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What’s On at Trent University


Upcoming events include the Bata Library Information Session and the Celebration of Community Research

Monday, March 27, 2017

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:

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Movie Night – Migrant Dreams

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: The Trend, Wallis Hall, Traill College

About: This powerful feature documentary tells the story of a group of migrant farm workers who struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and dare to resist the systemic oppression and exploitation from their brokers, employers and Canadian government in small-town Ontario. Directed by Min Sook Lee.

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.

The Crossing: A Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion with the Filmmaker

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street

About: The Syrian refugee crisis is a defining challenge for our generation. The Crossing takes us along one of the most dangerous journeys of our time with a group of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, crossing a sea, two continents, and searching for a home to rekindle the greatest thing that they have lost: hope. All are welcome, admission is free and childcare will be offered onsite.

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

Bata Transformation Information Session

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Bata Library Atrium

About: With the exciting Bata Transformation project starting soon, all members of the Trent and Peterborough communities are invited to attend this drop-in information session to learn more about how we are creating the library of the future at Trent. Guests will have the chance to view floor plans and drawings for the revitalized library, meet the architects, and have their questions answered.

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. For free parking register online.

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.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Extreme Forms of Aging and the Cultural Construction of Age in Life Narratives

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Alumni House, Champlain College

About: Julie Velton, Ph.D. candidate from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, will speak on 'Extreme Forms of Aging' and the Cultural Construction of Age in Life Narratives. This series is a space for discussions about research-in-progress and other ponderings. Coffee, tea, and treats will be provided.

Symons Seminar Series

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: Join us to hear Sophie Goldberg (M.A. Candidate, Anthropology) and Maggie Boothroyd (M.Sc. Candidate, Environmental & Life Sciences) present their research. The Symons Seminar Series showcases graduate students presenting their research at a level understandable by the entire academic community and the public.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Mobility, migration and human-animal interactions among the Hokkaido Okhotsk: Triangulation from stable isotopes

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Life Health Sciences/DNA Building room B104

About: Professor Ben Fitzhugh from the University of Washington is an archaeologist whose research examines human-environment interactions in coastal hunter-gatherer societies in the North Pacific using a diverse range of methods and in collaboration with scholars working in ecology, geology, climatology, oceanography, and ethnography. Major themes explored in his research include the influence of human colonization on island ecosystems, investigating the natural and cultural forces driving changes in human subsistence economies, and human vulnerability and resilience to environmental variation. Dr. Fitzhugh has conducted long-term field projects in the Kodiak Archipelago of Alaska and the Kuril Islands in the Russian Far East and he has taken a leading role in the international effort to raise awareness about the destruction of archaeological sites in northern environments caused by recent warming and the importance of these sites for contextualizing long-term environmental variation.

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

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 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, May 14 – 20, 2017.

» Full calendar of Trent events


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