Ashley Fellow Shares Impactful Mission with Trent Community

Lara Kramer's work keeps Indigenous quest for justice front of mind

Photo: Stefan Petersen

March 12, 2018

Honoured by her inclusion as the 40th distinguished Ashley Fellow at Trent, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Lara Kramer (Oji-Cree) has been “much nourished by all the enthusiasm for, and thoughtful inquiry into” her debut work and process she presented in her artist talks and discovery of state of body workshops held on campus.

Working with strong visuals and narrative, Ms. Kramer’s work, described as both political and potent, has been presented across Canada and abroad. These works include Fragments (2009), inspired by her mother's stories of being in a residential school, and Native Girl Syndrome (2013), which exposes the marginalization and victimization of Indigenous women and the effects of cultural genocide.

Phantom Stills & Vibrations

At Artspace in Peterborough, Ms. Kramer’s newest work, Phantom Stills & Vibrations, which addresses the Pelican Falls Residential School has been featured, a “Must-See” by Canadian Art. Ms. Kramer also worked with Professor Nadine Changfoot and students Annette Pedlar and Clay Duncalfe to build-in accessibility elements, providing access into the installation through written descriptions

“It is refreshing to experience such community involvement and feel the care given to an out-of-town artist,” said Ms. Kramer about her experience at Trent. “I hope to leave behind a greater awareness of the systemic issues and lateral violence that First Nations communities are forced to deal with every day.”

Warmly generous, with a profound impact

“Lara was exceedingly and warmly generous in sharing her research, field studies, multilayered process, immersive aesthetic practice, and the truths of Indigenous youth experiencing Residential Schooling in the north,” said Dr. Nadine Changfoot.

“Having the opportunity to interact with artists that are making a profound impact across Canada and the world is such a unique experience that Trent offers,” said Mary Carswell-Gates, fourth-year English Literature student who attended a few of the Ashley Fellow events. “Not only does it expand our Trent community across borders, but it is also a reminder of how we as students can take what we are learning in the classroom and apply it in meaningful and untraditional ways.”

Read more about the Ashley Fellowship at Trent. Lara Kramer was hosted by Champlain College and Gzowski College in partnership with Political Studies, Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies, Traill College, Seasoned Spoon, Public Energy, Bodies in Translation, and Artspace.

Meet Trent’s 2017 Teaching Fellows

Dr. Nadine Changfoot, Dr. Michael Hickson & Dr. Carolyn Kay announced as New Fellows

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2017-2020 Trent Teaching Fellowships: Dr. Nadine Changfoot, Dr. Michael Hickson, and Dr. Carolyn Kay.

The Trent Teaching Fellowships provide an opportunity for faculty to pursue meaningful and sustained initiatives in the areas of teaching, leadership, innovation, and scholarship.  Each of the three Teaching Fellows will receive a one-time grant of $6,000 to support their project over the three-year period. The Teaching Fellowships offer a catalyst for change and innovation in teaching and learning within Trent while providing Teaching Fellows an opportunity for educational leadership.

Read more about each teaching fellow and their projects:

Dr. Nadine Changfoot, an associate professor who has taught in the Political Studies department since 2004, will focus on guiding student creation of critical content for Wikipedia in a range of subject areas within critical disability studies. Professor Changfoot notes that her goals for students include the strengthening of targeted writing skills, media and information literacy, critical thinking, research skills, collaboration, and communication skills oriented toward the creation of critically informed content with rigorous research and citation of authoritative sources not only for Wikipedia, but also applicable public domain and open access knowledge sources.

Dr. Michael Hickson, an assistant professor who has taught at Trent in the Philosophy department since 2013, will focus his work on developing a set of best practices for delivering case-based courses in applied ethics, and on developing strategies for incorporating current events from the news into case-based pedagogy.

“There is a civic need for greater media literacy in this age of ‘fake news’ and political apathy,” he explains while saying he is looking forward to the opportunity to implement pedagogical research to strengthen the delivery of courses in applied ethics, and enhance the capacity of students to critically engage with the news.

Dr. Carolyn Kay, a History professor at Trent, will focus on designing and measuring approaches to teaching the history of genocide, with a particular emphasis on using innovative methods of learning, teaching, and evaluation, while simultaneously working to better understand factors that impact student anxiety in the course of learning difficult subject matter. Kay, a past recipient of the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award, notes that her goals include increasing student understanding of genocide, deepening awareness of the human cost and the human experience of oppression in many different contexts, and evaluating different methods of instruction as to their effect upon student learning.

The Teaching Fellowship program is designed to elevate the status of teaching while positively impacting student learning, engagement, retention, and success. Funding for the Teaching Fellowships is provided by the generosity of an anonymous donor, and by support from the Office of the Provost




Photo (left to right): Dr. Michael Hickson, Dr. Nadine Changfoot and Dr. Carolyn Kay

Congratulations to POST graduates of 2017!

June 28, 2017


On behalf of all of us in Political Studies, celebratory congratulations to POST Graduates of 2017, including those who distinguished themselves through Dean and President’s roll achievements!

May this year’s graduating class enjoy the reward, satisfaction, pride of all their sustained effort these past years toward the achievement of their degree. Political Studies faculty are proud and thoroughly delight degree recipients in their milestone. For photos:



As Dr. Keith Knott, venerable former Chief of Curve Lake (1992–2012) and Honourary Doctorate recipient at Convocation for Political Studies said: “reach for the sky.” And, in reaching for the sky, in the spirit  of the words of Chancellor Don Tapscott, and Honourary Doctrate recipient Jean Augustine (first Black woman MPP and Cabinet Minister, initiator of Black History Month and Caribana), do so not only for yourselves, but also for the quality of life of your families, kin, neighbours, communities, city, region, province and nation as aspiring citizens in our precious democracy that is both politically sustained and challenged.

I am also delighted to announce the following recipients of Political Studies Awards for 2016-2017:


Andrew Priestman Prize for a graduating student in Political Studies who has maintained solid academic achievement and made an above-average contribution to student life and the activities of the Department

Recipient: Ashley Fearnall


Denis Smth Essay Prize for outstanding essay in a fourth year course (named after the department’s first Chair). Two students’ essays were outstanding this year.

Recipient: Rohan Droom, “The Promise of Peterborough’s Precariat,” for POST 4255H Globalization and the Politics of Work

Recipient: Annette Pedlar, "Lessons of a Disability Employment Training Program: A case study and lessons learned on effective Disability Employment Organization Building,” prepared for POST 4800Y Research Practicum


George S. Henry Prize for highest academic achievement in POST 1001H and POST 1002H

Recipient: Szymon Rodmar

John J. Robinette Prize for the scholastically outstanding graduate of Trent University in any year who undertakes the study of law at another Canadian University

Recipient: Sydney Lockwood


Congratulations Graduates and Political Studies Award Recipients!

Nadine Changfoot

Chair, Political Studies


Student Initiative Leads to Co-Authored Paper with Trent Politics Professor

Ashley Fearnall publishes paper with political studies professor Dr. Nadine Changfoot on Trent Votes 2015


Getting involved on campus opened unexpected academic doors for recent Political Studies graduate, Ashley Fearnall. What began as a political movement on campus quickly evolved into a research practicum and now a co-authored paper with associate professor and current chair of the Political Studies department, Dr. Nadine Changfoot.

Ms. Fearnall, outgoing president of the Trent University Politics Society (TUPS), spearheaded Trent Votes 2015 with the Trent Central Student Association (TCSA). The campagin aimed to eliminate barriers to voting for students and worked to connect federal candidates with youth voters, a demographic often marginalized during campaigning.

Upon completion of the Trent Votes in 2015, Professor Changfoot encouraged Ms. Fearnall to prepare a research paper on Trent Votes for a research practicum. From this research paper, they went on to advance and co-author the paper for successful peer review and acceptance of the paper at the Canadian Political Science Association meetings in Toronto.

The paper, Changing the Game of Youth Engagement at Election Time: How the Trent Votes Campaign 2015 Shifted Power, was well received, and was selected by the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) for its media outreach program.

“The ability to work on a project I loved and incorporate that into my education and experience at Trent University was a highlight of my final year at Trent University,” explained Ms. Fearnall. “It opened a creative space to learn about our approach to electoral politics in Canada, reflect on what worked with the Trent Votes project itself, and build upon existing relationships with my faculty. I am very grateful for the skills I built through this project — and my final year at Trent University — every day in the workplace.”

Their paper was requested by Professor Clare McGovern at Simon Fraser University as assigned reading for her course that addresses political engagement.

Ms. Fearnall graduated this June from Trent and is currently working with the Minister of the Status of Women.


politics head and student pose for photo on graduation day

Photo (left to right): Dr. Nadine Changfoot, Dr. Philip Girulando, President of TUPS, Ashley Fearnall and Dr. Elaine Stavro


Three Trent Professors Part of $2.5M Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Project

May 24, 2017


Dr. Nadine Changfoot, Dr. Sally Chivers & Ann MacLeod involved in national study to challenge misconceptions about disability & marginalized communities

Three Trent University professors will join a research team of nearly two-dozen university and community partners across Canada recently awarded the number one ranked $2.5 million Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant (2017-2024) to challenge misconceptions about disability and marginalized communities.

The project entitled “Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life,” will be led by Dr. Carla Rice, Canada research chair in care, gender and relationships at the University of Guelph and Dr. Eliza Chandler of Ryerson University in Critical Disability Studies. Dr. Nadine Changfoot, chair of Political Studies at Trent, is the Trent research lead. In Peterborough, the project will produce short multimedia videos made by older and intergenerational community members including artists, healthcare providers, and aging and disability advocates who experience the intersections of aging, disability and multiple differences, including gender, race, sexuality, and class.

“These videos will bring to light the agency and creativity of older and aging adults living with disability and importantly challenge negative representations that influence marginalization,” said Professor Changfoot. Reflecting on her past project that mobilizes new meanings of disability and difference, she adds, “Tangible impacts of this kind of arts-research creation include cultural recognition for marginalized groups. As well, audiences express desire to improve accessibility, change healthcare encounters, and create community and belonging in meaningful ways.”

Dr. Sally Chivers, a faculty member in the English Literature department, and Ann MacLeod, a faculty member in the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, will also contribute to the project. They will be involved in multimedia workshops making their own videos alongside Dr. Changfoot. The Trent Centre of Aging & Society, of which all three researchers are members, will support the workshops.

“I jumped at Prof. Changfoot’s invitation to join a team that will create meaningful art with marginalized older adults,” said Professor Chivers, a leading scholar on literature and cinema about aging and disability and theatre experience. “Peterborough has a remarkably robust and diverse arts community, I’m excited to extend our art spaces into unexpected locations.”

“The breadth of partners offers so many opportunities for both researchers and community partners to contribute and be co-learners in this arts-based research,” says Ms. MacLeod. “Having informal and formal carers, as well as decision makers engage in and with the art of marginalized populations holds promise for greater inclusivity in both postsecondary and health care institutions.”

Peterborough community partners in the project include GreenUP, Peterborough Council on Aging, Mysterious Entity Theatre, and ReFrame Film Festival. 

Congratulations to Dana Barker Gee, 2016 Recipient of the Nancy Simmons Smith Staff Award of Excellence

May 3, 2017


Dana Gee is so very deserving of the Nancy Simmons Smith Award of Excellence.

Recognizing a long-standing need for a staff recognition award, the University established the Nancy Simmons Smith Award in 2008 to recognize non-academic staff members who demonstrate excellence and exceptional commitment to Trent. With the support of an endowed fund, the Award is named in honour of Ms. Simmons Smith, University secretary and secretary of the Board of Governors from 1987 to 2008. Throughout her career as a senior administrator, Nancy advocated tirelessly for the recognition of non-academic staff and their contributions to the University.

The nomination of Dana included the following testimonial:

“Dana is superlative in creating an atmosphere of conviviality, solidarity and commitment to IDST and POST that renders the student experience exceptional at Trent. With her impeccable knowledge about our courses, activities and programmes and ability to be articulate as well as informative in her communications with students and parents, she is the single most important factor in recruiting and retaining students in IDS and POST at Trent. She serves skillfully, generously and magnificently as unofficial academic advisor, counselor and confidante to students, and has been truly instrumental in helping students get through difficult times.”

Congratulations and Thanks a Million, Dana!

Congratulations to Professor Philip Giurlando for his Early Career Scholars Award!

March 20, 2017

Dr. Philip Girulando has been awarded Coventry University (UK) Research Funding for Early Career Scholars.

The award will fund a June 2017 research workshop held at Coventry University, UK entitled "The Emotional Dynamics of Backlash Politics: Beyond Anger, Hate, Fear, and Pride."

Collaborators on the project include: Dr. Joel Busher, Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations, and Dr. Gavin Sullivan, Leader of the Identity and Resilience in Communities and Organizations at the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour, and Achievement both at Coventry University.

Two Political Studies Professors on BBC news and CTV news in 2017

Catch the commentary provided by Drs. Brandon Tozzo and Philip Giurlando below:

Dr. Brandon Tozzo spoke on U.S. President Trump February 2017: (@ about 46 min into the BBC radio broadcast)

Dr. Phil Giurlando spoke to CTV news on Italian PM Matteo Renzi resigning after the referendum defeat December 2016:





TUPS Room Relaunch - Honouring Professor Feyzi Baban

Wednesday March 8th 2017


The Trent University Politics Society (TUPS) celebrated, in addition to International Women’s Day, the relaunch of the TUPS Room created by Professor Feyzi Baban when he was Chair of Political Studies in 2009. TUPS and the Student Association for International Development (SAID) came together to recognize his contributions to student politics. Thank you Feyzi for all you have done, and continue to do for students!

Photo (left to right): Dr. Feyzi Baban, Dr. Nadine Changfoot and President of TUPS, Ashley Fearnall

TUPS/SAID Annual Research Symposium a Success

Friday March 3rd 2017

The Trent University Politics Society (TUPS), and Student Association for International Development (SAID) hosted their annual research symposium in the LEC Pit on Friday, March 3. The event drew a wide range of presentation topics from students in both the Politics and International Development programs, while students, faculty and staff enjoyed warm chili from the Seasoned Spoon. Thank you to all of the presenters and organizers for all of your hard work and dedication!

Former Ontario MPP's Visit Trent Politics Class

Early morning class isn’t always a favourite among students, but early this week, Trent’s POST 2012H Democratizing Canada class was packed, as the Trent University Political Studies department welcomed former Progressive Conservative MPP for York South, Mr. John Parker, and former New Democrat MPP for Durham East, Mr. Douglas Moffatt, for a guest lecture.

The visit was part of the Queen’s Park to Campus program which brings universities and colleges together with the provincial government to give students the opportunity to ask questions and get a glimpse into a career in public service as an MPP.

"The Queen's Park to Campus program is a great opportunity for students to hear real-life insight into some of the ideas and issues they're studying,” said Dr. Devin Penner, professor of Political Studies at Trent. “Having experienced the Canadian political process, former MPPs are able to add a unique dimension to class debates about the state of Canadian democracy."

During the Trent visit, the former MPPs listened as students shared perspectives on Ontario’s social and economic outlook and shared their own highlights and challenges experienced during their tenure at Queen’s Park.

"It's easy to take a cynical view of politics today – political debate tends to be very shallow and strategic, with sensational headlines dominating a crowded media landscape,” explained Prof. Penner. “Hearing passionate and personal stories from former MPPs about why they entered politics and their proudest achievements helps put a human face to politics. Hopefully these stories will encourage students to get involved."

On February 2 Mr. Parker will return to Trent alongside former Liberal MPP for Halton Centre, Ms. Barbara Sullivan to visit students in the POST 1002H Politics and Power class.


group of students and MPP's standing together


455 Days Later: An Early Review of Trudeau’s Liberal Government

Wednesday February 1st

Drs. Kristy Buccieri (Sociology), Feyzi Baban (IDST & POST), Devin Penner (POST), and Nadine Changfoot (POST) presented on the Liberal Government’s 455 days in areas of housing policy, Canada’s acceptance and welcoming of ~39K Syrian refugees, institutional reform, and gender equality, respectively. Students were engaged and there were several questions that led to discussion on policy processes, issues around public consultation, and the relative cultural and political capital of PM Trudeau and the liberal government regarding gender equality, and the importance of diversity and being a welcoming country.

Photo (left to right): Drs. Kristy Buccieri, Feyzi Baban, Devin Penner and Nadine Changfoot

Elaine Stavro Distinguished Visiting Scholar welcomes  Dr. Diana Coole

Thursday November 17th

One of the major annual politics events happened at Traill on November 17.  The Elaine Stavro Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Theory, Politics & Gender featured Dr. Diana Coole from Birbeck College at London University in the UK. Her talk was entitled “Dirt; A New Materialist Approach. Dr. Coole was introduced by Dr. Stavro who reflected on the absence of female voices in politics when Coole and Stavro were both pursuing graduate studies together at the University of Toronto. Dr. Coole challenged the nearly 40 individuals in the audience to think about matter as being self-determining and therefore not anthropomorphizing it. Dr. Coole brought the audience through different examples of how dirt can be used in art and encouraged a more nuanced understanding of its true potential.  After the lecture, guests enjoyed refreshments and got a chance to speak to Dr. Coole in a more intimate setting. More information about the annual event can be found by contacting the politics department office.

Stavros and Coole laughing together        Coole presented with a plaque

Left photo: Dr. Diana Coole, Dr.Elaine Stavro

Right photo: Dr. Diana Coole, Dr. Elaine Stavro and Trent student Graeme Bishop

From Trump to Brexit: Where is the World Going?

Panel Discussion

Thursday November 17th

The Champlain Living Learning Commons played host on Wednesday afternoon to the second of three panels about politics.  Following the election victory of Donald Trump, and the recent vote for the UK to leave the European Union, there is much more uncertainty about what global relations are going to look like over the next decades.  From Trump To Brexit: Where is the World Going? was a panel discussion that featured three different professors and was catered by The Spoon.  Dr. Feyzi Baban (POST/IDST) focused his conversation on Brexit and what position this leaves the rest of the European Union.  Next, Dr Hasmet Uluorta (POST) reflected on the election in the US, and the lack of a strong class analysis from the democrats.  Finally, Dr Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez (HIST), closed the panel by giving historical perspective of fascism and the different forms it takes.  The CLLC was overflowing with people who asked questions to the three panelists about everything from global relations to how these results effect the climate here at Trent.  This is the second of three events and so for more information like the Champlain College, or Trent University Politics Society’s Facebook page.

Panel with three professors

Right to left: Dr Hasmet Uluorta, Dr. Feyzi Baban, Dr. Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez


Peaceful Protest Calling to "Make Trent Safe"

Wednesday November 16th

Bata podium played host to a rally calling for the administration of Trent to act on reports of discrimination on campus on the afternoon of November 16th.  Make Trent Safe was organized by Trent students, concerned with the feeling of safety on campus.  Fourth year POST/INDG student, Annette Pedlar was one of the five speakers who shared their experiences of discrimination.  The diverse attendees included faculty from the POST and other departments, community members, administration, along with Trent students.  There will be a community meeting on Sunday November 27th at 12:30 pm at Sadlier House to continue the conversation.  The protest was also covered by the Peterborough Examiner and can be read here:

Make Trent Safe banner being held on the Bata podium

Photo credit to Peterborough Examiner


The 2016 Elaine Stavro Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Theory, Politics & Gender welcomes Dr. Diana Coole, professor of Politics, Birkbeck College, London University.

Dirt: A New Materialist Approach

• November 17, 2016 : 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Building: Traill College
• Room: Bagnani Hall
• Cost: Free

Uplifting Feminist Intersections Seminar on

Disability Hosted at Traill

The senior common room at Traill College played host on Tuesday November 8th to the Intersections seminar, Generative Intersectionalities: Strengthening Our Activisms at the Intersections of the Personal, Professional, Disability, and Aging. Facilitated by Dr. May Chazan, the afternoon was filled with laughter and thought provoking stories from the three panelists, Mary Anne Ansley, Dr. Nadine Changfoot, and Andrea Dodsworth. The three women began working together in 2012 on the Project Re-Vision, an initiative that showcased lived experiences of disability through short film. The three continue to meet today and present about their experience working on the project together and to advocate for disability rights.

Mary Anne and Andrea both showed their films to the full room, faculty and community members. They then each got the opportunity to reflect upon the experience of creating the film, and the lived experiences that shaped their powerful stories. Mary Anne challenged the audience to think about how and who we define as disabled by asking, when someone does not want to strive towards more equality in the community, “who really has a disability?” Andrea followed Mary Anne and echoed that our mainstream ablest understanding of disability is incorrect, saying, “we all have disabilities, it’s just some are more visible then others.” Nadine closed the discussion by describing the seminar and Project Revision as a “productive disruption”, and as something that is, “creating a new dialogue for people”. The audience got the opportunity to ask the panel questions and the barriers of being ODSP became one of the main conversation topics. Mary Anne shared about her own experience on ODSP, “those of us are living on ODSP are forced to live well below the poverty line, and what message is that sending us?” Change on disability rights and accessibility is something that still has a long way to go, but women like these three are setting a positive example for all as to how you can effect change in many different ways.

The afternoon was uplifting and inspiring and part of a series of Intersection feminist seminars hosted throughout the year. For more information about upcoming seminars contact Dr. May Chazan from the Gender and Women’s Studies department

Four women smiling for the camera

Dr. Nadine Changfoot, Minister Maryam Monsef, Mary Anne Ansley, and Andrea Dodsworth (centre) met October 14, 2016 to discuss accessibility and income needs for people living with disabilities. From this meeting Minister Monsef has invited Ms. Ansley and Dodsworth to be part of the consultation process for the Canadians With Disabilities Act.

Women of the Future: Envisioning Potential

October 13th 2016

The Alumni Trent University Community for Women hosted a panel of notable Trent graduates and current faculty at Bagnani Hall on the evening of October 13th. Moderated by Carol Gray, a Trent History and Politics graduate, the evening was dedicated to young women under the banner, “Women of the Future: Envisioning Potential”. Nadine Changfoot, Chair of the Politics Department joined three female graduates to discuss the lessons they have learnt about being women navigating challenging professions, often dominated by men. Rhonda Barnet began the evening by sharing her inspirational story of becoming the first ever female Chair of the Canadian Manufactures and Exporters Board of Directors. Then panelist Mary Bean kept the crowd laughing recalling her unpredictable journey to her position now as Learn2; Chief Impact Officer. Indigenous alumni and accounting manager, Killolark Arngna’naaq shared her choice to leave a career in a high-rise in downtown Toronto to working in a non-profit, a risk that she says has been highly rewarding. Finally Nadine Changfoot spoke about some of the challenges she faced before entering academia and the value of perseverance. After the panellists took questions from the approximately 30 attendees the crowd was treated to a reception in the Trend. More information about other upcoming events of the Trent Alumni Association find them on Facebook.

Four women sitting on panel answering questions

Left to right:  Rhonda Barnett, Mary Bean, Killolark Arngna’naaq

, Nadine Changfoot

The US Election came north

Wednesday October 5, 2016

for a Roundtable Discussion

"The US Election came north Wednesday October 5th for a Roundtable Discussion, sponsored by Champlain College, where the highly anticipated presidential election was up for debate. The event featured four professors from Political Studies, Cultural Studies and History: Drs. Hasmet Uluorta, Brandon Tozzo, Liam Mitchell, and David Shenin all shared their thoughts and answered questions from the full house in CLLC. They talked about everything from the context of the election through the lens of history, to what the state of immigration, foreign policy, and culture in the US would look like with a possible Donald Trump presidency. Following the questions, attendees got to  mingle with the panelists and enjoy refreshments provided by Champlain College. Events like this with Champlain College provide an excellent opportunity for students and professors to engage with each other in spaces outside the classroom, one of the key elements for knowledge sharing and a hallmark here at Trent.”


Photo (left to right): Liam Mitchell, David Shenin, Brandon Tozzo, Hasmet Uluorta

Political Studies Faculty wins place in U.S. Embassy Program to cover 2016 U.S Election up-close

August 31, 2016

Dr. Brandon Tozzo, who teaches POST 3170H U.S. Politics (Winter 2017), won a place in the Identity Politics in American Elections program through the American Embassy. The program examines how different sectors of the electorate organize and direct their political engagement in terms of specific issues.  The program provides Canadian political professionals the opportunity to participate in 2016 political process close up, with a specific focus on the influence of interest groups in the United States, by interacting directly with U.S. counterparts, media officials, representatives, analysts, and academics. He will be in Washington D.C from October the 30th through November the 9th.

Dr. Tozzo has written extensively on American politics and works regularly as a consultant for CBC and CTV. His forthcoming book, Hegemony after the Great Recession: A Transformation in World Order, evaluates the implications of US political polarization on global stability and American hegemony in the 21st century.


Political Studies Student, Annette Pedlar, organizes vigil for

Orlando, Florida shooting,

June 12, 2016

Following the tragic shooting in Orlando Florida over 200 members of the Peterborough community came together on the evening of June 12th for a vigil in Confederation Park.  Organized by Annette Pedlar, a fourth year Political Studies student, Queer Commissioner of the TCSA and OPIRG Board Member, the event brought together members of the LGBTQ2+ and allies alike to both stand in solidarity with the victims in Orlando, but to also take a firm stance against Islamophobia.  Along with about a dozen other speakers, Peterborough MP and Minister Maryam Monsef, Town Councillor Diane Therrian, M from Courage Peterborough all spoke to the emotional crowd and observed a moment of silence. The message from all the speakers was clear; the response to such a horrific act, and the politics of fear is to spread messages of love.

The event received both local and provincial media coverage through The Peterborough Examiner, CHEX TV,and CBC Radio. You can find below links to CHEX’s report on the event and Annette’s interview with Wei Chen on Ontario Morning below.

CHEX TV news clip:

CBC Ontario Morning interview with Annette and Wei Chen (begins at 29:10)

Below is the list of GTA Positions for POST Courses 2016-2017.

Please email Prof. Nadine Changfoot (Chair, POST) your preferences for GTA assignment by August 15, 2016.

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, 2016 – April 30 2017 (including exam period)

Number of GTAs: 4

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

Course Instructor: To be announced

POST 2012H: Democratizing Canada: Contemporary Issues

Course Instructor: Prof. Nadine Changfoot


Time Period: September 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017 (including exam period)

Number of GTAs: 1


3. POST 2230Y World Politics

Course Instructor: Prof. Philip Giurlando

Time Period: September, 1 2016 – April 30, 2017 (including exam period)

Number of GTAs: 1

4. POST 2351H Political Imagination I

Course Instructor: Prof. Elaine Stavro

POST 2352H Political Imagination II

Course Instructor: To be announced

Time Period: September 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017 (including exam period)

Number of GTAs: 1



Congratulations to

POST graduates of 2016!

Faculty are delighted for your

significant achievement in

earning your

Trent University degree.

You worked hard in so

many ways.

Please check out the photo galleries:




POST Chair, Nadine Changfoot

gave the citation for

Honourary Doctorate Recipient,

Roy MacGregor.

He gave a wonderful speech

reminding each and every

one of us to “never give up”

with some stories

of famous people who have

contributed their words after

years of rejection.

Nadine’s citation:




Dr. Roy MacGregor’s speech and bio:




Wishing you the very best




POST Students Visit Queen’s Park

April 6, 2016
Ontario Legislative Interns Sydney Oakes and Alison Penner warmly hosted POST students and faculty and brought them into the inner workings of Queen’s Park for a day. Question Period was a great show with the the fees for face time with the Premier and Ministers and the additional self-off of Hydro One in the news. MPP Laurie Scott, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, met with students and shared some of her own personal insights into politics. Minister Jeff Leal, Peterborough, also met with students.

Politics visits Queens Park

Political Studies Faculty celebrated at Champlain Faculty Fellows Publication Celebration.

March 31, 2016

Politcal Studies faculty were celebrated for the publications that they had worked hard on and published. Celebrated faculty were Dr. Nadine Changfoot, Dr. Devin Penner, Dr. Hasmet Uluorta, Dr. Philip Giurlando, and from the English Department, Dr. Margaret Steffler.

Champlain fellows celebration

From left to right: Gordon Martin, Melanie Sedge, Nadine Changfoot, Hasmet Uluorta, Philip Giurlando, Devin Penner, Margaret Steffler.

Champlain college celebration flyer

Former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty visits Political Studies

March 23, 2016

Dalton McGuinty, Former Liberal Premier of Ontario visits a Political Studies class to discuss his upcoming book Making a Difference, where he talks about his political career and lessons learned from his experiences. Mr. McGuinty served as Premier from 2003-2013, the first Liberal to serve three consecutive terms as Premier in the province. He is now the special advisor for Desire2Learn and is a senior fellow at the Univeristy of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance.

Dalton McGuinty Making a Difference

Dalton Mcguinty's book, Making a Difference

Nadine Changfoot, Chair of Political Studies panelist for Gendered Voices discussion

March 4, 2016

in light of International Women's Day, the Gendered Voices in a Changing World on March 4th took on the challenges surrounding women and minorities in Canada and in the political sphere. "(Gendered Voices in a Changing World) was a critical discussion about about intersectional feminism, the gener gap in politics, how these gender gaps affect our everyday seemingly non-political lives....and how minorities can make change" said organizers Zara Syed and Sara Ostrowska.

MP Maryam Monsef and Professor Nadine Changfoot

MP Maryam Monsef and Professor Nadine Changfoot

Read more about the panel here:panel-discussion-tackles-the-big-issues-in-politics

Praise for TUPS- SAID Undergraduate Research Symposium

March 14, 2016

TUPS and SAID reserach symposium on Feb. 26th recieved a positive review in the Mar.14th edition of the Arthur newspaper."All in all, the presenters and their content were extremely impressive and a true testament to the brainpower that Trent students have to offer the world,” reported the Trent Arthur newspaper.



CTV News interviews Trent University Political Studies professor.

Phil Guirlando interviewed about Britain's upcoming historic referendum on European Union membership



Dr. Jonathan Greene speaks at Emancipating the City organized by a student and others from UOIT.

The forum took place on Wednesday, February 10. The event explores issues of enhancing democratic practices of Canadian, perhaps more narrowly Ontario, municipalities.

Please see link




Queen’s Park Comes to the Classroom

February 12, 2016

On February 1, four former MPPs gave Trent Political Studies students a peak into the motivations and life of a politician.

Their visit was a part of the “Queen’s Park to Campus” program, which is designed to encourage students to consider public service careers. According to the Ontario Association of Former Parliamentarians (OAFP), only 1 per cent of students today are interested in working for political parties or the government.

Judging by student reactions, the visit was a success. “Students told me they thought the visit was fantastic,” said professor Nadine Changfoot. “They could have listened to the former MPP stories for much longer than the two hours we had.”

POST 2012 (left to right): Victoria Belbin, John Hastings, Barbara Sullivan, David Feeley
POST 2012 (left to right): Victoria Belbin, John Hastings, Barbara Sullivan, David Feeley  

Having worked at Queen’s Park, Dr. Changfoot was especially motivated to bring real life politics to campus. She wanted students to “hear and see the commitment in the voices and stories” of the former MPPs.

These former MPPs showed that the words “politician” and “principle” could in fact be used in the same sentence.  “The public tends to have a low opinion of politicians, seeing them as untrustworthy, unprincipled and career-oriented,” remarked professor Devin Penner. “[Former MPPs] Mario Racco and Steve Gilchrist did a great job of challenging this image. Both got involved in politics to further causes they were passionate about and spoke to importance of following one’s beliefs and values.”

POST 1002 (left to right): Marko Topitsch, Mario Racco, Steven Gilchrist, Veronique Boucher

POST 1002 (left to right): Marko Topitsch, Mario Racco, Steven Gilchrist, Veronique Boucher

The former MPPs outlined some of their most important accomplishments, showing students that it was possible to achieve one’s goals through politics. Former MPP Barbara Sullivan spoke about her involvement in making Queen’s Park the first legislature in the world to undertake comprehensive climate change research. Similarly, Mario Racco cited the Vaughan subway extension as a highlight of his political career, while Steve Gilchrist was proud of the work he had done to protect the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Students were treated to first-hand insights about some of the ideas and issues they were studying.  The former MPPs discussed economic policy, the provincial budget process, and private member’s bills with the students. Having directly grappled with issues like the conflicting loyalty of representatives to their constituency, their party and their conscience, the former MPPs added a unique and interesting dimension to class debates.

But Canada’s democratic system is not perfect, the former MPPs made clear. Mario Racco and Steve Gilchrist expressed concerns about the significant power of party leaders and the lack of power of individual MPPs. Barbara Sullivan claimed that government programs were not working for all Ontarians, and that more had to be done to bring justice to Aboriginal peoples.

For the former MPPs, the best way to address these problems is to participate. Stressing the importance of local politics, John Hastings encouraged students to get involved in areas they are passionate about and to see what they can do to improve their communities. “Just do it,” he roared.



January 13, 2016

Political Studies celebrates Dr. Philip Giurlando’s new book! Congratulations Phil!

Book Title: Eurozone Politics: Perception and Reality in Italy, the UK, and Germany



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Dr. Philip Giurlando with Dr. Nadine Changfoot (Chair, Political Studies)


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Drs. Devin Penner, Philip Giurlando, Hasmet Uluorta



Community First and Community-Trent Partnerships

by Prof. Nadine Changfoot, Chair Political Studies and Community Environmental Sustainability hub (Peterborough/Haliburton) Academic Co-lead with Annette Pedlar, POST Research Assistant

On January 13, Trent University’s Masters of Sustainability Studies (MASS) Colloquium featured the work of local community leaders, students and faculty. This event was brought together by the Community Environmental Sustainability Hub (Peterborough/Haliburton) of the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project.

Nadine Changfoot, CFICE’s CES (Ptb/Hbtn) Academic Co-lead, presents at the Trent University MASS program Colloquium (January 2016). ©Annette Pedlar

Nadine Changfoot, CFICE’s CES (Ptb/Hbtn) Academic Co-lead, presents at the Trent University MASS program Colloquium (January 2016). ©Annette Pedlar


Nadine Changfoot, Chair of the Political Studies Department and MASS faculty, hosted the event as the Trent Academic Co-lead of CFICE Phase I (2012-2016). “Putting Community-First involves learning new ways of communicating and partnering among community and academy,” said Nadine.

John Marris, Executive Director, from the internationally recognized Trent Community Research Center (TCRC) and Community Co-lead of CFICE, discussed research opportunities available through the Centre. TCRC is a bridge organization connecting Trent and community, bringing together students and community organizations for community-based research.

John Marris, CFICE’s CES (Ptb/Hbtn) Community Co-lead, presents at the Trent University MASS program Colloquium (January 2016)

John Marris, CFICE’s CES (Ptb/Hbtn) Community Co-lead, presents at the Trent University MASS program Colloquium (January 2016)

©Annette Pedlar

Sheila Ziman from the Haliburton Highland Land Trust presented her experiences working with faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students to maintain and restore ecosystems in Haliburton. “The outcomes are important,” said Sheila.

Next, Heather Reid, the Operations Director of Abbey Gardens, and Melissa Johnston, in second year of MASS, shared their experiences from Melissa’s summer working at Abbey Gardens. “My immersion in the community created an ease and depth of interaction. My ‘insider status’ helped to build trust and open doors,” said Melissa.

Tessa Nasca, also in the second year of MASS, outlined her experience with the Stewart Street Peterborough – Active Neighbourhoods Canada project that brings together the Stewart Street neighbourhood, community organizations, the City of Peterborough, and faculty to build capacity within the Stewart Street neighbourhood and the ability to strengthen community participation in planning processes. “High value comes from embedding oneself in the community,” said Tessa.

Finally, Prof. Stephen Hill from Environmental Resources Studies and MASS spoke of his experience as a faculty member who seeks partnerships outside of academic institutions. The day’s speakers represent only the start of the many rewarding partnerships possible when academia and the community partner together.



Listening to presentations at the Trent University MASS program Colloquium (January 2016). ©Annette Pedlar

Listening to presentations at the Trent University MASS program Colloquium (January 2016). ©Annette Pedlar

Community-campus engagement opportunities like those featured at the Colloquium offer a platform for students to see local initiatives that build capacity for both community and Trent in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Building upon the work of CFICE, the new MASS ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management’ stream provides experiential learning and community-based action research opportunities for students in a full-time field placement in a community organization during Year 2 of the Program. “It aims to meet the growing need for professionals as a distinct group of skilled, entrepreneurial individuals with the knowledge, tools and practical expertise to address social and environmental challenges and opportunities in community based organizations,” said Asaf Zohar, Director of MASS.



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*

Investigating 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"