Dr. Mary-Ellen Kelm to Deliver the 2011 W.L. Morton Lecture at Trent University


A free public lecture explores the history of rodeo in Canada’s colonial West

Thursday, November 17, 2011, Peterborough

Trent University’s 2011 W.L. Morton Lecture, “A Wilder West: Rodeo in the colonial culture of the Canadian West,” will be given by Dr. Mary-Ellen Kelm in the Champlain College Council Chambers, Room M2 on Monday, November 21, at 5:30 p.m.

A leading scholar in the history of Canadian Indigenous peoples, Professor Kelm is the associate dean of Graduate Studies and Canada Research Chair in History, Medicine and Society at Simon Fraser University. “A Wilder West: Rodeo in the colonial culture of the Canadian West,” touches on her most recently published book on rodeo, and examines rodeo as a medium for cultural articulation both for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in ways that impact the binaries of 'cowboy' and 'Indian,' 'authentic' and 'appropriated' as well as those of gender.

Working in collaboration with First Nations and health researchers, Prof. Kelm has produced groundbreaking research on the history of Indigenous health in Canada. Her current project examines how Aboriginal health has been researched over the course of the 20th Century, studying the contributions made by Aboriginal people, as well as by anthropologists, health-care providers, and government in defining Aboriginal health issues.

A free and public event presented by Champlain College, the Departments of History and Canadian Studies and the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, the W.L. Morton Lecture is named in honour of W.L. Morton, the Canadian historian and former master of Trent's Champlain College. All are welcome.


For more information, please contact: Dr. Dimitry Anastakis, chair, Canadian Studies, 705 748-1011 x 7839,