While you may be getting ready for Orientation week, Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Peterborough is gearing up to bring you Disorientation week!

What is disorientation week you ask?

DisOrientation, otherwise known as DisO, was started in the early 2000’s by OPIRG and a variety of independent student groups with the collective goal of creating a space where both new and returning students can be introduced to more political aspects of university life.  Disorientation week consists of a series of workshops, discussions, tours, and events that challenge participants to think critically about social and environmental justice issues.

For all events visit our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2501005080007633/
or scroll below!

Thank you to our sponsors: Trent Central Student Association (TCSA) and Trent University.


Monday September 9, 2019
12-1:30pm and 2-3:30pm @B!KE

As a part of DisOrientation Week 2019, Join B!KE for a DIY workshop where you can tune up your own bike! This workshop will provide up to 6 participants with the opportunity to complete their own bike tune-up. Our instructor Tegan will walk participants through the fundamentals of maintaining your bicycle in a fun and supportive learning environment.
Please bring a bicycle and come prepared to get your hands dirty!
We are offering this workshop in two sessions. The first session,
ABC’s of Bike Maintenance 12-1:30 at B!KE, is open to anyone.
The second is specifically for women and trans folks and will be held from 2-3:30 at B!KE. We recognize that mechanical skills are typically taught and learned by men. By offering this workshop for women and trans folks, we hope to create a welcoming and friendly environment for people who may feel more comfortable learning mechanical skills with other women and trans folks.
Both workshops are free for Trent Students, or $10 for non-students. Limit of 6 people per workshop. Registration is appreciated, email tegan@communitybikeshop.org to register.
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2324825561113861/
Monday September 9, 2019
4-6PM @ the Student Centre Event Space

As a part of DisOrientation Week 2019, OPIRG Peterborough will be hosting a panel discussion on the Student Choice Initiative. This will be an informative session for new and returning students, as well as the community to learn about the impacts of the Student Choice Initiative on students, the university, and campus life.
The Student Choice Initiative was implemented by the Ontario Government in January of 2019 which introduced changes to OSAP and mandated universities to provide an option to opt-out of “non-essential” ancillary fees.
Trent Radio will be live broadcasting the event for those who can’t attend. Tune into 92.7FM!
More details coming soon!
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/513604106076935/


Tuesday September 10, 2019
1-4pm @ Gzowski College, Gathering Space
A welcoming place to learn about eliminating misconceptions and negative stereotyping of Indigenous people and introducing the concept of cultural awareness and a view of Canadian history from an Indigenous perspective.
If you are unsure of the location, please use http://www.classfind.com/trent for directions.
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/792542531163629/
Tuesday September 10, 2019
4:30-6:30pm @ Gzowski College, Room GCS345

As a part of OPIRG’s 2019 DisOrientation Week, there will be a MENding workshop in collaboration with KSAC (Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre).
The MENding Program is designed to be delivered to men who are interested in educating other men and boys on the issue of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). This curriculum recognizes that while men are the primary perpetrators of GBV, many men do not commit acts of violence against women, sexuality, or gender identity. So many men want to make a difference, but do not have the knowledge, wisdom, and skill to properly engage other men in violence prevention.
This introductory session is meant to introduce participants to the issue, invite reflection on their own masculinity, and educate participants on issues of sexual violence, and Gender-Based Violence.
If you are unsure of the location, please use http://www.classfind.com/trent for directions.
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1151000845092234/
Tuesday September 10, 2019
6-9pm @ Trent Experiemental Farm

Love to eat local? Want to learn about regenerative farming and food systems? Join the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Society for a homegrown gathering at the Trent Experimental Farm to get your hands in the soil, share a potluck meal, explore the on-campus market garden, and enjoy a campfire together!
Drop in. Instruments welcome. Bring a dish if you would like!
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/482292472336349/


Wednesday September 11, 2019
Doors open at 7pm @Bagnani Hall, Traill College
Join the Frost Centre for Canadian and Indigenous Studies and Traill College for a drag and cabaret night featuring the work of the beautiful and brilliant drag performers Quxxn and Dixie Que and the emcee work of Derek Newman-Stille. This will be a night of fun, excitement and challenging gender binaries!!!
We will have a photo booth set up so you can show off your drag stylings and be fabulous!! Feel free to come to the show sparkling and shining.
The show is open to everyone in the Trent and Peterborough community (and beyond!!) and will be an all ages event.
It’s also FREE!!!!
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/916629788719114/
Wednesday September 11, 2019
8pm @ Sadleir House Lecture Hall

As a part of OPIRG’s 2019 DisOrientation Week, there will be a film screening of “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) in collaboration with Trent Film Society and Arthur Newspaper.
Screening starts at 8:30PM sharp in the Sadleir House lecture hall, 751 George Street North. Discussion to follow.
“Comedy and music are combined to make this pastiche of a day in the life of The Beatles during 1964. The band have to use all their guile and wit to avoid the pursuing fans and press to reach their scheduled television performance. This is in spite of Paul’s troublemaking grandfather (Wildfred Brambell) and Ringo’s arrest.”
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2385319994891768/


Thursday September 12, 2019
1-3pm @ The Seasoned Spoon

Join the Seasoned Spoon Cafe and Trent Vegetable Gardens for a campus farm-to-table tour as part of disorientation week and Trent in collaboration with OPIRG Peterborough
The Trent Vegetable Gardens and the Seasoned Spoon Cafe partner together to create an accessible and sustainable local food system right here on campus! Tour the cafe space, off the grid root cellar rooftop garden, field garden and community gardens. We’ll discuss the work these organizations are doing to build an alternative food system at Trent and all the ways you can get involved involved including experiential learning, research projects, workshops, volunteering, community meals and more. Find out how you can join the food movement at Trent. Expect to taste some delicious samples and get hands-on in the garden as part of this tour!
Email spoonvolunteers@gmail.com for more info.
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/485736598642551/
Thursday September 12, 2019
4-7pm @Sadleir House
Calling all poets! Absynthe Magazine is hosting an poetry open mic as a part of OPIRG’s Disorientation Week 2019. Slam, spoken word and prose poetry are all welcome at this event. Bring a friend, open your ears, and enjoy the show!
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/364852787520265/
Thursday September 12, 2019
7pm @ the Ceilie

Brought to you in partnership with OPIRG’s DisOrientation week, The Centre will be putting on an inaugural night of CAP, a feminist adaptation of Cards Against Humanity. This time with some brand new cards, updated for maximum patriarchy smashing!
Come laugh, meet like minded folks and smash the patriarchy with us!
This event is free to attend, with drinks and bar snacks available for sale. The Ceilie is wheelchair accessible & will require proof of age in order to purchase alcohol.
As with all Centre events, we are dedicated to creating safe, welcoming environments for women & trans people on campus and in the community. We ask that you help us maintain this environment so all attendees can feel safe and welcome. Anyone found to be engaging in racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic behaviors will be asked to leave.
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/711662985921896/


Friday September 13, 2019
11am-2pm @ Environmental Science Building, Room B101

Are you interested in world issues, social justice, food, the environment, and/or Indigenous rights & issues?
Drop in on Friday September 13th, between 11:00AM and 2:00PM for a cup of cider and conversations! Learn more about the Kawartha World Issues Centre, our programs and our partners. There’s numerous ways to get involved, and our Resource Centre makes for a great study space! Everyone Welcome!
Hosted by KWIC Peterborough, Tracks Youth Program, Indigenous Environmental Studies, Trent Oxfam & Sustainable Trent
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2359703250909916/
Friday September 13, 2019
3-6pm @ Sadleir House Lawn

As a part of OPIRG’s 2019 DisOrientation week we will be hosting our annual Vegan BBQ. Join us for great food, music, and company!
Vegan BBQ food provided by Food Not Bombs Peterborough.
There will be performances by: St. Homer, Peachykine, TheFamJam, & Sam Leigh.
Creating Space will also have a pop-up table at the event!
Trent Radio will be broadcasting from 4-6pm so if you can’t attend tune in to 92.7FM!
This event is completely FREE!
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/500448540708037/


Saturday September 14, 2019
10am-4pm @ Gzowski College

As a part of OPIRG Peterborough’s 2019 DisOrientation Week, Mind Your Mind is a one day mental health symposium taking place in Gzowski College on September 14th, from 10am-4pm. The purpose of this event is to increase and encourage conversations surrounding mental health & wellbeing through different perspectives.

Current Schedule:
10am-11:30am Mental health 101 & Intersectionality with Kate MacIsaac
11:30am-1:30am TBD
1:30-2:30pm Food for Thought with Ethel Natlule
Lunch provided by Food Not Bombs Peterborough!
2:30-3:30pm Politics of Mental Health with Pascal Diverlus – BLM Toronto
3:30-4:00pm Coming together through expression

This event is open to all the wish to attend an encouraging, uplifting and educational day! It will be hosted in Gzowski College, beginning in room 117.

All participants will be provided with FREE lunch! If you have any dietary restrictions or accessibility needs, please contact TISA at tisa@trentu.ca for accommodations.
For the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1381616025348292/