Remembering Douglas Lochhead: One Man’s Imprint on the Discourse of Regional Identity

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Friday, May 4, 2012 - 17:00 to 18:00
Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, Saint John, New Brunswick

This event is part of the Open Academy Programme of the Royal Society of Canada. RSC Atlantic Fellow, Professor Douglas Lochhead, internationally-recognized poet and Governor General’s nominee; died in 2011. Members of the Atlantic Chapter of the RSC (Dr. John Reid, Saint Mary’s University; Dr. Gwen Davies, University of New Brunswick;  as well as Christl Verduyn, FRSC and colleagues of Professor Lochhead’s from a cross-section of Atlantic universities participated in a memorial keynote panel on his career and contributions to the region at the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference. 

A keepsake poem in honour of Professor Lochhead--printed by Alcuin award-winner book designer Andrew Steeves of Gaspereau Press and by internationally-renowned Mount Allison University Professor of Photography, Thaddeus Holownia--will be part of the permanent collection of RSC’s Walter House in Ottawa. The papers delivered at the memorial panel are to be published by the Papers/Cahiers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada in 2013 (with acknowledgment to the role of the Royal Society of Canada).


  • Dr. Christl Verduyn, FRSC Davidson Chair in Canadian Studies  & Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies, Mount Allison University 
  • Dr. Gwendolyn Davies, FRSC Professor & Dean Emerita, University of New Brunswick
  • Dr. David Creelman, Professor, English, University of New Brunswick
  • Peter Sanger, Emeritus Professor of Humanities, Nova Scotia Agricultural College
  • Thaddeus Holownia, Professor & Head of Fine Arts, Mount Allison University
  • Andrew Steeves, Gaspereau Press, Kentville
  • Dr. Richard MacKinnon, Canada Research Chair in Intangible Cultural Heritage, Cape Breton University
  • Dr. John Reid, FRSC Professor of History, Saint Mary’s University