The Hagey Lectures

The Hagey Lectures are the premier invitational lectures at the University of Waterloo. This distinguished lecture series was established in 1970 to honour the contribution of Dr. J. G.Hagey, one of the founders and first President of the University of Waterloo (1957-1969).

The Lectures are sponsored jointly by the Faculty Association and the University of Waterloo and are held annually, usually in October or November. 

2022: Antoni Cimolino

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Holding the Mirror up to Nature

In his talk, Cimolino explores why we can be so moved by theatre, and how even stories written hundreds of years ago can help us to see and understand ourselves, and each other: "New plays can reflect the world that we live in today; old plays tell us we have done this before." Antoni Cimolino has been Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival since 2013. 

2017: Carol Barnes

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Memory & the Aging Brain

In the 2017 Hagey Lecture, Dr. Carol Barnes explores how memory and the brain change during normal aging, highlighting the brain’s remarkably adaptive capabilities and some of the current thinking about how to optimize brain and mental functions throughout life. Barnes is a neuroscientist and Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

2019 Hagey Lecture

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Living Indigenous Law in Canada

In the 2019 Hagey Lecture, Professor John Borrows blends Anishinaabe stories, language, theories and practices with analysis of Canadian law to illustrate the possibilities and limits of the seven grandmother/grandfather teachings: love, truth, bravery, humility, wisdom, honesty and respect. John Borrows is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria.