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The 2019 Bartlett Lecture

The 2019 Bartlett Lecture

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The 2019 Bartlett Lecture

The 13th Bartlett Lecture with Dr. Latonia Hartery will be held on Thursday, October 24th at 7:30 pm at Hampton Hall in the Marine Insitute, St. John's. This lecture is a free, public event, with seating is limited, doors open at 7:00 pm.

 In the lecture, Newfoundland as part of the North, Dr. Hartery discusses Newfoundland as a gateway to the Arctic, as well as the critical role it played in Arctic exploration during the 1900s. The lecture also tackles the question: could the island be considered the southernmost extension of the North? Dr. Hartery illustrates her points using, the adventures of Captian Robert Abraham Bartlett, her own Arctic expedition experience over two decades, as well archaeological and historical examples that tie Newfoundland to people and places, in the circumpolar world.  Join us for a bold talk that brings you everywhere from the Atlantic high seas to the icy North Pole, as we honour the life of one of this province’s Greatest Captains.

Dr. Latonia Hartery


Dr. Latonia Hartery is a circumpolar archeologist. Her research as taken her to the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Iceland and Scandinavia. Like Bartlett, she has made numerous Arctic sailings, including, 10 expeditions through the Northwest Passage and 13 circumnavigations of Newfoundland. Since 2000, she has conducted archaeological excavations in Bird Cove, on the Great Northern Peninsula. She is the president of the AARA, a non-profit organization dedicated to northern studies.

 For her community and field contributions to the Arctic and sub-Arctic, she received, Canada's Outstanding Young Person Award, Hospitality NL Cruise Vision Award and in 2018 became the first NL women to be made a Fellow of New York City's famed Explorers Club. Dr. Hartery is also an award-winning filmmaker whose films have been shown in over 30 countries. For her creative work, she received the NL Arts Council Emerging Artist Award in 2015. 

The Bartlett Lecture

The Bartlett Lecture was established in 2000 as part of the Historic Sites Association of NL's commitment to sharing, the story of famous arctic navigator Captain Bob Bartlett and the heritage of his family home, Hawthrone Cottage National Historic Site of Canada. Held biannually, each lecture explores a different aspect of Newfoundland history and northern exploration. The lecture style is inspired by Captain Bob's own lecture tours, which he undertook across the US, successfully raising international awareness about his voyages.

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The Bartlett Lecture is presented by the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Historical Society and Brigus Heritage.

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