PUBLIC POLICY AND LABOUR HISTORY IN NEW BRUNSWICK

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Understanding New Brunswick’s present by knowing about its past is the theme of a two-day bilingual conference on public policy and labour history to be held 1-2 September 2009 at the Wu Centre on UNB’s Fredericton campus.

The conference, Informing Public Policy:  Socio-economic and Historical Perspectives on Labour in New Brunswick, brings together researchers and community leaders from all parts of the province and also features keynote speakers from Laval, Harvard and Concordia universities.

Sessions include ” 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.

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. To learn more about the project, visit www.lhtnb.ca

Speakers will present in both English and French, and simultaneous translation is provided.  Register at www.informingpublicpolicy.ca

For more information contact Conference Convenor Linda Kealey at (506)-458-7062 or e-mail lkealey@unb.ca .

David Frank
Professor
Department of History
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, N.B.
E3B 5A3

tel: (506) 458 7431
fax: (506) 453 5068
e-mail: dfrank@unb.ca

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