Friday, February 28, 2020 — 3:00 PM EST
Look Up! A Media History of Aerial Communication

The Wilfrid Laurier Department of Communication Studies presents a talk by Dr. Ghislain Thibault: Look Up! A Media History of Aerial Communication.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 — 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM EST

Grading assesses how students have performed; effective commenting improves how they will perform. When providing feedback on English papers it’s easy to fall back on a narrow range of commenting strategies or to simply use the strategies your own instructors used.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 — 4:00 PM EST
Giovanna Riccio

In 2019, the Barbie doll turned 60.  Plasticity in body and persona allowed the Mattel toy company to position and reposition their high-achieving money-maker as relevant by exploiting social trend, political movements and historical shifts. As a complex international celebrity and feminist bête noir, Barbie is a mirror helping us to reflect on ourselves. 

This lecture is based on my book, Plastic’s Republic, a poem collection centering on the Barbie doll as an enduring cultural icon. I will examine her creation, her impact on female beauty and discuss how her mouldable nature made her a “capital doll” and free market diva. Following the book’s themes, I will elaborate the philosophical, feminist and social issues she engenders and discuss how Barbie became plastic surgery’s prophet by spawning “plastic positive” humans. Finally, plastic’s reach extends to the dollification of romantic relationships via silicone sex dolls and ends (un)naturally in our plastic infused lives and smothered oceans.

I will follow the lecture by reading from Plastic’s Republic.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 — 9:00 AM EST

Professional Foundations Workshop Series

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs launched a graduate professional skills credential, Professional Skills Foundations (Foundations) in October 2018, which has attracted over 350 graduate students from all six faculties!

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