Trent University to Host the North at Trent 2010 Lecture Series


New Series Will Feature Internationally Recognized Northern Historian, Frost Centre Research Associate and Trent Alumnus Shelagh Grant

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, Peterborough

This fall, Trent University is proud to present the “North at Trent 2010 Lecture series.” Designed to highlight Trent’s longstanding and continuing interest in ‘the North,’ this series features the work of Shelagh Grant, the foremost historian on Canadian sovereignty in the region;  a talk by the 2010 Roberta Bondar Fellow, Dr. Scott Heyes who has just completed a season of fieldwork with Inuit elders in northern Quebec; and the 2010 distinguished Ashley Fellow, Dr. Sherrill Grace, a cultural historian and literary scholar who has written extensively on how 'the North' has been imagined in Canadian art and literature.

“This series builds on a longstanding tradition of Northern Lectures at Trent,” said Dr. Julia Harrison, director of the Frost Centre for Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. “The series brings together a historian, a cultural geographer, and an art and literary scholar. Previous series have not brought together such a diverse group of speakers, individuals who exemplify the interdisciplinary mandate and philosophy of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies.”

The first lecture is Wednesday, September 29, where Shelagh Grant will discuss her new book entitled, “Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America.” Drawing on her reputation as a leading historian in the field, Grant adopts a multinational perspective, examining the historical aims of sovereignty over North America’s Polar Regions.

Perhaps best known for her scholarship on the Canadian Arctic, Shelagh Grant is a distinguished researcher, author and mentor. A graduate of the Master’s program in History at Trent in 1982, she has contributed to the reputation of Canadian Studies through her outstanding and award-winning publications on the Arctic and through her work with Inuit communities in Nunavut. Grant is recognized by her colleagues not merely for her high quality, meticulously researched academic work, but for her collegiality and generous and enthusiastic support of students who share her desire to understand the history and stories of Canada’s North.

On October 20, Roberta Bondar Fellow, Dr. Scott Heyes will discuss, “Sea Ice, See Space: Cracks in Inuit Knowledge.” Dr. Heyes will explore how three generations of Inuit from a community near Ungava Bay, Canada see the coast. His talk will focus on the way Inuit describe and communicate knowledge of this zone as it moves through seasonal change, and the how the changing role of such knowledge affects the way young generations relate to the coast on both practical and spiritual levels.

Finally, on November 24, Dr. Sherril Grace will give a talk entitled, “Standing on Guard: The Canadian North in the 21st Century.” Dr. Grace is the 2010 distinguished Ashley Fellow at Trent. She will examine the works created in this century that view the North through contemporary eyes in the context of militarization and climate change.

All three lectures will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Bagnani Lecture Hall, Traill College, Trent University. A reception will follow each lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

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For more information, please contact:
Julia Harrison, director, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6049