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Henrietta Harvey lecturer addresses female gender in maritime communities

By Janet Harron | Oct. 19, 2011

Dr. Maryanne Kowaleski, the Joseph Fitzpatrick S. J. Distinguished Professor and director of medieval studies at Fordham University, will deliver the Henrietta Harvey lecture at Memorial University on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. in A-1043.

The author of several books and numerous scholarly articles, Dr. Kowaleski’s research focuses on maritime history and she recently co-edited the volume of essays Medieval Domesticity: Home, Housing and Household, published by Cambridge University Press.

In her Henrietta Harvey lecture, Living by the Sea: Women and Family in Maritime Communities, Dr. Kowaleski will discuss how her archival discoveries on female gender shape the long-term view of people who have made their living by the sea.

In addition to the Henrietta Harvey lecture, Dr. Kowaleski will give a lunchtime lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. in A-1043 entitled Words and Women Out of Line: How Gossip Became a Crime in Medieval England that is open to the general public.

She will also deliver a joint seminar sponsored by the Department of History and the Maritime Studies Research Unit on Friday, Oct. 21 entitled “A Long Line on the Problem of Fish: What Might the Medieval Period Reveal of the Commercialization of Fishing?” It takes place from 4-5 p.m. in A-4004.

Henrietta Harvey was a Nova Scotian who came to Newfoundland in 1905 to visit her aunt, Lady Whiteway, the wife of Newfoundland’s prime minister. A year later she settled in St. John’s as the wife of St. John’s businessman John Harvey. When she died in 1964, her will directed a substantial portion of her estate to Memorial University. The Henrietta Harvey lectureship is possible in any year where there are funds left over from the funding of the Henrietta Harvey research chair, the primary purpose of the endowment fund.