Exploring the roots of public policy in provincial labour history is the focus of a bilingual conference which will bring together scholars, union leaders, government policymakers, students and community members September 1 and 2 at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.
The conference, Informing Public Policy: Socio-economic and Historical Perspectives on Labour in New Brunswick, also features keynote speakers from Laval, Harvard and Concordia universities.
Sessions at the two-day event include topics that underline the connections between the issues facing the province in both the past and the present:The Crisis in the Forest Industry; The Making of Labour Law and Public Policy; The Ongoing Crisis in Nursing; What Workers Need to Know: A Labour Education; and L'Acadie at Work: The Survival and Development of Acadian Communities.
Other highlights of the conference include the official launch of the New Brunswick Museum Nursing History Exhibition, a labour and business documents display by the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, and multimedia and research poster displays by graduate students.
A Keynote Public Lecture by Elaine Bernard of Harvard University, entitled Creating the Future by Understanding the Past. takes place on Tuesday evening at 1 September at 7:00 p.m.
The conference is a major event associated with “Re-Connecting with the History of Labour in New Brunswick: Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Issues,” a Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and led by researchers at the University of New Brunswick and the Université de Moncton. Visit the CURA project web site at http://www.lhtnb.ca
Speakers will present in both English and French, and simultaneous translation is provided.
More information about the conference may be found at http://www.informingpublicpolicy.ca
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