Category Archives: Events

Science Communication Faculty Roundtable

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If you happen to be on campus this morning, and looking for a fun and fabulous way to fill a few hours, the Science Communication Faculty Roundtable is taking place from 10:00am – noon over in Physics 235. Coffee, tea, juice, fizzy beverages, and a smattering of delicious treats (for both the health-fully inclined and those with a sweet tooth) will be provided, and doors open at 9:30am for an informal meet-and-greet reception.

Come on out and join us for a discussion with Faculty of Science instructors about the ins and outs, the joys and delights, the trials and tribulations, of communication in the science classroom and profession!

Organizers: Dr. Heather Love and Dr. George Lamont

Poster information: Dr Eugenia Cheng, a senior lecturer of Pure Mathematics at Sheffield University

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Quilt of Stories

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You may recall that UWaterloo English’s Dr. Lamees Al Ethari and Carrie Snyder, in conjunction with writer Tasneem Jamal, facilitated the X Page Workshop, a project in which immigrant and refugee women from the Waterloo region wrote stories based on their life experiences, and performed them. Now you can read their stories online, courtesy of The New Quarterly.

The Shakespearean Theatre Conference

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As if any more evidence was required that we have active and engaged scholars of Shakespeare at UWaterloo: Dr. Ken Graham and Dr. Alysia Kolentsis have been busy organizing the third Shakespearean Theatre Conference to be held June 19-22, 2019, in Stratford, Ontario. The conference offers an opportunity to think broadly and creatively about the past, present, and future of Tudor-Stuart drama, and this year places special emphasis on our broad theme of “Festival and Festivity.” How do we understand and perform festive, antic, celebratory, or bacchanal elements in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries? How did these plays draw on and contribute to early modern festive cultures, and how have historical changes to such cultures shifted the meaning of theatrical revelry? To what extent is the festive limited or invigorated by genre and convention? In what ways do cultural and theatrical festivals, including dedicated Shakespeare festivals and Shakespearean playhouses, influence and shape contemporary Shakespearean performance? What do the histories of these festivals have to tell us about changing responses to early modern drama, and what new directions seem promising?

The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. It is the successor to the Elizabethan Theatre Conference, which the University of Waterloo hosted 17 times between 1968 and 2005. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival.
For more information, visit the event website.

Dr. Randall on D-Day Games

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To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the launch of Operation Overlord and its D-Day invasions, which took place on June 6, 1944, Dr. Neil Randall will present a history of games that simulate this massively significant historical event. Dr. Randall’s talk will explore the problems with simulating military operations. The audience will also have an opportunity to interact with some of the games Dr. Randall will explore during the talk. Light refreshments will be available after the presentation.

Date: June 6th
Location: The Games Institute, East Campus 1, University of Waterloo
Time: 2-5pm

Nominations for The New Quarterly

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Good news! The New Quarterly, a literary journal headquartered at St. Jerome’s University, part of University of Waterloo, has earned five nominations at this year’s National Magazine Awards, two in Poetry, two in Personal Journalism, and one in Fiction.

As he journal writes: “The competition was strong as more than 185 Canadian print and digital magazines put forth submissions in both official languages. In the twenty years that it has participated in the National Magazine Awards, The New Quarterly has won ten gold, seven silver and forty-three honourable mentions. The National Magazine Awards winners will be announced on Friday, May 31, 2019 at a gala in Toronto.”

For more information on the awards, see The New Quarterly.

Image courtesy of the National Magazine Awards. 

Spring convocation speaker announced!

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We are fortunate that Lee Maracle, member of the Stó:lō Nation, will be receiving an honorary doctorate at our spring convocation. Her books are on more than one shelf in our department, attesting to her stature as an exceptionally important author in Canada, one who has produced novels, poetry, short story collections, and collaborative anthologies. She has long been an advocate for Indigenous writing and peoples; it has been over thirty years since she stormed the stage of a writer’s festival demanding the inclusion of Indigenous authors.  Maracle has won numerous awards including The Order of Canada in 2018, the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in Ontario in 2014, and the Canada Council Mentor Award in 2010.  Maracle uses poetry, fiction, non-fiction, myth, and memoir to convey Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing in a way with which the broader Canadian society can connect. She is currently at work on a volume honouring Ojibwe author Richard Wagamese.

You can follow Lee Maracle on Twitter. llustration by Catherine Dallaire.

Which UW English prof appears in the documentary Assholes: A Theory?

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Award-winning documentary filmmaker John Walker has done it again, with Assholes: A Theory already an official selection of the 2019 Hot Docs festival–featuring actor John Cleese and a UWaterloo English Professor. From the producers:

“With venomous social media, resurgent authoritarianism and rampant narcissism threatening to trash civilization as we know it, the time has come for Assholes: A Theory — an entertaining and oh so timely feature doc from acclaimed director John Walker.

Inspired by Aaron James’ New York Times bestseller of the same name, Assholes investigates the breeding grounds of contemporary ‘asshole culture’ — and locates signs of civility in an otherwise rude-n-nasty universe. Venturing into predominantly male domain, Walker moves from Ivy League frat clubs to the bratty princedoms of Silicon Valley and bear pits of international finance. Why do assholes thrive in certain environments? What explains their perverse appeal? And how do they keep getting elected! Lively commentary is provided by the likes of actor John Cleese, former RCMP officer Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk, and Italian LGBTQ activist Vladimir Luxuria who famously locked horns with Silvio Berlusconi, the p****y-grabbing prototype of the 21st century demagogue.”

So which of our faculty was featured? That would be Dr. Aimée Morrison! You can view the trailer here.