Trent University Community Lectures generously made possible by donors

Community Lecture Series

Sharing knowledge is one of the ways Trent University gives back to our host communities and provides life long learning experiences to alumni. Each year, Trent offers open lectures featuring visiting faculty and experts, sharing ideas on subjects such as the Environment, Gender & Women's Studies, Business & Society, Chemistry, Cultural Studies, and Indigenous Studies. These talks are free and open to the Trent and broader communities. These lectures are made possible thanks to generous donor support.  

The STairs Lecture in Chemistry

The Stairs Lecture is the first donor supported lecture series in Chemistry at Trent University and, was created by Trent Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Stairs and his wife, Sibyl. The biennial lecture series enables Trent to invite a distinguished scientist to speak on their research and to showcase the field of Chemistry.

The Morrison Lecture in International Development

The David Morrison Lecture in International Development brings globally distinguished scholars, who are renowned for the impact that their intellectual and applied work has had on international development studies, to Trent University to address members of the Trent and Peterborough communities.

The David Sheperd Family Lecture

The David Sheperd Family Lecture Series introduces Trent students, faculty, and members of the community to leading scholars and people engaged in policy and practical work in the field of environmental science. The goal of the series is to build on the University’s reputation of leadership in Environmental Science/Studies.

The Elaine Stavro Distinguished Visiting Scholar

The Elaine Stavro Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Theory, Politics & Gender Studies was created to introduce Trent students to leading speakers on sociological issues and significantly build on the University's reputation for interdisciplinary programs. The Visiting Scholar provides students, faculty and members of the community with exceptional access to eminent scholars and people engaged in theory, politics and gender studies.

The David Schindler Professorship in Aquatic Science Lecture

The inaugural privately funded academic Professorship at Trent University was established by an anonymous donor and named in honour of Dr. David Schindler, a world-renowned limnologist and former Trent professor. The lecture provides students, faculty and the public with a chance to explore ground breaking research in the field of aquatic science.

The Jack Matthews Fellowship

The Jack Matthews Fellowship is named in honour of the founding Director of the Trent International Program, who also founded Pearson United World College in British Columbia, the Canadian Canoe Museum, and was a Headmaster of Lakefield College School. Each year, a fellow is chosen who embodies the value of those institutions, and the legendary spirit of Canadian global citizenship that was Jack Matthews' vision.

The Kennedy Lecture in Global Social Issues

The Kennedy Lecture in Global Social Issues introduces the Trent and broader communities to exemplary scholars and leaders engaged in issues of social justice that have global dimensions. Founded by Trent alumnus Bruce Kennedy '66, this lecture aims to provide a focal point for discussions that can lead to a better understanding of our world, our place within it, and an examination of how to improve our engagement with key global issues.

The Harry Kitchen Lecture in Public Policy

Named in recognition of Economics Professor Emeritus Harry Kitchen, this annual lecture provides students, faculty and the public with access to a distinguished speaker who will explore the effect of public policy on the modern world.

The Margaret Laurence Lecture

The Margaret Laurence Lecture was established in honour of renowned author and former Trent University Chancellor Margaret Laurence. Hosted by the Gender and Women's Studies Department, and funded by a combination of a generous donation from the Bennett Family Foundation and matching funds from the Canadian Studies Directorate and Heritage Canada.

The Ashley Fellowship

The Ashley Fellowship is funded by a bequest from the late Professor C.A. Ashley, longtime friend of Trent University and an enthusiastic proponent of the role which the informal contacts of College life can play in the academic pursuits of the University. The Ashley Fellow is therefore a visiting scholar who is a resident guest in one of Trent's residential Colleges. By the terms approved by Senate in 1976, and in keeping with Professor Ashley's wishes, "scholar" should be broadly interpreted to include persons not necessarily holding an academic appointment.

W.L Morton Lecture Series

The W.L. Morton Lecture is named in honour of W.L. Morton, the Canadian historian and former Master of Trent's Champlain College. Presented by the Canadian Studies & History Undergraduate Departments, the Frost Centre of Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies, and Catherine Parr Traill College. 

Tapscott-Lopes Business and Society Lecture

The Tapscott-Lopes Business and Society Lecture brings prominent speakers to Trent University and the community to address issues of values and ethics as they pertain to business and society.

The John Fekete Distinguished Lecture

The annual John Fekete Distinguished Lecture was established by the Cultural Studies PhD Program to honour Professor John Fekete on his retirement from Trent in 2012.  The lectureship features distinguished visitors to the university to share their most recent or forthcoming publications that are influential and important in the field of cultural inquiry.

The Stephen Katz Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Interdiscipliniary Aging Studies

Named in honour of Trent professor Emeritus Dr. Stephen Katz, this lecture recognizes the excellence of a contemporary scholar of interdisciplinary aging studies and provides students, faculty and members of the public with exceptional access to such a scholar.