By William Crooks
Local Journalism Initiative
The Memphré lecture series, six lectures to be given by local experts, is coming to the Murray Memorial Centre in Georgeville this fall. The Record spoke with series organizer Suzi Dix.
“These are very interesting one-hour lectures,” Dix said, geared towards those who want to expand their minds. A continuation of lecture series that used to be given in Vermont, which shut down during the pandemic, Dix and the committee she is part of decided to start something similar north of the border, she explained.
The venue in Georgeville, the Murray Memorial Centre, is large, warm, and classic, she continued. The events are not only educational, but social, she added; people can get together and learn something new while catching up. The centre can easily seat 100 people, she insisted.
Dix explained that the series began last March. Potential lecturers were called, and some approached on their own initiative. She predicts another successful series. She advertises through email, social media and is confident that word of mouth will do the rest.
Every lecture takes place on a Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. The venue is handicapped accessible, with parking close by. Admission is $10 and refreshments afterwards are included.
The following are the dates, lecturers, lecture titles and short previews of each topic that will be covered:
20 Sept. – Dr. Samuel Gaudreau-Lalande, Director, Colby-Curtis Museum, Stanstead
Shaping Land with Pictures: The Invention of the Québec Landscape
Championed by the Group of Seven, the Romantic vision of the landscape dominates Canada in the middle of the 20th century. In Quebec, representations of the landscape are very different. Anchored in the Catholic ethos of cooperation and following the British tradition of the picturesque, these landscapes aim to tame nature rather than conquer it.