Non-NLHS events which might be of interest.

1. Brave New Worlds: Shakespeare in Newfoundland and Labrador. An exhibition.
From September to October, 2017, visit the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre and the Queen Elizabeth II Library to check out exhibitions of costumes, posters, photographs, props, and books – all of which are connected to performances that have taken place right here in the province. From as early as the 19th century, professional and amateur actors have been performing the great English playwright's work in Newfoundland and Labrador. Since then, his plays have become a staple in festivals and theatres all across the island. A project curated by Dr. Rob Ormsby in partnership with Memorial University’s Queen Elizabeth II Library, Perchance Theatre, the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre, and Newfoundland Quarterly exploring the history of Shakespeare in Newfoundland and Labrador.

2. September 13, 2017 free public event Check It Out!  on the 3rd floor, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University Main Campus: Brave New Worlds: Shakespeare in Newfoundland and Labrador. There, you can learn about the origins of the Brave New Worlds project and take in some live performances by the actors of Perchance Theatre.
Shakespeare himself may even make an appearance!

3. The Shakespeare Great New Worlds Symposium will take place in the Arts & Administration Building,  Room A-1043, on the Memorial University Main Campus on September 30 and October 1 from 9am-6pm both days. Speakers will include  librarians and archivists from the QEII Library, professors from MUN's English Department, Andy Jones, Greg Malone, Steve O'Connell, and Pamela Morgan of Figgy Duff – among others.The symposium is free and open to the public (as are all aspects of the project)Symposium of Artists and Scholars from September 30 to October 1, 2017 at Memorial University.

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All regular Lectures are at the Marine Institute at Ridge Road.

Hampton Hall is through the main front door at the Marine Institute and to the left. All lectures start at 8 pm. Free parking is available in front and to the west of the building.

Lectures are held on the last Thursday of the months of September, October, November, January, February, March and April. Please contact the office for symposia venues.

Please check the NEXT SYMPOSIUM page on this site for symposia information.



Sep 28

"Kicking Against the Pricks - The Words and Wisdom of Newfoundland's Ray Guy,"

Ron Crocker’s lecture will focus on Ray Guy, the Newfoundland journalist and satirist with whom he worked at the Evening Telegram in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This lecture will survey Guy’s early and formative influences as a writer, his legendary career as columnist at the Evening Telegram, and his famed satirical send-ups of former Premier Joey Smallwood and other political antagonists. Ron will also discuss Guy’s intense connection to Newfoundland and Labrador, which he regards as the writer’s primary motivation and his muse.

“Kicking Against the Pricks - The Words and Wisdom of Newfoundland’s Ray Guy” is also the proposed title for a forthcoming biography of Ray Guy which Ron is currently writing.


Ron Crocker
Oct 26



Nov 30 Renatus Kayak:  The Story of a Labrador Inuk, an American G.I. and a Secret WWII Weather Station

Renatus' Kayak was a story waiting to be told. The book's origin lies with a model sealskin kayak made by Renatus Tuglavina and given to Woody Belsheim in 1944 when Woody served as a radio operator at a secret American weather station in Hebron, Labrador. Knowledge of the weather station and Renatus' life was lost to time until Junker began her quest, seventy years later, to discover what had happened to Renatus and his family, whose kindness had made Woody's year-long posting in the sub-Arctic an adventure.

Renatus' Kayak is a true story that seamlessly melds military history, Inuit culture, religion, politics and love. We learn about the rebellion against the Hudson's Bay Company led by Renatus in 1933, his trial presided over by Abram Kean and the work by British naval Lt Cmdr Buck Baker to free him. We learn about the Ferry Command and the transfer of over 10,000 military aircraft to Europe during WWII. We follow Renatus' family after relocation from Hebron to discover whether his daughter, Harriot, is still living. Moravian missionaries, Hudson's Bay Company employees and Newfoundland Rangers all have a supporting role in this uniquely compelling history.
Rozanne Enerson Junker