Three Questions for LMMI’s New Chair, Philip Smith with Melanie J. Fishbane
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 13:41
The L.M. Montgomery Institute has a new Chair, Dr. Philip Smith, Professor of Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island. I asked him a few questions about what he hopes to achieve and what connects him to Montgomery and her work. What becomes clear is a person who adores the popular Charlottetown productions and has great plans for the LMMI.
From Anne’s initial iconic and heartrending cry in Anne of Green Gables—“You don’t want me because I’m not a boy”—to the pressure on young men to join the war effort in Rilla of Ingleside, and from the houseful of supportive co-eds in Anne of the Island to the tyrannical grandmother in Jane of Lantern Hill, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s work highlights gender roles: how formative and deterministic they seem, and yet
We're looking forward to seeing many "kindreds" on Thursday, June 20th at 7PM as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the LMMI, honour two important new donations to the Institute's research collections, and officially launch Anne around the World: L.M. Montgomery and Her Classic (Jane Ledwell and Jean Mitchell, eds.).
The newly-formed Friends of the LM Montgomery Institute, and their inaugural fundraiser, a Silent Auction running during the Conference, are featured on CBC-TV Charlottetown's Compass newscast (obligatory viewing for all Islanders and Islanders-at-heart). The Friends can be seen in the coveted "You're Watching Compass" intro spot, with the full story at about the 17min50sec mark. Head to http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/PEI/ and look for the "Compass June 20" video file.
Though not, technically, a Conference event, Wednesday morning's Epperly Plaza Dedication was a huge success, with the sun breaking through at just the right moment, and nearly 100 people (including many Conference attendees) on hand. Betsy gave a beautiful, heartfelt speech dedicating the space to important women in her life, including her mother and (of course) Maud. It was wonderful to see so many Kindreds on hand, and we're excited to see more of you in the days ahead!