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November 10, 2017

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Friday, November 10, 2017

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.

  • Library
  • Robert Langen Gallery
  • Robert Langen Gallery
  • All Day Patrick Cruz (Multi-Day Event)
    Experience a video installation by renowned Filipino-Canadian artist Patrick Cruz.
  • Robert Langen Gallery
  • Robert Langen Gallery
  • End Day Bordering Practices in Migration and Refugee Protection Workshop (Multi-Day Event)

    The international, interdisciplinary workshop, ‘Bordering Practices in Migration and Refugee Protection’, will be held at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) in Waterloo on 8-10 November 2017. The Workshop is organized by Suzan Ilcan (University of Waterloo / BSIA), Kim Rygiel (Wilfrid Laurier University / BSIA), and Andrew Thompson (BSIA / CIGI). It received funding from a SSHRC Connection Grant, with additional support provided by the BSIA, University of Waterloo, and International Migration Research Centre.

    The Workshop seeks to examine contemporary bordering practices, their proliferation and their ability to exclude some groups while influencing the movements of other people facing violence, poverty, or instability. These bordering practices are diverse and include militarized border crossings, expanded border surveillance, and new security and policing measures that make life increasingly difficult for particular groups of people, such as migrants and refugee claimants crossing borders and those suspected of being undocumented. Such practices have culminated in increases in deaths--including those along the Spanish-African borders, the US-Mexico border, and the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. They have also resulted in diverse forms of encampment and gradations of belonging and citizenship, and in gendered, racialized, and class-based migration movements. In reaction to these bordering practices, migrants, refugees, and advocates, along with diverse community groups and publics, have raised questions about how these practices produce exclusion, inequalities, and violence at and beyond the border. Thus, our orientation includes the varied ways in which certain migrants and refugees, migrant and refugee rights movements, and community initiatives understand, experience, and respond to bordering practices. Our analysis draws on policy, program, and historical documents, and ethnographic accounts of bordering practices in particular countries and places around the world. The main goal of the workshop is to contribute scholarly and policy-relevant knowledge at a time when the United Nations has called for high-level policy discussions (UN Global Compact) to strengthen international policy response in light of large-scale displacement and movement of peoples.


    There are three events associated with the workshop that are open to the broader university community and general public. If you are interested in attending, please email Suzan Ilcan and Angela Willmott

    Keynote Address Open to the Public

    Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. (BSIA 1-42)

    Challenging the EU Policy Agenda: Voices of Dissent from the Field

    • Vicki Squire, Reader in International Security, University of Warwick, UK

    Keynote Address

    Open to the public.

    Thursday, Nov. 9 from 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. (BSIA 1-42)

    Migration, International Space and New Horizons of the Possible

    • Anne McNevin, Associate Professor of Politics, The New School, NY, USA

    Round Table: Changes to Refugee and Migration Politics in Canada

    Friday, Nov. 10 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (BSIA 1-42)

    As part of the Bordering Practices in Migration and Refugee Protection Workshop at BSIA, the Round Table features a leading academic of Canadian refugee policy, and three practitioners from national refugee advocacy organizations. This roundtable explores the complexities and contradictions of Canada’s refugee system. The panelists will discuss the evolution of Canadian refugee policy, the private sponsorship program, security provisions in Canadian law, and Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.

  • Balsillie School of International Affairs
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Meet the Author: Sonja Larsen

    Meet the Author, Sonja Larsen,Winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

    Author of Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary 

    “As is the case with lives themselves, all memoirs are unique, but this seems especially true of Sonja Larsen’s Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary,” said Bruce Gillespie, an award juror and professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Digital Media and Journalism program. “In this coming-of-age story, she looks back at a childhood and adolescence spent searching for a sense of connection and purpose beyond her family, first in a commune and later as part of what she eventually recognized as a cult whose purported goal was to incite an American communist revolution. She captures the environment of paranoia, violence, and futility in which she grew up in a stark, frank style that never tugs on readers’ heartstrings or asks for their pity. Instead, Larsen presents a clear-eyed look at her almost unbelievable past and crafts a character study in resilience that is eminently engaging.”

    Copies of “Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary” will be available for purchase.

    Complimentary light lunch will be served.    

    This event is free, but spots are limited. Registration is required      

  • Ceremonies and Events
  • 12:20 PM - 12:45 PM Towards Right Relations

    Join us Friday afternoons as we work towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. There will be an opportunity to smudge beginning at 12:20 p.m. followed by singing, drumming, reflection and readings.

    THEME: Indigenous art.

    LOCATION: Waterloo Lutheran Seminary temporary location at 190 Lester St. Second floor. Kanata Commons.

  • Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
  • 6:00 PM Women's Basketball vs OTTAWA
    Women's Basketball vs OTTAWA at Athletic Complex Gym, Waterloo
    7:07 PM Men's Hockey vs BROCK
    Men's Hockey vs BROCK at Sun Life Financial Arena, Waterloo Recreation Complex
    8:00 PM Men's Basketball vs OTTAWA
    Men's Basketball vs OTTAWA at Athletic Complex Gym, Waterloo

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