Mark your calendars!

Philosophy Speakers Series

All are invited to the first talk in our 2022-23 Philosophy Speakers Series, to be held Monday, Nov. 21 from 3 to 4 pm in Main Building Room 211. 

Kevin Christy will present:

     ”Difficulties with the claim that God exists … or does not exist” 

     – a critique of arguments for and against “the existence of God” 

        based on insights drawn from Parmenides and Spinoza.  

Kevin’s talk will be introduced by Pamela Courtenay-Hall with a 5-minute prelude on “Five things that philosophers are after when they present arguments for or against the existence of God.” 

First responses to Kevin’s talk will come from our famous “existence of God” debaters, Malcolm Murray and Peter Koritansky.  Then we will open the floor to discussion.   

Please join us for thoughtful exploration of these ultimate questions.  If you can’t make it to Main 211, you can catch Kevin’s talk on zoom at the following link — please COPY AND PASTE this link into your browser:


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On behalf of the Philosophy Department, 

Pamela Courtenay-Hall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department

ConneXions Series:

On Friday, 2 December @ 14:30, please join Andrew Zinck where he introduces four new Psychology faculty and their research to the Faculty of Arts. The participants will be Yoshi Takano, Jessica Strong, Martha O’Meara, and Jenn Altman. This event will be on Zoom.

On Friday, 13 January @ 14:30, Yuliya Rashchupkina, Lisa Chilton, and Jason Stevens will participate in a panel discussion entitled, “Ukraine Invaded: A Canadian Perspective.” This will be an in-person event held in SDMB 211.

Upcoming Events in the Faculty of Arts

There are lots of exciting events coming up in the Faculty of Arts.  Mark your calendars!

  • The Economic seminar series will host Dr. Diana Alessandrini from St Xavier University on November 10 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in room 211, Main Building. Her seminar talk is entitled “Minimum wage effects on human capital accumulation: Evidence from Canadian data.” Please find attached the latest draft of Diana’s paper.
  • The Bookmark’s 50th Anniversary Reading Series is thrilled to present Ann-Marie MacDonald in conversation with Dr. Greg Doran on Monday, November 14th at 7 pm in the Florence Simmons Hall, 140 Weymouth Street, Charlottetown. Ann-Marie MacDonald is an award-winning novelist, playwright, actor, and broadcast host. She is the author of the bestselling novels Fall On Your KneesThe Way the Crow Flies, and Adult Onset.
  • Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, executive director and general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), will present the 2022 Chief Justice Thane A. Campbell Lectureship in Law on Thursday, November 17, at 12 noon, at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown. Mendelsohn Aviv’s lecture is titled “The Icing on the Cake: on tensions between freedom of religion and equality.”“Clashes between religious freedom and equality have arisen in numerous cases: from refusals to accept 2SLGBTQI+ marriages or people, to bans on religious symbols, for example in courts or in the classroom,” she says. “To resolve these issues, one must consider the meaning and theory underpinning the rights to equality and religious freedom, how they interact, where stereotypes have impacted decision-making, whether there could be a hierarchy of rights, and which of the seeming conflicts are in fact reconcilable.”
  • The Faculty of Arts would like to invite students and faculty to join us on Thursday, November 17that 3:00pm in Main Building, Faculty Lounge where Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director and General Counsel, will discuss the work of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.  

Guest Speaker – Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

The Faculty of Arts would like to invite students and faculty to join us on Thursday, November 17th at 3:00pm in the Faculty Lounge, where Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director and General Counsel, will discuss the work of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.  All are welcome to attend.

What does the Canadian Civil Liberties Association do? 

CCLA is a human rights organization committed to defending the rights, dignity, safety, and freedoms of all people in Canada. As was established in the organization’s founding principles, CCLA is the pre-eminent voice advocating for the rights and freedoms of all Canadians and all persons living in Canada. Recently, the Association has participated in the public hearing about the imposition of the Emergency Measures Act during last winter’s “trucker’s protest,” and has mounted responses to the imposition of Bill 28 concerning striking educational assistants in Ontario and Bill 21 concerning bans on religious dress in Quebec.

Faculty News

Dr. Scott Lee (Modern Languages) has recently published two articles on the work of the contemporary French novelist Yves Ravey. The first, entitled “Obsession et rachat: Enlèvement avec rançon d’Yves Ravey” (in Studi francesi 193 [January-April 2021]: 58-74), was presented in preliminary form at a session of the Fiona Papps Research Series, Dept. of Psychology, UPEI. The second article, “Bourdonnements de l’Autre. Trois jours chez ma tante d’Yves Ravey,” appeared in Les Lettres romanes75, no. 3-4, 2021: 347-368.

Dr. John McIntyre (English) is having a book launch for his new edited volume, Modernism and the Anthropocene: Material Ecologies of Twentieth-Century Literature, published in the fall of 2021 with Rowman & Littlefield Press. He invites colleagues to come out to Upstreet on April 21st at 7pm for a lively conversation about literature and climate. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 

As part of a special issue on energy in the Atlantic region, the latest issue of Atlantic Business Magazine has published a profile of Dr. Joshua MacFadyen’s (ACLC) research in the ALCL GeoREACH Lab. Quoting the article, titled “P.E.I. Agro-energy—Back to the future of sustainability”,

“To be accurate, this is about his new research which seems to show, in surprising and convincing ways, that old-time farmers were actually more energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, and commercially viable than many of their contemporary, high-tech counterparts.”

You can subscribe to read the full article using this link, In the mean time, please enjoy this scan of the impressive title page introducing the article on Dr. MacFadyen’s work.