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February 9, 2017

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Thursday, February 09, 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.

    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Free GMAT Information Session - Toronto
    Preparing you for your MBA

    Why Attend A Free GMAT Information Session?

    You will learn what the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is all about. We will discuss the general content of the GMAT, what to study, how to study, how to improve your score, as well as the overall format and scoring scale of the GMAT itself.

    Where Will It Be Held?

    Laurier’s FREE GMAT Information Sessions will be held at Laurier’s downtown Toronto Office located at 130 King Street West.

    When Will the Sessions Be Held?

    • Lunch time from noon to 1:15 p.m.

    Upcoming GMAT Information Session Dates

    Please contact the Laurier Toronto Office at to find additional GMAT session dates and to reserve your spot. You can also register directly at the Lazaridis MBA Website. 
    Registration is required.

    Interested in Taking a GMAT Course?

    Laurier and Quantum Test Prep, the premier provider of test preparation services, are partnering together to offer a comprehensive 30-hour GMAT Bootcamp Course, 75-hour Complete Math GMAT Course or 100-hour Ultimate GMAT Course to be held over 1 to 4 consecutive weekends in Downtown Toronto. Click here to view the upcoming GMAT course syllabus.

    What is the Course Content

    The course will review all the fundamental GMAT Math & Verbal theory as well as discuss optimal solution methodologies for each of the major question, section, and format types that appear on the exam.

  • Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
  • 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM Toronto MBA 1-on-1 Appointment

    Attend a personal 1-on-1 Laurier Master of Business Administration (MBA) pre-assessment appointment at our downtown Toronto Campus.

    Scheduling a personal appointment is your first step to joining the Lazaridis School MBA Program. At the session, we will discuss the admission criteria, the application process and help you determine your eligibility. We look forward to meeting with you!

    Toronto MBA Program Start Dates 

    • Part-time alternate weekend MBA begins April 2017.
    • Part-time alternate weekend MBA/CPA begins April 2017.
    • Part-time alternate weekend MBA and Executive Master of Finance begins April 2017.

    Waterloo MBA Program Start Dates

    • Full-time MBA with co-op begins August 2017.
    • One year full-time MBA program begins August 2017.

    Pre-registration is necessary.

    Personal appointments are approximately 30 minutes long and must be pre-booked online below, or directly, with Maureen Ferraro at or by phone, 519.884.0710 x6220.

  • Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • 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.


    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Canadian Women Writer's Speaker Series: Eden Robinson
    Eden Robinson, author of Traplines and Monkey Beach, will be giving a public talk at Laurier Brantford on February 9 2017 as she launches latest novel, Son of a Trickster. Her visit is part of the Canadian Women Writer’s Speaker Series that is being piloted this year.

    Eden’s first book, Traplines (1995), is an award-winning collection of 4 dark and gritty short stories that met with critical and commercial success in Canada, America and the UK. She followed up this initial collection with the novels, Monkey Beach (2000) and Bloodsports (2006). She also published a series of lectures titled, The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols & Modern Storytelling in 2011.  

    Eden will be reading from her new novel, Son of a Trickster; her first sustained work of fiction in almost a decade.

    Ackerman notes that “As a successful, internationally recognized, Haisla/Heiltsuk woman writer – Eden is fantastic role model for our campus. Her visit is a chance for Laurier Brantford to publically recognize, and celebrate her academic and professional accomplishments. Students in history, Indigenous studies, law and society, and English (as well as students interested in issues of social justice) will find her work both insightful and moving.”

    Her numerous awards include the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2001 for Monkey Beach, and the Writers’ Trust Engle/Findlay Award in 2016 for her body of work. She has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Whitehorse Public Library, and works with the Writers in Electronic Residence program, which links schools across the country with professional writers.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    The Canadian Women Writer's Speaker Series

    The series is designed to provide the students on our campus (and members of the surrounding community) with an opportunity to interact with internationally-recognized Canadian women writers. The goal is to provide access to three Canadian women writers who are each in a distinct phase of their writing career.

    In the Winter term, visiting writers included Laurier alumni Kathleen Martin, and Winnipeg writer and festival organizer, Charlene Diehl.

    The final speaker in the series will be the Haisla/Heiltsuk writer Eden Robinson, from Kitamaat, BC.

    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Toronto MBA Information Session

    Now is the time to learn about all of our Lazaridis School Master of Business Administration (MBA) program formats and ready your application: full-time and co-op in Waterloo and part-time alternate weekends in Toronto.

    Next intake for all of the Toronto MBA part-time alternate weekend programs is April 7, 2017.

    At the information session you will learn about all of our MBA formats: the full-time options, including co-op, the MBA for Certified Management Accountants (CMA), the MBA with Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and the new double degree, MBA with Master of Finance (MFIN).

    We will discuss the admission criteria, the application process, and help you determine your eligibility. We offer GMAT support, application counselling, and classroom visits.

    Pre-registration to the MBA Information Session is appreciated.

  • Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Laurier Free Film Series

    Fractured Land (2015) 

    This powerful, award-winning documentary chronicles the struggles of Caleb Behn, a young Aboriginal leader and lawyer-in-making who fights to protect First Nations territory from some of the world’s largest fracking operations. Confronting fractures within his community and himself, Behn struggles to reconcile traditional teachings with the law in order to protect the land. Introduced by Vanessa Gray. This presentation is part of the series Tracking Shots #3: Aboriginal Film.

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Office of Aboriginal Initiatives
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM The Balderdash Reading Series
    On Thursday February 9th at 7pm, come join us at the Robert Langen Art Gallery located inside the Library on the Waterloo campus, for the Balderdash Reading Series. This event will be featuring Tasneem Jamal. Jamal’s debut novel, Where the Air is Sweet, was published in 2014 by HarperCollins Canada. CBC named Jamal as one of the 12 rising CanLit stars that same year. This event will feature artists from The New Quarterly, Chris Banks and Heather Debling. A Q&A period with the writers will follow the readings. The Balderdash Reading Series is open to the public, so come and enjoy a night full of great Canadian literature. Light refreshments as well as a cash bar will be available.
  • Library
  • Robert Langen Gallery

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