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March 21, 2018

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Wednesday, March 21, 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 Zaagi’idwin: Silent, Unquestionable Act of Love, a multimedia installation by artist Leanna Marshall (Multi-Day Event)

    Leanna Marshall is a member of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. Her art practice focuses on the art of ancestral storytelling – creating an intersection where viewers can meet to understand the essence of relationships, connection/disconnection and loss. Through the making and documentation of seven jingle dresses, Marshall explores the stories that have shaped her perception of the complexities of her family history in the context of Canadian history. The social inequities, resistance and sadness told in these narratives serves as a springboard to examine the act of healing, compassion and forgiveness.

  • Robert Langen Gallery
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM [PRIVATE] WWF Circular Design Challenge pre-event meetup

    Closed session for participants in the WWF Circular Design Challenge in the Library Makerspace.

  • Sustainability
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Chilling With Dogs

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

  • Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
  • 12:45 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
  • 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
  • 5:30 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
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Balderdash Reading Series: Gwen Benaway, Phillip Morgan, Ashley Hynd, Alicia Elliot

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

    ASHLEY HYND is a Métis poet who lives on the Haldimand Tract, and respects the Haudenosaunee, Anishnawbe, and Neutral Peoples' relationships with the land. Her hobbies include trampling the patriarchy, avoiding doing the dishes, and being consumed by conversations. She recently won the 2017 Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize and was a member of the 2015 KWPS Slam team. Her poetry has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine and is forthcoming in Room and Prism International. 

    PHILLIP DWIGHT MORGAN is a first-generation Canadian writer of Jamaican heritage. His poetry and short essays have appeared in Briarpatch and Spacing magazines, the Toronto Star, the Ethnic Aisle,,, and His poem “Free Trade Agreement” was runner-up for best poem in Briarpatch Magazine’s 2016 Writing from the Margins contest and his poem “Shades of America” received honourable mention for the 2016 Blodwyn Memorial Prize. Phillip views writing as an often painful process of self-examination, exploration, and liberation. He has never seen Titanic nor read any of the Harry Potter novels.

    A writer from The New Quarterly: ALICIA ELLIOTT is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario with her husband and child. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Macleans, Globe and Mail and many others. Her essay "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground" won Gold at the National Magazine Awards and has been published in Best Canadian Essays 2017. She was most recently the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC. She is currently Creative Nonfiction editor at The Fiddlehead, associate creative nonfiction editor at Little Fiction Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her book of essays, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, is forthcoming from Doubleday Canada in Spring 2019. 

    GWEN BENAWAY is of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published two collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead and Passage, and her third collection, Holy Wild, is forthcoming from BookThug in 2018. A Two-Spirited Trans poet, she has been described as the spiritual love child of Tomson Highway and Anne Sexton. She has received many distinctions and awards, including the Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writer's Trust of Canada. Her poetry and essays have been published in national publications and anthologies, including The Globe and Mail, Maclean's Magazine, CBC Arts, and many others.

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

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

  • Robert Langen Gallery
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Improvisation Concerts Ensemble Concert

    The Improvisation Concerts Ensemble is dedicated to working towards performances featuring our students' improvisational work. This concert will feature the ensemble playing the live soundtrack to the film The Phantom of the Opera.

    The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney, Sr. in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he "loves" a star. The film remains most famous for Chaney's ghastly, self-devised make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film's premiere. The film was released on November 25, 1925. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. It was included, at #52, in Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.


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