Events - 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015 — 2:00 PM EST
MOTUS A collaborative sensory performance December 19, 2-4 pm @ The Button Factory



Students from the Department of Fine Art, UWaterloo will present a performance piece titled MOTUS. The performance is a collaborative project that applies aspects of music, dance, digital media, visual art and literature to create a multi-dimensional experience.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 — 7:00 PM EST
Advent Jaxx Vesper Service, Wednesday, December 16 at 7pm, Conrad Grebel University College Chapel

Need some calm in the midst of the hectic Christmas rush? Come for a service of reflections on the Christmas season through readings and music (in a jazz mode). Music by the Paul Fehderau, Linden Gossen, Brad Moggach, Greg Stroh, and Tom Cummings.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 — 3:30 PM EST
woman writing math equasion

Explore pivotal moments that shaped Canada’s innovation university in a new book by Kenneth McLaughlin, distinguished professor emeritus.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 — 4:00 PM EST
Jonathon Reinhardt

As digital gaming has increased in popularity and become a global practice, computer-assisted language learning (CALL) researchers and second and foreign language (L2) educators have begun reconsidering games as potential L2 teaching and learning (L2TL) resources.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 — 2:00 PM EST
Multi-Faith Dialogue Series 2015: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on Peace and Justice

Join us for Session Three presentations by Shakil Choudhury, Educator and Consultant, Anima Leadership, Nancy Kelly, retired Lutheran pastor, and Louisa D'Amata, a news reporter from the The Record and member of the local Jewish community.

Friday, December 4, 2015 — 7:30 PM EST
Barbara Coloroso

Breaking the cycle of violence in our homes, schools and communities involves more than merely identifying and stopping the bully. In this lecture, Barbara Coloroso will examine why and how a child becomes a bully or the target of a bully as well as the role bystanders play in perpetuating the cycle.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 — 8:00 PM EST
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The University's orchestra of students, staff, faculty and alumni performs Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, as well as selections from Bizet's Carmen Suite, and more.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
Battle of waterloo painting

Why is our region, our city, a university, a public library and more named after a tiny farming village in Belgium? Why does the name Wellington appear in towns and on street signs all over Ontario? How did a bloody battle 200 years ago capture the popular imagination?

Monday, November 30, 2015 — 7:00 PM EST
person playing piano

Instrumental Chamber Ensemble Concert

Come join us for another lovely evening of classical music. Six different ensemble groups will play a selection of pieces, three on Sunday and three on Monday. A brass trio is also included. 

Monday, November 30, 2015 — 2:45 PM to 4:30 PM EST
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Students from the SMF 208 (Introduction to Sex, Couples, and Family Therapy course) will showcase their group projects, educating and creating awareness on social justice and anti-oppression within a therapy context.

Sunday, November 29, 2015 — 7:00 PM EST
man playing piano

Instrumental Chamber Ensemble Concert

Come join us for two lovely evenings of classical music. Six different ensemble groups will play a selection of pieces, three on Sunday and three on Monday. A brass trio is also included. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015 — 1:00 PM EST
train in snow scene

UW Jazz Ensemble: Canadian Continental Trip

Join us for a delightful afternoon of seasonal jazz classics, directed by Michael Wood and performed by the UW Jazz Ensemble.

Reception to follow.

Saturday, November 28, 2015 — 7:00 PM EST
students forming a peace sign

University Choir: Inspiration & Peace

Join us in exploring music of inspiration and peace, a collection of traditional and not-so-traditional choral works with guest vocalists and musicians sharing some of their most beloved music with us.

Friday, November 27, 2015 — 7:30 PM to Saturday, November 28, 2015 — 7:30 PM EST
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Fall 2015 End of Term Concert

University of Waterloo's a cappella groups (some of whom went to the ICCA competition this year - yes, the very same one from Pitch Perfect!) will be putting their big end-of-term concert! Come support The Water Boys, The Unaccompanied Minors, The AcaBellas, ACE, The Musical InterDudes, as well as other other small groups! This will be the best concert you will ever go to on-campus!

Friday, November 27, 2015 — 7:30 PM EST

Abstract

In the nineteenth century, mathematician Charles Babbage designed a programmable calculating machine that could execute algorithms with an accuracy and speed surpassing human abilities. Though Babbage’s mechanical computer remained unbuilt during his lifetime, his interest in developing machine intelligence anticipated twenty-first-century concerns about the promises, limitations, uses, and misuses of machine-generated data. This lecture will consider how our conceptions of thinking machines have evolved over the past 200 years and what issues may arise in the future. What does it mean to imagine machines “thinking”? What avenues are made available to us by the power of machine mathematics? And in what ways do calculating machines challenge our sense that human cognition is an exceptional phenomenon?

Friday, November 27, 2015 — 7:30 PM EST
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UW Balinese Gamelan Ensemble Concert

This is a "must hear" event for anyone interested in "World Music". This percussion ensemble will perform a selection of very intricate pieces from the Island of Bali, Indonesia. Directed by Dr. Maisie Sum, with Artist-in-Residence I Dewa Made Suparta. All ages welcome.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 — 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST

Noon Hour Concert: Music of Bali, Indonesia

Directed by Dr. Maisie Sum and Artist-in-Residence I Dewa Made Suparta, the UW Gamelan Ensemble will perform a selection of pieces that illustrate this type of "world music".

Monday, November 23, 2015 — 4:45 PM EST

Confronting the Political Economy of Ever More

Over the past half century environmentalism as both a philosophy and social movement has been gaining ground in just about every country. On some measures progress toward global sustainability would seem strong. Wildlife sanctuaries and marine reserves are multiplying. Eco-certification is strengthening. Energy efficiency is rising. And recycling is increasing by the day. Yet the earth continues to spiral into a worsening sustainability crisis. Why are seeming gains not taking us toward global-scale sustainability? Is the world community perhaps on the verge of turning the tables on this crisis?

Sunday, November 22, 2015 — 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST
Arvo Part

Modern & Medieval: Music by Arvo Pärt & others

Pärt's rarely performed composition frames the Gospel of John from the New Testament in a meditative, almost hypnotic style.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 — 8:00 PM EST
Unity (1918)

The University of Waterloo's Theatre and Performance program presents the Canadian play Unity (1918), written by Kevin Kerr and directed by Professor Andy Houston.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 — 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Waterloo Warriors

As part of RBC Sports Day in Canada, come cheer on your Waterloo Warriors Women's and Men's Basketball teams as they face off against the cross town rival Laurier Golden Hawks.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 — 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM EST
kids in a reading circle

Waterloo West Neighbourhood Fest

Join the University of Waterloo’s Recreation and Leisure Studies students at the Waterloo Harper Branch Library and Stork Family YMCA for a day of fun, interactive programming for the whole family.

Schedule of activities coming soon. 

Friday, November 20, 2015 — 8:00 PM EST
Unity (1918)

The University of Waterloo's Theatre and Performance program presents the Canadian play Unity (1918), written by Kevin Kerr and directed by Professor Andy Houston.

Friday, November 20, 2015 — 4:00 PM EST
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November 16-22 is Restorative Justice Week.

Did you know this worldwide movement, which is now practiced in over 50 countries, began just outside of Waterloo? Creating change in our legal system, this movement has a simple idea and very interesting story behind it.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 — 8:00 PM EST
Unity (1918)

The University of Waterloo's Theatre and Performance program presents the Canadian play Unity (1918), written by Kevin Kerr and directed by Professor Andy Houston.

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