Laurier has long supported the public role of academics to bring their knowledge and thinking outside of the classroom. Many lectures, talks and seminars that the university hosts are open to the public. Check the calendar of events to find upcoming lectures at Laurier.
There are also several annual lecture series that you can look forward to every year.
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.
The Community Speaker Series hosted by Laurier’s Faculty of Liberal Arts Dean’s Community and Alumni Advisory Council aims to connect Laurier with the wider community through lively panel discussions.
The People Make History annual lecture series, supported by Mary J. Stedman, invites witnesses and participants of historic events or movements to tell their stories. By sharing their memories, they bring history alive and make critical links between past and contemporary times.
Laurier’s Department of Psychology hosts an annual Hunsberger Memorial Lecture. Bruce Hunsberger was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Laurier from 1974-2003, and served as its chair for many years. He was an influential scholar in the field of psychology and religion, and the ongoing lecture series has been created to remember his lifelong commitment to communicating psychological research to a wide audience.
Inspired by the vision of Nelson Mandela, the Tshepo Institute invites world-class scholars to share their Africa-centric research with the larger community for the Nelson Mandela Public Lecture Series. The premier event is held in September of every year.
The MS2Discovery research institute connects researchers working in mathematical and statistical modelling in various disciplines – from natural sciences and technology, finance, business and economics, and social sciences. The MS2Discovery Seminar Series facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration in these areas and increases public awareness of the key role mathematical and statistical modelling plays in our society.
The Financial Services Research Centre Seminar Series brings finance speakers from the most prestigious universities around the world to Laurier to share their latest research.
Honouring Waterloo zoologist Anne Innis Dagg, this lecture series invites notable Canadian women studying animal biology to share their work. Innis Dagg was the first person to study the behaviour of giraffes in the wild and co-authored what is widely considered the most influential book about the species. Having faced sexism in academia, she also widened her research to include inequality in science and the education system.
Enrich your learning at any time by tuning into a Laurier podcast series.
The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems’ (LCSFS) podcast, Handpicked: Stories from the Field, showcases the varied research happening at the LCSFS with a focus on how the work creates meaningful changes to the ways we produce, get, eat and understand our food.
The On War and Society podcast features interviews with the most prominent historians of war and society. The Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies member Eric Story sits down with his guests to discuss their cutting-edge research, the challenges associated with doing history, and life "behind the book."
The RinkTalk podcast features interviews with interesting people about backyard rinks, outdoor skating, shinny hockey, and other winter activities on ice. Hosted by Professor Robert McLeman, co-founder of the RinkWatch citizen science project.
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