The conference ‟Tourisme acadien: environnement, culture et liens Québec-Atlantique” organized by Dr. Selma Zaiane-Ghalia, from l’Université de Moncton’s École de kinésiologie et de loisir and Dr. Carlo Lavoie from the Department of Modern Languages on May 7th, during the 88th Congress of the Acfas – Le reseau francophone de la communauté scientifique (https://www.facebook.com/AcfasAcadie/) was a real success. A rich panel of ten speakers addressed the natural and cultural Acadian heritage potential and cultural tourism potential in three Atlantic provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI. In his paper, Dr. Lavoie highlighted the significance of authenticity in the context of tourism development of Acadian cultural heritage in PEI, a principle that applies to all the Atlantic Provinces.
Dr. Carlo Lavoie was also busy on May 11th as a guest speaker in the class Interpreting and Communication – French Literature, taught by Dr. Laura Brignoli at the Università IULM, in Milan, Italy. Dr. Lavoie presented a 90-minute exposé on the novel Maria Chapdelaine by Louis Hémon, exploring its mythical proportions and trying to understand the perspective on the French-Canadian society of the early 20th century which the character embodied.
For the fourth year in a row, Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) students at UPEI joined their counterparts from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) recently to have a joint class over Zoom. Dr. Laurie Brinklow from the MAIS program and Dr. Andrew Jennings from the MLitt in Island Studies at UHI in Shetland are always amazed by the conversation and shared insights that come from students who are separated by the Atlantic – with topics ranging from “Is islandness real?” and Scotland’s “Islands Act” to renewable energy and historic connections between the Scottish Islands and Prince Edward Island. Notes Dr. Brinklow: “If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that even though we’re an island and may seem separate and apart, we’re connected by technology. With so much of our learning online these days, it doesn’t matter where our students are located – and bringing them together like this is a wonderful learning opportunity for us.”
On March 7, 2021, Olivia MacPhail (Music) won the Queens County Music Festival Association’s Senior Rose Bowl competition. This prestigious award includes a Rose Bowl trophy and a scholarship donated by The Joan and Regis Duffy Foundation. Olivia has just completed her junior year in the Bachelor of Music Education program, and is a tuba major in the studio of Dr. Dale Sorensen. This is the first time in its 27-year history that the Rose Bowl has been won by a tuba player.
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