Trent University Presents the Ashley Fellow Lecture Series on October 12 and 18


Trent alumna and founder of Global Issues Bureau to discuss public policy making and international development

Friday, October 7, 2011, Peterborough

As Ashley Fellow for 2011-12, Trent University alumna and foreign affairs expert, Ms. Lucie Edwards will give two lectures as this fall, the first entitled, Making a Difference in the World: the Role of Scientists in Public Policy Making, taking place on October 12 and the second entitled, So What is Science For? The Role of Science in International Development, on October 18.

Both presentations will take place in the Gzowski College Lecture Hall, room 114 at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Lucie Edwards earned a B.A. (Honours) from Trent University and a MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. As a champion for Canadian foreign policy and international development, she went on to work in the department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada) (DAFIT) from 1976 to 2009, as the High Commissioner to India, South Africa and Kenya and as a permanent representative to the United Nations’ Environmental Program. Her last assignment at DAFIT was as chief strategist and head of the office for transformation. Upon her retirement, she was awarded the department’s Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence.  

Throughout her career, Ms. Edwards also served in Ottawa as assistant deputy minister for Corporate Services (1996-99), director general of the Global Issues Bureau (1995-96), director of Middle East Relations (1992-93) and chair of the Southern Africa Task Force (1989-93).  

Since her days as a Trent undergraduate, Ms. Edwards has designed and managed agricultural and community development projects supporting villagers in Africa and South Asia.

About the Ashley Fellowship:

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 Fellows, therefore, are visiting scholars who reside at one of Trent's residential Colleges for part of the year, delivering lectures and meeting with faculty and students.

In the past, fellowships have been awarded to Cynthia Good, a highly respected Canadian book publisher and editor, Dr. Timothy McGee, a retired University of Toronto professor, Dr. Randy Stoecker, a University of Toledo professor who focuses on community-based education, Tama Turanga Huata from Aotearoa, New Zealand, Dr. David Montgomery, a well-known historian of the American labour movement, and Dr. Peter Stephenson, an internationally-recognized senior medical anthropologist.


For more information, please contact:
Kate Ingram, Marketing and Communications, Trent University, 705-748-1011 x6180.