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Check it Out!: 2013-2014

Celebrating culture at the Library

Sea Lion Women: The Biography of a Song

October 25, 2013  

 Long before Feist made the song her own, Sea Lion Woman was recorded in the field by Dr. Herbert Halpert, founder of Memorial’s Department of Folklore.

Join Dr. Philip Hiscock, professor of folklore and QEII librarians Patrick Warner and Dr. Dianne Keeping as they discuss the legendary folk recording. They will highlight some of the rarities of Halpert’s private folklore collection, which is said to be “one of the finest personal folklore libraries in the world.”

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The Music of a Poem: Walt Whitman in Song

January 29, 2014

Thaw out and melt your winter blues with a live performance of award-winning composer Andrew Staniland’s Calamus 6 - a composition inspired by the infamous poem “Calamus” from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Dr. Staniland will be on hand to provide an introduction to the piece. The performance will feature Memorial’s School of Music faculty members Jane Leibel, soprano, and cellist Vernon Regehr. After the performance, there will be a lively discussion on Whitman’s poetry by Dr. Mark Cumming of Memorial’s English Department and librarian Becky Smith will highlight other inspired compositions held in the Music Resource Centre.

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Poetry and Performance: The ABC's of Learning

May 27, 2014

The Check it out! series is celebrating spring with an hour of playful and accessible performances designed to explore the many ways we can inspire learning through spoken word, dance, poetry and storytelling for children and adults alike. This interdisciplinary mashup is sure to ignite new and exciting ways to approach learning, and includes performances by: the dance troupe Idealicious; poet Patrick Warner; Education Librarian Beth Maddigan; and Associate Professor of Education Fred Hawksley. Get ready to shake it up!

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