Additional Information

This page contains some additional information about Ron Harpelle's academic background and interests. Here you will find links to many different publications and films.  

Significant Publications

Among Dr. Harpelle's most significant publications are,  Bruce Muirhead and Ronald Harpelle, The International Development Research Centre: 40 years of Ideas, Innovation and Impact,(Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, and Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval), Ronald Harpelle and Bruce Muirhead, editors,: Long Term Solutions in a Short Term World: Canada and Research for Development, (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press), The West Indians of Costa Rica: Race, Class, and the Integration of an Ethnic Minority (McGill-Queen's University Press)The Lady Lumberjack: An Annotated Collection of Dorothea Mitchell's Writings, (edited with Michel S. Beaulieu), and Karelian Exodus: Finnish Communities in North America and Soviet Karelia during the Depression Era, (edited with Varpu Lindstrom and Alexis Pogorelskin).

Other Publications

Harpelle's publications also include articles in several leading journals including, The Americas, the Journal of Latin AmericanStudies and Race and Class, and he has contributed to the Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers. Publications available online are Banana Stories/Histoires de Bananes (5mb), "Cathode Ray Cages" and "Identity in Transition: From West Indian Immigrant to Afro-Costarricense."
 
Documentary Films

In addition to his publications, Ron Harpelle is also a documentary filmmaker. Visit his film production website by clicking here. On this website you will find a variety of films he has worked on over the years. You can also view many of them on Vimeo. His most recent film is Under the Red Star, a feature length docu-drama about Finnish immigration to Thunder Bay. Under the Red Star is directed by Kelly Saxberg and it stars award-winning Finnish actors, Jussi Nikkila and Elena Leeve. Another recent film is In Security, a one-hour documentary about human rights framed in the context of barbed wire and boundaries. He is also the producer and co-director of  "Banana Split," an award-winning documentary film about Canada's favourite fruit and he is the producer of "Dorothea Mitchell: A Reel Pioneer," a documentary about the first woman in Canada to make independent films and of "The Fatal Flower," a silent film begun in 1930 by the Port Arthur Amateur Cinema Society and finished in 2004 as part of The Fatal Flower Project. His current research ranges from the social history of the West Indian diaspora to Central America between 1850 and 1950, and changing economies of rural communities in a globalized world.

IDRC History Project

Ron Harpelle and Dr. Bruce Muirhead of the University of Waterloo were commissioned by International Development Research Centreto write an intellectual history of the Centre and they also worked with award-winning director, Kelly Saxberg, on a six-part documentary film series on Canada’s role in international development. The film series, Citoryens du Monde/Citizens of the World  is broadcast in French TFO and available in English for classroom use. In addition to the film series, Ron Harpelle has also produced a series of short videos from interviews with international development specialists around the world. These videos were produced for IDRC and they can be seen by clicking here.

 
The project also resulted in two manuscripts. Bruce Muirhead and Ronald Harpelle, The International Development Research Centre: 40 years of Ideas, Innovation and Impact, Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, and Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval, and Ronald Harpelle and Bruce Muirhead, editors,: Long Term Solutions in a Short Term World: Canada and Research for Development, Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press is forthcoming. Click on the title to order a copy of Long-Term Solutions for a Short-Term World: Canada and Research Development or contact your favourite bookseller.  A third book on the evolution of thinking about research for development by IDRC is currently in the works. 

Harpelle co-founded the Bay Street Film Festival with Kelly Saxberg in 2005. The festival brings films and filmmakers together from around the world. For more information visit the festivalwebsite.