Every week new and exciting things are happening at Trent University. Come and be inspired 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, October 17, 2017
“Care Home Stories: Aging Disability and Long-term Residential Care” Book Launch
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hunter Street Books, 164 Hunter St. W.
About: This new work takes you inside the “nursing home” from the perspective of residents, workers and visitors. Authors from Austria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States also offer their perspective from the disciplines of literature, history, nursing, and sociology. Editors, Dr. Sally Chivers, Trent University, and Dr. Ulla Kriebernegg, University of Graz, Austria will be in attendance.
Early Agriculture in the Lower Yangtze Valley, China
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Gzowski College, room 106
About: Early agriculture in the Lower Yangtze Valley, China is relatively unique because of its focus on aquatic habitats. This is challenging how we think about agricultural origins because most models are concerned with dry field/rain fed agriculture. Dr. Crawford's team has been collaborating with local, Chinese archaeologists to figure out what was happening here. He will focus on what they have been learning about the Shangshan Culture (11,000-8400 years ago) that appears out of nowhere with the most sophisticated pottery technology in the world, at the time and in an upland region that was not part of anyone’s thinking about early agriculture until recently.
Peterborough, the Spanish Flu and the Challenge of Contagious Disease in the Ear of the First World War
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Lion’s Centre, 347 Burnham Street
About: Professor Emeritus of History, Dr. Dale Standen, will speak to the Peterborough Historical Society. 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Influenza pandemic, which is estimated to have killed 50,000 Canadians and possibly more than 50 million worldwide. It was a shattering experience at a time when it was hoped that such deadly epidemics were a thing of the past. No community escaped the Spanish Flu, and how Peterborough handled other contagious diseases at the time frames the local response to this unexpected plague in the final months of the First World War.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Spirit Builders: Charles Catto, Frontiers Foundation and the Struggle to End Indigenous Poverty
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Gathering Space, Gzowski College
About: James Bacque is a Toronto-based novelist, publisher and book editor. This latest work documents the work of Charles Catto and focuses on building housing in Indigenous communities through co-operative partnerships with Frontiers Foundation.
Questioning Canadian Colonialism: Histories of Indigenous-Settler Alliances
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College, 310 London Street
About: The School for the Study of Canada is pleased to present Vanier Professor Joan Sangster's talk entitled "Questioning Canadian Colonialism: Histories of Indigenous-Settler Alliances". A reception will follow in the Traill Senior Common Room in Scott House.
Excalibur Varsity Men’s Lacrosse
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Justin Chiu Stadium
About: Come cheer on the Trent Excalibur as they take on Queens University.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
The Old King in His Exile: An Austrian Dementia Narrative
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College
About: The inaugural Stephen Katz Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Interdisciplinary Aging Studies welcomes Dr. Ulla Kriebernegg, University of Graz, Austria.
The Post-Apocalyptic Mode in the Age of US Decline
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Scott House, room 105, Traill College
About: The history of U.S. post-apocalyptic novels tracks the emergence and development of a fantasy of the United States returning to its status as global hegemon. By imagining a future without enough material wealth to be shared among the survivors, despite massive reduction in population, post-apocalyptic novels describe a situation uncannily like the one that capital’s ideologues would have people believe they live in today. Dr. Brent Ryan Bellamy is a Canada research chair postdoctoral fellow in cultural studies at the University of Alberta.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Disability in the Roman Digest
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Champlain College, room 307
About: A variety of disabilities are highlighted in the Roman legal compendium the Digest. One famous passage discusses disabilities such being mute, as having lacerations of the limb, as being short or dim sighted, as having “warts or polypuses in the nose”, or with “imbalance, with one leg shorter than the other”, or having congenitally swollen tonsils. In this talk, Professor Peter Toohey, University of Calgary, will go through some of these condition to suggest how and why the Digest and perhaps the Romans viewed disability,
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Grey Matters: Healthy Minds for Healthy Aging
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Gzowski College, Trent University
About: The 2017 Seniors’ Summit is focused on maintaining mental health as we age. The positive impact music, mindfulness and humor make to our mental health will be explored and the Trent Centre for Aging & Society will share current research on arts-based approaches to social inclusion and aging. Looked at through the lens of elder wisdom, this year’s Summit promises to keep your grey matter engaged and inspired.
For a full calendar of Trent events, visit trentu.ca/events