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Watch our past community lectures


america votes

With all eyes on the upcoming election in the United States, University of Waterloo researchers discuss potential social, political and economic impacts for Canada and the world.

will our kid be alright

How will the disruptions of 2020 affect our children and their development? University of Waterloo researchers explore the short and long-term social and developmental consequences and how we can avoid exacerbating the effects of the global pandemic.


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Watch our past events and online community talks


International Womans Day Banner Join the University of Waterloo as we discuss how diversity and equity are critical to helping power shifts in science, technology, entrepreneurship, and social change. 

Waterloo 2021 International Women’s Day breakfast

To remember and honour those tragically lost 30 years ago, the University of Waterloo is hosting a special ceremony of remembrance.

December 4, 2020 | National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women 

Join the University of Waterloo in partnership with CBC Kitchener-Waterloo as we go Beyond The Headlines to discuss the realities unfolding in our post-COVID world.

<--break->June 17, 2020 | Globalization in our post-COVID world 

July 15, 2020 | Responding to inequity in our post-COVID world


COVID-19: Ask our experts community talks

<--break->May 6, 2020 | Protecting our mental health with Professor Christine Purdon 

May 13, 2020 | Long-term care and our loved ones with Professor John Hirdes

May 20, 2020 | Social media and our quarantine life with Professor Shana MacDonald

May 27, 2020 | Planning for retirement in uncertain financial times with Professor James Thompson

June 3, 2020 | Quarantine boredom with Professor James Danckert

June 10, 2020 | In pursuit of a vaccine with Professor Roderick Slavcev