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Friends of Bata Library to Celebrate 30th Anniversary at May 3 Event


Fundraising Dinner to Feature Dr. Leonard Conolly, International Authority on George Bernard Shaw and Past Trent President

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, Peterborough

The Friends of the Bata Library will celebrate their 30th anniversary at their annual spring fundraising dinner, featuring guest speaker Dr. Leonard Conolly – an international authority on the works of poet George Bernard Shaw – on Saturday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Scott House Dining Hall at Traill College.

Known the world over as an expert on the life and works of George Bernard Shaw, Prof. Conolly is a literary adviser to the Estate of Bernard Shaw, a corresponding scholar of the Academy of the Shaw Festival, and vice-president of the International Shaw Society. He has been reading, viewing, and studying Shaw's work for over 45 years. Prof. Conolly is also the founder of two scholarly journals and the author or editor of ten books on Shaw and other theatre and literature subjects. He has also published over fifty research essays and reviews. In 1998 the theatre archives at the University of Guelph, one of the largest such archives in North America, were named the L. W. Conolly Theatre Archives in Prof. Conolly’s honour.

Prof. Conolly holds an M.A. from McMaster and a Ph.D. from Wales, and joined Trent as the University’s fifth president in 1994. In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, considered Canada's senior academic accolade, and has been a Senior Member of Robinson College at Cambridge since 1981. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Research Award from Trent. The University of Guelph awarded Prof. Conolly an honorary degree in 2007.

The annual Friends of the Bata Library fundraising dinner is organized by the Friends of the Bata Library, an association dedicated to cultivating interest in all aspects of the Bata Library at Trent University and its resources. Money raised through the event is used to help purchase rare and expensive print material, often of a local and regional nature, and in the acquisition of various resources that help to make the material at the Bata Library more wide-ranging and useful to library users.

Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased, at a cost of $75 for members of the Friends of Bata Library and $85 for non-members, by contacting Wendy Scammell at (705) 748-1736 or wendyscammell@trentu.ca. Deadline for purchasing tickets is Wednesday, April 23.


Media are welcome and encouraged to attend this event.

For more information, please contact:
Wendy Scammell, College Assistant, Trent University, (705) 748-1736