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Retirement Celebrations for Canadian Studies Icon Professor John Wadland To Be Held April 25 & 26


Trent University Prepares to Honour Leading Scholar with “Teaching Canada” Event

Friday, April 25, 2008, Peterborough

A full slate of celebrations is planned from April 25 to 26 to honour the remarkable 35-year academic career of Trent University’s Professor John Wadland, one of the country’s most influential Canadian Studies’ scholars.

Prof. John began teaching at Trent in 1972 as the first full-time appointment to the Canadian Studies program. His signature course, “Canada: the Land,” soon became one of the best-known and most influential courses in the humanities. This course, along with “Culture and Communications in Canada”, “Bioregionalism” and “Canadian Images” helped to define new interdisciplinary models and ways of understanding Canada for generations of Trent students.

Prof. Wadland was the first winner of the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1977, and he subsequently achieved external recognition for his outstanding teaching from the Association for Canadian Studies in 1992 and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations in 1993. He served as chair of the Canadian Studies Program from 1985 to 1993 and in 2006-07, editor of the Journal of Canadian Studies from 1980 to 1984, and director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies between 1996 and 2000.

To celebrate his countless contributions to students and the fields of Canadian and Environmental Studies, a variety of activities have been planned, including a pub night and a full-day panel discussion event entitled “Teaching Canada”. Details are provided below:

Friday, April 25, 2008

7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Professor Wadland will be celebrated during an evening of music while former students and colleagues reconnect.
Sadleir House, 751 George Street North

Saturday, April 26, 2008

An engaging day of panel discussions, presentations and reflections on three themes in Canadian Studies.
Peter Gzowski College, Room 114

9:00 a.m. - 10: 30 a.m. Where in the World is Canada?
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. What Culture? What Heritage?
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. BBQ Lunch (available at a charge of $15)
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Climate Change and Canadian Responsibility

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
An honorary reception for Professor Wadland.
Peter Gzowski College Atrium

Additional information is available on www.trentu.ca/johnwadland.

For further details and reservation information please contact the secretary of the Canadian Studies Program, Elsie Scott at (705) 748-1817. Peter Gzowski College is located on the east bank of Symons Campus, Trent University, at 2510 Pioneer Road, Peterborough.


For further information, please contact Jennifer MacIsaac, manager, stewardship and events at (705) 748-1011, ext. 7073