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The Impossible Dream

Rick Cooper

A lecture about how and why the Janeway Hospital, St. John’s was opened in 1966. The opening of a Child Health Centre in the Old Pepperrell Hospital in 1966 against enormous opposition from the medical community was a remarkable story. Listen to Rick Cooper’s lecture:

Observing the Outports, the foundation of our understanding of Newfoundland society in an era of modernization

Jeff Webb

In Dr Webb’s lecture he will draw upon his recent book Observing the Outports: Describing Newfoundland Society and Culture. Parallel to the cultural revival that occurred in the 25 years after confederation, there was a Newfoundland Studies Movement at the university. Anthropologists, folklorists, historians and others developed active research in an effort to document Newfoundland… Read More

Fathoming the Depths for the First Trans-Atlantic Cables

Charles H. Stirling

Abstract: In the 1850s when the first transatlantic telegraph cable was envisioned very little was known about the deep ocean and its seabed. However, hydrographic information was considered essential to determine the practicality of the project. This presentation will discuss the hydrographic surveys completed for the transatlantic cable project, the hydrographers who did them, how… Read More

The Basques in Newfoundland and other finds from Fort Louis in Placentia

Steve Mills

An illustrated lecture. Abstract Basque fishers and whalers were among the earliest Europeans to exploit the waters off Newfoundland, Labrador and eastern Canada. Their presence in the region began in the 1520s, or probably earlier. Being neither French nor Spanish the Basque had to contend with political woes in Europe while boldly expanding their fisheries… Read More