“On the Art of Being Canadian” Author to Visit Trent University


Ashley Fellow Dr. Sherrill Grace Welcomed to Catharine Parr Traill College

Monday, November 1, 2010, Peterborough

Trent University welcomes Ashley Fellow Dr. Sherrill Grace,  whose first public talk will be "The Haunting of Canadian Culture and Tom Thomson’s Ghost" on Tuesday, November 2 at 7:30 pm, at Lady Eaton College lecture hall 201, followed by a reception in the Seasoned Spoon in Champlain College.

During her residency as the Ashley Fellow at Catherine Parr Traill College for the month of November, Prof. Grace will visit undergraduate and graduate classes and will give a series of public talks that discuss how artists have contributed to Canadian culture, commemoration, and myth making in themes of the North, war, and iconic national figures such as Louis Riel, Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, and Mina Hubbard.

All are welcome to the following free public lectures:

  • Wednesday, November 10, 7:30 p.m., Bagnani Hall at Catherine Parr Traill College
    "Revisiting Vimy: Representations of Vimy"

  • Thursday, November 18, 7:30 p.m., Lady Eaton College lecture hall 201
    "Landscapes of Memory and the Ethics of Writing about World War II post-1977"

  • Wednesday, November 24, 7:30 p.m., Bagnani Hall at Catherine Parr Traill College
    "Standing on Guard: The Canadian North in the 21st Century" (part of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies’ “North at Trent 2010 Lecture series”)

A faculty member of the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, Prof. Grace’s research interests lie in the areas of 20th century Canadian literature and culture, drama, biography and autobiography, and interdisciplinary studies in literature, art, film, theatre, and music. Author of On the Art of Being Canadian, Canada and the Idea of North, and Inventing Tom Thomson, Prof. Grace was awarded the Killam Prize in 2008.

The Ashley Fellowship is funded by a bequest from the late Professor C.A. Ashley, long-time friend of Trent University and an enthusiastic proponent of the role that informal contacts of college life can play in the academic pursuits of the University. The Ashley Fellow is therefore a visiting scholar who is a resident guest in one of Trent's five residential Colleges.

All events are free, and open to the public.

For more information, please contact: James Struthers, professor of Canadian studies, 705 748 1011 x 6021.