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 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.

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

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
Jesse Thistle

The Indigenous Speakers Series proudly presents Jesse Thistle, Métis-Cree-Scot scholar, teacher, author -- and a Waterloo Arts alumnus. His work is focused on intergenerational and historic trauma of the Métis people, and also reflects on his own past struggles with addiction and homelessness. Jesse is widely recognized in the scholarly community and beyond -- especially with the recent publication of his memoir From the Ashes (Simon and Schuster Canada).

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.

Friday, June 21, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
stack of documents

You're invited to a workshop hosted by NSERC to learn about Alliance Grants. The Alliance grants program replaces familiar grants such as IRC, CRD, Strategic, Engage, and Connect. Researchers are encouraged to gain an early understa

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 — 7:00 PM EDT
crowd protesting with signs in city street

In dramatic political climates it can be difficult to effect change. Join expert panelists from UWaterloo as they examine how involvement in activism can transform the social and political landscape and inspire others to action.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 — 1:00 PM to Tuesday, August 13, 2019 — 3:00 PM EDT
hand holding a pen pointing on a notebook

Learn about tools and strategies to help improve the success of a SSHRC grant application by attending some or all of these workshops for faculty.

Friday, June 14, 2019 — 7:00 PM EDT
balinese gamelan performance ensemble

The Balinese Gamelan is meant to be heard outdoors, so please join us at Waterloo Town Square for a terrific evening concert. This UWaterloo Ensemble is directed by prominent gamelan composer I Dewa Made Suparta and Dr. Maisie Sum. Stay after the concert and try an instrument or two.

Sunday, May 26, 2019 — 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
quilt of stories

UWaterloo English's Lamees Al Ethari and Carrie Snyder and writer Tasneem Jamal facilitated the X Page Workshop, a SSHRC Connection Grant project in which immigrant and refugee women from the Waterloo region wrote stories based on

Thursday, May 23, 2019 — 7:00 PM EDT
Benedict Wells

Join the Waterloo Centre for German Studies for an evening with German-Swiss author Benedict Wells.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 — 2:00 PM EDT
old photo of Girl Guide with the word Guiding

The History Speaker Series presents Professor Kristine Alexander on the global Girl Guide movement to better understand the longer history of how class-specific and racialized ideas about girls and girlhood have been used to further particular visions of imperial-international relations and "development."

Thursday, May 2, 2019 — 5:00 PM to Saturday, May 18, 2019 — 5:00 PM EDT
examples of artwork from the show

Opening reception: Thursday May 2, 5:00–8:00 pm

The Department of Fine Arts and UWAG present the second of two thesis exhibitions by Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates from the graduate program in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. MFA Thesis gives the campus and community-at-large an opportunity to see the end result of two years of intensive research and studio production by emerging visual artists.

Friday, April 26, 2019 — 5:00 PM to Saturday, June 15, 2019 — 5:00 PM EDT

Thesis exhibition by Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate Jordyn Stewart, from the graduate program in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo, is at the Cambridge Galleries, Idea Exchange.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 — 11:00 AM to 12:20 PM EDT

Please join the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies for this Transnational Talk event, featuring Professor Shamus Khan, Columbia University, for a talk and seminar. The Transnational Talks series is supported by Waterloo International and aims to foster international collaboration and enhance methods training and exposure among faculty and students.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 — 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM EDT
orange flowers on table top

Douglas Peers, Dean of Arts, invites the Arts community to our annual celebration of the Arts Awards for Excellence in Service, Teaching, and Research and the many accomplishments by members of the Faculty of Arts over the past year.

Join colleagues and students along with members of the University’s leadership at our reception and 2019 Arts Awards presentation. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 — 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
Neil Randall with puppet on his shoulder

Join a multidisciplinary panel of researchers and experts, including Arts' own Neil Randall, founder and director of the Games Instititue. A new reality: Exploring dimensions of immersive learning is part of the Office of Research campus series, Reseach Talks.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 — 5:00 PM to Saturday, April 27, 2019 — 5:00 PM EDT
UWAG logo with two artwork samples

Please join the Department of Fine Arts in celebrating outstanding MFA candidates and their thesis shows. Opening night is Thursday, April 11, 5:00-8:00 PM. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.


Monday, April 8, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM EDT
rows of beakers containing plants

Mary Shelley’s famous invocation of human experimentation gone wrong is more than 200 years old, but remains as vibrant an analysis of the human implication of scientific insight as it did when it was first published; perhaps more so in an age on the verge of breakthroughs in both AI and bioengineering.  This conference will approach the intersections of intelligence, life, and the human from a unique perspe

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 — 6:30 PM to Thursday, April 4, 2019 — 9:30 PM EDT
electrical plugs and wires

This two day Summit will showcase the research of the 2019 Global Engagement Seminar students. Interactive student exhibitions will be on display, inviting participation from the broader Waterloo community. We hope to engage in important conversations about the impacts of artificial intelligence, such as automation of jobs, corporate ownership, biases of algorithms and privacy concerns. The objective is to contribute towards the development of meaningful responses to timely global issues.


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