Harvard students to visit Harbour Grace
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.