Monday, February 12, 2024

A modern Bard's retelling of the Iliad

Joe Goodkin performing at a microphone.

By Jiho Mercer. This article was originally published on the Music department's website.

The Blues of Achilles poster featuring an illustration of an Ancient Greek man strumming a lute with a hoplite helmet nearbyOn Wednesday, February 28, Chicago-based musician and Classics degree holder Joe Goodkin will be bringing the awe-inspiring tales of Ancient Greece to Conrad Grebel University College’s Noon Hour Concert Series. Performing as a modern-day Bard, Joe has previously toured the United States, performing his unique one-man folk opera retelling of Homer’s Odyssey. Now, Joe has moved his sights to Homer’s other epic: Iliad. Joe will perform a 17-song adaptation of the classic tale and transport his audience to the Ancient Greek battlefields filled with the horror, grief, and love of the Trojan War.  

In preparation for composing this retelling of the Iliad, Joe conducted multiple interviews with American war veterans to portray an accurate perception of the realities of war. Through these interviews, Joe’s version of Iliad sees war as a collection of short, quiet stories that are stitched together on the battlefield. “I felt closer to the characters, closer to being able to tell their stories truthfully,” he remarked. Joe has also performed at Veterans Affairs hospitals as part of recreational therapy for veterans experiencing PTSD and other war-related traumas. Sung from the perspective of Greek historical legends like Achilles, Joe will bring his insights of the realities of war to University of Waterloo Music students, UWaterloo faculty and staff, and other interested community members.  

Joe’s performance is part of the Noon Concert series offered by the UWaterloo Music Department at Conrad Grebel University College. The concerts are free to the public and present performances of local and international talent. Concerts take place on most Wednesdays, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in Grebel’s Chapel from September to March, 140 Westmount Road North in Waterloo. This concert is produced together with UWaterloo’s Classical Studies Department. 

Read more on other upcoming Noon Hour Concerts.

Waterloo researcher recognized for promising osteoarthritis research

Dr. Nikolas Knowles

This article was originally published on Waterloo News.

Dr. Nikolas Knowles, a researcher in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, has received a Stars Career Development Award from Arthritis Society Canada in recognition of his research on improving early detection and treatment of shoulder osteoarthritis (OA).

The Stars Career Development Awards offer robust support for the early career progression of promising researchers in the arthritis community. The program rewards emerging academics with a three-year funding commitment of $375,000, matched with an additional three years of funding by the researcher’s host institution.

“Shoulder osteoarthritis is poorly understood, primarily due to the large variation in symptoms at early disease stages, and a lack of knowledge among biomechanical and imaging features across stages of the disease,” said Knowles.

“Recent advances in biomechanical and imaging technologies now allow for significant advancements to early disease characteristics that may allow for improved diagnosis and early treatment before reaching end-stage. My research will use these technologies and OA knowledge to provide strategies to significantly improve healthy pain-free years for individuals across the spectrum of shoulder OA, from at risk-populations, to those with established OA.”

Knowles, who joined the University in 2022, also received a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) this past August.

Make a paw-sitive difference this Valentine's Day

A dog wearing a party hat looks longingly at a donut.

By Rebecca Wagner.

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by lending a helping paw to our furry friends?

Drop by United College for Bake for the Animals, a bake sale in support of the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth and show your love for animals by picking up some delicious homemade goodies. Here's a sneak peek: gingersnaps, strawberry cream cheese pastries, cupcakes, and more!    

  • Date: Wednesday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or until goodies last!)
  • Location: United College (190 Westmount Road), front entrance

Items will also be collected from the KWSP Humane Society Donation Wishlist (i.e. pet food, litter, toys) and can be dropped off at the reception desk at United College until March 8.

Chapters of Change: Anti-racism & Conversations

A woman with glasses sits with a mug at a table reading a book.

A message from Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association.

Join us in a reading and conversation with professor and author Eternity Martis on her book They Said This Would Be Fun  on Wednesday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m. in the SLC Black & Gold room. They Said This Would Be Fun  is a powerful memoir that explores the author’s experiences as a Black woman navigating the predominantly white and privileged environment of a Canadian university in southwestern Ontario.   

They Said This Would Be Fun  has been named one of Indigo’s “Best Books of 2020,” and is an Audible and Apple pick for one of the “Best Audiobooks of 2020” and has recently won the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Non-Fiction.

Learn more about the event and RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register for "Antagonistic Responses to Health Research in the Academy"

Registration for the next event in the Antagonism and Intimidation in Academia Speaker Series is now open. Antagonistic Responses to Health Research in the Academy will take place on Tuesday, February 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre (Hagey Hall 159). This event is open to all faculty, staff and students.

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When and Where

Warriors Game Day Tickets: Season Passes, Black and Gold Alumni Passes and Single Game Tickets now available for the 2023-24 varsity season. Purchase your tickets today!

Waterloo Warriors Youth Camps. Winter, March Break and PD Day camps available for boys and girls ages 5-18. Baseball, Basketball, Football and Multi-Sport and Games camps available. Register today!

Warriors Youth Summer Camps. Registration opens Monday, January 22, 9:00 a.m. Find out more.

University Club Valentine’s Special Menu, Monday, February 12 to Friday, February 16. Make a reservation today.

WUSA voting days, Monday, February 12 to Wednesday, February 14.

Startup 101: Founder Communication: Beyond Pitching, Monday, February 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., EIT 1015.

Chemistry Seminar: “Where there's a will, there's a way: How cells cope with eroding telomeres” featuring Lea Harrington, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto, Tuesday, February 13, 2:30 p.m. C2-361 (Reading Room).

Inspiring Black Flourishing in Waterloo Region and beyondTuesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener.

NEW - Bake for the Animals, Wednesday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., United College front entrance.

NEW - Stream restoration as a tool for water asset management, presented by Steve Brown, Senior Associate, Water Resources, Stantec, Wednesday, February 14, 12 noon.

KHS Seminar Series: "I never planned on being here: using opportunities to build a research program" featuring Heather Keller, Wednesday, February 14, 2:30 p.m., EXP 1689. No registration required.

Black History Month panel, "Building a Career Path for Black Talent," Thursday, February 15, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., Zoom. Register today.

Q4Environment Information Session: How Can Quantum Address Environmental Challenges, held by Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT) on Thursday, February 15, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., RAC 1 3003. Register by February 12.

NEW - WaterTalk: Economics of valuing water resources, presented by Dr. Sathya Gopalakrishnan, Thursday, February 15, 11:00 a.m., TC 2218, lunch reception to follow.

NEW - Reading Week, Saturday, February 17 to Sunday, February 25.

NEW - Warriors Women’s Hockey vs. Laurier, Saturday, February 17, 4:00 p.m. (Elmira). In Elmira Battle of Waterloo, Camps and Minor League. Buy your tickets today! 

Warriors Basketball vs. U of T, Saturday, February 17, women’s game 6:00 p.m., men’s game 8:00 p.m., Physical Activities Complex. (W) Senior Night. Buy your tickets today!

NEW - Family Day holiday, Monday, February 19, most University operations closed.

Family Day with the Warriors, Monday, February 19, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, CIF. Football, baseball, basketball, ice skating and more. Join us for a morning of FREE family fun! Register online in advance.

NEW - Family Day at the Museum, Monday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Earth Sciences Museum will be open to the public for Family Day. Drop in and explore our activity tables, touch dinosaur fossils and view mineral exhibits.

NEW - UW Staff Board Foundations Workshop, Tuesday, February 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

NEW - Grade 10 Family Night, Friday, February 22, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Inclusive Research Tools: Identifying Barriers webinarTuesday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

NEW - Horizon Europe information session for Waterloo faculty and staff, Thursday, February 29, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (in person) or 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (online via Teams). Please register to reserve a seat or a link to participate.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Wellbeing Community of Practice (CoP) Session: UDL as a Framework to Amplify Instructor Wellbeing, Thursday, February 29, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., MS Teams.

International Women's Day Breakfast, Friday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Federation Hall. This event is currently SOLD OUT. To add your name to the waitlist, please visit the event page.

Research Impact Canada Quarterly Touchpoint: New Members, Wednesday, March 20, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Contact Nadine Quehl at if interested in joining this online meeting.