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What’s On at Trent University

March 7, 2017

Upcoming events include the Three Minute Paper Competition and March Break Open House

Every week new and exciting things are happening at Trent University. Come and be inspired through a range of events, public lectures, panel discussions and debates, all open to the community. Here’s what’s on at Trent University this month:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Shine A Light On Our Global Sisters

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Bata Library Podium

About: Gzowski College, the World University Service of Canada, First Peoples House of Learning, and the Trent University Native Association will be offering prayers and a Smudge in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women as a way to acknowledge International Women’s Day.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Play at Time Well Wasted: Why Boomers Needn’t Act Their Age

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Room 102 Kerr House, Traill College

About:  The Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies invites you to join us for a brown-bag lunch talk given by Dr. James Onusko, examining some nascent research on why baby boomers should not abandon play. In the transition to becoming older adults boomers should embrace play in its many forms. Building on Nietzsche’s premise that “play is the highest form of human activity,” this talk explores play in historical context, examines some of its meanings and forms, and advocates for the benefits of play, especially in local communities, for our wisest citizens.

Trillium Book Award Author Readings

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: All are invited to join several previous Trillium Book Award winners and 2016 finalists to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Trillium Book Award. The evening features readings from,

Jeramy Dodds, Crabwise to the Hounds; Caroline Durand, Nourrir la machine humaine; Andrew Forbes, What You Need; Kevin Hardcastle, Debris; and Janette Platana, A Token of My Affliction.  

3 Minute Paper Competition

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Nozhem Theatre, First Peoples House of Learning, Gzowski College

About: Come watch Trent undergrads distill months of research into a mere three minutes! Three Minute Paper (3MP) is an exciting competition for undergraduate students developed in collaboration by the Colleges and Academic Skills at Trent University.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Aging & Society Seminar Series

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Bata Library, room 201

About: Please join us for a discussion by Neil Halon, professor, Geography, University of Northern British Columbia. Dr. Halon will explore intersections of population aging, community development, and voluntarism as enacted in two resource-dependent communities in the interior of British Columbia. Register for a free lunch via email

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Thursday, March 16, 2017

Life According to Nature: Gilbert Ryle Lecture in Philosophy

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College.

About: Dr. Catherine Wilson will be presenting the 2017 Ryle Lecture in Philosophy series with three talks: Theory After Darwin; The Way We Live Now; and Life According to Nature. Dr. Wilson is the Anniversary Professor of Philosophy at the University of York in England, as well as a Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The Gilbert Ryle Lecture Series was established by the Philosophy department at Trent in 1977 in honour of the late Gilbert Ryle.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pine Tree Talk: Indigenous Performing Arts: A Rising Political Force

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Enweying Building, Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space

About: Honouring Daystar Rosalie Jones. Daystar is one of the top two Indigenous persons being honoured for their accomplishments in the United States of America by Indian Country Today.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Break Open House Peterborough Campus

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Trent University Peterborough

About: Each year we welcome thousands of future students and their families to our Open House events. All prospective students and families are welcome to attend.  Speak with professors, staff and current students, tour the campus and take in a mini lecture or information session.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Three Minute Thesis

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location: Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street

About: The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®)  presents Trent graduate students with the ultimate challenge: to explain their complex and highly specialized research and ideas to a general audience in just three minutes, using only one Power Point slide.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Putting the Cold War on Ice: Science, Sovereignty and Security in the Canadian Arctic during the Cold War, 1945-1972

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: The North at Trent 2017 Lecture Series launches with Dr. Daniel Heidt, Frost Centre research associate, Trent University. During the second half of the 20th century, the Arctic sat below the shortest air route between the United States and the Soviet Union. Protecting North America from approaching Soviet bombers subsequently required an unprecedented buildup of military equipment and personnel in this sparsely populated and previously neglected region. Radar warning lines, airfields, and a host of other facilities were built in record time. Enhanced understanding of the Arctic environment was critical to these projects, and social scientists have traditionally studied Arctic science research within this context.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Indigenous Women's Activism: Moving Towards a More Just Society, the 25th Annual Margaret Laurence Lecture

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: Dawn Lavell-Harvard, director of the First Peoples House of Learning will be giving the 25th Annual Margaret Laurence Lecture with a reception to follow in Bagnani Hall. The Margaret Laurence Lecture brings distinguished speakers to Trent to address a topic related to Margaret Laurence's passions for social justice, feminism and the natural world.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Iceberg Ally, Climate Change and Canada’s Grey Resources

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: The North at Trent 2017 Lecture Series continues with Dr. Rafico Ruiz, Roberta Bondar Fellow in Northern & Polar Studies, Trent University. Over the past two decades, icebergs in Iceberg Alley, an area that extends from the glaciers of the western coast of Greenland to Baffin Island and south past the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, have progressively emerged as a sought after commodity used in the production of vodka, beer, and luxury-branded waters. By drawing on historical research and fieldwork across communities in Iceberg Alley, this talk will examine how icebergs are emerging as “grey resources,” as well as important secondary resources for the safe operation of oil and gas installations on the North Atlantic.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Celebration of Community Research

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: The Great Hall, Champlain College

About: Discover the scope and impact of local community-based applied research completed by Trent University students this year. Featuring a keynote address, “The Value of Community-Based Research,” by Brianna Salmon, executive director, Peterborough GreenUP. Learn more and register for free parking at

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