As part of our very nature the University of Waterloo is committed to spurring a sense of curiosity, provoking thought leadership and fostering lifelong learning. As a leading academic institution it is Waterloo’s role to ensure that these values expand well beyond the walls of our campus and into our communities.
As such, each year the University of Waterloo welcomes international thought leaders to our campus, fosters dialogue and discussion on current events and brings our experts out into our community providing opportunities for interaction, dialogue and lifelong learning.
Through a 40-year partnership with the Kitchener Public Library the University of Waterloo provides bi-weekly lectures in our community as part of Issues and Ideas. These community-based lectures engage citizens on a wide variety of topics from politics to quantum computing. September 17, 2014, kicked off a new season with a lecture from Professor Shannon Dea on Women, Chastity and the Law. Dr. Dea’s lecture focused on prevalent themes from this year’s One Book One Community read, The Massy Murder by Charlotte Grey.
Additionally, the Faculties of Science, Applied Health Science and Engineering jointly hosted a public lecture to discuss the evolution, epidemiology and treatment of the Ebola virus. The sold-out lecture attracted a crowd of more than 500 attendees, which included students, staff, faculty and members of our community. This public lecture highlighted the unique and strong connection the University of Waterloo has to its community, as a leader in providing expert information on important issues that affect not only our local community, but our extended national and international communities as well.
The following evening, September 25, 2014, Conrad Grebel University College celebrated International Day of Peace, with a lecture by Distinguished Alumni Service Award winner Lisa Schirch, (BA 1990). From a human security perspective, Schirch shared challenges and opportunities in her quest to bring peace to the Pentagon. "Every person in society has an active role in promoting human security," she explained. "We need to learn new skills, moving from protest to proposal, changing security forces from predators to protectors." Schirch is a research professor at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Director of Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding.
Finally, as part of our Reunion weekend, Waterloo is proud to host fellow alumnae and two-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse for a special guest lecture on campus this Saturday September 27, 2014.