Tuesday May 24, 2016
In the Footsteps of Evangeline
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.
Read the full poem here
The Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism is a partnership between St. Thomas University, CBC Radio and the Dalton Camp Endowment in Journalism.