Friday, December 2, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Part of the Peer Education At Renison (PEAR) Fall 2011 series, "The Faces of Social Justice". Maria Alvarez came to Canada with her family after the Pinochet coup d'état on September 11th, 1973. Canada gave her family protection as political refugees. As a degreed teacher back home, Maria has recently retired after 27 years working in settlement and integration for refugees and immigrants in Waterloo Region. Come and hear her perspective on Canadian immigration. Parking is available; registration is required. Cost is $10 per session (or four sessions for $30).

Friday, November 25, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Part of the Peer Education At Renison (PEAR) Fall 2011 series, "The Faces of Social Justice". Joe Mancini has been working with lots of community inspired individuals for many years to develop concepts of "social justice" in the Kitchener area. Many important programs have emerged such as The Working Centre, St. John's Kitchen, Recycle Cyles, supportive transitional housing, Public Access Computers, Community Access Bicycles, as well as the renovation and revitalization of four downtown buildings, all projects growing from The Working Centre's unique philosophy of Access to Tools.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 — 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Free admission.

A concert of narratives, music, and song in celebration of family and the communal bonds that connect across languages and cultures. Musical selections range from traditional music of Eastern and Western cultures, children's songs, classical, folk, rock, and opera.

For more information call: Claudia Van Decker -- 519-885-0220 x24226; music@uwaterloo.ca.

Friday, November 18, 2011 — 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM EST

Part of the Studies in Islam Speaker Series 2011. This lecture will explore the influence of an Islamic scholar who shaped the evolution of mathematics from the classical geometry of Euclid to the algebra and analytic geometry of Descartes. Steven Furino is a professor of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. Light refreshments will be served. Free parking in the Renison lot off Westmount Road North. Questions: ipandit@uwaterloo.ca.

Friday, November 18, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Part of the Peer Education At Renison (PEAR) Fall 2011 series, "The Faces of Social Justice". Come and hear how the May Court Club of Kitchener-Waterloo has made a difference in the lives of many individuals in our community over the past 43 years. Members work towards assisting women, children, and adults in need by providing financial, educational, and emotional support.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 — 2:30 PM to 3:50 PM EST

"Why Should We Be Studying Japan More, Not Less?". Professor David A. Welch is Director, Balsillie School of International Affairs, CIGI Chair of Global Security and Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo, and also Management Team Leader, Japan Futures Initiative. RSVP to Laura MacKenzie, phone: 519-884-4404 x28690 or email: lmackenz@uwater​loo.ca.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 — 4:10 PM to 5:20 PM EST

"The Influence of Public Opinion on the Japanese Foreign Policy Toward North Korea, 1998-2006". Dr. Seung Hyok Lee is Coordinator, Japanese Futures Initiative and also Post-Doctoral Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs. RSVP to Laura MacKenzie, phone: 519-884-4404 x28690 or email: lmackenz@uwaterloo.ca.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 — 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

"Cultural Difference between North America and Japanese Work Life". Mr. Hide Takaya is Manager, Automotive Materials and Consumer ​Products, Toyota Tsusho Canada, Inc. All are welcome. For more information, contact Laura MacKenzie, 519-884-4404 x28690.

Monday, November 7, 2011 — 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Committee and Renison Academic Students Council (RASC) present: Forerunner Project Film Festival. "Taking Root" tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai (1 April 1940 - 25 September 2011) whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy - a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. Free snacks, coffee, water, hot chocolate! Free entrance! (Donations are welcome).

Saturday, November 5, 2011 — 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

More information about the open house.

Friday, November 4, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

Part of the Peer Education At Renison (PEAR) Fall 2011 series, "The Faces of Social Justice". Come and hear from Sister Christine Leyser, a well-known and fascinating social justice advocate based in Guelph. You will be glad you did! Parking is available; registration is required. Cost is $10 per session (or four sessions for $30). There will be a gathering for lunch in the cafeteria after the event. Please join us! For more information and to register, please contact pear@uwaterloo.​ca or call 519-884-4404 ext. 28649.

Saturday, October 29, 2011 — 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

The program will feature a number of speakers: Consul General Eiji Yamamoto, Consulate General of Japan (Toronto); Peter Braid, MP Kitchener-Waterloo; Stephen Woodworth, MP Kitchener; Elizabeth Witmer, MPP Kitchener-Waterloo; and Ken Seilling, Waterloo Regional Chair. There will also be a Mochi making domonstration beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, October 28, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

Part of the Peer Education At Renison (PEAR) Fall 2011 series, "The Powers of Music". That trio has been playing for seniors and community groups for 5 years, now becoming seniors themselves. We will get to know the musicians and their roles as we discuss a variety of music together. Working together with respect we will discuss the impact of music on seniors. That trio will end with a mini performance for us to enjoy. Come and discover how three musicians combine their talents to enrich their lives and the lives of others. Parking is available; registration is required.

Friday, October 21, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

Part of the PEAR (Peer Education At Renison) Fall 2011 series, "The Powers of Music". Scott Fraser, renowned town crier, will come and share his passion for the role with us. Come and hear about his experience, granted by his city, as a 20 year member of the Ontario Guild of Town Criers. He has competed throughout North American and Australia, led the Oktoberfest and the Fourth of July Philadelphia parades. Come and learn about this interesting role. Parking is available; registration is required. Cost is $10 per session (or four sessions for $30).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 — 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

The Fall meeting of the Renison Town & Gown Society. Guest speaker: Dr. Gail Cuthbert Brandt, Renison's former Principal. Gail, a founding member of the Renison Town & Gown Society, will speak about her recently published book, "Canadian Women: A History". Please RSVP by Friday, October 14, 2011 to Cathy Voight at 519-884-4404 ext. 28620, or cvoight@renison.uwaterloo.ca.

Friday, October 14, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

Part of the PEAR (Peer Education At Renison) Fall 2011 series, "The Powers of Music". Come and learn about our human experience with music from birth forward. This discussion group will offer us all an opportunity to hear about the experience of others and to share our personal experience if we wish to do so. Parking is available; registration is required. Cost is $10 per session (or four sessions for $30). There will be a gathering for lunch in the cafeteria after the event. Please join us! For more information and to register, please contact pear@uwaterloo.​ca or call 519-884-4404 ext.

Friday, September 30, 2011 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

"Policies for Urban Homelessness in China: A Case Study of Yanji City, Jilin Province". 

Friday, September 30, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

Part of the Peer Education At Renison (PEAR) Arnason works personally and professionally with the power of music. In this session, she will present musical examples and collaboratively discuss the art of conscious listening to music. A theme in this session will be the ways we can experience music for enlivening our daily lives and enriching our spiritual exploration. She encourages all who would like to attend this session to reflect on their musical history and the role music plays in their lives now. Parking is available; registration is required.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 (all day) to Tuesday, September 27, 2011 (all day)

International Literary Symposium in Centennial Commemoration of the 1911 Chinese Revolution. Presented by the Confucius Institute, University of Waterloo, Renison University College.

Thursday, June 23, 2011 — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

This workshop will discuss the art and elements that constitute the oriental carpet with special emphasis on the mathematical patterns and characteristics of the different rug-weaving regions. Exquisite representative samples will be available for discussion and study. Light refreshments will be served. Free parking in the Renison lot off Westmount Road North. Open to all. Please confirm attendance at j3miller@uwaterloo.ca or jpandit@uwaterloo.ca.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 — 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Free admission.

Featuring music from traditional China performed by the Kitchener/Waterloo Chinese Music Ensemble as well as new music created on principles laid down in early China. Special guest: Michael Gould, Shakuhachi performer and teacher. For more information, contact Tracey Antonio at 519-884-4404 ext. 28657; email: tantonio@renison.uwaterloo.ca.

Friday, May 13, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Part of the PEAR (Peer Education At Renison) Spring 2011 series, "Our Relationship with Animals". Heather, from Pride Stables, will discuss the many ways that horses benefit people, both physically and socially. Come and discover the therapeutic benefits of horses. Registration is required; there is a $10 fee (or three sessions for $25). Refreshments will be provided; parking is available. Register early to reserve your place. For more information or to register, please contact: 519-884-4404 ext. 28649 or pear@uwaterloo.ca.

Friday, May 6, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Part of the PEAR (Peer Education At Renison) Spring 2011 series, "Our Relationship with Animals". Pat, a volunteer with National Service Dogs, is raising and training a dog for service in her retirement. Come and meet Pat and her dog, Couper, and learn about what they do. Registration is required; there is a $10 fee (or three sessions for $25). Refreshments will be provided; parking is available. Register early to reserve your place. For more information or to register, please contact: 519-884-4404 ext. 28649 or pear@uwaterloo.ca.

Friday, April 29, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Part of the Peer Education At Renison (PEAR) Taralyall (Reg.) Great Pyrenees has been loved and "owned" by Great Pyrenees dogs since 1985. Tally will share with the group her passion and some of her experiences as an owner, breeder, and handler of this ancient and wonderful breed of dog. Registration is required; there is a $10 fee (or three sessions for $25). Refreshments will be provided; parking is available. Register early to reserve your place. For more information or to register, please contact: 519-884-4404 ext. 28649 or pear@uwaterloo.ca.

Friday, April 15, 2011 — 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Part of the PEAR (Peer Education At Renison) Spring 2011 series, "Telling Tales". Carol Leigh Wehking and Glenna Janzen of Tongues Wagging Productions ~ Storytelling live in Cambridge, ON and have told stories and taught workshops in Europe, Australia, across Canada and in the U.S. Stories are powerful ties that bind us together and shape us from generation to generation. Come share in the adventure of delving into family stories and folktales, and discover stories as cherished companions for our lives. Registration is required.

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