History Department Highlights




Oct. 11, 2016 – Peter Sorensen Workshop – Grad Students with MA students about life after Trent


Oct. 17, 2016 – 2 to 6 pm- Athleticism, Violence, and Society: A Symposium - David Sheinin – LEC Senior Common room


Oct. 19, 2016 - Thesis Colloquium


Nov. 10, 2016 – 6 to 8pm Africa's Blood Diamonds: Facets of Power book lau nch - Alex Caramento – Lady Eaton College Senior Common Room and the Ceili


Week of Nov. 14, 2016 –Robert Wright’s visit to Havana with the PM Justin Trudeau


Nov. 15, 2016 - Animal Stories: Narrating the Nation - Stephanie Rutherford


Nov. 24, 2016 – 6 to 8pm – Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola, 1975-2002 – Justin Pearce – Senior Common Room Lady Eaton College


Jan. 23, 2016 - Cold War China (not official title) - Tina Mai Chen


March 23, 2016 - 3 Minute Thesis


May 2017– Commemoration of Vimy Ridge – 350 High School Students - Wenjack Theatre – Keynote Speaker Tim Cook (Canadian War Museum)


Fall 2017 (Sept or Oct) – Commemoration of 150 of Canada – with Indigenous studies Department


Fall 2017 – Commemoration 25th anniversary Portuguese studies review. International Colloquium





Humanities Writing


  • get a great start on your final papers


  • make progress on papers already underway


  • discover the advantages of writing in a social setting


Where: Bata Library Collaborative Space, Rm. 201

When: Monday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


There are only 20 spots available, so please sign up ASAP. To sign up, email Moira at mhowes@trentu.ca.


We will spend a full hour and 45 minutes planning, outlining, and/or writing our own papers. Please bring materials you will need, such as laptops, writing pads, planners & articles.


Food and beverages will be provided.




Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017

Lady Eaton College Senior Common Room






Thursday Jan. 9, 2017

Lady Eaton College Senior Common Room





Thursday Nov. 17th, 2016

Champlain Learning Living Commons

12:15pm to 2:00pm


Join Champlain College, the Political Studies Department & the International Development Department for a panel discussion on recent political developments across the globe.

Featuring Presentations from:

Dr. Feyzi Baban ‐ International Development Studies

Dr. Antonio Cazorla‐Sanches ‐ History

Dr. Hasmet M. Uluorta ‐ Political Studies





Thursday Nov. 24th, 2016

Lady Eaton College

Senior Common Room

6:00 to 7:30pm






Thursday Nov. 10th, 2016

Lady Eaton College

Senior Common Room

6:00 to 8:00pm

Facets of Power is the first comprehensive account of the emergence, meaning and profound impact of Chiadzwa’s diamonds. Drawing on new fieldwork and published sources, the contributors present a graphic and accessibly written narrative of corruption and greed, as well as resistance by those who have suffered at the hands of the mineral’s secretive and violent beneficiaries. If the lessons of resistance have been mostly disheartening, they also point towards more effective strategies for managing public resources, and mounting democratic challenges to elites whose power is sustained by preying on them.

Please join the contributors for a roundtable discussion. The participating contributors include:
Alan Martin is Director of Research at Partnership Africa Canada
Mathew Ruguwa is an MA Candidate in the Department of History, Trent University, and was formerly a school teacher, diamond digger, and cross-border trader in Zimbabwe
Richard Saunders is an Associate


To be followed by a Catered Event at the Ceilie Pub

Sponsored by the Departments of History, International Development Studies, and Political Studies


Oct. 17, 2016

2 to 6 pm

LEC Senior Common room

Athleticism, Violence, and

Society: A Symposium -

David Sheinin




Monday February 22, 2016

Durham Campus, 6:30

Mr. Scott Chantler

Mr. Chantler is the author of the graphic novel, Two Generals, which tells the story of his grandfather's terrifying experiences on D.Day. The book was nominated for two Eisner Awards, two Joe Shuster Awards, the Ontario Library Association's White Pine Award for Non-Fiction, named as one of Chapters-Indigo's Best Books of 2010, excerpted in Best American Comics 2012(edited by Francoise Mouly) and listed by readers in CBC Canada Reads: True Stories as one of the top 40 Canadian non-fiction books of all time.

Mr. Chantler is the current Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, the first cartoonist to be appointed so by a Canadian University.

In March of 1943, Scott Chantler’s grandfather Law Chantler shipped out across the Atlantic for active service with the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, along with his best friend, Jack Chrysler, a fellow officer. Not long afterward, they would find themselves making a rocky crossing of the English Channel, about to take part in one of the most pivotal and treacherous military operations of World War II: the Allied invasion of Normandy. Told through the eyes of everyday heroes, Two Generals is a story about friendship, and the tragedies and absurdities of war.



February 10, 2016

Lady Eaton College Senior Common Room


This symposium reunites five Canadian professors who have recently written or are currently writing biographies.  The moderator of the meeting, Antonio Cazorla, has also written a biography of Francisco Franco (published in both English and Spanish).  The purpose of the meeting is to explore how to write a modern biography and why it matters.



January 20, 2016

Lady Eaton College , The Pit

 Dr. Humble Ferreira, is a Trent Alumna in History (1997), and now Associate Professor of History at the University of Guelph. She is
the 1997 winner of the Alan Wilson Prize in History (awarded annually to the Honours student who had achieved the highest record in the fourth year) and a co-winner of the Douglas McCalla Prize for the best fourth-year essay.
  She holds a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.
Her research focuses on late medieval and Renaissance Portugal (... quite a Trent story there). She just published a book with Brill, The Crown, the Court, and the Casa da Índia. Political Centralization in Portugal, 1479-1521.

Her current research involves New Christians (former Jewish residents of
Portugal, forcibly converted to Christianity after 1496). She will talk about her career choices and the alternative paths taken by her classmates and friends, about graduate studies in History, and about teaching History at the highschool level. She will field questions and share her experience one-on-one.


THURSDAY, January 14th, 2016

7:00 PM


Dr. Ian Mosby’s talk will discuss his experience over the past year of meeting with and listening to the stories of survivors of a series of nutrition experiments conducted on nearly 1,000 children in Indian residential schools between 1948 and 1952. In July 2013, Dr. Mosby’s article Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942–1952, was published in the journal Histoire sociale/Social History and almost immediately received widespread coverage by Canadian as well as international media. Since that time, he has given dozens of talks about his research, including at multiple public forums for Mi’kmaq, Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitxsan and Anishinaabe survivors of these nutrition experiments.

The goal of Dr. Mosby’s talk will therefore be to provide some historical background for these experiments while also discussing what the broader response to his research tells us about Canada’s current efforts towards reconciliation – particularly following the end of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s mandate.   

Reception to follow at the Trend.



12:00 to 1:00 PM
Lady Eaton College Pit

A talk by

Dr. Michael Eamon


21st-century coffee &
cookies will be served



Monday, February 24, 2014



Dr. Mark Celinscak


Sponsored by

Trent History Department

Lady Eaton College





Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Black History and Heritage Month

12:00 pm

The Pit - LEC



Sponsored by

Trent History Department

Lady Eaton College

Trent English Department




Tuesday, November 26, 2013



7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gzowski College Lecture Hall 114



Sponsored by

Trent History Department

Lady Eaton College

Gzowski College