Renison's Yan Li published twice in March

yan li talks to bill smithThe Last Love Letter from Norman Bethune, a 40,000 word long creative non-fiction piece by Yan Li, has been published in the March issue of People’s Literature magazine, a top publication in China. Li, Director of the Confucius Institute and Coordinator of the Chinese language program, East Asian Studies, conducted research for her story through interviews with Bill Smith in London, Ontario (pictured above). "His unique family story inspired me for the research and writing about it," says Li. Read more about Li's publications.

Japanese language students earn top awards at nationals

It was another successful speech competition for Renison East Asian Studies students. The Canadian National Japanese Speech Contest took place on Saturday, March 28 at the University of Calgary, and we had three students representing Renison. All three of them earned first place in their respective categories! Fizza Shaji won with her speech "Deep Connections" in the beginner section, Pryangka Rao topped the intermediate section with "Stop. Breathe. Think.", and Annie Zhong took first in the advanced section with her speech, "Until 2020." Congratulations to the students and professors who worked so hard on making these speeches so truly fantastic!

A new twist on "the art of the written word"

art from SI class

You may have seen some intriguing art on display around Renison lately; this is all work by students in the class, Calligraphy to Conceptual Art: Text as an Image in Islamic and East Asian Visual Arts and Beyond (SI 231R/ EASIA 231R/ FINE 275). Taught by Studies in Islam lecturer Soheila Esfahani, these projects focus on the idea of creating visual images using text as it's main 'material'. "We look at two major cultures Islamic and East Asian that have an extended practice of using writing as a primary mode of image making and then move on to Conceptual Art which used text extensively," says Esfahani. The works from East Asian Calligraphy project were on display in the Dunker Family Lounge last week, and the latest project is going up on windows around Renison until the end of next week. You can see art from the "Asemic Calligraphy" project on Facebook.

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Research forum coming to Renison in April

poster for research forumA panel of media and academia experts will speak at an upcoming research forum organized by the Renison Research Committee. 'If it Bleeds, it Leads' - Media and Academia will feature panel speakers Caroline Duvieusart-Déry, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator at the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship, University of Guelph; Jeff Wilson, Associate Professor, Religious Studies and East Asian Studies, Renison University College, University of Waterloo; and Nick Manning, Director of Media Relations and Issues Management, University of Waterloo. The forum will take place on Friday, April 17 from 11:30-1:00 pm in the Dunker Family Lounge. Light refreshments will be served.

Renison's Tony Tin headed to Japan as featured speaker at conference

Tony Tin, Director of Library and Information Services, has been invited as a key featured speaker for the upcoming Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2015 in Kobe, Japan. From April 30 to May 3, this multidisciplinary conference will feature speakers that provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds on the conference theme of “Integrated Practices: Creating Experiences to Enhance Learning”. Tin will present on Using Mobile Technology in Information Literacy Skills Training to Enhance Students Learning Experience. Watch the YouTube video demo of Renison's mobile information literacy application.

Easter services at Renison

There will be Holy Week services here at St. Bede’s Chapel and throughout the community; everyone is welcome!

  • Maundy Thursday – 7:00 pm; Washing of feet, communion & stripping the altar
  • Good Friday – 11:00 am; Stations of the Cross
  • Holy Saturday – 8:00 pm; Easter Vigil (held at All Saints Church, Waterloo – a joint service with the other Anglican churches in Waterloo)
  • Easter Sunday – 10:30 am; Communion

Other notes:

  • Amir Al-Azraki's play "The Widow" runs Tuesday night, and was featured in the Saturday edition of The Record. Tickets are still available.
  • Check out the photos from Wind Out, and see photos of students who won the prestigious Renison Residence Awards.
  • Congratulations to Renison resident Stephanie Sluys who won The Federation of Students Rookie of the Year award for her outstanding season as goalie for the varsity women's hockey team.
  • SDS student Nazia Zebb featured in The Record, telling the compelling story of her and her husband's journey from Pakistan to Canada.

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