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Public lectures

Waterloo's public lectures are an entertaining and informative way to learn about emerging ideas and research. Some of our past guests include:

  • Jack Dorsey — co-founder and co-creator of Twitter and one of the youngest tech executives in Silicon Valley

  • Alexis Ohanian — co-founder of the social media website, reddit

  • Chris Hadfield — the first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station

​In addition to special guests, Waterloo presents the following recurring lecture series:

  • Hagey Lectures — an annual lecture named after Waterloo's first president, co-sponsored by the Faculty Association and the University. Each lecture intends to challenge, stimulate, and enrich all members of our internal and external community.

  • TD Walter Bean Lectures — an annual public lecture founded by the late Walter Bean, seeks to promote a legacy of community involvement and commitment to youth, education, and community, involving Waterloo's faculties of Engineering, Environment and Science on a rotating basis.  

  • The Pascal Lectures on Christianity and the University — named after Blaise Pascal, a French academic and Christian, creates a forum for Christian issues in an academic environment, featuring outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves in areas both of scholarly endeavour and of Christian thought or life.

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