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January 31, 2018

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

All Day LIFT Exhibition Series: Unobstructed Beauty (Multi-Day Event)

This year, the LIFT series features three female painters from the Waterloo Region: Lauren Judge, Marion R. Anderson, and Anne Filiatrault. Each artist shares a narrative that invites viewers to reflect on how we perceive and experience our surrounding environment.

The LIFT microgalleries are located on floors 4-6 of the Waterloo campus Library daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Library
  • Robert Langen Gallery
  • Robert Langen Gallery
  • All Day Penelope Stewart: Thicket Mixed Media Installation (Multi-Day Event)

    Thicket features three haptic garden spaces created in the gallery. Comprised of an installation of 12,000 beeswax leaves, a collection of photographs and a series of beeswax cast sculptures - artist Penelope Stewart expands the visual field while creating a reciprocal conversation between image and object.

    For more information about Penelope Stewart's work, check out her website here.

  • Library
  • All Day Writing Activism: Indigenous Newsprint Media in the Era of Red Power (Multi-Day Event)

    This exhibition by C. Elizabeth Best explores modern Indigenous identity through her art practice and academic thesis work. See her artist statement below for a detailed description.

    On 16 May 1976, a young AIM activist killed himself in protest of the mishandling of Indigenous affairs by the Canadian federal government.

    This series of paintings complement my Master’s thesis. I made these pieces in tandem with my academic work. Despite the distance of 40 years, I mourned the loss of the young AIM activist. It wasn’t until I made a painting in his honour that I felt I could process this tragedy outside of myself.

    My second painting, the pink and turquoise rabbit, is an amalgamation of my own identity. Identity plays a central role in my thesis and this theme flowed naturally into the art I made during the past academic year.

    The series of three represent the main chapters of my paper. When I think about my thesis, bits and pieces float in and out of focus. I tried to capture that feeling with this series by using my notes to produce a visual representation of my thesis.

    This series represents the process I went through to understand the material I was reading and writing about. I think it is important for academics to experiment with different ways of presenting their work. Expression through art is how I have chosen to present my academic work to a varied audience. For more information, please see my thesis, Writing Activism: Indigenous Newsprint
    Media in the Era of Red Power, accessible through the Laurier Library.

  • Library
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thrive Week: Mental Health Check-Ups
    Stop by the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre for a free 30 minute walk-in appointment with a counsellor. Learn about the services at the Centre and how counselling can help you improve the quality of your life.
  • Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Thrive Week: Coping with Adversity
    Learn simple but effective strategies to help you manage and get through difficult times.
  • Wellness Centre
  • 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Thrive Week: Laurier Let's Talk Day
    January 31st is Let’s Talk Day and we are breaking down the stigma of mental illness and encouraging positive conversations about our well-being. Drop by the Athletic Complex lobby and speak out about what mental health means to you! This event is part of Thrive -- a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health on campus!
  • Athletics and Recreation
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Cancelled) "Are you sure life isn't a game? Representing the real world through games"

    The Social Justice Forum and the Library's GAMEtalk series have paired up to bring a public talk by Zoe Quinn, American game designer of Depression Quest, about what games can teach us about empathy, ethics and real world systems.

  • Faculty of Liberal Arts
  • Library
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Cancelled) GAMETalk Speaker Series: Zoe Quinn

    The GAMEtalk lecture series is a partnership between the Game Design and Development program and the Laurier Library to bring in speakers who are involved in the game industry to speak to students, faculty and the community. Come out to the Odeon theatre to hear from Zoe Quinn, Game Developer/Writer.

    Please note that this GAMETalk will be happening on a Wednesday instead of Thursday.

    Zoe Quinn is an American video game developer, programmer, writer, and artist. She developed the interactive fiction Depression Quest, a Twine game released on Steam.
  • Library
  • 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Intercultural Certificate - Brantford Campus
    The Intercultural Certificate is offered over six weeks, with an 80-minute module at the same time each week. You must attend all sessions to earn the Intercultural Certificate. Please note there is no module during Reading Week. Wednesday, Jan. 31: Introduction to Concepts of Culture Wednesday, Feb. 7: Introduction to Exploring One's Own Culture Wednesday, Feb. 14: Exploring Difference Wednesday, Feb. 28: Introduction to Cultural Adaptation Wednesday, Mar. 7: Introduction to Intercultural Communication Wednesday, Mar. 14: Lifelong Intercultural Learning Register here: Location information will be sent later to registered students.
  • Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence
  • Diversity and Equity
  • Laurier International
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Chilling With Dogs

    De-stress with some of our four-legged friends! Just drop in.

  • Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Thrive Week: Friendship Bench Unveiling
    Join Bridging the Gap and the Student Wellness Centre as we hold a ceremony to officially unveil Laurier's new Friendship Bench! The Friendship Bench is a structure that will serve as a permanent, physical, and year-round reminder to students to take a moment out of their day to sit, breathe, and talk (or think) about their mental health and that of their friends. It’s intended to inspire peer-to-peer conversations about mental health in order to reduce the stigma and encourage more students seek help. The plaque on the bench links students to, which provides links to the mental health support services on and off-campus. The ceremony takes places in the foyer between the Student Wellness Centre and Paul Martin Centre and is part of Thrive, our week-long series of events focusing on building positive mental health on campus! Cupcakes will be seved. Thank you to David's Tea for providing us with herbal tea!
  • Wellness Centre
  • 12:45 PM - 12:55 PM Midday Pause

    Join us for a short time of prayer and reflection.

    Mondays: Reading the Earth Charter.

    Wednesdays: Reflections from various traditions in the seminary community.

    LOCATION: Waterloo Lutheran Seminary's temporary location at 190 Lester St., Waterloo.

  • Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Cancelled) All systems operational: Exploring social systems at play

    An in-depth workshop with Zoe Quinn about how designing game systems can bring deeper understanding of real life systems and structures of oppression.

  • Faculty of Liberal Arts
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Open Door service

    Everyone is welcome to join us for our worship service. Various themes and special guests, often from Laurier's Faculty of Music, throughout the term. Open-table communion.

  • Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
  • 5:00 PM Women's Basketball vs BROCK
    Women's Basketball vs BROCK at Physical Activities Complex, University of Waterloo
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Games Night

    We are running a Game Night on Wednesdays in the Digital Library and Learning Commons (room 108 in Grand River Hall) starting January 10th as a partnership with Laurier International, the YMCA and the Laurier Library for international students and newcomers in our community! The program has been developed to bring together members of the community through gaming and to encourage the development of friendships and English-second language skills. 

    Email Michelle Goodridge at if you’d like to volunteer - we can offer co-curricular credit for your time.  

  • Laurier International
  • Library
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Circle of Dialogue: Reconciliation and MMIWG

    To raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and to honour them, join us for Circle of Dialogue: Reconciliation and MMIWG

    Presenter: Beverly Jacobs, assistant professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, and former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada

    Responder: Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell; elder-in-residence, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Co-sponsored by the Centre for Public Ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and Laurier's Office for Indigenous Initiatives. 

    Photo courtesy of Walking With Our Sisters 

  • Office of Aboriginal Initiatives
  • Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Faculty of Music Auditions webinar for prospective students

    Join our music auditions experts to get all of your questions answered before you arrive on campus to perform. You can ask our team anything! From where to park to what pieces to perform, we’re here to make you feel confident and fully prepared for your audition day. Not sure what questions to ask? Listen to what other prospective Music students and their families are asking.

    All Laurier @Home webinars include a 30 minute presentation followed by a question & answer period. Questions are also welcome throughout the presentation.

    Register for the Music Auditions webinar.

  • Faculty of Music
  • Recruitment & Admissions
  • 7:00 PM Men's Basketball vs BROCK
    Men's Basketball vs BROCK at Physical Activities Complex, University of Waterloo

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