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Coming Together for Canadian Culture: June 29 - July 13

Academics from around the world will converge in the study of Canadian cultures at Trent University from June 29 to July 13, as part of its Summer Explorations in Canadian Cultures (SECC) program. In its seventh year, the program will see students, teachers, researchers and educators immerse themselves in Canadian culture through lectures, discussion groups, seminars and field excursions.

This year's program is expected to attract approximately 15 participants from countries including India, Pakistan, China, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ghana, Grenada, Malaysia and the Philippines, says Program Director Beth O'Reilly. With Trent's Canadian Studies faculty members and other local cultural experts, participants will explore a myriad of matter, including national identities, contemporary and historical native issues, and literary arts.

"This is an opportunity for people to expand on any research they've been doing," says Ms. O'Reilly, noting Summer Explorations is unique in its nature. "Not only is it learning about Canadian cultures, but learning about each other's culture and coming together to share experiences."

While at Trent, participants reside at Catharine Parr Traill College but field excursions will include trips to Petroglyphs Provincial Park, the McMichael Gallery, Curve Lake and Kushog Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. Participants will also see the play Crow Hill at the popular 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook.

Each year the program continues to grow in size, says Ms. O'Reilly. Last year's participants were from Australia, Korea, Slovakia, India, Pakistan and the United States. Highlights from last year's program include, making dream catchers with a local Native family, attending a screening of Village of Widows with filmmaker Peter Blow, and swimming and canoeing.

"The SECC program offers participants a chance to enrich their understanding of Canadian cultures and expand on their academic research," says Ms. O'Reilly. "Many participants use the knowledge they gain toward their master's or Ph.D thesis and in the development of Canadian Studies programs and courses abroad."

SECC was launched by the Canadian Studies program at Trent, and is now hosted by Continuing Education in Julian Blackburn College, in partnership with the Canadian Studies program and the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies.

This year SECC will be hosting Community Night for members of the Trent and Peterborough communities. The program will host filmmaker James Cullingham at the screening of a film from the series As Long As the Rivers Flow. The movie will be shown at the Gordon Best Theatre on Thursday, July 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets will be $6/adult and $5/student, and all proceeds will go toward a SECC tuition bursary. Tickets will be available in June at Title's Bookstore, the Canadian Studies office at Traill College and Julian Blackburn College on Symons Campus.

For further information on the Summer Explorations program, please visit www. or e-mail

Posted April 20, 2004

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