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All regular lectures at the Marine Institute at Ridge Road are suspended due to COVID-19. We are working to provide online lectures for the 2020-21 season, the first of which can be viewed below. Please check back for updates.
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George Story Lecture – The Return of History? Newfoundland & Labrador after the Oil Boom and the Hydro Bust (On Line Lecture)

Dr. Jerry Bannister

This lecture explores the changing roles of history since the province’s economic downturn. It traces patterns in political culture and collective memory from the Williams era to the present day, as the province experienced the end of triumphalism and the return to a politics of loss. In discussing the causes and consequences of the Muskrat… Read More


Food Fight: Food Rationing, Price Control, and Feeding Newfoundlanders in the Great War (Online Lecture)

Michael Westcott, PhD

Without an abundance of fertile soil to grow crops, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have always depended on food imports from the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States to sustain life. The Great War’s impact on the global economy, and the U-Boat menace, created shortages and threatened to cut Newfoundland off from the vital necessities of… Read More

Volunteer nurses at the King George V Seamen’s Institute in St. John's during the Spanish influenza pandemic.

The Spanish Flu in Newfoundland, 1918-19 (Online Lecture)

Dr. Ean Parsons, Professor Terry Bishop Stirling and Dr. Heidi Coombs

In September 1918, the second wave of the global influenza pandemic reached the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador. The pandemic, colloquially known as the Spanish Flu, became one of the deadliest outbreaks of infectious disease in world history. Join us as Dr. Ean Parsons, Professor Terry Bishop Stirling and Dr. Heidi Coombs present the history… Read More