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What’s On at Trent University

Upcoming events include the Morrison Lecture in International Development and the Student Centre Grand Opening

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, September 26 – Thursday, September 28, 2017

Annual Ryle Lecture Series in Philosophy: How Fascism Works

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Gzowski College room 114

About: The annual Gilbert Ryle Lecture Series will be delivered by Professor Jason Stanley of Yale University. Professor Stanley is the author of How Propaganda Works, and is the winner of the 2016 PROSE Award in Philosophy. The Gilbert Ryle Lecture Series was established by the Philosophy department at Trent in 1977 in honour of the late Gilbert Ryle.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jeremy Milloy's Blood Sweat and Fear Book Launch

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Artspace, 378 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough

About: Going postal. We think of the rogue employee who snaps. But in Blood, Sweat, and Fear, Trent’s Dr. Jeremy Milloy demonstrates that workplace violence never occurs in isolation. Using violence as a lens in his new book, he provides fresh and original insights into the everyday workings of capitalism, class conflict, race, and gender in the United States and Canada of the late twentieth century, bringing historical perspective to contemporary debates about North American violence.

Writers Reading: Susan McCaslin

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Scott House Junior Common Room, Traill College

About: Author Susan McCaslin will launch the first reading of the 2017 Writers Reading Series. Her most recent volume is Painter, Poet, Mountain: After Cézanne. Her previous volume, Demeter Goes Skydiving, was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize and the winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award for 2012.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How Does the Modern World Engage with Modern Slavery?

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Scott House, room 105, Traill College

About: Dr. Joel Quirk, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, addresses two ways of approaching the persisting problem of forced and unfree labour in today's world.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Morrison Lecture in International Development: Are Some Countries Destined for Under-development?

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street

About: Since the mid-1990s, we have witnessed an explosion in the literature in development economics that tries to explain the poor economic performance in certain developing countries – especially the ones in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) – in terms of factors, like geography, climate, history, and culture. In this lecture, Dr. Chang argues that these explanations are neither theoretically persuasive nor empirically convincing and thus can only be interpreted as an attempt by mainstream economists to ‘explain away’ why the so-called ‘good’ policies that were based on their own theories have failed to deliver the expected results. Dr. Ha-Joon Chang teaches Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Student Centre Grand Opening

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Student Centre, West Bank, Trent University

About: Take a tour of the brand new Student Centre! Join us for live music, student performers, interactive entertainment, food, drinks, and an awards ceremony.

Friday, September 29, 2017 – Sunday, October 1, 2017

Homecoming & Head of the Trent Regatta

Location: Symons Campus

About: Join us for a weekend of rowing, varsity games, and special events as we celebrate the 48th annual Alumni Homecoming and Head of the Trent Regatta. For a full schedule of events, parking regulations and other information, please visit trentu.ca/hotr.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sheperd Family Lecture: The Global Energy Transition and Canada’s Energy Paradox

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street

About: The global economy is undergoing the greatest transformation since the dawn of the industrial age as it shifts from an energy regime built on fossil fuels to one run by clean, renewable power. This transition underscores the central paradox of Canada's national identity as a resource-driven economy with a civil society that has placed a high value on environmental stewardship. Award-winning author and sustainability strategist Chris Turner has been documenting this energy transition for more than a decade, and his lecture will combine insights from his bestselling books on the cleantech revolution, The Leap, and The Geography of Hope, as well as analysis of the transition’s impact on the conventional energy economy drawn from his most recent book, The Patch. Mr. Turner explains where the energy transition leads, what Canada's energy future looks like, and how the path to that future will reconfigure the fabric of Canadian society.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Strangers on a Train: Genet and the Liquidity of Being

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Towards the end of the 1950s, Jean Genet wrote a series of experimental essays that set his lived encounter with an old man in a train alongside suggestive artworks by Giacometti and Rembrandt. Scandalously, Genet paid no attention to the fact that the man is “real” and Rembrandt’s Jewish Bride, for example, is “only” a painting. In this salon presentation, Dr. James Penney, develops the significance of Genet’s unconcern for the medium.

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.

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. Her talk is titled “The Old King in His Exile: An Austrian Dementia Narrative.”

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 Canada Research Chair Postdoctoral Fellow in Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta.

For a full calendar of Trent events, visit trentu.ca/events 

 

Posted on September 25, 2017

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