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2006/2007 Ashley Fellows Lecture Series Begins on September 26 and October 4


Dr. David Montgomery, Renowned American Historian, and Dr. Peter Stephenson, Internationally-Recognized Medical Anthropologist, Each to Deliver Three Lectures from September 26 to October 18

Friday, September 22, 2006, Peterborough

Trent University’s two Ashley Fellows, Dr. David Montgomery, an eminent historian of the American labour movement, and Dr. Peter Stephenson, an internationally-recognized senior medical anthropologist, will begin their three-lecture speaker series’ on Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, October 4, respectively.

Dr. Montgomery’s lectures, all dealing with the theme of “Workers Movements and Imperialism from the 1880s to the 1950s,” will be held on Tuesday, September 26, Tuesday, October 3, and Tuesday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lady Eaton College (LEC) Lecture Hall on the Symons Campus. Dr. Stephenson’s lecture series, entitled “Three Embodied Discourses of Health and Illness: the Body, the City and the World,” will run on Wednesday, October 4, Wednesday, October 11, and Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Gzowski College, Room 103. The Ashley Fellow lectures are free to attend and open to all members of the public.

Dr. David Montgomery

Dr. Montgomery’s presentations will draw on American and International histories, and will offer a provocative synthesis of debates about the relationship between the working class and imperialism from the late 19th Century to the mid-20th Century. His three lectures are entitled, “Workers Face Imperialisms, Old and New” (September 26), “Labour's Monroe Doctrine” (October 3), and “The Revolt Against Colonialism” (October 10). Receptions will be held following each lecture.

Dr. Montgomery will also host an open discussion, entitled “Relating the Past to Current Struggles over Globalization” on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the LEC Lecture Hall. This session will feature a panel of speakers reflecting on Dr. Montgomery’s previous presentations.

Past-President of the Organization of American Historians, David Montgomery worked for ten years as a machinist in New York and the Twin Cities, and was an active member of the International Association of Machinists (IAM), the United Electrical Workers (UE), and the Teamsters during those years. He is described as one of the most eminent historians in the United States and is best known for authoring such books as Beyond Equality: Labor and the Radical Republicans, The Fall of the House of Labor, and more recently, Black Workers' Struggle for Equality in Birmingham. An international scholar of significance and a sought-after lecturer and public speaker, Dr. Montgomery has made a name for himself through the study and examination of labour movements in the U.S., becoming known as one of the key founders of the new American labour history after the 1960s.

Professor Montgomery was nominated by Joan Sangster, Director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies. His visit to Trent is hosted by Champlain College.

Dr. Peter Stephenson

Dr. Stephenson’s lecture series, entitled “Three Embodied Discourses of Health and Illness: the Body, the City and the World,” will trace some of the ways in which social discourses of health and illness have been simultaneously embodied and articulated as "disease" by examining three principal sites: the body, the city and the world.  His three lectures are: “Age, Agency and the Body: the discourse of time and novelty” (October 4); “The City Embodied: the discourse of decay and renewal” (October 11); and “An Embodied World and the Pandemic Phantasm” (October 18).

As a senior medical anthropologist, Professor Peter Stephenson has made a name for himself in Canada and in the International field. Receiving his doctorate from the University of Toronto, Dr. Stephenson has held teaching positions at various institutions all over Canada and abroad. He currently teaches at the University of Victoria where he holds the distinguished position of a Michael Smith Fellow.

Professor Stephenson's research extends across multiple disciplines. His current research interests and work include ageing and the health in Hutterite populations in Alberta, examining the relationship between rapid urban development and modernist planning in the lives of the marginalized population in the city of Almere in Flevoland (Netherlands), and completing a book, tentatively titled Zombie Factory, which looks at the popular misconceptions of stress and early mortality experiences in post-industrial societies, especially among middle-aged executives. He has been recognized for his work by the Canadian Anthropology Society, receiving the Weaver-Tremblay Award for his work in applied anthropology.

Dr. Stephenson's visit to Trent is hosted by Otonabee College. He was nominated by Professor Julia Harrison, the Chair of Anthropology.


For more information, please contact:
Joan Sangster, Director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies, 748.1011 x1749; or
Professor Julia Harrison, Chair of Anthropology, 748.1011 x1515