2015 Dr. Elaine Stavro Distinguished Visiting Scholar

in Theory, Politics, and Gender


The atmosphere last night in packed-out Bagnani Hall was electric and high energy in anticipation of the 2015 Dr. Elaine Stavro Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Theory, Politics, and Gender.


Dr. Kimberly Hutchings of Queen Mary, University of London, UK gave a wonderful lecture on the gendered rhetorics of violence and non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi and Frantz Fanon, two enormously influential political and post-colonial thinkers and activists of the 20th century whose influence continues today for social, nationalist, and Indigenous movements seeking greater rights, recognition, and justice.


Graeme Cannon presented Dr. Hutchings with a beautifully framed poster of the event in appreciation.


Word on the street:

-It was great to see so many Professors attend the lecture.

-It was really cool to see our Professors ask questions like students ask questions at lecture.

-It was so interesting to hear the questions and ideas carried through some of the questions, as well as the diversity of questions.



Congratulations and Many Thanks to Dr. Elaine Stavro.


“I can’t say enough how well Trent prepared me.” - Sydney Oakes, Ontario Legislature Intern 2015-16


Sydney Oakes, Political Studies alumna, met with Political Studies students to discuss all aspects of the prestigious Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP), including resume preparation. Sydney is one of 10 Interns this year from 400 applicants and currently working with MPP Eleanor McMahon. “I can’t say enough how well Trent prepared me for graduate school and the OLIP,” said Sydney. From Trent she went on to complete her Masters in Public Policy and Administration (Guelph and McMaster) and has worked as a Junior Policy Analyst with Six Nations Council, Elections Assistant, and she owns her own Consulting Firm.  “Presentations, research, and writing are what I learned to do, here at Trent, and employers are looking for people who can do these tasks well. Regularly speaking in-person with my professors and access to them definitively gave me an advantage.” Among the great recommendations she provided: “sink your teeth into something you believe in; take full advantage of all the amazing opportunities on campus, especially getting involved in student organizations like TUPS (Trent University Politics Society) and NGOs.”


Pictured left to right: Sydney Oakes, Ashley Fearnall, Cheyenne Buck (SOCI), Chanté White, and Theresa Benedict.


Ashley Fearnall (President, TUPS) presents Sydney Oakes with TUPS hoodie.



Trent Votes (Trent University Politics Society and the Trent Central Students Association) continued its efforts to get Trent University students to vote in the Oct. 19 federal election by holding the Meet Your Party, Party! event Thursday afternoon at Trent University's Gzowski College cafeteria. A great crowd showed up.


Double Congratulations to Dr. Feyzi Baban! Dr. Baban, IDST and POST Professor, has distinguished himself having been awarded two prestigious Insight Research Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC). See below.

1. Living with others: Fostering cultural pluralism through citizenship politics, $191,726 (over 5 years)


With Kim Rygiel of Wilfrid Laurier University. This projectwill investigate everyday manifestations of transgressive Cosmopolitanism in various European countries.

2. Humanitarian Aid, Citizenship and the Governance of Syrian Refugees in Turkey $227,461 (over 4 years)

With Kim Rygiel of Wilfird Laurier University and Suzan Ilcan of Waterloo University, this project will examine how humanitarian emergency responses manage displaced and refugee populations and how, in the process, these groups respond to humanitarian aid.

Dr. Baban teaches:

POST-IDST 3220H Global Political Economy

POST-IDST 4230H Global Civil Society

POST-IDST 4260H Global Governance and Social Justice

POST-IDST 4280Y/4281H Government and Politics in the Middle East

TUPS and TCSA Trent Votes campaign - Why Vote?

"How To Engage the Youth Vote? You Can Start by Ending Voter Shame."


The next Trent Vote events are October 8th: The Meet Your Party, Party! October 14th: Election Debates. Athletic Centre Gym 7-9pm. October 19th POST Faculty-Student Meet and Greet and Election Day Party! The Ceilie 5-10pm

Below is the list of GTA Positions for POST Courses


Please email Prof. Nadine Changfoot

(Chair, POST) your preferences for GTA assignment by August 15, 2015.

For course schedules please go to:

1. POST 1001H Fall: Power and Politics in the Global Age: Introduction

Course Instructor: Prof. Hasmet Uluorta

 POST 1002H Winter: Power and Politics in the Global Age: Issues

Course Instructor: Prof. Devin Penner

Time period: September 1, 2015 – April 30 2016 (including exam period)

Number of GTAs: 4

2. POST 2011H Fall: Governing Canada: Issues and Challenges

Course Instructor: Prof. Jonathan Greene

POST 2012H Winter: Democratizing Canada: Contemporary Issues

Course Instructor: Prof. Nadine Changfoot


Time Period: September 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016 (including exam period)

Number of GTAs: 1


3. POST 2230Y Fall/Winter: World Politics

Course Instructor: Prof. Philip Giurlando

Time Period: September, 1 2015 – April 30, 2016 (including exam period)

Number of GTAs: 1


4. POST 2351H Fall: Political Imagination I

Course Instructor: Prof. Elaine Stavro

POST 2352H Winter: Political Imagination II

Course Instructor: TBA

Time Period: September 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016 (including exam period)

Number of GTAs: 1



Dr. Philip Giurlando, Assistant Professor of International Politics

will give a talk followed by a question & answer period on


March 9, 2015

1-3pm, GCS 106

The rise of radical politics in Europe

On May 25, 2014, the European Union held elections for the European Parliament, and an unprecedented 25% of the vote was obtained by xenophobic and anti-European parties.  Elections in Greece on January 25, 2015 also saw a rsie in support for non-mainstream parties, and Spain's elections in October of this year are predicted to have a similar outcome.  Prof. Guirlando will discuss the causes of this shift and the implications for the politics of the continent.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided.  All welcome.

Dr. Philip Giurlando is a regular CTV News commentator on European Politics.  Check out Dr. Giurlando on CTV News here:



Dr. Jordan Brennan, Economist at Unifor

& Research Associate with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

will give a lecture on



MARCH 16, 2015



Jordan works as an economist for Unifor, Canada’s largest union in the
private sector, and as a research associate for the Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives. He earned his doctorate in political science from
York University. Jordan’s doctoral dissertation explores the postwar
evolution of large Canadian-based firms from the standpoint of
institutional power. His research and writing has appeared in national
media outlets, including the Toronto Star, National Post, CBC News,
Huffington Post and iPolitics. Jordan resides in Toronto with his wife and



Trent University Politics Society Symposium a Huge Success

On January 30th 2015, eight students and five faculty members presented current research at Trent University Politics Society’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. The panels were all well-attended, with approximately 30-40 people in attendance throughout the afternoon.

The five panels were titled: Technology and Political Identity, Arising Global Issues, Addressing Social Inequalities and the Democratic Deficit in Canada, Middle Eastern Politics, and Social Welfare Policies (from Past to Present). 

Thanks to our Student Presenters: Caleb Seguin (4th Year), Natasha Hsu (4th Year), Ellie Ruggles (4th Year), Duncan Cruickshanks (4th Year), Charlotte Caza (4th Year), Joshua Skinner (2nd Year), David Galka (4th Year), and Ashley Fearnall (2nd Year).   And thank you to Politics Faculty Members: Prof. Hasmet Uluorta, Prof. Philip Giurlando, Prof. Devin Penner, Prof. Jonathan Greene, and Prof. Elaine Stavro.

Congratulations to all of our student presenters, and thanks to all students who attended.

Philip Giurlando: The end of the euro?

Philip Giurlando, National Post | January 21, 2015 | Last Updated: Jan 21 7:00 AM ET

On Jan, 25, the eurozone’s chickens will be coming home to roost. The Greek election of that day will likely result in the victory of Syriza, a radical left-wing party that is leading in the polls. When I was in Athens in 2012 investigating the anti-austerity protests, Syriza was popular but many told me that they would not vote for that party because it would have certainly meant an exit from the euro.

That calculation has changed. Now, many in the country are ready to gamble by electing a party whose policies could lead to a default and unintended exit from the eurozone. Greeks have suffered immensely in the past seven years, and the recent improving macroeconomic indicators are meaningless to the quarter of Greeks in poverty, the 50% who cannot afford to pay their bills, and the 27% who cannot find work. In 2012, they were more willing to accept their economic pain because many believed the mainstream politicians who said that recovery was around the corner. And so they elected a centre-right party, but all they got was the same toxic mix of externally imposed austerity and economic depression... read more


Philip Giurlando was interviewed on CTV News to discuss the results of Greece's elections. Here is the clip:










The 2014 Elaine Stavro Distinguished

Visiting Scholar in Theory, Politics & Gender


Humorlessness: Politics



• October 14, 2014: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


    Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

The 2014  Elaine Stavro Distinguished Visiting Scholar in

Theory, Politics & Gender


Dr. Lauren Berlant, from the University of Chicago. 

Lauren Berlant teaches at the University of Chicago, where she is the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature. Her national sentimentality trilogy—The Anatomy of National Fantasy (1991), The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (1997), and The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture (2008)—morphed into a quartet, with Cruel Optimism(2011), that addresses transnational precarious publics and the aesthetics of affective adjustment in the contemporary United States and Europe. Her interest in affect, aesthetics, and politics is also expressed in the edited volumes Intimacy (2000), Compassion (2004), and On the Case (Critical Inquiry, 2007). Her most recent books are Desire/Love (2012) and, with Lee Edelman, Sex, or the Unbearable(2014). 

For more information contact:

Alison Dresser at 705-748-1011 x6344 or



September 24, 2014

Young Municipal Candidates speak with POST Students on Importance of Voting

Maryam Monsef (Mayoral Candidate), Paul Teleki (Councillor candidate, Ashburnham Ward), and Diane Therrien (Councillor candidate, Town Ward) spoke to students in Professor Nadine Changfoot's POST-CAST 2010Y Canadian Politics on why it is important for young people to get involved in their communities and in formal politics. The atmosphere was electric!

'Decisions are made by City Council that will affect you, your friends, your family, your children, and your grandchildren.' - Maryam Monsef

'Citizens need to be listened to and heard.' - Paul Teleki

'Getting involved in decisions is the essence of democracy.' - Diane Therrien

According to the 2014 Voting Guide (

There is a special rule for students who may be living away from home while they attend school. If you are a student and consider your “home” to be the place where you live when you are not attending school (i.e. you plan on returning there), then you are eligible to vote in both your “home” municipality and in the municipality where you currently live while attending school.

All candidates encouraged each and everyone in the class to vote and to encourage their friends and family to vote.



April 16, 2014

Congratulations to Political Studies students for presenting their Community Based Education Projects at the annual Community Innovation Forum:  Knowledge in Actio, April 3, 2014 at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club.

*Charlotte Caza*

Investing in the Labour Market (Supervisor: Professor Jonathan Greene)


*Chelsea Desrochers*

Women in Politics (Supervisor: Professor Nadine Changfoot)

Congratulations, Chelsea, on being presented Runner-Up (Second) for the Innovative Presentation Award!


*Jennifer Lawrence*

Developing Togther Best Practices for Consulting with your Community (Supervisor:  Professor Jim Struthers)


March 25, 2014

Professor Nadine Changfoot chaired and co-organized with Chelsea Desrochers and Joëlle Favreau of the YWCA, the "Women in Politics: Tipping Point" workshop, sponsored by he Canadian Federation of University Women and the YWCA.  Political Studies students shared their own tipping points, referring to a moment when they became more politically aware and decided to become more politically engaged.  The audience then shared their own tipping points for an exciting discussion on women getting involved politically on many levels in the community.

Way to go Chelsea Desrochers, Charlotte Caza, Marie Jopp-Keating, Adrienne Sultana, and Dana Zaumzeil!

For more information, please read the news write up by clicking here.

Audience Feedback:

"It really got me thinking about understanding the political areas in our community on a more serious level."

"Great inspirational stories to motivate more engagements!"

"Loved the perspective of these intelligent young women."

March 4, 2014

Congratulations to Political Studies Faculty and Teaching Assistants for their nominations for teaching excellence!  These nominations come from students recognizing the teaching excellence of their instructors.

Professor Philip Giurlando was nominated for the distinguished university-wide Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Matt Lilko and Sezen Turkmen were both nominated for Excellence Awards for Teaching and Teaching Assistants.

Prof. Nadine Changfoot Co-chaired, and Trent University Politics Society (TUPS) students Charlotte Caza (TUPS President 2013-14), Chelsea DesRochers, Adrienne Sultana and Trent Feminist Society students Sara Ostrowska (editor, Trent’s Arthur), and Zara Syed participated in the all-day Jan 25, 2014 event "Women In Political Engagement: A Roadmap" organized by the YWCA.   They provided perspectives on why youth don't get involved in the electoral arena, even while they are involved politically in their communities, and what needs to change for more youth engagement, including in university classrooms!

To read more about this event and see more photos, click here.


Prof. Nadine Changfoot comments on young people and women getting involved in politics.  Click here for details on this upcoming event on Saturday, January 25th


The Trent University Politics Society (TUPS) students met with Jeff Leal, MPP, Friday Nov. 15th for an engaging discussion. The event was organized by one of the TUPS members, Mathew Neeson.  See photo below.



Political Studies professors, including Nadine Changfoot, comment on
Elections Canada allegations against MP Dean Del Mastro. Click here for the story.


Philip Giurlando

a faculty member in the Political Studies Department was interviewed by CTV on the situation in Greece.  Click on the link below to watch the interview:  CTV Interview



Amber Flynn

was awarded 2nd place for the Social Innovation Award at the Annual Knowledge in Action Forum April 4th. Amber's project followed digital storytelling that is part of the project "Mobilizing New Meanings of Disability and Difference," involving Prof. Nadine Changfoot and Joëlle Favreau of the YWCA Peterborough, Haliburton and Victoria. This award spanned the more than fifty Fleming and Trent projects. The award speaks to the value the judges saw in digital storytelling as a tool for social change and for empowering the storytellers.



What Does McGuinty Stepping Down Mean to Peterborough?

Nadine Changfoot was asked to comment on the Ontario legislature proroguation. Click here to watch the interview on CHEX News.

Also, click here to read the article in the Peterborough Examiner.

Peterborough Examiner- October 2, 2012

"Former cabinet minister, Trent professor both see Justin Trudeau as charismatic, exciting option for federal Liberal leadership"

Click on the Headline to read this Peterborough Examiner article with both Nadine Changfoot's and Andy Mitchell's comments.


Congratulations to Prof. Nadine Changfoot and Blair Cullen, a Trent alumni working on his MA at the Frost Centre, for having their article, “Why is Quebec Separatism Off the Agenda? Reducing National Unity Crisis in the Neoliberal Era,” Canadian Journal of Political Science/ Revue canadienne de science politique 44:4 (2011), 769-787, short listed for the 2012 Mcmenemy Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association. The winner will be announced at the CPSA Centennial Dinner in Edmonton on June 14. Congratulations and good luck!

See full story by clicking here.



Please join Halifax MP Megan Leslie and Chambly-Borduas MP Matthew Dub for a townhall discussion at Trent University on Thursday March 15th in LEC 201 at 6PM.

The discussion will pertain to the recent reports of electoral fraud are troublesome to all Canadians. The talk will centre around the questions of Canadian Government abiding to democratic standards of accountability and transparency, and what can we do to ensure that these standards are met?

All are welcome to attend.


Evan Senkiw has been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance. This is fantastic news and the Political Studies department is extremely proud of Evan's accomplishment and grateful for his hard work and teaching excellence. The award was announced yesterday in Senate and is only awarded to a single person each year, so Evan should be very proud of this distinction. Please join the department in congratulating Evan for excellent work and a job well done!


Click here to read the article entitled "Not All Robocalls Mislead" in the Peterborough Examiner featuring POST Faculty member, Nadine Changfoot.



Department of Political Studies presents

The Lowdown on the Occupy Movements

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Lady Eaton College 201 (Lecture Hall)

Followed by a reception in Champlain Living Learning Commons (above the Seasoned Spoon).




Franz Hartmann, PhD

Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance

Toronto's leading environmental advocate and watchdog

"It's Not Easy Being Green:  News from the Frontline on

Rob Ford's War on the Environment"



Thursday, February 9, 2012


Champlain Living Learning Commons

Food will be provided.



Click on this link to hear Prof. Gavin Fridell on Trent's new radio ad.  Scroll down and find the link on the right hand side of the page.



Click on the link below to view details about the viewing of the film "Eco-Pirate" which ReFrame will be viewing on November 4th.


facebook link:


Click on this link to see the news story on Justin Trudeau's visit.




Click here to watch Prof. Gavin Fridell comment

on voter apathy on CHEX News.



Here is a link that highlights this event:

In preparation for the upcoming Provincial Election the Trent University Politics Society organized an all Candidates debate where four local MP candidates from the Green, Liberal, NDP and Socialist parties answered students' questinos.  Some prepared questions were asked of all 4 candidates followed by an open mic for anyone to ask questions or speak their mind. 

This event took place in the Great Hall of Champlain College, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 from 3pm to 5pm. 



As a follow up to the talk by Dr. Trevor Norris, last November (see details below), Prof. Gavin Fridell had an interview with Dr. Norris at his book launch a while back. Click on link below:




NOVEMBER 4, 2010 AT 2PM.

Champlain College Living Learning Commons

(Above the Seasoned Spoon)

Click here to read Trevor Norris' interview in the Globe and Mail about KFC's new "Double Down".

Click here to read an article in the Peterborough Examiner re the Bennett campaign Reading course the Politics Department is offering.  Taught by Nadine Changfoot.

Click here to watch a clip from CHEX Newswatch regarding technology's presence in the election, featuring Trent Politics Prof. Nadine Changfoot.


Greenpeace Canada’s Climate and Energy Coordinator to Deliver Lecture at Trent January 21

Dave Martin to Discuss The Global Warming Crisis: A Copenhagen Post Mortem

After attending the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December, Greenpeace Canada’s climate and energy coordinator, Dave Martin, will share his thoughts on the global warming crisis with members of the Trent and Peterborough communities during a free, public lecture in the Great Hall of Trent University’s Champlain College on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Mr. Martin’s lecture, entitled The Global Warming Crisis: A Copenhagen Post Mortem, is free and open to the public. Limited seating is available. To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Joanne Sokolowski at (705) 748-1011 x6162 or

Dave Martin has 25 years of experience working in the Canadian non-profit sector on environmental and disarmament issues. In particular, he has focussed on energy issues, including conservation, renewable technologies, nuclear power, nuclear weapons proliferation and climate change. He has acted as a researcher, policy analyst and campaigner for several environmental groups, has spoken on energy issues throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has served as a consultant in regulatory hearings before the Ontario Environmental Assessment Board and the Ontario Energy Board. Mr. Martin was research director for the former Nuclear Awareness Project from 1996 to 2000, and was a policy advisor on energy issues for the Sierra Club of Canada from 2000 to 2004. He has served as climate and energy coordinator for Greenpeace Canada since July 2004.  

The Global Warming Crisis: A Copenhagen Post Mortem is being presented by Trent University’s Politics Department and is cosponsored by: the Environmental & Resource Studies Program, International Development Studies, Canadian Studies, the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, Champlain College, the Trent University Politics Society, the Kawartha World Issues Centre, and OPIRG.



Click here to see Professor Gavin Fridell on The Agenda with Steve Paikin: "Ethical Consumerism: Voting with Your Dollars"