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February 8, 2018

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Thursday, February 08, 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
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM On-Campus Blood Donation Clinic

    Laurier University Charity Kouncil (LUCK) will be hosting their semi-annual ON-CAMPUS Blood Donor Clinic on February 8 in the Senate and Board Chamber from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

    If you are interested in donating, please contact or sign-up in the concourse one week prior to the clinic.

    Walk-ins are also welcome!

    One donor can save up to three lives! Please consider donating and making a huge difference in someone's life. Laurier is a part of Canadian Blood Service's Partners for Life program, and makes an annual blood pledge. Please ask for your donation to count towards Laurier's pledge at your next appointment.

    This event is a part of the #LaurierCares initiative. Laurier is about giving back all year round, but from Feb. 8-15 we'll be celebrating the ways our students, staff and faculty make a difference with events and stories. Visit for the full calendar of events.

    6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Balderdash Reading Series: Emily Urquhart, Susan Hroncek, Dane Swan, Tamara Jong

    With generous support from the Graduate Student Association (GSA), this is the second event of the WINTER term! We also acknowledge support from the Wilfrid Laurier University Press for sponsoring books for our readers.

    Introductory reading by Laurier's Writer-in-residence: EMILY URQUHART is a journalist with a doctorate in folklore and draws on both backgrounds in her writing. Her work has appeared in Azure, The Globe and Mail, Hakai Magazine, and The Walrus and in 2014 she won a National Magazine Award. Her first book, Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2015 and was shortlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, The Kobo First Book Award, and the BC Book Prize for non-fiction. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband and their two young children.

    SUSAN HRONCEK is a writer and educator from St. Catharines, Ontario. She completed her PhD in English and Film Studies at Laurier in 2016 and has since devoted her time to reading for fun once more. Her work has appeared in Agnes and True, and Blueprint Magazine. 

    A writer from The New Quarterly: TAMARA JONG is a Montreal-born mixed-race writer of Chinese and European ancestry. Her work has appeared in Ricepaper, Room, and The New Quarterly's Backstory. She is currently enrolled in The Writer's Studio. 

    DANE SWAN is the author of 2 poetry collections, a short story collection, and a novella launching this Spring. His second poetry collection, A Mingus Lullaby, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Prize for Poetry. His current book, He Doesn't Hurt People Anymore, is a short story collection described as, "Seven stories of redemption, resilience, and revenge".

    Doors open at 6:30 pm, event starts at 7 pm. There will be a Q&A session following the readings.

    The event is free, and all are welcome. There will be snacks and refreshments. This event is wheelchair accessible.

    The link to the Facebook event can be found here.

  • Robert Langen Gallery

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