The School for the Study of Canada runs a wide range of events at Trent and in the community. Our faculty and students are directly involved in shaping life in the Peterborough community as well as nationwide through their advocacy and outreach.
A public lecture, and workshops for graduate and undergraduate students.
Named in honour of W. L. Morton, the Canadian historian and former Master of Trent’s Champlain College, this prestigious lecture has brought to Trent each year since 1980 a leading Canadian scholar to give a public lecture on their work, and also to lead an intimate seminar for graduate students.
Each year the School organizes a series of public talks on the “north” broadly defined. Building on Trent’s established role as a centre of innovation on northern research (and in combination with the Roberta Bondar Fellowship in Northern Studies) these lectures are a key feature of academic life at Trent.
Organized by Trent’s Gender and Women’s Studies Department, the annual Laurence lecture is named in honor of Canadian writer Margaret Laurence who had a strong connection to Trent and was intimately involved in the early years of the Canadian Studies program.
This informal speakers series is organized by a committee of graduate students from the School and highlights research from Trent faculty and graduate students.
The Symons Trust for Canadian Studies
Established in 1985, the purpose of Symons Trust for Canadian Studies is to support and enhance the study of Canada, especially, though not exclusively, at Trent University. Under the direction of its Committee of the Trustees, the Trust provides funding to support imaginative new activities, to act as seed money for worthy new endeavours, or to foster important long range projects.
Trent Centre for Community-Based Research
One of the key ways Trent faculty and student are involved in the local community is through the Trent Community Research Centre. The Trent Centre partners with local organizations and businesses to link them up with passionate students who want to get real-world experience and contribute to their communities even as they complete their degrees.
To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 2017 the School for the Study of Canada helped to create the Canadian Difference project, a national discussion about how Canadians today could share our history and shape our future. Generously funded by donors to the university and championed by William Macdonald and William Innes as well as Trent professors Christopher Dummitt and Heather Nicol, the initial stage of the project was an interactive online discussion. Canadian Difference is now hosting an ongoing series of workshops and conferences. For more information, visit the Canadian Difference website.
Trent Temagami Colloquium
This annual event is sponsored by a number of academic programs at Trent and the Bruce and Carol Hodgins Fund and seeks to examine and experience our understanding of the land with a focus on the study of Canadian, environmental, and Indigenous issues. This unique event celebrates interdisciplinary, experiential learning, and is organized by Stephen Hill in the School for the Environment. Funds are available through the School for the Study of Canada as bursaries for students in the school to attend. For more information: http://www.trenttemagami.ca/