International Rural Workshop to be hosted by Brandon Professors

Mar 31, 2011 | Corporate Member News

From July 13 to 20, a Rural Workshop will be travelling to various spots in Manitoba.

“Rural Geography—Rural Development: Theories and Applications” is being organized by two Brandon University, Department of Rural Development faculty members, Dr. Ken Beesley and Dr. Doug Ramsey, in collaboration with a colleague at Lakehead University, Dr. Rhonda Koster. For this endeavour, Dr. Beesley was awarded an Aid to Research Workshops and Conference Grant, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The workshop will bring together 35 of the leading rural geographers from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. They will present papers on their research and discuss important and new dimensions of rural geography and rural development.

The workshop begins in Winnipeg, then moves on to Brandon for a few days, followed by a stint at Madge Lake (Saskatchewan) before returning to Winnipeg. During this week-long collaboration, several field excursions to various rural destinations, like Carberry, the International Peace Gardens and Neepawa as well as environments like Riding Mountain National Park and Asessipi will give the visiting scholars a chance to see and experience Prairie life and lifestyles.

“If you live in rural Manitoba and see a group of men and women apparently wandering around aimlessly (at that point in the summer), be assured that they are not lost,” assures Dr. Beesley. “They are in fact being guided around by scholars who know what they are doing and are working at learning more.”

For more information, please contact:

Joanne F. Villeneuve
Communications
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9
Tel. 204-727-9762

http://www.brandonu.ca

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