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Newfound Voices

School of Arts and Social Science

Welcome to 'Newfound Voices,' a podcast series brought to you by Grenfell's Community Engagement Committee in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. We aim to strengthen the dialogue between our campus and the larger Corner Brook community.  Every month, a member of our committee will sit down with a faculty or community member for an in-depth interview. The conversation will focus on our interviewees’ projects and passions and their personal experience integrating into the Corner Brook community. Enjoy!


Please see here for media coverage in Saltwire, which summarizes the inception of this series of interviews with Grenfell’s Community Engagement Committee.


Podcast episode #5

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Crystal Rose

This interview is with Crystal Rose, who received her Masters in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University, and previously attended Grenfell as a Visual Arts student. She began working at the Grenfell Campus library in 2008. As Public Services Librarian, her job was providing research assistance, library instruction classes, purchasing books, and providing copyright support. She holds a Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law.


Crystal is a board member of the Grenfell Campus, Memorial University Archives, and recently completed certificates in Archival Practice, Managing Archives, and Oral History: From Theory to Practice through the Archives Association of British Columbia. She is also the co-recipient of the Vice-President's (Grenfell Campus) Engagement Award (2015) and the Dalhousie School of Information Management Outstanding Alumni Award (2016). She is a past president of both the Newfoundland & Labrador Library Association and the Atlantic Provinces Library Association.


In her new role as Associate Dean of Libraries for Grenfell Campus, Crystal is responsible for overall management of the library, the Harlow Campus Library and has university-wide responsibility for copyright oversight.


Interviewer: Dr. Stephanie McKenzie

Stephanie McKenzie is a professor in the English Programme at Grenfell Campus. She has specialized for the last decade or so in West Indian Women’s Poetry and, earlier, in First Nations literature in Canada of the 1960s and 1970s. Her monograph, Before the Country: Native Renaissance, Canadian Poetry, was published in 2007 (rpt. 2019). She has also published three books of poetry with Salmon Poetry.


Relevant Links


New Books and Special Collections: 


New Graphic Novels: 


New books & DVDs with an LGBTQ perspective: 


Gardening collection: 


Cookbooks: 


"Self-Help" collection developed with Grenfell Counseling & Psychological Services:


Digital Archives Initiative Bowater Oral History Collection:


Grenfell Campus Archives: 


Podcast episode #4

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This episode features Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, professor of physics at Grenfell campus, interviewed by Dr. Mark McPhedran. In this episode, Dr. Barkanova discusses topics ranging from the role of women in science, to adjusting to life in Corner Brook, and to the unsolved depths of the inner workings of our universe. Dr. Barkanova’s biography follows below.


Biography

Dr. Svetlana Barkanova
Dr. Barkanova grew up in Riga, Latvia before moving to Canada in the late 1990s to complete her PhD in subatomic physics at the University of Manitoba. Upon completion of her doctorate, she worked as a professor of physics at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, before coming to Grenfell Campus in 2016. Recently, she has been a recipient of grant funding as part of the MOLLER project, an international collaboration of particle physicists using a newly-developed precision electron detector to study the universe’s deepest secrets. Matched by her unyielding passion for science, she is a passionate champion for the advancement of women in the sciences. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and scuba diving.

Interviewer: Dr. McPhedran
Dr. McPhedran is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Grenfell Campus, specializing in language processes related to reading and reading disorders. Hailing from Windsor, Ontario, he has been living in Corner Brook for the last 3 years. In his down time, he’s an avid hockey fan, and long-time suffering Detroit sports fan.


Podcast episode #3

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Grenfell Art Gallery Director and Curator, Matthew Hills, interviewed by Dr. Billy Newell, stars in this episode. This conversation covers issues like how Matthew grew up, how he found his way into curatorial studies, and what art means for him. Hills and Newell also discuss some of Matthew’s experiences in Corner Brook.
 
Matthew Hills
Matthew was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and spent his toddler years in Zambia and teenage years in Muskoka. Prior to being the Director and Curator of the Grenfell Art Gallery, Matthew worked in curatorial capacities at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University, and the University of Alberta. He is a two-time curator of the Bonavista Biennale, past juror of the Sobey Art Award, and a founding board member of the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. His writing has been published in Border Crossings, Muse, BlackFlash, Galleries West, and Syphon. Matthew is also a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators, the University and College Art Gallery Association, and the Atlantic Provinces Art Gallery Association. 
 
Interviewer: Dr. William Newell
A Corner Brook native, Billy comes from a family of small business owners. This inspired him to complete a PhD in Management at Aarhus University in Denmark before returning home, once again, to become an assistant professor with the business program at Grenfell Campus. He now teaches in the areas of strategy and entrepreneurship and enjoys living here with his partner and son.


Podcast episode #2

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Government inaction on climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our age. But is the lack of political will the only obstacle to progressive policy? In this episode, sociologist Dr. Kate Pendakis sits down with environmental policy expert Dr. Garrett Richards to consider this question and several others related to environmental sustainability. Dr. Richards helps us better understand the complexities of community-engaged environmental research and reveals some surprising challenges encountered by citizens, scientists, policy makers and government actors when they collaborate. 
 
Garrett Richards
Garrett Richards is an Assistant Professor at Grenfell in the School of Science and the Environment.  He grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and moved to Corner Brook with his partner in 2018.  Being just a ‘little bit outdoorsy’, Garrett traces his interest in the environment to the video game ‘SimCity.’ Garrett holds graduate degrees in political science and environmental studies. He is broadly interested in knowledge mobilization for sustainability. 

Interviewer: Dr. Kate Pendakis
Kate Pendakis  is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Social/Cultural Studies Program. She obtained her PhD in Sociology from York University, Toronto. Kate has published on transnational political movements, diasporic memory practices and the intersection of class and gender on the everyday lives of migrant men and women.  As an ethnographer, she has explored these themes in Canada, Greece, and Vietnam. Her current research projects focus on organized migration and refugee responses in  remote areas, such as the Canadian North and the Aegean Islands. Kate joined Grenfell in 2019. She teaches Introduction to Sociology, as well as courses on research methods, community studies, war and aggression, social movements and neoliberalism. 

Relevant Links: 

  • Special Issue on Climate Change Knowledge Mobilization (Open Access): 
  • see the Hiser and Lynch article for a discussion of "cognitive resonance"
  • see the Richards and Long article for the account of the climate change education video game "Nimo's Butterflies"

Other Authors' works mentioned by Dr. Richards in this interview:

  • Article on framing and persuasion for the environment: (George Lakoff, 2010)
  • Book - "The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics" (Roger Pielke Jr, 2007)
  • Book - "Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies" (most recent edition, John Kingdon, 2010) -contains discussion of policy windows and policy entrepreneurs


Podcast episode #1

This episode features local artist Tangiene Martin-O’Hara and her partner Steve Sharpe, CHMR-FM, Memorial Campus radio host, interviewed by Dr. Stephanie McKenzie. The couple talks about everything from the geography and friendly people of Corner Brook to the need for more art studios and a new dog park. Their biographies follow below. 
 
All episodes can be found on Spotify
 

Biographies

 
Tangiene Martin-O’Hara 
Tangiene grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and obsessively drew and painted folksy people and animals from her imagination. Discovering in university that it was too difficult to focus on painting just anything from her imagination, she began only painting and drawing from photographs. She graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. Post-graduation work includes abstract and portrait drawing, social media experimentation, curating, photo documentation, soft crafts and dog humour. In 2020, she participated in a residency with Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s and received a new/emerging artist grant from ArtsNL. Her next ambition is to make larger scale paintings of wild and unusual animals in sublime Newfoundland landscapes. She currently resides in Corner Brook, NL with her handsome husband, cute puppy and sweet kitten. www.thmartinohara.com and @thmartinohara on Instagram. 
 
Steve Sharpe 
Steve Sharpe grew up in Eastern Newfoundland before moving to Vancouver in the late 1990s. After a great time of seeing all his favourite bands play and experiencing the 2010 Winter Olympics, Steve returned to Newfoundland with his wife, Tangiene. They currently live in Corner Brook where Steve works as a Multimedia Specialist at Memorial’s Grenfell Campus. Steve’s interests include producing a radio program (www.hulkcaesar.com) and photography (@goodmorningcornerbrook and @hulkcaesarsavage on Instagram). 

Interviewer: Dr. Stephanie McKenzie
Stephanie McKenzie is a professor in the English Programme at Grenfell Campus. She has specialized for the last decade or so in West Indian Women’s Poetry and, earlier, in First Nations literature in Canada of the 1960s and 1970s. Her monograph, Before the Country: Native Renaissance, Canadian Poetry, was published in 2007 (rpt. 2019). She has also published three books of poetry with Salmon Poetry.


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