UPDATED: Three candidate presentations for UPEI’s inaugural Chair in L.M. Montgomery Studies and Communication, Leadership, and Culture

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

UPEI will soon be home to a Chair in L.M. Montgomery Studies and Communication, Leadership, and Culture. The three final candidates for the position will be making public presentations in the coming month. The successful candidate will have an established record of Montgomery scholarship and interest in Montgomery outreach, and will be part of development and delivery of the new program in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture in the Faculty of Arts at UPEI.

The candidate presentations include:

“No Matter Where We Wander: L.M. Montgomery Writes Prince Edward Island in Ontario”
Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre, Ryerson University
Friday March 10, 3:15 pm
Room 211, SDU Main Building

“’World famed Island novelist' and 'canny businesswoman': L. M. Montgomery’s presence in Canadian periodicals”
Dr. Sarah Galletly, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia
Thursday, March 23, 6:30 pm
Wanda Wyatt Lecture Theatre, room 104, K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre

“Anne of Green Gables in the City: Introducing Halifax's Literary Landmarks"
Dr. Kate Scarth, Dalhousie University
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm
Wanda Wyatt Lecture Theatre, room 104, K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre

The Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (ACLC) bachelor’s degree is a new interdisciplinary program in the Faculty of Arts at UPEI designed to connect the communication skills and leadership training of a Liberal Arts education to successful post-graduation employment. The ACLC program is defined by its focus on the transferability of written, oral and visual communication skills, critical thinking, and cultural awareness acquired during a Liberal Arts education to the world beyond academia. Technical skills, work-integrated learning, and career-related mentoring are key components of the program’s design.

L.M. Montgomery achieved international fame through fiction, largely set on Prince Edward Island. She was an accomplished communicator in multiple genres and media: a newspaper woman, photographer, diarist, poet, correspondent, creator of multi-media collage, public speaker, amateur theatre director, and successful litigant for authors’ rights. The L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) was founded in 1993 at UPEI, Montgomery’s alma mater. It has hosted twelve international biennial conferences and has supported numerous interdisciplinary publications, including scholarly essay collections and research tools. The LMMI, housed in the Robertson Library of UPEI, owns the world’s largest public collection of rare and foreign language editions of Montgomery’s novels, Montgomery memorabilia, and a newly created digital archive of hundreds of the period magazines in which Montgomery originally published many of her stories and poems.

The University of Prince Edward Island prides itself on people, excellence, and impact and is committed to assisting students reach their full potential in both the classroom and community. With roots stemming from two founding institutions—Prince of Wales College and Saint Dunstan’s University—UPEI has a reputation for academic excellence, research innovation, and creating positive impacts locally, nationally, and internationally. UPEI is the only degree granting institution in the province and is proud to be a key contributor to the growth and prosperity of Prince Edward Island.

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