them to the Faroe Islands in May: The Faroe Islands International Community Energy Challenge.
ISLAND LECTURE SERIESFrom policy to action: Lessons from Samsøwith Jocelyn Plourde Tuesday, March 19 | 7 p.m. SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge | UPEI campus WATCH THE VIDEO
The March lecture featured Jocelyn Plourde speaking about his Island Studies master’s research in Samsø, Denmark.
“From Policy to Action” is a research project that delves into the link between public policy and the deployment of renewable energy systems. At the heart of the research is a case study of the Danish island community of Samsø.
READ MORE…_____________________________________________________________________ISLAND LECTURE SERIESMore than sun and pineapples: A look into the culture of astronomical sciences in Hawai’iwith Emerald Naylor Tuesday, February 19 | 7 p.m. SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge | UPEI campusWATCH THE VIDEO
The Island Lecture Series February lecture featured Island Studies master’s student Emerald Naylor speaking about her research in Hawai’i.
“More than sun and pineapples: A look into the culture of astronomical sciences in Hawai’i” is a research project that focuses on the importance and popularity of astronomy on the Big Island of Hawai’i. READ MORE…
__________________________________________________________________“To be free is very sweet”: The story of Mary Prince, a West Indian slave with Dr. Margôt Maddison-MacFadyenTuesday, January 15 | 7 p.m. SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge | UPEI campus WATCH THE VIDEO
The Island Lecture Series January lecture featured Dr. Margôt Maddison-MacFadyen speaking on the topic, “To be free is very sweet”: The story of Mary Prince, a West Indian slave. READ MORE
Space and Place in Musical Identity on PEI: A Sonic Habitus with Dr. Kate Bevan-Baker Tuesday, December 11 | 7 p.m. | SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge, Room 201
WATCH THE VIDEOThe Island Lecture Series December lecture featured Dr. Kate Bevan-Baker speaking about “Space and Place in Musical Identity on PEI: A Sonic Habitus.”A culture is often defined by its music, language, and traditions that are passed down from one generation to the next. This lecture maps out Irish sonic territories across PEI and explore the musical place and mobility of the music’s performers and listeners. READ MORE…
The Life and Times of Dr. Leo Frank: A Jewish Fox Rancher
with Dr. Joseph GlassTuesday, November 20, 2018 | 7 p.m. | SDU Main Building Faculty LoungeWATCH THE VIDEO
The Island Lecture Series November lecture featured Dr. Joseph Glass speaking about “The Life and Times of Dr. Leo Frank: A Jewish Fox Rancher.” Hidden away in Stratford, PEI, a small municipal park is named in memory of a former resident, Dr. Leo Frank, a unique individual in the Jewish and general history of PEI.
Is the “Island way of life” lost when the ferry becomes a bridge? with Janice Pettit Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 7 p.m. | SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge
The Island Lecture Series kicked off another season, featuring Ms. Janice Pettit speaking about her master’s research: “Is the ‘Island way of life’ lost when the ferry becomes a bridge?” READ MORE…
ISLAND LECTURE SERIES MAY LECTURE Anne of Charlottetown and Summerside: L.M. Montgomery’s Urban PEI with Dr. Kate Scarth Tuesday, May 15, 2017 | 7 p.m. | SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge
The May 2018 Island Studies Lecture featured L.M. Montgomery scholar Dr. Kate Scarth speaking about “Anne of Charlottetown and Summerside: L.M. Montgomery’s Urban PEI.”This presentation followed Anne of Green Gables to urban PEI: to Charlottetown and Summerside. In Anne of Green Gables, Anne goes to Queen’s College—a fictional version of Prince of Wales College—and in Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne is the principal of Summerside High School. READ MORE…
ISLAND STUDIES GUEST LECTURE Alderney: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats! with David EarlThursday, May 3, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Main Building Faculty Lounge
A special guest lecture in the Island Studies Lecture Series featured David Earl from Alderney, in the Channel Islands, speaking about Alderney: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats! The aim of this lecture was to paint a picture of the island and its people, as well illustrating its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The lecture will be followed by an opportunity for questions, answers, and suggestions! READ MORE…_____________________________________________________________________
The Making of a Canadian Military Nursing Heroine
with Katherine Dewar Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Main Building Faculty Lounge The April 2018 featured author Katherine Dewar speaking about “The Making of a Canadian Military Nursing Heroine.” The heroine in question is Prince Edward Island’s own Georgina Fane Pope (1862-1938) and is the subject of Katherine’s soon-to-be-released book from Island Studies Press: Called to Serve. READ MORE…______________________________________________________________________Overcoming “Small Size” in the Caribbean: The Role of CARICOM
with Dr. Nand C. Bardouille Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Main Building Faculty Lounge The March 2018 Island Studies Lecture featured Dr. Nand C. Bardouille speaking about the important role of regional integration in positioning Caribbean island states to overcome the disadvantages associated with “small size.” READ MORE…_______________________________________________________________
Unearthing the mysteries of Prehistoric PEI
with Will Beckett Tuesday February 13, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Main Building Faculty Lounge WATCH THE VIDEO Island filmmaker/photographer Will Beckett brought his childhood fascination with prehistoric life to the Lecture Seires when he spoke about the adventures behind his upcoming Web documentary series, Prehistoric PEI. READ MORE…
_______________________________________________________________Tuesday, May 16, 2017| 7 p.m. | UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge Island Studies May Lecture: The Economic Success of Mauritius with Ouma CuniahThe May 2017 Island Studies Lecture featured Mauritius native and now Prince Edward Islander, Ms Ouma Cuniah, speaking about the economic success of her home island, Mauritius. READ MORE…
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 7 p.m. | UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge
Island Studies April Lecture: Saint Helena: An island in flux
with Owen Jennings
The April 2017 lecture featured Master of Arts in Island Studies student Owen Jennings speaking about Saint Helena: An island in flux. READ MORE…
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 7 p.m. | UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge
Island Studies March Lecture: “Scale and Governance” on Small Islands
with Dr. Peter Buker
The March Island Studies Lecture featured Dr. Peter Buker speaking about scale and governance, including its effects on small islands such as Prince Edward Island.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 7 p.m. | UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge
Island Studies February Lecture: PEI and the Maggies: Long-standing Connections
The February Island Studies Lecture featured 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. READ MORE and watch the video…
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 7 p.m. | UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge Island Studies January Lecture: Focus on Ireland
The January Island Studies Lecture featured MAIS graduate student Erin Rowan speaking about her research on “islandness” in Ireland. She was joined by Eoin O Beaglaoich, a visiting lecturer in Irish culture and language at UPEI, and musician in residence at Holland College. READ MORE and watch the video…
L-R: Dr. Lisha O’Sullivan and Dr. Emer Ring, professors at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick; Dr. Ring’s daughter Iseult; and UPEI graduate student Erin Rowan at Cill Rialaig Famine Village, County Kerry, Ireland.
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 featured UPEI’s 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.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 7 p.m. | UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge, UPEI
Dr. Jean Mitchell presents Island Studies November Lecture: Stories of Weathering Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu: Leaf-houses, Flying Foxes, and Body Bags
The November Island Studies Lecture featured Dr. Jean Mitchell sharing Stories of Weathering Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu: Leaf-houses, Flying Foxes, and Body Bags. READ MORE...
October 18, 2016 | 7 p.m. | UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge, UPEI
Dr. Edward MacDonald presents Island Studies October Lecture: The Romance of Prince Edward Island: A Tour Through the 1941 Visitors’ Guide
Kicking off the Island Lecture Series 2016-2017 season was UPEI historian Edward MacDonald, who presented a public lecture, “The Romance of Prince Edward Island: A Tour Through the 1941 Visitors’ Guide.” READ MORE and watch the video