What’s On at Trent: October 8 to October 15

October 9, 2019

Upcoming events include Writers Reading and Tom Symons: A Canadian Life

Aerial view of Trent University Symons Campus in fall.

Every week, new and exciting things are happening at Trent University. Come and be inspired through a range of events, varsity games, public lectures, panel discussions and debates, all open to the community. Here’s what’s on at Trent University this week:

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hercules on the Big and Little Screens in the 1960s
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bata Library room 106.6
About: Ancient Greek & Roman Studies and The Ian Storey Visiting Speaker Fund present
Dr. Arlene Allan, University of Otago speaking on "Hercules on the Big and Little Screens in the 1960s: Steve Reeves and the Mighty Hercules Cartoon".

Writers Reading: Jordan Abel
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Scott House Junior Common Room, Traill College
About: Jordan is a Nisga’a writer from Vancouver. He is the author of The Place of Scraps, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, Un/inhabited, and Injun, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Abel’s latest project NISHGA is a deeply personal and autobiographical book that attempts to address the complications of contemporary Indigenous existence and the often invisible intergenerational impact of residential schools.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

What You Can Do about the Climate Crisis
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Enwayaang Building room 117
About: Gideon Forman from the David Suzuki Foundation to give a talk about the current climate crisis as part of his cross country universities tour. Gideon Forman has a M.A. in Philosophy from McGill University, a certificate in renewable energy from the University of Toronto and he has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His expertise lies in climate policy, transportation and clean energy. His passions are in urban nature and finding wild animals moving through the city.

The Gift of Crossroads with Bayo Akomolafe
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Trent Student Centre Alumni Atrium
About: Dr. Bayo Akomolafe is an author, speaker and renegade academic who is globally recognized for his poetic, unconventional and counter-intuitive take on global crisis, civic action and social change. He is the author of These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters To My Daughter on Humanity’s Search For Home and We Will Tell Our Own Story! In this keynote, as part of Kawartha World Issues Centre’s 30th anniversary, Bayo will talk about how the Anthropocene, as we are currently experiencing it, is disrupting our commonly held conceptions about social change, racial and environmental justice and hope.

Monday, October 14, 2019

University Closed for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Black Queer Feminist Organizing in the Black Radical Tradition in Toronto
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Scott House Senior Common Room, Traill College
About: Beverly Bain teaches in Women and Gender Studies in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her research focuses on Caribbean and Black Diasporic sexualities, Black and Caribbean queer feminist organizing, sexual assault and violence against women. She is the author of Fire, Passion and Politics: The Creation of Blockorama as Black Queer Diasporic Space in the Toronto Pride Festivities and Uncovering Conceptual Practices: Bringing into Lived Consciousness Feminist Activities on the Toronto Police Services Sexual Assault Audit. Bain is currently working on a series of essays on Black radical feminist queer organizing in Toronto from the 80s to the present.

Tom Symons: A Canadian Life as Told by his Files
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Peterborough Lions Community Centre, 347 Burnham Street
About: A remarkable Canadian and resident of Peterborough, Tom Symons, founding president of Trent University and author of To Know Ourselves: The Report of the Commission on Canadian Studies, was in the forefront of multiple critical issues, including Indigenous rights, human rights, language rights and heritage preservation. Bob Taylor-Vaisey '66 is a retired corporate archivist and senior document management consultant for Imperial Oil Limited who has been organizing T.H.B. Symons’ files for transfer to Trent University Archives. Kathryn Matheson '00 is a graduate of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University and currently serves as Researcher and Administrative Coordinator for Professor Symons.

On the horizon:

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Katz Lecture: Bunions, Brain Games and Belly Fat: ageing and algorithmic media
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Trent University Student Centre
About: 
It all began when Dr. Kim Sawchuk turned 55 and noticed the pop-up ads targeting her with messages about bunions and belly fat. Dr. Sawchuk will ask critical questions about both AI and the algorithms that profile us as we age. She’ll explore how ageing operates as a critical lens to reveal differential relations of power in present day mediated/consumer cultures. Her approach builds on the critical work of feminist media study scholars such as Wendy Chun, critical race theorists, such as Safiya Noble and age studies scholars such as Barbara Marshall and Stephen Katz on quantified ageing.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hubbard Brook: Lessons Learned from Long-term Ecosystem Studies
The David Sheperd Family Lecture
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street
About: Dr. Gene E. Likens, founding director and president emeritus, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is a founding researcher in the long-term Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, which has been ongoing for more than 56 years. He’ll share with us major findings including the discovery of acid rain in North America in 1963; the effects of deforestation and forest harvest on water yield and quality, and on forest recovery following disturbance; and the understanding that stream and river ecosystems are integral components of the landscape; and the evaluation of long-term changes in biodiversity and climate. Several policy and management relevant insights have been revealed from these long-term studies of air-land-water interactions.

For more information, contact:
Cara Walsh, communications and media relations officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6240 or carawalsh@trentu.ca

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