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Renowned Anthropologist and Writer Michael P. Robinson Announced as Inaugural Jack Matthews Fellow


Trent University, Lakefield College School and The Canadian Canoe Museum Sponsoring Fellow’s Visit to Peterborough Week of November 10-14

Thursday, November 6, 2008, Peterborough

Michael P. Robinson, renowned anthropologist, lawyer, scholar, and writer, will be visiting Peterborough to deliver a number of public talks and presentations at Trent University, Lakefield College School and The Canadian Canoe Museum as the inaugural Jack Matthews Fellow during the week of November 10 to 14, 2008.

“The Jack Matthews Fellowship represents an exciting and unique new partnership between three important institutions in Peterborough,” said Dianne Lister, vice president of External Relations and Advancement at Trent. Created in 2008, the Jack Matthews Fellowship honours the founding contributions Mr. Matthews made to Trent University, Lakefield College School, and The Canadian Canoe Museum. “This fellowship will create a number of new opportunities for students and the community to learn from any number of outstanding individuals. We are particularly pleased to welcome Michael Robinson as the inaugural fellow. He will without a doubt get this new Fellowship started off on the right foot.”

Mr. Robinson is an adjunct professor with the University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design and past president of the Glenbow Museum, one of the country's most progressive cultural institutions. He has served as executive director of the Arctic Institute of North America, chair of the Canadian Polar Commission and he is a long time board member of the David Suzuki Foundation and Friends of the Earth Canada. He has been awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and became a member of the Order of Canada in 2005.

Highlights of Mr. Robinson’s visit to Peterborough as the inaugural Jack Matthews Fellow include:

The Annual Wipper Lecture at The Canadian Canoe Museum
Mr. Robinson will deliver the Annual Kirk Wipper Lecture at The Canadian Canoe Museum on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 7 p.m. His lecture is entitled “What a Museum Should Be.” This ticketed event open to the public with free refreshments to follow the lecture. Tickets are $8 for members, $10 for non members.

The Great Matthews Fellowship Lakefield-Peterborough Outdoor Education Canoe Adventure
Mr. Robinson will join friends and students at Lakefield College School for an experiential river seminar on the Otonabee on the afternoon of Thursday, November 13.

World Affairs Colloquium at Trent University
“Stories That Won’t Leave My Mind” is the title of Mr. Robinson’s presentation for a World Affairs Colloquium at Trent University on Friday, November, 14. This event is free and open to the public and will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space, Room 101 in Peter Gzowski College at Trent.

Jack Matthews founded the Trent International Program (TIP) at Trent University, and managed its development from 1982 until 1989. He was awarded an honorary degree from Trent in 1992. A visionary international educator, Mr. Mathews was a former headmaster of Lakefield College School and the founding director of Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Victoria, BC. He also played a key role in the founding of The Canadian Canoe Museum.


For more information, please contact:

Trent University
Dr. Michael Allcott, Director, Trent International Program, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x7155 or michaelallcott@trentu.ca

Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd, Senior Advancement Director, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x7955 or shirlannepawl@trentu.ca

Lakefield College School
Richard Johnston, Director of Communications, Lakefield College School, (705) 652-3344 x343 or rjohnston@lcs.on.ca

The Canadian Canoe Museum
Anthony Berardi, Marketing Coordinator, The Canadian Canoe Museum, (705) 748-9153 or marketing@canoemuseum.net

James Raffan, Executive Director, The Canadian Canoe Museum, (613) 540-4319 or james.raffan@canoemuseum.net