Regional Workshops offer the opportunity for Memorial University faculty, staff and students to meet with regional stakeholders, in order to discuss topics of mutual interest. The purpose of a Regional Workshop is to explore ways of creating sustainable social and economic regions, and to identify possible future opportunities for research, teaching and outreach.
On November 17 & 18, 2008, the Harris Centre held a Memorial Presents/Regional Workshop at Fong's Motel in Carbonear.
The Regional Workshop is normally preceded by an event entitled Memorial Presents; this is a thoughtful discussion of a topic of importance to the region or zone in which the events are held. The Memorial Presents session on the night of 17 November was entitled “Making Schools Matter More: Practical and Political Avenues to Curricular Change.”. The keynote speaker for the evening’s forum was Dr. Gerald Galway of Memorial's Faculty of Education. The panelists for the event were Pat Collins and George Parsons.
The Regional Workshop, held November 18, was attended by 28 Memorial University representatives and 35 local participants. It showcased 28 new opportunities for research, teaching and outreach, grouped under the broad subject headings of business and manufacturing; labour market and education; agriculture; and communications.
A report on this workshop can be found at http://www.mun.ca/harriscentre/outreach/regionalworkshops/zone17/