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.
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.
The Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies
Established in 1985, the purpose of The Symons Trust 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.