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Trentís History Department Honours Its Leading Scholars
April 4, 2007

The Department of History celebrated the legacy of historical scholarship at Trent University in a special two-day conference entitled "Canada on Display". The conference was organized to recognize the remarkable contributions of Professors John Jennings, Elwood Jones and Dale Standen, who will each soon retire from Trent after lengthy and distinguished careers with the University.

"This event honours the ‘second century’ of history studies at Trent," stated Jamie Benidickson, noting that the combined careers of Profs. Jennings, Jones and Standen totalled nearly 100 years of teaching.

Each of the 23 session chairs and presenters during the conference were Trent alumni, and collectively their papers contributed a vital link to our understanding of key themes in Canadian history. Highlights included Trent research associate Nancy Christie’s interpretation of the nineteenth century Canadian family as a site of both male and female agency, and not just as a patriarchal institution. Prof. Bill Waiser from the University of Saskatchewan delivered a passionate presentation arguing for historians to take advantage of television and other popular media to tell Canada’s history more effectively to audiences. The fascinating biographies of twentieth century social worker Jane Wisdom and Depression-era journalist Violet McNaughton were profiled respectively by Prof. Suzanne Morton of McGill and Profs. Marg Hobbs and Sue Wurtele of Trent.

With more than 70 people in attendance, "Canada on Display" represented a unique milestone for Trent as both established and new history professors gathered to honour this symbolic "changing of the guard" as Trent prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2014.

Watch for a full profile of "Canada on Display" in the May issue of Focus Trent.