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What’s On at Trent University

March 14, 2017

Upcoming events include Open House and Three Minute Thesis

through a range of events, public lectures, panel discussions and debates, all open to the community. Here’s what’s on at Trent University this month:

Tuesday, March 14 – Thursday, March 16, 2017

Life According to Nature

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: The 2017 Gilbert Ryle Lecture series is pleased to announce Professor Catherine Wilson lecture series: Life According to Nature. ‘Life According to Nature’ has been an ideal of philosophers since ancient times. By this, they have meant a life adapted to human needs, interests, and capabilities that are so basic as to be independent of cultural variation. But morality, as Kant pointed out, is a universal need, interest, and capability that seems to involve going against nature. In this lecture, Professor Wilson will indicate a partial solution by outlining the conception of the human moral platform presented by Darwin and elaborated since in light of anthropological and psychological research. 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Break Open House Peterborough Campus

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Trent University Peterborough

About: Each year Trent welcomes thousands of future students and their families to our Open House events. All prospective students and families are welcome to attend. Speak with professors, staff and current students, tour the campus and take in a mini lecture or information session.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trent International Student Association Presents: Cultural Outreach

Time: 2:00 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Showplace Performance Theater

About: Annually organized by Trent’s International Student Association (TISA), Cultural Outreach showcases cultural performances from all over the world, exhibiting not only talent but also the diversity of Trent’s student community. This year’s theme is called ‘A State of Emergency.’ The event welcomes all members of the Peterborough community and costs $15.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Celebration of Teaching Excellence

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Great Hall, Champlain College

About:  An annual celebration honouring and recognizing Trent's teaching award recipients. Join President Leo Groarke, the vice-presidents, staff, students and colleagues at this reception-style event to congratulate the recipients of the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Award for Educational Leadership and Innovation, the Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance and the CUPE 3908-1 Award for Excellence in Teaching. 



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Three Minute Thesis

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location: Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street, Peterborough

About:  The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®)  presents M.A., M.Sc., and Ph.D. students with the ultimate challenge: to explain their complex and highly specialized research and ideas to a general audience in just three minutes, using only one Power Point slide. Everyone is invited to attend this 2017 3MT competition and discover the amazing research happening at Trent.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Live Webinar: Varsity Athletics and Campus Recreation

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Online

About: Sport, recreation, and wellness are at the heart of our University community. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, an avid gym goer, looking to play varsity sports, join a recreational league, or even enjoy the convenience of drop-in physical activities – you can find it all here at Trent University. With our exceptional state-of-the-art athletics facility, an outdoor 1,450-acre playground and over 20 kilometres of nature trails, the opportunity to live a well-balanced, active student life is plentiful.

Join this special webinar to learn more about recreational and athletic activities, Trent’s beautiful athletic facilities, brand new and upcoming athletic complex developments, and of course, how you can #bleedgreen by proudly wearing the green and white as a Trent Excalibur varsity athlete.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Putting the Cold War on Ice: Science, Sovereignty and Security in the Canadian Arctic During the Cold War, 1945-1972

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: By using recently declassified archival records, dozens of oral history interviews, and thousands of images collected over the past decade, Dr. Daniel Heidt will question the pervasiveness of the military-industrial-complex in the Canadian Arctic. The existence of multi-decade programs like the Joint Arctic Weather Stations and federal science coordinating bodies reveals civil science narratives that significantly impacted the Arctic’s development. He will also democratize our understanding of scientific culture, Arctic sovereignty, and Canadian-American relations by retelling amusing and telling stories about what happened on the ground at these Arctic stations.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Indigenous Women's Activism: Moving Towards a More Just Society

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: The Annual Margaret Laurence Lecture brings to Trent a distinguished speaker to address a topic related to Margaret Laurence's passions for social justice, feminism and the natural world. The Department of Gender & Women's Studies is pleased to announce Dawn Lavell-Harvard, director of the First Peoples House of Learning will be giving the 25th Annual Margaret Laurence Lecture entitled, "Indigenous Women's Activism: Moving Towards a More Just Society" 


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Iceberg Alley, Climate Change, and Canada's Grey Resources

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: The North at Trent 2017 Lecture Series continues with Dr. Rafico Ruiz, Roberta Bondar Fellow in Northern & Polar Studies, Trent University: Over the past two decades, icebergs in Iceberg Alley, an area that extends from the glaciers of the western coast of Greenland to Baffin Island and south past the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, have progressively emerged as a sought after commodity used in the production of vodka, beer, and luxury-branded waters. By drawing on historical research and fieldwork across communities in Iceberg Alley, this talk will examine how icebergs are emerging as “grey resources”: equally implicated in the ambiguous ethical shadow of anthropogenic climate change through glacial melt, as well as important secondary resources for the safe operation of oil and gas installations on the North Atlantic. Overall, I will consider how the commodification of natural phenomena such as icebergs highlights the grey ethical and environmental modalities underpinning the consolidation of a northern natural resource


Friday, March 31, 2017

Celebration of Community Research

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Great Hall, Champlain College

About: Discover the scope and impact of local community-based applied research completed by Trent University students this year. Register online at for free parking.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fire in the Library: Arctic warming, coastal erosion, and the catastrophic loss of scientific and cultural understanding

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Great Hall, Champlain College

About: The North at Trent 2017 Lecture Series wraps up with Dr. Ben Fitzhugh Director, Quaternary Research Center & Associate Professor, Anthropology at the University of Washington. Arctic and subarctic regions contain numerous archaeological sites where organic preservation is spectacular due to the cold climate. In addition to artifacts left by past humans, these sites contain ‘archives’ of plants and animals often in deep chronological sequences and spanning millennia. Well-dated archaeological faunal samples subject to morphological, isotopic, and genetic methods shed light on long-term ecosystem evolution in the context of climate changes more extreme than any recorded in the instrumental and historical records of recent centuries. New techniques make it possible to examine changes in productivity, food web dynamics, stock structure, population bottlenecks, extinctions, and population range shifts that can be compared to other records of climate and environmental change.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Peterborough Regional Science Fair 2017

Time: 12:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Science Complex and Chemical Science Buildings

About: Each year, students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 display their projects in biological, physical, engineering, and computing sciences. The experience is an invaluable stepping stone for many who go on to pursue successful careers. The 48th Peterborough Regional Science Fair is taking place on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  This is a day-long event that concludes with an awards ceremony scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Wenjack Theatre at Trent University.  The top winners will win trips to compete at the Canada Wide Science Fair at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan May 14 – 20, 2017.

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