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Week of events celebrates public engagement at Memorial

By Rebecca Cohoe | Feb. 4, 2013

Memorial University is launching its new Public Engagement Framework with a week of events celebrating public engagement at Memorial.

Engage Memorial, taking place from Tuesday, Feb. 12, to Friday, Feb. 15, will be an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the general public to learn about the Public Engagement Framework, find out more about Memorial's public engagement activities and find out more about incorporating public engagement into their own activities.

Events are planned for St. John’s, Corner Brook and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, but those unable to attend will also be able to participate through webcasted and recorded sessions.

All of the events are free and open to the public, although RSVP is requested in some cases.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, official launch of the Public Engagement Framework, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., live webcast: The media launch of the public engagement framework will be broadcast live at
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, Labrador/ians on Film screening, 3:30-5 p.m., room 250, College of the North Atlantic building, Happy Valley-Goose Bay: The public is invited to view The Far North a film featuring historic footage of Labrador and Greenland, learn about Memorial’s new Public Engagement Framework and attend a community reception. This event is presented by the Labrador Institute and The Labrador Film Foundation. No RSVP needed.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, public engagement workshops and fair, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, St. John’s campus: A full day of practical workshop sessions about public engagement, along with booths from Memorial’s public engagement support units. Please RSVP.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, Memorial Presents: Engaging Citizens -- The Power of Collaboration in Democracy, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, St. John’s campus (in person and live webcast): A panel of Memorial and international experts will discuss civic engagement in this province and the world. Presentations will be followed by an audience Q and A and reception. All are welcome to attend in person, or watch the live webcast at No RSVP needed.
  • Thursday, Feb. 14, Words in Edgewise 20/20: Public Engagement, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s: Words in Edgewise 20/20 will challenge some of Memorial’s best and brightest to fit their public engagement stories into the popular Pecha Kucha format: 20 images x 20 seconds = a frantic, often hilarious, night of short, snappy, and engaging talks. Admission is free at the 19+ event. No RSVP needed.
  • Friday, Feb. 15, Public Engagement Speed Dating, 2-3:30 p.m., The Breezeway, St. John’s campus: Memorial plays matchmaker, helping Memorial students (undergraduate and graduate) network with some of the most influential and exciting people in this province.  With decision-makers from business, arts, health, not-for-profits and more, this is your chance- ask a question, share your ideas and make a connection! Please RSVP.
  • Friday, Feb. 15, Synergy Session: Is Corner Brook an Innovative City? An assessment of the city’s innovation networks, AS2016, Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook: Join Memorial faculty member Dr, Jose Lam, and Ken Carter, director of research and analysis with the Rural Secretariat, as they discuss a research project about innovation networks in Corner Brook. Lunch is provided and parking is available. Please RSVP.
  • Friday, Feb. 15, Engage Memorial Wrapup, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Bitters Pub, St. John’s campus: All members of Memorial and the public are invited for a casual wrapup reception. Meet others who are interested in public engagement, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and conversation. No RSVP needed.

For more details about all of the events, and to learn more about public engagement at Memorial, please visit