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February 2, 2017

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

All Day Amy Swartz Mixed Media Exhibition: Down the Rabbit Hole (Multi-Day Event)

The Robert Langen Art Gallery's first 2017 exhibition, Down the Rabbit Hole, is a mixed media display by renowned Canadian artist Amy Swartz.

Using incongruous materials, Amy explores synergies between the natural world, consumer culture, fantasy and her own life experience. Similar to a plastic surgeon grafting bone and skin to reconfigure the body, she performs a related type of physical manipulation by conjoining and reforming objects.

During this process, she reflects on the complexities that link living things, and in contrast, our attempts to control life through artificial means.

Amy Swartz is a Toronto-based visual artist. She creates highly detailed and meticulously crafted collections that combine both natural and artificial materials in sculpture, installation and drawing. Her work explores the idea of obsession — not only in the practice of art, but also in humanity’s perceived control over nature, life, and death.

  • Library
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM The Crack Where the Light Gets In

    Exhibition by various artists using various media. Running Feb. 1 to 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and some weeknights (excluding statutory holidays).

    Featured event is Art and Vespers taking place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, in Keffer Chapel. Artists  participating in vespers include Mustafa Kaya sharing his traditional Turkish water marbling, and Sarah Granskou sharing her puppets, stories and song. Brad Moggach and friends, a jazz ensemble, will lead the music.

    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Tour+ Brantford Campus

    Tour+ provides an opportunity for students to visit the campus, take a tour, enjoy a mock lecture, speak to faculty regarding programs or find out more about admissions.

    Tour+ days are an opportunity for students to connect with Laurier staff and faculty and get questions answered.

    Events generally take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information please visit

  • Recruitment & Admissions
  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Current Narratives of Fear and Resistance in Europe: A Screening of "Strangers at Home"

    Speaker: Shayna Plaut

    Strangers at Home – a nine segment “anthology documentary” – challenges traditional content and method. By working with a multiplicity of storytellers across different geographical, social, political and professional locations, Strangers at Home problematizes the simple narrative and embraces the complexity and nuance of this troubling trend. Through journalists, cartoonists, neo-fascists and every-day-youth, Strangers at Home provides a new means of reporting on such unfolding and multilayered issues. How is the rise of the right manifesting in different countries? Who is cast aside as the strangers, often in their own “home”: Roma, Jews, LGBT peoples, people with Muslim or Arab last names. Just as importantly - why is this happening? And how is this affecting, and affected, by the majority populations in these countries?

    Registration is required.

    For more information about the screening event and to register, visit the Balsillie School of International Affairs website.

    12:30 PM - 12:50 PM Midday Prayers and Teachings

    Join us for midday prayers and teachings by seminary students, faculty and staff each weekday (excluding reading week). A different theme each day.

    • Mondays: Indigenous care for water. Singing and smudging optional.
    • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Various themes.
    • Thursdays: Yoga.
    • Fridays: Various themes.


    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Library resources to help you find your dream job
    Learn how to identify leading industries in Canada, locate professional associations, find company financials, locate relevant news on prospective employers, and learn about key interview preparation resources offered by the Library.
  • Library
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Social Justice Forum: Islamophobia in our Times

    As we witness xenophobic and anti-Muslim policies in the United States and Islamophobic violence and terrorism in Canada after the tragic shooting of 6 Muslim men at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec in Quebec City, our thoughts and prayers go out to those have been victimized, exiled, and had their lives extinguished through these campaigns of hate. We commit to working against the climate of anti-Muslim racism, Islamophobia, and all forms of oppression and offer our support and sympathy to students, faculty, and staff in the Laurier community who are feeling vulnerable, alienated and afraid. In light of these recent events, Muslim Studies and the DEO invite the Laurier community to join in a dialogue about Islamophobia.

    Speakers include:

    • Dr. Jasmin Zine (Sociology and Muslim Studies)
    • Dr. Abderrahman Beggar (Arabic Studies, Mediterranean Civilization and Culture, Muslim Studies)
    • Dr. Timothy J Gianotti (Studies in Islam, Renison University College, UW)
    • Humera Javed and Laura Mae Lindo (DEO)
    • Zulfiqaar Baksh (President, Muslim Students' Association)
    • The moderator of the panel will be Dr. Ali Zaidi (Global Studies and Muslim Studies)

    With special thanks to Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG) and Laurier International.

  • Diversity and Equity
  • 4:00 PM Senate Meeting

    The University is governed by a bicameral system, consisting of the Senate and the Board of Governors, both of which are administered by the University Secretariat.

    The Senate engages in a wide range of activities involving the academic operation of the university, including undertaking long range academic planning. 

    Senate meets approximately 8 times each year. View the Senate Meetings calendar for more meeting dates.

    Agenda Package

    Review the agenda package for this meeting.

    Deadline to Submit Documentation to University Secretariate

    Documents must be submitted by Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 to be considered for this meeting.

    Senate Standing Committees

    There are also 11 Senate Standing Committees, which perform a wide variety of tasks. Refer to the Senate Standing Committees Calendar for meeting dates. 

    5:45 PM - 7:00 PM 2017 Teaching Award Reception & Ceremony

    Join us for a presentation and wine and cheese reception to recognize Laurier’s 2016 teaching award recipients and acknowledge the commitment and exemplary teaching practices of Laurier educators.


    Laurier Award for Teaching Excellence

    • Sustained Excellence in Teaching, Full-time Category | Dr. M. Kristiina Montero | Faculty of Education
    • Early Career Excellence, Full-time Category | Dr. Vanessa Oliver | Youth and Children’s Studies
    • Innovation in Teaching, Full-time Category | Dr. Lee Willingham | Faculty of Music
    • Sustained Excellence in Teaching, Part-time Category | Dr. Chris Klassen | Religion and Culture
    • Early Career Excellence, Part-time Category | Dr. Jennifer Long | Anthropology
    • Innovation in Teaching, Part-time Category | Professor Alicia McKenzie | Medieval Studies & History
    • Laurier Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence, Undergraduate | Jonathan Okun | School of Business and Economics
    • Laurier Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence, Graduate | Stephanie Grella | Psychology
    • Laurier Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar Award | To be announced
    • Faculty of Science Award for Teaching Excellence | Dr. Louise Dawe | Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Faculty of Science Award for Teaching Excellence | Dr. Adam Metzler | Mathematics
    • Laurier Alumni Hoffmann-Little Teaching Award | Dr. M. Kristiina Montero | Faculty of Education
    • Laurier Alumni Faculty Mentoring Award Recipient | Dr. Laurie Barclay | School of Business and Economics
    • Laurier Residence Academic Partnership Award (Winter) | Dr. Jeff Grischow | History
    • Laurier Residence Academic Partnership Award (Fall) | Dr. Scott Nicholson | Game Design and Development
    • Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Award | Dr. Christopher Anderson | Political Science

    RSVP by Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. | 519.884.0710 x3507

  • Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence

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