Trent University Graduate Students Organize Northern Studies Colloquium


Students to present cross-disciplinary Northern research in final event of “North at Trent” lecture series

Monday, December 6, 2010, Peterborough

Media welcome and encouraged to attend:

Time: 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
Place: Gathering Space at Gzowski College, Trent University
Contact: Meghan Buckham, (705) 772-0795

Trent University’s Northern Studies Student-Colloquium will take place on Thursday, December 9, 2010 in the Benedict Gathering Space on Symons Campus from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., followed by an evening event featuring guest speaker Dr. Ken Coates in Bagnani Hall at Traill College at 6:30 p.m.

Students involved in northern research at Trent University are organizing the Northern Studies Student Colloquium for graduate students, undergraduate students and faculty to encourage networking and to showcase some of the innovative and inspiring projects taking place across disciplines in Northern research at Trent. Students across the arts and sciences are on the organizing committee; a large and diverse group of graduate students and presenters will be attending.

Student oral presentations will take place throughout the day.  Morning sessions on the themes of moving and governing will feature the work of graduate students such as “Arctic Passage: Tectonic Pressures in the North” by Adrian Foster and “Understanding Beluga, Migratory and Local Movement in Nunavik” by Kaitlin Breton-Honeyman. In the afternoon, session themes include sustaining and shifting boundaries. Each session features presentations by three or four graduate students.
In the evening beginning at 6:30, student poster sessions will take place in Bagnani Hall at Traill College followed at 7:15 p.m. by “Going Global: The Canadian Arctic as an International Zone,” a lecture presented by Dr. Ken Coates, researcher, historian and author of Arctic Front. Light refreshments will be served at the closing reception.

For a complete schedule and list of presenters, please visit the website at:

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

The colloquium is the final event of Trent University’s North at Trent 2010. The Lecture series was designed to highlight Trent’s longstanding and continuing interest in the North. The 2010 series featured 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 works 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 2010 series brought together an 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.”


For more information, please contact: Meghan Buckham, (705) 772-0795