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What’s On at Trent University

March 20, 2017

Upcoming events include Three Minute Thesis and the Celebration of Community Research

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 21, 2017

Three Minute Thesis

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location: Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street, Peterborough

About:  The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) presents M.A., M.Sc., and Ph.D. 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 PowerPoint slide. Everyone is invited to attend this 2017 3MT competition and discover the amazing research happening at Trent.

Annual Trent Excalibur Athletics Awards Banquet

Time: 7:20 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Location: Trent Athletics Centre Gymnasium

About:  This annual event honours Excalibur athletes, coaches and supporters for their achievements both in and out of competition throughout the past year. Over 250 athletes and coaches, and a total of approximately 300 guests will be present to celebrate a fantastic year for the Green & White. Awards presented will include the the prestigious Gary Wolff Leadership Award and Arthur Cups.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Foundations of Indigenous Studies Presents: Digital Video Shorts – Reconciliation in One Minute!

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Enweying Atrium (bottom floor), Gzowski College

About: Every year the Foundations of Indigenous Studies Course presents the short documentary videos created by the teams of students addressing a current issue facing Indigenous peoples in Canada. All are welcome to view this year’s documentaries.

Live Webinar: Varsity Athletics and Campus Recreation

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Online

About: Sport, recreation, and wellness are at the heart of our University community. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, an avid gym goer, looking to play varsity sports, join a recreational league, or even enjoy the convenience of drop-in physical activities – you can find it all here at Trent University. With our exceptional state-of-the-art athletics facility, an outdoor 1,450-acre playground and over 20 kilometres of nature trails, the opportunity to live a well-balanced, active student life is plentiful.

Join this special webinar to learn more about recreational and athletic activities, Trent’s beautiful athletic facilities, brand new and upcoming athletic complex developments, and of course, how you can #bleedgreen by proudly wearing the green and white as a Trent Excalibur varsity athlete.

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: By using recently declassified archival records, dozens of oral history interviews, and thousands of images collected over the past decade, Dr. Daniel Heidt will question the pervasiveness of the military-industrial-complex in the Canadian Arctic. The existence of multi-decade programs like the Joint Arctic Weather Stations and federal science coordinating bodies reveals civil science narratives that significantly impacted the Arctic’s development. He will also democratize our understanding of scientific culture, Arctic sovereignty, and Canadian-American relations by retelling amusing and telling stories about what happened on the ground at these Arctic stations.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Women in STEM

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: The Great Hall, Champlain College

About: Hear from women in Computer Science and other STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) as they discuss their experiences in commonly male-dominated fields, and the barriers they have overcame. The talks will be followed by a panel discussion open to the audience for questions, and a catered meet and greet period.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Indigenous Women's Activism: Moving Towards a More Just Society

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: The Annual Margaret Laurence Lecture brings to Trent a distinguished speaker to address a topic related to Margaret Laurence's passions for social justice, feminism and the natural world. The department of Gender & Women's Studies is pleased to announce Dawn Lavell-Harvard, director of the First Peoples House of Learning will be giving the 25th Annual Margaret Laurence Lecture entitled, "Indigenous Women's Activism: Moving Towards a More Just Society." 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Iceberg Alley, 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”: equally implicated in the ambiguous ethical shadow of anthropogenic climate change through glacial melt, as well as important secondary resources for the safe operation of oil and gas installations on the North Atlantic. Overall, I will consider how the commodification of natural phenomena such as icebergs highlights the grey ethical and environmental modalities underpinning the consolidation of a northern natural resource.

Shirin: Las Menias in Movie Theatre

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Room 105 Scott House, Traill College

About: This presentation is not a biography of an outstanding filmmaker or a requiem for an artist who did not receive proper recognition from his fellow citizens until his sudden death in 2016. Instead, it is an alternative reading of his endeavour to overcome insurmountable obstacles in the artistic society of Iran. After four decades of experimenting with minimalism and abstraction of form, in 2008, Abbas Kiarostami directed Shirin and thereby, replaced his well-known style with an engagement in the problem of what I term, “Signification Fallacy”. While much of his serious Iranian audience is still trying to decode the meaning of his films, Kiarostami by Shirin has defied all the possibilities of considering the existence of a prioritized content over the simple and experimental form of the film.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Celebration of Community Research

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Great Hall, Champlain College

About: Discover the scope and impact of local community-based applied research completed by Trent University students this year. Register online for the Celebration of Community Research for free parking.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Trent Philosophy Society Student Symposium

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: The Trent Philosophy Society Student Symposium is an annual event that highlights the philosophical work of undergraduate students at Trent University.  The 2017 Symposium will include five student presentations, as well as a Keynote address by Trent alumnus and Dawson College professor, Derrick Farnham.  All talks will be held at Bagnani Hall, Traill College.  Everyone is welcome and there is no fee for attending the talks.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Weight of Your Heart – A Walk with Chanie Wenjack

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Otonabee College, Wenjack Theatre

About: In 1967 the students at what was then Indian and Eskimo Studies at Trent University heard of the untimely and unjust death of a young person from Northern Ontario.  A student of Residential School, Chanie Wenjack had taken steps to find his way home to the family and land that he knew and loved. We invite Peterborough and surrounding communities, First Nations and schools, to come, to bring their children and their grandchildren, their students and themselves for a viewing of the documentary A Walk With Chanie Wenjack as we begin to reap a harvest of Reconciliation and undertake actions to speed us towards a mighty victory in Canada and throughout the world as Indigenous Peoples everywhere begin to pick up their bundles and walk again in the footsteps of the Ancestors. $10 for students, $20 general admission.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fire in the Library: Arctic warming, coastal erosion, and the catastrophic loss of scientific and cultural understanding

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Great Hall, Champlain College

About: The North at Trent 2017 Lecture Series wraps up with Dr. Ben Fitzhugh director, Quaternary Research Center & Associate Professor, Anthropology at the University of Washington. Arctic and subarctic regions contain numerous archaeological sites where organic preservation is spectacular due to the cold climate. In addition to artifacts left by past humans, these sites contain ‘archives’ of plants and animals often in deep chronological sequences and spanning millennia. Well-dated archaeological faunal samples subject to morphological, isotopic, and genetic methods shed light on long-term ecosystem evolution in the context of climate changes more extreme than any recorded in the instrumental and historical records of recent centuries. New techniques make it possible to examine changes in productivity, food web dynamics, stock structure, population bottlenecks, extinctions, and population range shifts that can be compared to other records of climate and environmental change.

Melting Ice, Melting Records: Glaciers and the Amplification of Climate Change

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Room 105 Scott House, Traill College

About: This talk focuses on artworks that center on the figure of the melting glacier as a symptom of climate change and foreground how the fact of its melting makes climate change immediately felt on a human scale. The figure of the melting glacier not only publicizes a kind of directional politics with specific goals in mind (curb global warming to 2°C), but also channels a more open-ended aesthetic sensibility that relies on an analogy between the mortality of human beings and the glaciers themselves. In the broader research project, glaciers are unstable aesthetic indexes given that they both “store” time and release it, and are themselves variably recorded across media. In the process, glaciers are becoming part of an environmental narrative surrounding the amplification of climate urgency through contemporary art.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Peterborough Regional Science Fair 2017

Time: 12:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Science Complex and Chemical Science Buildings

About: Each year, students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 display their projects in biological, physical, engineering, and computing sciences. The experience is an invaluable stepping stone for many who go on to pursue successful careers. The 48th Peterborough Regional Science Fair is taking place on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  This is a day-long event that concludes with an awards ceremony scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Wenjack Theatre at Trent University.  The top winners will win trips to compete at the Canada Wide Science Fair at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan May 14 – 20, 2017.

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