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John R. Gillis, Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, returns to Prince Edward Island to deliver a free public lecture on “Islands as Wetlands” on Friday, August 1 at 7:00 pm in UPEI’s Don and Marion McDougall Hall, Room 243. Gillis’ lecture has been organized as part of two environmental history workshops being hosted later this week at the University—“the Dominion of Nature,” which looks at Canada's environment during the age of Confederation; and the third annual forum of the Northeast and Atlantic Canada Environmental History Network. Both are sponsored by NiCHE, the Network in Canadian History and Environment. More about Professor Gillis: A distinguished environmental historian, Professor Gillis is the author of “The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History,” a provocative re-interpretation of the role of seacoasts in the development of human society. During his research for the book, Professor Gillis spent time on Prince Edward Island as a guest of UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies. Coastal zones, Gillis argues, have always been a diverse and vital ecotone, a place where sea and land overlap, providing an abundance of...

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