Tuesday May 24, 2016

In the Footsteps of Evangeline

Grand-Pré National Historic Site

Grand-Pré National Historic Site (Dr Wilson/Wikipedia)

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Acclaimed journalist Lyse Doucet was once told by the head of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) that she saw Acadians as the modern world's first refugees. That statement stuck with Ms. Doucet.  Not only is she the BBC's chief international correspondent, but she is also of Acadian descent. In the 2015 Dalton Camp Lecture, Lyse Doucet explores the parallel between Longfellow's poem Evangeline and today's refugee crisis, about how human stories give voice and meaning to complex issues. **This episode originally aired February 4, 2015.


"This is the forest primeval; but where are the hearts beneath it...
Where is the thatch-roofed village, the home of Acadian farmers,--
Men whose lives glided on like rivers that water the woodlands,
Darkened by shadows of earth, but reflecting an image of heaven"

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie", first published in 1847, explores the tragedy of expulsion, of being a refugee.

Lyse Doucet - The Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism 2015
Lyse Doucet is the  BBC's chief international correspondent. In the early 2000s, she played a key role in BBC's coverage of the war between Israel and Hezbollah, the war in Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan. Her work has also taken her to Pakistan for the South Asia earthquake in 2005 and to India and Indonesia in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami. She was the 2015 recipient of the Sanford St. Marin Trustee's Award for her work in raising the profile of religion in the media. She holds a master's degree in international relations from the University of Toronto and a bachelor of arts (honours) from Queen's University.


  • The Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism is a partnership between St. Thomas University, CBC Radio and the Dalton Camp Endowment in Journalism.