“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”
“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”
“The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.”
Dalhousie is celebrating 200 years, a significant milestone that allows us to pause for a moment and reflect on our past even as we look forward to the opportunities that await us in the coming decades.
Today, CEGE Connection takes a brief look back to the year 1818, the events and happenings that were in motion when Dalhousie University was founded by General George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie.
Frederick Douglas (February 14), Karl Marx (May 5) and Emily Brontë (July 30).
In Canada, Élisabeth Bruyère (March 9), the founder of the Sisters of Charity of Bytown (former name of Ottawa, Ontario) who would open the first hospital and first bilingual school in Ontario.
1818 The Arts:
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly published anonymously.
Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem, Ozymandias, published.
Jane Austen’s novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, published (posthumous).
Felix Mendelssohn performs his first concert in Berlin. He is 9 years old.
First known Christmas carol (“Silent Night, Holy Night” – “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht) performed in Austria, December 25th.
1818 World Events:
Halifax and St. John’s are made free ports.
49th parallel becomes British North America/U.S. border.
Netherlands & Britain sign treaty against illegal slave handling.
Two English boxers are first to use padded gloves.
Chile issues an official declaration of independence from Spain.
In Japan, Emperor Meiji’s far-reaching social, political and economic changes are underway.
In China, Qing Dynasty is in power.
King Shaka of the Zulus is in ascendency and prepares to establish a centralized Zulu kingdom.
The first Mill of Cotton clothes opens in Kolkata (Calcutta).
1818 Dalhousie University was established:
General George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia founds Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lord Dalhousie is convinced that the Edinburgh model – a liberal, nondenominational, classless college – is optimal, based on his personal experience attending the University of Edinburgh where he studied with a young Walter Scott. February 16, 1818 marks the day that Lord Dalhousie receives the royal approval via Lord Bathurst.
Dalhousie came into being in 1818, but there is much more to the narrative.
We invite you to view DAL 200 Timeline to explore Dalhousie’s inspiring history!
This year, the Class of 2018 will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas and step onto the world’s stage. Graduations mark the ending of a demanding academic journey and signal the beginning of an adventure that awaits. It is a time of celebration and anticipation, of farewells and of new plans.
The Class of 2018 has the profound honour of being the class that welcomes Dalhousie University’s third century.
In January 2018, I received an e-mail from Joyline Makani who shared a video that featured the graduating class of 1931.
Dianne Landry, one of the Archives staff, discovered a 16mm film of the 1931 Convocation while doing some shifting of the collection. We took the original film and sent it to our film preservation service provider, Media Preserve to transfer the film to digital. The digital files just came back from Media Preserve and Creighton Barrett, the Archives’ Digital Archivist has put the file up on our Youtube channel. This 16 mm film was shot by R. Gordon Harris, the “Life Secretary” of the Class of 1931.
1931 marked the opening of the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto and the year that the Statute of Westminster went into effect, giving Canada full independence in national and international affairs. Those born in 1931 included Mordecai Richler, author, screenwriter and essayist, William Shatner of Star Trek fame and Alice Munro, writer and marvelous storyteller.
This archival treasure captures all the festivity and excitement of the Class of 1931. There is an eagerness to take on new challenges, a willingness to embrace life with exuberance and a hint of audacity. This was the generation that would experience the economics of the 1930’s, WWII, and the massive technological advances that sent us into space. Their voices may no longer be with us, but their hopes and efforts are embedded in the fabric of our nation, and in the spirit of a new generation ready to make their voices heard.
From all of us at CEGE Connection, congratulations to the Class of 2018. We know that whatever you do, you will be remarkable.
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
Our lives are influenced and directed by numbers, from the moment we hear the alarm clock in the morning welcoming us to a new day. Weight scales, gas meters, check-out lines, speed limit signs, schedules, deadlines – all signify our reliance on numbers. It is a way in which to measure progress and navigate complex situations.
Dalhousie has made remarkable strides over 200 years. Look at the numbers.
Dalhousie was founded in 1818, with a gift of £7,000 from George Ramsay, ninth Earl of Dalhousie, to establish the university. Today the estimated current value of Ramsay’s gift is $960,873 (Canadian dollars). The increase in dollar value, however, is dwarfed when compared with the growth of Dalhousie’s extraordinary influence within a global world. Academic excellence, collaborative education, and a hands-on learning environment prepares students to take their place on the world stage.
In 1863, Dalhousie opened its doors with six professors; in 2017, the professors numbered 999. In 1866, the year the first degrees were awarded, the student body boasted 28 students. Today, Dalhousie’s enrollment is over 18,200, with 59% being from out of province and 19% international students. Dalhousie has 13 Faculties and 180+ degree programs. More than $138 million dollars are awarded annually in external research grants and awards.
As graduates of Dalhousie, we belong to a worldwide alumni community of over 130,000.
The Dalhousie narrative continues as we enter a third century – another number to celebrate.
On January 4, 2018, I received my invitation via e-mail, reminding me not to miss my opportunity to kick off Dalhousie’s anniversary year:
Join us on February 6, 2018 for DALHOUSIE’S BICENTENNIAL LAUNCH,
a unique performance event to kick off our anniversary year.
Featuring a special appearance by George Elliott Clarke, MA’89, LLD’99, the former Parliamentary Poet Laureate and author of Dal’s bicentennial poem, it’s a celebration of history, art and culture you won’t want to miss.
Vancouver and Halifax are separated by many miles, but on February 6, 2018, I felt I was in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre, Halifax, celebrating Dalhousie University’s Bicentennial Launch.
Good news for those who were unable to watch the live streaming, the event was recorded and can be accessed here. I know you will enjoy this remarkable performance that welcomes the arrival of Dalhousie’s third century.
“What we do now echoes in eternity.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”
Stephen R. Covey
As Dalhousie Faculty of Management’s 11th Dean, I am very pleased to announce the official launch on September 13, 2017, of Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management strategic plan: Expanding the Experience. Our new vision, Inspiring Transformational Solutions for Society, now proudly displayed in our Atrium, gives us a sense of purpose to do better for our communities. By building on current strengths and partnerships, and by expanding our focus on experiential learning and internationalization, the Faculty of Management is confronting the major management challenges of our generation.
Our pillars will channel our aspirations in three distinctive ways:
(1) Advancing Experiential Learning (EL) Teaching and Research,
(2) Fostering Internationalization and Global Citizenship, and
(3) Cultivating Partnerships and Outreach.
Our Vision, Inspiring Transformational Solutions for Society, underpins our purpose to make a difference.
The world is changing and understanding our society is becoming more complex. Over the next 5 years we will be bold, imaginative, and invite ourselves to think differently. We will tell our story when we can, on and off campus, nationally and internationally.
Expanding the Experience is the Faculty of Management’s roadmap to work together and offer meaningful new ways and methods of supporting and changing society for the better.
Dean, Faculty of Management