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March 26, 2018

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Monday, March 26, 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
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Narratives of Central American Migrants Living in Mexican Limbo

    Large-scale Central American migration to the United States is not new or unique. The Northern Triangle region of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras continues to suffer from poor political and socioeconomic conditions, including some of the world’s highest homicide rates and widespread gang violence, which drive ongoing migration toward the north. Men, women and children enter Mexico through its southern border with Guatemala and attempt to make the dangerous journey north to the United States. What is new about this phenomenon, however, is that Mexico is no longer a transit country for Central American migrants, but rather a receiving country where these people must exist in a state of precarious limbo. Deterred from crossing the northern border by the anti-immigration legislation of the current presidential administration in the United States and unwilling or unable to return to where they came from, many migrants are now staying in Mexico. This presentation will focus on the estimated thousands of Central American migrants who stay in Mexico and do not reach the coveted "north". Informed by an anti-oppressive theoretical framework and the first-person narratives of migrants residing temporarily in shelters in central Mexico, the presentation will explore how Central American migrants from the Northern Triangle negotiate through the new environment in Mexico, including economic survival, violations of basic human rights, and the bureaucratic hurdles of making asylum claims. The presentation will be based on qualitative interview data collected by Laurier undergraduate students who participated in my HR361 Migration and Human Rights Field Course in 2017.

    About the Speaker

    Stacey Wilson-Forsberg is an Associate Professor in the Human Rights & Human Diversity program at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus. Stacey’s research broadly focuses on Immigration and multiculturalism. She is especially interested in the experiences of immigrant youth in schools and smaller communities, migrants with precarious immigration status in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and the development of intercultural competence in university students. Her ongoing research includes a SSHRC-funded study of the challenges and opportunities faced by male African immigrant youth when attempting to access the support they need to make informed decisions about post-secondary education in Ontario, and qualitative student-led interviews with Central American migrants transiting through Mexico. Recent publications include a textbook published by Oxford University Press edited with Laurier colleague Andrew M. Robinson called Immigrant Youth in Canada: Theoretical Approaches, Practical Issues, and Professional Perspectives. Along with human rights courses, Stacey teaches HR365 Immigrant Youth in Canada, HR261 Multiculturalism, and HR328 the United Nations in the 21st Century. Prior to joining Laurier University, Stacey worked for several years in the government and non-governmental sectors in a number of areas, including: Canada’s foreign policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean, North American integration, the inclusion of non-governmental actors in multilateral organizations and summits, social policy and poverty eradication, and more recently, foreign qualification recognition.

    Free Event. Light lunch offered.

    RSVP by Sunday, March 25. 

    For more information, please contact the organizer via email To receive email updates about future International Migration Research Centre Events please join our listserv by emailing us or visit our News and Events page at

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  • 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
  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Maker Monday

    A casual drop-in time for makers and aspiring makers to visit and work in the Library makerspace. All are welcome.

  • Library
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Market Square - Open House

    The Market Square Mall is a priority redevelopment opportunity for Wilfrid Laurier University.

    We invite all students, alumni, faculty, staff and the general public to join us for an Open House to explore the plans for this space, which will transform the former shopping mall into a vibrant home for academic, creative and commercial activities.

    Concepts for the redesign were created by Moriyama & Teshima Architects following a year-long consultation and planning process. The new proposed design will turn Market Square into a prominent anchor building that becomes a vibrant hub for student life and community engagement in Brantford.

    Please join us as we showcase this exciting new concept:

    Monday, March 26
    Open House: 1 p.m. – 4p.m.
    Formal remarks: 1:30p.m.

    Market Square, Lower Level 1 Market St., Brantford, ON

    All are welcome. RSVP not required.

  • Communication, Public Affairs & Marketing
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Online Webinar for Prospective Transfer Students

    This online webinar is for university and college transfer students who are looking for some insight into Laurier's application and admission processes. We'll also go over transfer credits and services that we offer. We will have admissions staff on-hand to answer all of your important questions.

    All Laurier @Home webinars include a 30-minute presentation followed by a question and answer period. Questions are also welcome throughout the presentation and a team of Laurier experts will answer them.

    Register for the Transfer Students webinar.

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