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New Lecture Series Will Bring International Development Experts to Trent
April 4, 2007

A gift by Trent University professors David Morrison and Alena Heitlinger to create an endowed lectureship will introduce Trent students to leading speakers on international development issues and significantly build on the University’s reputation for its International Development Studies program.

"The David Morrison Lecture Series in International Development" will provide students, faculty and members of the Peterborough community with exceptional access to leading scholars and people engaged in policy and practical work in the field of international development.

Professors Morrison and Heitlinger’s generous gift of $100,000 will ensure that the lectureship series will continue in perpetuity and provide new learning experiences for Trent students and faculty.

"Alena and I see the creation of the endowed lectureship as a platform for further recognizing the academic excellence of the International Development Studies Department which for the past thirty years has attracted wonderful students to Trent and achieved great distinction in teaching and research," says Professor Morrison who will retire this year after 40 years of service to the University. "The lecture series will bring outstanding speakers to Trent each year from various parts of the world, including developing countries. Through the endowment, our goal is to use the lecture to provide a focal point for discussing the critical issues of our time from an interdisciplinary perspective." The lecture series will expose students to a variety of themes including, but not limited to , international development, international political economy, and approaches to reducing poverty and inequality and achieving sustainable livelihoods in ways that promote social justice and respect the human and biophysical environment.

Commenting on the gift from professors Morrison and Heitlinger to the University, Dianne Lister, vice president, external relations and advancement thanked them for their generous support. "This significant investment by David and Alena in the future of the University, affirms how international perspectives have been embedded into our academic culture and traditions. The David Morrison Lecture on International Development will be a significant addition to our growing number of endowed special lecture series that include the Margaret Laurence Lecture, the Ryle Lecture Series in Philosophy, the W.L. Morton Lecture, the Tapscott-Lopes Business and Society Lecture, and the R.B. Johnston Archaeology Lecture. As we head towards Trent’s 50th anniversary in 2014 and continue to expand our idea of an exceptionally internationalized campus, I would to like to thank David and Alena for their visionary gesture and generous support."

Click here to learn more about Trent’s International Development Studies program.