January 19, 2016 | 7 p.m. | UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge

Island Studies Winter/Spring Lecture Series, Lecture #1



Vik, Iceland
(photo by David Cairns)



“So you want to go to Iceland…”

In the past several years, travel by Islanders to Iceland has grown from a rarity to a phenomenon. “So you want to go to Iceland…” is a guide for both the never-been-there-yet set, and for experienced travellers looking for new ways to scratch their Iceland itch.  The program includes Icelandic basics, a sample itinerary, a chance to question veteran Icelandic trippers, and a showcase of Iceland photos, submitted by the public.  Send up to eight of your best shots to, and let him know if you want to do an oral commentary about your own adventure in Iceland. And if you don’t want to talk in the formal part of the evening, come anyway! There’ll be an opportunity for informal discussion and travel-tip-sharing during the intermission and afterward.

The event takes place in the Faculty Lounge in UPEI’s Main Building, at 7 pm on January 19.  Sponsors are the Vinland Society of PEI and the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

This is the first in a series of an Island Studies Winter/Spring Lecture Series. Watch for details for another lecture about islands – near and far – February 23!

August 1, 2015

2nd Annual Sir Andrew Macphail Memorial Lecture, with Dr. John Shaw, at Macphail Homestead Gaelic Festival.

May 28-31, 2015
Climate Change in Culture Conference

University of Prince Edward Island
Call for proposals- January 15, 2015

May 26, 2015


Guthan an Eilein: Island Gaelic Voices
by Dr. Tiber F. M. Falzett

How Scottish Gaelic language and culture has passed down through generations on Prince Edward Island.

January 6, 2015
Welcome to an Icelandic Evening
Íslensk Kvöldstund á PEI

Island Land Use Policy at an Impasse?

Rescheduled to Tuesday December 2nd, 7:00 p.m.

Randall, James. (2014) Land Symposium Summary.

The past and present state of Island land use policy will be the subject of a Public Symposium to be held at UPEI’s MacKinnon Auditorium, Room 242, McDougall Hall, on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

Islanders who are concerned about issues surrounding the use and abuse of Island land are urged to attend. The Symposium will begin with presentations by two veteran observers of Island public life over the past 30 years, Jean-Paul Arsenault and Ian Petrie.

This event is sponsored by UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies, in conjunction with UPEI Research Services.

Ian Petrie has spent three decades with the CBC, in three provinces, covering resource issues, mainly agriculture. He’s lived for 34 years in Iona, eastern Queen’s County. Jean-Paul Arsenault served as Executive Secretary to the Round Table on Resource Land Use and Stewardship and the Commission on Land and Local Governance, and was a member of the team providing support to the Commission on the Lands Protection Act.

Mr. Arsenault’s talk will be entitled “Factors Affecting Land Use Decisions: What Were They Thinking?” He will present three examples of recent property developments in rural Prince County, in the communities of New Annan, Northam and Saint Nicholas, and the impact each has had, favourable or otherwise. Would stricter controls on land use be good for Prince Edward Island, or is the status quo the better option?

Mr. Petrie will address the topic “Why Farmers Fight Regulations.” He has covered agricultural stories on the Island since the late 1970s, during which time he’s seen the bond of understanding between producers and consumers continue to break down. During this period, consumers enjoyed cheap and abundant food, while profit margins on farms continued to shrink. This may help explain the negative response by farmers to proposed new land regulations. Is there a way out of this impasse? Mr. Petrie will propose one.

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend. Admission is free. Following the presentations, there will be ample time for discussion and questions from the floor.

Past Projects from 2014 include:

Book Launch “Those Splendid Girls” by Katherine Dewar
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Carriage House
Beaconsfield, Charlottetown
Beaconsfield launch Splendid Girls

“Mapping the Pre-settlement Forests of Prince Edward Island”, a talk by Dr. Doug Sobey
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7.30 pm

Dr. Doug Sobey, a research associate of the University’s Institute of Island Studies, and formerly at the University of Ulster, will give an illustrated public talk on the results of a study carried out by himself and William Glen (formerly of the Forestry Division), into the forest descriptions found on manuscript maps housed in the P.E.I. Public Archives dating from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Dr. Sobey will discuss what the descriptions on the maps reveal about the Island’s forest-types before their destruction by clearance and fire.

His research has been carried out with the support of both the Institute of Island Studies and the Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division of the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and the lecture will include the launch of a recently published research report on the subject.

Island Studies Open House
Monday, September 8th, 2014 4-6 pm

Island Water Symposium at UPEI
Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 pm
Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium, Room 242
Don and Marion McDougall Hall, UPEI


Dr. James (Jim) Randall
Water Symposium Summary

Dr. Ryan O’Connor
One Island, One Source A Review of the Literature Concerning Prince Edward Island’s Groundwater Resources

The future of the Island’s water supply will be the subject of an upcoming public symposium at the University of Prince Edward Island. In light of recent concern about increased pressure on our groundwater resources by urban, industrial, and agricultural use, this event is a timely one.

Island Water Futures: Assessing the Science will take place in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium, Room 242 of UPEI’s Don and Marion McDougall Hall, beginning at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 20. The symposium is sponsored by the Institute of Island Studies in conjunction with UPEI Research Services.

This is a public-forum event with presentations by three speakers: Dr. Ryan O’Connor, Dr. Cathy Ryan, and Dr. Michael van den Heuvel.

Dr. O’Connor, a graduate of UPEI, is an environmental historian. His PhD thesis, written at the University of Western Ontario, will be published this year by UBC Press under the title The First Green Wave. His talk will provide a general overview of research done so far relating to the Island’s groundwater resources; he will review the various scientific papers, reports, and theses produced about the Island’s water supply.

Dr. Ryan is a professor cross-appointed to Geoscience and Environmental Sciences at the University of Calgary with a long interest in agricultural impacts on water quality. She leads a team of hydrogeologists working with agricultural scientists to understand groundwater in the fractured sandstone on Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia as part of the Canadian Water Network’s Secure Source Water Network.

Dr. van den Heuvel is the Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity at UPEI. He studies the effects of agriculture and chemical use on freshwater and coastal environments. His focus is the endocrine responses, immunotoxicology, and population health of fish. He is working to develop methods and solutions to best monitor environmental problems and better protect rivers in Prince Edward Island.

The symposium will be chaired by Diane Griffin, long-time councillor for the Town of Stratford and a former deputy minister of the provincial Department of the Environment. Last year, Dr. Griffin was awarded an honorary doctorate by UPEI.

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend this symposium. Admission is free. Following the three presentations, there will be ample time for discussion and questions from the floor.

For information:
Dave Atkinson, Research Communications, UPEI
(902) 620-5117,

Past Projects from 2008 include:

  • 2007 Tasmanian writer in residence Tim Thorne at UPEI, Charlottetown
  • Youth Engagement and Mental Health

Past Projects from 2007 include:

  • PEI Writer Deirdre Kessler Heads off to Writer-in-Residency in Tasmania!
  • 2007 writer in residence Deirdre Kessler (UPEI), in Hobart, Tasmania
  • The Small Island Cultures Research Initiative Conference
  • Institute of Island Studies is Pleased to Announce “A World of Islands”: An Island Studies Reader
  • Island Studies Director Moderates Public Forum on Water Quality and Health
  • Institute of Island Studies Releases Museums Report, March 2007
  • David Suzuki and the Dreamers’ Symposium
  • The First Chiloe Internship
  • Northumberland Strait Ecosystem Initiative
  • CCEDNet Conference
  • Southern Gulf of St Lawrence Coalition for Sustainability Annual Conference

Past Projects from 2006 include:

  • 2007 writer in residence Danielle Wood at UPEI, Charlottetown
  • Institute of Island Studies Working with the Northumberland Strait Ecosystem Initaiative Working Group
  • Island Studies Journal Now Availabe Online
  • Pacific Voices: Equality & Sustainability in Pacific Island Fisheries
  • Southern Islands Symposia
  • Virginia Tech University Environmental Issues Tour of PEI
  • Public Forum on Cruise ship Tourism
  • Island Studies hits Hawai’i
  • Retreat to Advance!
  • Learning from Research fellows and Associates
  • Chinese Islanders Book Launches and Art Exhibit
  • Tasmanian Writer Danielle Wood’s Residency at UPEI
  • The Social Economy Research Network events

Past Projects from 2005 include:

  • IIS Co-ordinates New Studies on the Atlantic Social Economy
  • Community Forest Dialogues
  • Memorandum of Understanding and Association Signed Between The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, IIS, And UPEI
  • Institute of Island Studies Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
  • Online Library Resources Expanded
  • Prince Edward Island Forest Policy Announced
  • GMO Report Presented to Standing Committee

Past Projects from 2002-2004 include:

  • Notes From a Public Lecture on University Avenue
  • Panel on Coastal Communities
  • Database of Islands VII Conference Papers

Past Projects from 1998-2002 include:

  • Islands of the world VII: New Horizons in Island Studies
  • Knowledge Assessment Methodology (KAM)
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Message in a Bottle: the Literature of Small Islands
  • Island Sustainability, Livelihood and Equity Program (ISLE)
  • Local Knowledge / Global Challenge: Smart Community Development
  • The Employment Summit and the Population Strategy
  • North Atlantic Forum (NAF)