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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

The Laurier Milton Lecture Series provides a wonderful opportunity to engage in a public dialogue with citizens of Milton on a broad array of important topics. Presentations represent the current research and analysis of members of different faculties, departments and programs at Laurier.

Lectures take place the second Wednesday of each month starting September 2020 until May 2021.

Upcoming Lectures 

Designing a Better World – One Experience at a Time

  • Jan. 13, 2021
  • Abby Goodrum (PhD), Professor and Program Coordinator, User Experience Design

Have you ever tried to use a new piece of software or a new device and not been able to get it to work easily? Have you ever found yourself standing in a line (or waiting on hold) for a service exchange that only took a couple of minutes to sort out? Have you ever gone to a website for some information and not been able to find what you were looking for? All of these experiences can be vastly improved by a process called User Experience Design (UXD). Trained UX Designers are used by companies in every industry, by non-profits and by government agencies to improve their products, software and services. In this short talk, Abby Goodrum will talk about the risks of not taking a user-centered perspective and will showcase examples of organizations that are making the world a better place through design.

From a Property Right to Citizenship Rights: Historicizing the Black Experience in Canada

  • Feb. 10, 2021
  • Barrington Walker (PhD), Associate Vice-President: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic; Professor, Department of History

This introductory lecture explores the Black experience in Canada by providing both an overarching view whilst being grounded in a few key moments or snapshots in the contested histories of Black people in Canada from slavery to freedom. The primary analytical lens will be Black peoples’ relationship with the law over space and time.

Recovering and Relearning our Deeply Canadian (Indigenous) Heritage

  • March 10, 2021
  • Miguel Sioui (PhD), Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Officer (Environmental Studies), Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Canadian identity and heritage, in the political sense, have developed according to an economistic (resource-based) lens brought over from a distant continent — Europe — whose land and people were shaped by histories, political systems, and a cultural evolution completely distinct from the First Peoples of Turtle Island. Canada’s philosophical and political systems, which originated in Europe, have compelled its citizens to feel a sense of belonging to the Canadian society and ‘democracy,’ and protection from their rights as citizens — all of which are philosophical constructions and human thought experiments, and are, by definition, abstract, immaterial, and fleeting. Canada’s official national heritage is thus precarious and has shallow roots in the soil of Turtle Island. In contrast, Canada’s Indigenous heritage is rooted in the material and concrete: the land. Indigenous peoples across Canada (and the rest of the Americas) base their sense of identity and heritage on their love for Eatenonha (G. Sioui, 2019), the Wendat word for our Earth Mother, to which all human, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, as well as other-than-human beings, necessarily and inescapably belong. To the Indigenous mind, it is impossible to truly and meaningfully “belong” to immaterial political systems and ideologies, regardless of their geographical and cultural origins. Indigenous heritage is permanent and real, because our (human) relationship with the land will never be extinguished. While mainstream understandings and meanings of Canadian heritage, based on transitory political and economic paradigms in constant renegotiation, are immaterial, Canada’s Indigenous heritage offers a luxuriant source of inspiration for redefining what it means to be deeply Canadian.

Music for Mental Health in Therapy and Everyday Life

  • April 14, 2021
  • Elizabeth Mitchell (PhD, RP, MTA), Assistant Professor, Faculty of Music; Coordinator, Bachelor of Music Therapy

This lecture will explore the mental health benefits of engaging in music both within clinical music therapy settings and everyday life. Elizabeth will discuss research and share examples from her practice as a music therapist in mental health treatment settings with adolescents and adults. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the cognitive, emotional, and social benefits of musical engagement as well as practical ideas for using music to enhance their own wellness.

How We Caused and What We Can Do to End Homelessness in Canada

  • May 12, 2021
  • Erin Dej (PhD), Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology

Over a quarter of a million people in Canada experience homelessness every year. The crisis has grown dramatically over the last thirty years. None of this was inevitable. In this lecture, Erin Dej will explore how we got here and what we can do to reverse the tide to prevent and end homelessness in Canada.


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