The statue of Evangeline at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, Nova Scotia.

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 at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., 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. The CBC Radio Ideas podcast of the lecture can be heard here.

Lyse Doucet was born in Bathurst, N.B. She 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.