Notes from the Programme Coordinator
This issue of the Law and Society Newsletter recognises more Law and Society Programme events, and more student award winners, than ever before and it includes an announcement about a new course in the Programme. It introduces readers to Law and Society students and announces events that are likely to be of interest to Programme students, members of the university community and the legal community. Issued biannually, this Newsletter connects students across the programme to Law and Society related events on the campus and beyond it.
This past November (2011), the Law and Society Programme co-hosted, along with the Department of Women’s Studies, the George M. Story Lecturer in the Humanities. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and the Office of the Dean of Arts, this annual lecture by a visiting scholar was established to honour the memory of Dr. George M. Story, best remembered as one of the editors of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. Dr. Rebecca Johnson, from the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, whose research includes film “as a site of intercultural legal encounter,” visited Memorial University. She gave a public lecture titled, Living Deadwood: Imagination, Affect, and the Persistence of the Past. Drawing on the popular television series, her talk examined the persistence of colonialism in various forms, including contemporary legal contexts. This public talk was well attended. Dr. Johnson’s first visit to Newfoundland and Labrador also included a local tour, albeit abbreviated by the arrival of a November snow storm.
In March 2012, the Law and Society Programme hosted another public lecture, this one given by Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie and Dr. Doug Wharram, from the Department of Linguistics at Memorial University. Their lecture was titled, So That's What it Means! The Process of Preparing Legal Glossaries for Aboriginal Languages. It focussed on their efforts to improve access to justice for speakers of Innu-aimun and Inuktitut, through the creation and publication of user-friendly glossaries for criminal law and family law terms. They have also donated a copy of their publications to the Law and Society Programme Office in Arts 4007. Both talks were well attended by Law and Society students, members of the legal community and the general public. The Law and Society Programme look forward to hosting future events and would like to hear from you about topics and/or speakers that may be of interest.
Beginning in the Fall 2012 students entering Memorial University will be able to enrol in a first-year course in the Law and Society Programme. LWSO1000, Law, Democracy and Social Justice will be offered in the Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 terms. There is no pre-requisite required.
On behalf of the Law and Society Programme, I extend congratulations to student award winners named in this issue of the Newsletter, including recipients of the Law Foundation 2010/2011 Legal Research Awards. Also, congratulations to John Hoben, Manager of the Law and Society Programme, who recently completed his PhD in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University. His doctoral dissertation is titled, Learning What you Cannot Say: Public School Teachers and Free Speech.
On behalf of the Law and Society Programme, I also extend congratulations, in advance, to Law and Society Programme students who graduate at the Spring 2012 convocation ceremonies. I wish you all of the best in the future and invite you to keep in contact with the Law and Society Programme as you embark on new adventures.