Dalhousie University. Institute of Public Affairs

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Dalhousie University. Institute of Public Affairs

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  • IPA
  • Dalhousie University. Henson College of Public Affairs and Continuing Education (1984-2004)

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1936-2004

History

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) was founded in 1936 by Lothar Richter and Dalhousie University through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in recognition of the need for greater regional economic and social development. It began as an experimental organization, intended to make connections between Dalhousie University and the community and the social sciences and public policy. The IPA’s primary areas of activity were government, business, labour and community, with a focus on public administration.

Guy Henson was appointed director in 1957 with a mandate to reorganize the IPA. Under his guidance, the institute broadened its socio-economic research programs, including the Africville Relocation Project and significant work in labour-management relations.

In 1977 Kell Antoft succeeded Henson and in 1980 the institute moved into its own building, the Henson Centre, named after its former director. In 1984 the Henson Centre, the IPA and the Office of Part Time Studies of Extension were amalgamated to create the Henson College of Public Affairs and Continuing Education. University funding for Henson College was discontinued in 1993, which led to a decline in its activities. In 2004 the Henson College of Public Affairs and Continuing Education was folded into a new faculty named the College of Continuing Education (CCE).

The Institute of Public Affairs maintained its own library, with holdings of more than 18,000 items, which covered topics such as economic development, local government, industrial relations, management development and labour organization. Beginning in 1984 the institute's library was gradually integrated into Dalhousie University Libraries.

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Dalhousie University. College of Continuing Education (2004-)

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temporal

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2004

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The Institute of Public Affairs, later known as the Henson College of Public Affairs, was folded into Dalhousie College of Continuing Education in 2004.

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Cochrane, Andrew G.

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associative

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2000-

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Andrew G. Cochrane has been Dean of the College of Continuing Education from 2000 to present

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Doyle‑Bedwell, Patricia

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associative

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1994-2014

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Patricia Doyle‑Bedwell was the director of the Transition Year Program in the College of Continuing Education from 1994-2014

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Richter, Lothar (1894 - 1948)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1936

Description of relationship

Lothar Richter founded the Institute of Public Affairs in 1936.

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