Events - 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 — 7:00 PM EST
book cover with archival image of children just after World War Two

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies invites everyone to a talk by Lynne Taylor, University of Waterloo professor of History, in a discussion about her latest book, In the Children's Best Interests: Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Germany, 1945-1952.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 — 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM EST
bead work of a crescent moon

Tomson Highway's Songs in the Key of Cree is a collection of Cree and English songs written by one of Canada’s most renowned authors. Part of a larger Indigenous language revitalization project, this integrated performance-speaker event presents the captivating vocalist Patricia Cano, guitarist Kevin Barrett, saxophonist Marcus Ali, and fiddler Nathan Halcrow, joined by artist Emma Rain Smith and historian Susan Roy.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 — 7:30 PM EST
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The Theatre and Performance program presents Anton Chekov’s The Seagull directed by Matt White who gives a Canadian contemporary re-contextualization to this late 19th century tragi-comedy. It's a story that exposes the absurdity of a world where grown-ups behave like children, and the next generation grows up having to find their own way.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 — 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM EST
illustration of tent with camp fire

The Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business presents Story Camp for any interested students. Whether you are an aspiring designer, marketer or entrepreneur, success depends on your ability to tell a great story. Stories create empathy, make connections and clarify meaning.

Friday, November 15, 2019 — 7:30 PM EST
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The Theatre and Performance program presents Anton Chekov’s The Seagull directed by Matt White who gives a Canadian contemporary re-contextualization to this late 19th century tragi-comedy. It's a story that exposes the absurdity of a world where grown-ups behave like children, and the next generation grows up having to find their own way.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 — 7:30 PM EST
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The Theatre and Performance program presents Anton Chekov’s The Seagull directed by Matt White who gives a Canadian contemporary re-contextualization to this late 19th century tragi-comedy. It's a story that exposes the absurdity of a world where grown-ups behave like children, and the next generation grows up having to find their own way.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 — 7:30 PM EST
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The Theatre and Performance program presents Anton Chekov’s The Seagull directed by Matt White who gives a Canadian contemporary re-contextualization to this late 19th century tragi-comedy. It's a story that exposes the absurdity of a world where grown-ups behave like children, and the next generation grows up having to find their own way.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 2:20 PM EST

The Department of Communication Arts invites faculty, staff, and students to the Fall Communication Speaks! colloquium, featuring Dr. Sarah Klein and Dr. Anders Bergstrom.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 — 7:00 PM EST
Archival photo of Jewish people being rounded up by Nazi soldiers

Join the Waterloo Centre for German Studies as Professor James Diamond, Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo, gives his talk, The Buried Raging Sermons of the Warsaw Ghetto Rabbi. During World War II, a group of poets, artists, and historians in the Warsaw Ghetto buried thousands of documents attesting to their suffering and resistance as Jews under Nazi rule. Among those recovered was a manuscript of weekly sermons delivered in the Ghetto by a Hasidic rabbi desperately trying to preserve his faith in the face of unimaginable loss and pain. It is a rare testament to one human being’s struggle with the incomprehensible evil of the Holocaust.

Friday, November 1, 2019 — 2:15 PM to 4:30 PM EDT
George Elliott Clarke

Please join the Department of English Language and Literature for a public talk by Dr. George Elliott Clarke, Waterloo Arts alumnus and Professor of English, University of Toronto. Dr. Clarke will be reciting from his latest work Canticles, an ongoing project started in Zanzibar in 2008 and expected to conclude in 2021.

Monday, October 28, 2019 — 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
Doctor using a stethescope to listen to a child's heart beat

Child health is increasingly understood to be a critical form of human capital, but only recently have we begun to understand how valuable it is and how better to support its development. This lecture provides an overview of recent work demonstrating the key role of public insurance in supporting longer-term human capital development, and pointing to improvements in child mental health as an especially important mechanism.

Friday, October 25, 2019 — 7:30 PM EDT
shattered glass

The 2019-20 Bridges Lecture Series presents The Glass Problem: Changing and Challenging Material Definitions. Despite thousands of years of history, glass still challenges our perceptions and definitions. Drs. Patrick Charbonneau and Katherine Larson tackle “the glass problem”, to explore and understand the mutable properties of a material which is, by definition, disorderly.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 — 7:00 PM EDT

Please join the Department of Philosophy for a public lecture by Dr. Kyle Whyte, professor, Timnick chair, and environmental activist at Michigan State University. His work focuses on problems and possibilities facing Indigenous peoples regarding climate change, environmental justice, and food sovereignty.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 — 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
Heather MacDougall

The Office of Research presents this Research Talks expert panel, Boosting Vaccine Uptake, examining the barriers and strategies associated with vaccine programs. The four Waterloo experts include professor of history, Heather MacDougall.

Friday, October 11, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
Ida Mukuka

The History Speakers Series invites everyone to a talk by AIDS activist Ida Mukuka on the history and continuing impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa and the critical role of women and grandparents in awareness and prevention.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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The Department of Political Science is the local host for this country-wide initiative: 100 non-partisan all-candidate debates on the environment will be happening all across Canada before the October 21 election. Join us on campus in Theatre of the Arts with the Waterloo riding candidates!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 — 4:00 PM EDT

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies welcomes Silke Reineke of the Leibniz Institute for the German Language (IDS) for a talk on her work with corpora of spoken German. The “Archive of Spoken German” at IDS in Mannheim is comprised of a large corpora of audio and video recordings from different periods and settings, ranging from biographical interviews, everyday interactions, to spoken academic discourse.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

This first in our fall Interdisciplinary Mashup series will focus on disability, specifically disability and digital accessibility at school and in the workplace.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 — 3:30 PM EDT
Christin Taylor and Brittany Etmanski

Join Waterloo's Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, Jeff Casello at this Grad Talks event exploring the role of the university in today's world, featuring Brittany Etmanski, PhD Candidiate, Sociology and Legal Studies, and Christin Taylor, PhD Candidate English Language and Literature.

Friday, September 20, 2019 — 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
Chaire de recherche du Canada en études des minorités logo

You are cordially invited to the Official Inauguration of the Canada Research Chair in Minority Studies. The event will take place on September 20 and will include a talk (in French) by Distinguished Professor Emeritus François Paré on ethnocultural and linguistic minority studies in the world. This talk will be followed by a reception.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 — 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
illustration of Jesse Thistle with thistle plant and other design elements

The Indigenous Speakers Series proudly presents Jesse Thistle, a Métis-Cree-Scot from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, whose bestselling memoir, From the Ashes (Simon and Schuster Canada), chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is. His scholarship is focused on intergenerational and historic trauma of the Métis people, and also reflects on his own past struggles with homelessness. Jesse is widely recognized in the scholarly community and beyond.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 — 3:00 PM EDT

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies presents Birgit Schreyer Duarte, a dramaturg in Toronto while also transitioning into directing over the past ten years. Her current production, a contemporary interpretation of Lessing’s Nathan the Wise, is part of the 2019 Stratford Festival season. Dr. Schreyer Duarte will discuss how she and her team approached the “staging of the other” in this 18th-century play from Germany, performed in today’s Canada, that reflects on the common humanity that unites us all. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 — 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
logo for Critical Media Lab

The students of English 799: Making Media Theory are pleased to present the results of their course-based work at the Communitech Hub. These hacked-together, interactive projects reflect on complex theories such as brainwave storytelling, conductive upcyclying, technosexuality, automated genocide, dirty media, digital devolution, and the value of uselessness.

Friday, July 12, 2019 — 5:00 PM EDT

Join the Waterloo Centre for German Studies for Nathan the Wise, the 18th-century play by German playwright G.E. Lessing. Famous for its "Ring Parable" extolling the equality of world religions, the play is rarely performed in Canada.

Friday, June 21, 2019 — 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
drawing of brain

Waterloo’s Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience invites everyone to an open house, the culmination of a two-week workshop that teaches researchers how to build sophisticated brain models. These international experts will demonstrate brain models running on laptops, robots, and specialized brain-like computers while simulating neural functions. Among the brain-like computers used at the summer school is Loihi, a new neuromorphic chip developed Intel Labs.

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