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Newfoundland and World War Two

March 22nd and 23rd

The D F Cook Recital Hall
at The MUN School of Music

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Free Admission

Free Parking

Parking Lot 15 (between Burton’s Pond and the MUN School of Music)

This symposium will explore the social, economic, cultural and political effects of World War II on Newfoundland and Labrador. The key questions up for discussion include: What were the contributions of Newfoundland to the Allied victory? Did the presence of foreign servicemen and women “Americanize” Newfoundland society and culture? How “friendly” were relations between civilians and foreign military personnel? What is the legacy of the crucial period?


Friday March 22 
7:00 -8:30 p.m. Dr. Marc Milner: “Newfoundland and the Tides of Naval Warfare: 1800 to 1945” 

Dr. David Facey Crowther: “Newfoundland’s Strategic Importance in WWII” 

Evening concludes with Wine & Cheese Reception

Saturday March 23 
9:15 a.m. Welcome 
9:30-10:30 a.m. Dr. John FitzGerald: “The Economic Impact of WWII: Newfoundland’s American Revolution”Dr. Rick Rennie “Change and Continuity: The Impact of War on Industry, Labour, and Health & Safety at the St. Lawrence Flurospar Mines, 1939-45
10:30-11:00 a.m. Dr. Malcolm MacLeod & Brad Penny: “Sailors Ashore: Interaction between Second World War Canadian Naval Personnel and Civilian Society in St. John’s”
11:00-11:15 a.m. Coffee Break
11:15a.m.-12:15 p.m. Dr. Gerhard Bassler: “Internment Operations in Newfoundland”Ann Martin: “British War Brides”
12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00-3:00 p.m. Dr. Jeff Webb: “VOUS and American Military Broadcasting”

Carla Wheaton: “Consumer Patterns and WWII”

3:00-3:30 p.m. Terry Bishop Stirling: “A View from Newfoundland: the Letters of Derrick & Moira Bowring”
3:30-4:00 p.m. Dr. Steven High: ”  ‘Friendly’ Americans and ‘Drunken’ Canadians: The Invasion of Newfoundland & Labrador Reconsidered”
7:00 p.m. Dinner at Battery $25
After-Dinner Speaker Christopher Pratt
Banquet tickets must be reserved in advance. Please contact Deborah Andrews (579-2857 or 737-4858) or Rosemary Healy (754-0342 or 737-7475)