I listen each week to New Books in History – a really interesting podcast that someone on this blog alerted me to a while ago. This week’s podcast is an interview with an historian from Nippising University in Ontario about WW2. Her name is Hilary Earl and the book is The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-1958: Atrocity, Law, and History.
Don’t worry, I am not diverting into blogging about the the second world war. I try to keep things relatively on topic here.
No, my interest as it relates to this blog is Dr. Earl’s description of her early life. She grew up in New Brunswick and attended UNB before moving away.
The interviewer is from Iowa so she was using the standard ways to describe New Brunswick as a small place, east of Maine that no one has ever heard of. She went on to say that “most Canadians don’t even know where New Brunswick is”. However, she had high praise for her education at UNB.
This is another great metaphor for New Brunswick. A place no one has heard of (even Canadians) with some good universities that are incubators for folks looking to leave.
One can’t help but appreciate the irony of her comments in the context of her now living in Northern Ontario. One suspects that both Nippising University and North Bay are not exactly the topic of household conversation in Kelowna or Red Deer. But I digress.
She’s obviously a talented scholar and like so many NBers did have to leave to pursue her career.
I hope that some day her description of New Brunswick will be more flattering – something about a really neat place in eastern Canada that is doing really interesting stuff…… It would be interesting to have 1,000 expatriate New Brunswickers describe the province as they remember it.
While some would say this is beyond the scope of an economic development blog I am more convinced each day that culture, connectivity and roots matter in the context of economic development.
I’m just having some difficulty connecting the dots but there is something about how Dr. Earl described New Brunswick that crystallizes 140 years of history.