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Trent University 50th Anniversary Events

Trent University Invites the Entire Community to our Anniversary Events from August 2014 through June 2015


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August 7 - 10, 2014

» 50th Anniversary Alumni & Friends Reunion Kick-Off Weekend

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Presented by the Trent University Alumni Association (TUAA) and featuring a series of events, including: interactive panels with Trent's esteemed faculty, distinguished alumni and honorary degree recipients; Blue Rodeo Concert; college and program reunions; and much more. Four-Day all access pass & individual event tickets available.
Thursday August 7, 2014 (7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

» 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Weekend Reception & Book Launch

Cover image of the 50th anniversary book, Trent University: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

Kick off the weekend by mingling with classmates and professors in the Champlain College Great Hall. Be the first in line to purchase the 50th anniversary book, Trent University: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence, and meet the author D'Arcy Jenish.
Friday, August 8 & Saturday August 9, 2014

» Ideas That Change the World Symposium

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Join over 75 of Trent's most outstanding alumni and faculty as they converge to challenge thinking in the areas of: Education, Indigenous Peoples in Canada, Sustainability & the Environment, Life & Health, and Critical Cultural Inquiry. Opening keynote address by Chancellor Don Tapscott, world authority on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology.
August 7, 2014 through October 19, 2014

» “Ron Thom and the Allied Arts: Trent's Master Planning Architect”

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A national traveling exhibit of selected art, architecture, and design by the legendary West Coast architect, Ron Thom. Thom is best known as architect of Massey College, Trent University, and an array of award-winning custom homes and theatres.

October 17-19, 2014

» Reunion & Celebration for the Classes of '64 & '65

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Members of Trent's first two classes are invited to partake in all of the University celebration events being organized for October 17 - 19, the official anniversary date of Trent University. The first two classes are invited to a reunion dinner and brunch as well as a campus tour.

October 17, 2014

» The Chancellor's 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner:
Dr. Don Tapscott, Chancellor

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Held at the Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre, 400 people will be entertained and inspired with a special event to mark the milestone occasion. Tickets are now available for sale.

October 18, 2014

» Community Parade & Celebration

Peterborough Town and Gown event from 50 years ago in black and white photograph

To thank and celebrate Trent's founding partner, the community, join a re-creation of the original opening ceremonies held 50 years ago, including the parade from Trinity Church to Rubidge Retirement Home, the original building for Trent University. A celebration on Rubidge at Sherbrooke will follow.

October 18, 2014

» Trent @ 50: In Story and Song

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Come to Showplace Performance Centre to enjoy and re-live Trent's first 50 years as we salute the University's history with humorous anecdotes, the music of the decades and the books of the times. All brought to you by students, friends, alumni and many celebrity guests. Written by Beth McMaster and directed by Gillian Wilson. Tickets are now available for sale.

April 10, 2015

» 40th Anniversary Reception at Trent Oshawa

Trent University Oshawa Exterior campus photogrpah in the fall evening light

To celebrate 40 years of offering programs in the Durham region a reception is being planned for April 10, 2015. More details to come.

September 2014 to May 2015

» Fifty School Talks for 50 Years

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Fifty presentations and conversations with local and regional schools are being planned. As the events are scheduled, a complete listing of all school lectures will be posted.


September 2014 to May 2015

Community Lectures

During the 2014 - 2015 academic year, many free public lectures will be offered by Trent University. Two panel events will be hosted in Toronto and Ottawa to showcase Trent faculty, students and alumni, and their contribution to important issues.

May 21 - 23, 2015

» International Conference on the Study of Canada

International Conference on the Study of Canada

This International Conference, in the true spirit of Trent, will bring together thoughts and perspectives from around the world and across many disciplines.