Hospitality: Refugee Integration through Languages, Spirituality, and Arts

Monday, October 23, 2023 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

A Special Lecture by a University of Waterloo Honorary Doctorate Recipient

Speaker: Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow.

When: Monday, October 23, 2023 – 7pm with reception to follow.

Where: CIGI Auditorium at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (67 Erb Street West, Waterloo). Free parking available across the street from the Balsillie School (Erb lot at the corner of Erb Street and Father David Bauer Drive) 

Registration isn’t necessary, but it helps us figure out our catering order.

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About the Speaker

Alison Phipps takes an anthropological approach to the work of memory and reconciliation in communities where conflict and trauma have left, passed through, arrived and also survived. Her lecture focuses on theological and spiritual dimensions of integration and hospitality work. Phipps, the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow, will draw on her many years of working with the arts in a variety of international settings to explore how arts-based methods enable intercultural dialogue, challenge yet also facilitate the amelioration of xenophobia, and are a vital element in the work of integrating refugees and communities. 


“The scale of the refugee crisis worldwide requires innovative responses and radical action. I hope to make a tangible contribution through my role as UNESCO Chair and deliver projects which make a real difference to the lives of refugees and their communities.” -Professor Alison Phipps 


Professor Phipps is visiting the University of Waterloo to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters at Fall Convocation. To learn more about Professor Phipps and her activist/scholarly work, see the following: 


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