Har­vard stu­dents to visit Har­bour Grace

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

A group of 14 stu­dents from the pres­ti­gious Har­vard Univer­sity are in New­found­land, with some of them fo­cus­ing on ways to im­prove the for­tunes of a Conception Bay North com­mu­nity.

The en­gi­neer­ing and ar­chi­tec­ture mas­ters stu­dents, who at­tend the Har­vard School of De­sign in Cam­bridge, Mas­sachusetts, are tak­ing part in a pro­ject called Out­ports in Tran­si­tion.

Tra­di­tional out­port com­mu­ni­ties have ties to the marine in­dus­tries, such as fish­ing and ship­build­ing. Har­bour Grace is on that list of out­port com­mu­ni­ties and was the first sched­uled des­ti­na­tion for all the stu­dents from Har­vard upon ar­rival on Satur­day, Oct. 10. The other com­mu­ni­ties in­clude Twill­ingate and Port Union.

Their course de­scrip­tion ex­plains they will com­plete part of their pro­gram in New­found­land to get en­gulfed in the cul- ture. The stu­dents will meet with lo­cal lead­ers and res­i­dents, par­tic­i­pate in public work­shops and meet­ings, and present their find­ings pub­licly to­wards the end of their visit.

A pre­sen­ta­tion in con­junc­tion with Me­mo­rial Univer­sity’s Harris Cen­tre is also ex­pected, with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, univer­sity re­searchers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from non-gov­ern­ment orgniza­tions fill­ing out the au­di­ence for that event.

The stu­dents will split up into three groups of five, and each group will be in a sep­a­rate com­mu­nity for three days. On the fi­nal day, they will re­turn to Har­bour Grace.

Town eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Erika Pardy is re­spon­si­ble for the pro­ject in Har­bour Grace.

“This pro­ject is hope­fully go­ing to take out­ports that are drown­ing in history and use that history to shoot them into the fu­ture,” Pardy ex­plained.

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