Events

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Sep
25
Mon
2017
The World Remembers: 1914-1918 @ CGR
Sep 25 @ 12:00 am – Nov 11 @ 5:00 pm

Every day from September 25-November 11, the names of 661,818 soldiers and nurses on all sides of the First World War killed in 1917 will be digitally displayed at more than 60 locations around the world. The commemoration is a unique expression of remembrance, reconciliation and education, and shows the enormous human cost of the war. The Mennonite Archives of Ontario Gallery (3rd floor, Conrad Grebel University College) will be one of these display locations. The Gallery is also the location of the exhibit “Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War.”

HOURS:

Monday to Friday
Saturday

8:30 am – 7:10 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Regrettably, we are not able to provide access on Saturday mornings or Sundays. However, on November 11 (Remembrance Day) access will be provided for the entire day (8:30 am to 7:10 pm).

Oct
19
Thu
2017
Policing Black Lives – Book Launch @ REN
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us at Renison for the launch of the new book, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present.

Taking place in Renison’s atrium, a panel discussion, focused on subject matter related to the book, will include the author, Robyn Maynard, as well as representatives of the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre.

Refreshments will be provided.

About the book

Overview by Robyn Maynard

Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides readers with the first comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada.

While highlighting the ubiquity of Black resistance, Policing Black Lives traces the still-living legacy of slavery across multiple institutions, shedding light on the state’s role in perpetuating contemporary Black poverty and unemployment, racial profiling, law enforcement violence, incarceration, immigration detention, deportation, exploitative migrant labour practices, disproportionate child removal and low graduation rates.

Emerging from a critical race feminist framework that insists that all Black lives matter, Maynard’s intersectional approach to anti-Black racism addresses the unique and understudied impacts of state violence as it is experienced by Black women, Black people with disabilities, as well as queer, trans, and undocumented Black communities.

A call-to-action, Policing Black Lives urges readers to work toward dismantling structures of racial domination and re-imagining a more just society.

About the author

Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer and intellectual based in Montréal. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Montréal Gazette, World Policy Journal and Canadian Women Studies Journal.

 

Media inquiries may be directed to Brendon Bedford.

Seán Tyrrell performing “Message of Peace” @ Registry Theatre
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Seán Tyrrell is coming to the Registry Theatre with a deeply moving, engaging and remarkable story of John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890)

The life of John Boyle O’Reilly in story and song

Tickets : $20 in advance, $25 at the door

For tickets call Michael Kelly Cavan at 519-576-5039 or email him at cavan.creative@gmail.com

Tickets also available at the door.

Message Of Peace

This is a deeply moving, engaging and remarkable story of a lesser-known Irish hero John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890) in both the spoken word and song, mapping his life and work. Pickled in places with Tyrrell’s own observations on our own times and condition. Leaving no doubt as to the passion, respect and high esteem in which he holds his all time hero whose poems are as relevant now as they were when written, the title poem and song being a perfect example. Tracing his journey from early childhood set against a backdrop of famine, revolution, Fenianism and penal servitude for life in Australia.

He was the first to escape from the penal colony in Fremantle on an American whaling ship to the USA. He settled in Boston and became the most influential Irishman in America of his day. Numbered among his friends and admirers were Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman and Wendell Phillips. Joseph Pulitzer commissioned him to write a poem for the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty. As editor and part owner of The Pilot newspaper he championed Native and African American rights and spoke out against anti-Semitism. Prophesied the EEC and a black president of the USA. It was O’Reilly who devised the plan that rescued the other Fenians he left behind in Fremantle prison on board an American whaling ship the Catalpa.

Romantic, Visionary, Poet, heart of a rebel, courage of a freedom fighter, commitment of a civil rights activist, blood of true born Irishman.

Songs in the show allow Tyrrell connect history of the 19th century and modern times in a seamless way. Song lyrics are drawn from a wide variety of sources: Oscar Wilde, Francis Ledwidge, Bob Dylan, Bobby Sands and many more. These are an integral part of the tale and illustrate how O’Reilly was a man way ahead of his time, a majestic human being. Using an array of instruments, Sean weaves effortlessly between narrative, instrumental and song.

Oct
21
Sat
2017
Taste of Grebel
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Friends and family of Grebel residents and associates are invited to share the day with us. We are planning a host of activities and events that will give you a sample of the student experience at Grebel. This, of course, includes a great meal and an opportunity to connect with students, staff and faculty.

Oct
22
Sun
2017
Ecumenical Prayer Service with Taizé Song @ CGR
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Step back from the hustle and bustle of university life, and savour a moment of stillness and reflection. Join us for our FIRST monthly Taizé prayer service at the University of Waterloo. This will be a beautiful time of prayer, song, and silence with UW students, staff, and community members. 
WHAT IS TAIZE?
Taizé is a style of meditative singing and centering prayer in the Christian tradition that has its origin in the monastic community of Taizé in central France.
Over the years, the Taizé community in France has drawn young people from all over the world for profound spiritual experience. Today, small groups gather all over the world to participate in the Taize style of meditative singing in which short songs are sung over and over, with rich harmonies.

Questions? Contact Laura Enns at 519-886-3855 or bhouse@uwaterloo.ca

Oct
24
Tue
2017
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON Map) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Oct
25
Wed
2017
Noon Hour Concert: Songs for My Mother @ CGR
Oct 25 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Composed by Carol Ann Weaver, ‘Songs for My Mother – from Appalachia to Africa’ is a song cycle based on writings from her mother Miriam L. Weaver’s pioneering life in Appalachian Kentucky in the 1940s (primitive house, flat iron, Hard Shell Baptists who met outside on the hillside), her travels to Africa, and her return to Virginia with poignant words about her sudden impending death in the 90s.   There is adventure and joy, sorrow and exuberance in these songs.  The text stems from previously unpublished text, and reflects values and story lines rarely celebrated in art music.  This marks the Canadian premier of this work.  The work was premiered in Harrisonburg, VA, June, 2017.

Soprano, Stephanie Kramer
with extra vocals by Mary-Catherine McNinch-Pazzano
Piano, Carol Ann Weaver

Renison’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) @ REN
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Board of Governors of Renison University College invites you to attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Renison.

The theme of this meeting is ‘Honouring the past: moving into the future.’

The evening will include a reception and program at 5:00 p.m., featuring an opportunity to learn and learn about the variety of languages Renison teaches.

The business portion of the Annual General Meeting will commence at 6:30 p.m.

We look forward to having you with us!

Please confirm your attendance by email.

Parking is available in Renison’s parking lot at a cost of $7.00, payable by credit card or debit.

Oct
26
Thu
2017
KWPeace Potluck and Meeting @ Peace and Justice Room, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Potluck dinnerPlease join us for the Fall 2017 meeting of Kitchener Waterloo’s Peace and Social Justice organizations.

We’ll bring each other up-to-date on our groups’ activities, and we’ll discuss the cancellation of the Perspectives On Peace event that was supposed to be held on 30 September 2017.

As always, bring a dish to share, and enjoy the food brought by others. It’s largely vegetarian, some vegan, and all of it is great! Please bring your own plate and utensils, as we don’t have access to the kitchen.

Night at the Museum
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Register for event

Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867

Join us for this free event as we discover and discuss what it has meant to be a woman in Canada throughout its 150 year history.

This national, travelling exhibit explores how women have transformed Canadian politics, work, and everyday life.

Bonus Content: Unmentionables

An interactive talk about the history of women’s underwear.

Registrants for this event will receive free admission, refreshments, and two-way bus transportation** between Renison University College and Waterloo Region Museum.

 

Transportation

Bus departing from: Renison University College

Address: 240 Westmount Rd. North, Waterloo, ON

Departure time: 5:30 p.m.

**WatCard or Photo ID required for bus transportation. Only registered attendees qualify for bus transportation.

The Benjamin Eby Lecture with Reina Neufeldt @ CGR
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Good intentions. Good ends. Failure. People usually assume peacebuilding is morally good because well-intentioned people are pursuing good ends.   Likewise, reconciliation. But, what happens when the moral values that drive peacebuilding become a problem?  

Reina Neufeldt explores how moral and ethical claims that are intrinsic to peacebuilding can contribute to failure and can be part of transformational engagement in her lecture titled, ‘When Good Intentions are not Enough: Confronting Ethical Challenges in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation.’ Join us on October 26th in the Chapel.

The Benjamin Eby Lecture is an annual lecture that presents the research of a faculty member at Conrad Grebel University College. It is named after Benjamin Eby (1785-1853), an early educator and Mennonite church leader in Waterloo County.

Reina Neufeldt’s research interests include the ethics of peacebuilding, civil society peacebuilding, the relationship between peacebuilding and development, ethno-national conflict, reflective practice, monitoring and evaluation.  She has worked with a number of nongovernmental organizations on peacebuilding, including Catholic Relief Services and Mennonite Central Committee.  Dr. Neufeldt is currently an advisory board member for the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) and serves on Project Ploughshares’ governing committee.  A professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on research, ethics, development and peacebuilding, as well as music, peace and conflict, and the quest for peace in literature and film.

Oct
29
Sun
2017
Presidential Installation Service @ HH
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Marcus Shantz will serve as Conrad Grebel University College’s eighth president, taking office October 1, 2017.

Grebel invites the public to a Presidential Installation service on Sunday, October 29th, at the Humanities Theatre.

Shantz embodies a vision for an innovative partnership between the College, the University of Waterloo, the Mennonite church, and the local community. He is a well-respected leader in the Region of Waterloo in his current role as president of Mercedes Corp., a property management company based in St. Jacobs, Ontario. As a civic leader, Shantz has been board chair of Centre-in-the-Square and Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, and has served on the boards of Ten Thousand Villages and Conrad Grebel University College.  He has held leadership roles at Rockway Mennonite Church and Mennonite World Conference. 

Learn more about Marcus.

Oct
31
Tue
2017
CPA Opportunities Fair @ CGR
Oct 31 @ 12:00 am – 1:00 pm

Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement welcomes all Grebel students for the CPA Opportunities Fair. Join us at the lunch time on October 31, 2017 to learn more about work, internship, and volunteering opportunities available from CPA-related organizations.

The CPA Epp Peace Incubator participants as well as organizations co-located at the CPA will offer you a bunch of exciting positions. The Incubator participants are Growing Hope Farm, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), and WorldVuze. See also Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), Project Ploughshares, Tamarack Institute, and Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) at the CPA Opportunities Fair at the Grebel Gallery (4th floor, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement). Pizza will also be provided!

For more information, contact the CPA Host.

Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON Map) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Nov
1
Wed
2017
Noon Hour Concert: Bach Suites & Chimera @ CGR
Nov 1 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Elinor Frey celebrates J. S. Bach’s Suites for unaccompanied cello with a performance of his dark and introspective Suite No. 5 in C Minor (BWV 1011), alongside the complex, nuanced nobility of Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major (BWV 1010). Between these two pillars of the cello repertoire, Ms. Frey performs a newly commissioned works “Chimera” (2017) by the innovative American composer Ken Ueno.

Nov
2
Thu
2017
Vancouver Alumni Reunion
Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

H2 Rotisserie & Bar (The Westin Bayshore)

Connect with old friends and hear what’s new and exciting at Grebel from Fred Martin ’87, Director of Advancement. Win some Grebel swag!

We will have complimentary appetizers and a cash bar available.

Please email Alison Enns at aenns@uwaterloo.ca with your name and others that wish to attend.

Nov
4
Sat
2017
Fall Open House – University Wide
Nov 4 all-day

Come and see what Grebel and University of Waterloo have to offer! This open house is for students looking to attend uWaterloo in Fall 2018 or beyond! 

Between 10am and 5pm, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the University of Waterloo campus, attend information sessions about your faculty/s or program/s of interest, learn about co-operative education, and about the financial side of attending university. You can meet professors, staff, and students who will answer your questions about areas of study and student life.

While you’re here, be sure to tour Grebel. We have a fantastic residence and you can talk to faculty and students about Grebel academic programs and classes. PLUS, our cookies are beyond compare! Come try one for yourself!

For more information contact Rebekah DeJong, Student Life and Recruitment Coordinator: rjdejong@uwaterloo.ca

Renison 2017 Fall Open House
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

You are invited to join us for our upcoming Fall Open House on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm (campus tours will run until 5:00pm).

The entire University of Waterloo community is opening its doors to interested students, their families, friends, and entourage to find out what being a Waterloo student is all about.

Check out and register for campus-wide event information and Renison’s campus- and program-specific Fall Open House events!

Fall Open House is a fantastic opportunity to meet Renison staff, faculty, and students, and to check out our residences and programs.

Renison Tours and Events

In addition to the events running on the main Waterloo campus, Renison will be hosting its very own events and tours to help give you a sneek peak into student life at Renison.

Here’s what you can do at Renison during Fall Open House:

Event
Description
Time
Location

Campus Tours
find out what it’s like to live, learn, and study at Renison by going on one of our campus tours!
10am – 5pm
REN Welcome Center

Social Development Studies (SDS) Info Session

Learn how SDS blends
psychology, sociology, social work, and interdisciplinary
courses to offer students a strong foundation across the
social sciences. Find out how our focus on social impact
and community action can help you discover your path
and hear from one of our grads!

No registration required

10:30 am (30 mins)

REN 2106

Want to be a Social Worker?

Enjoy a complimentary lunch while learning about how
you can work towards becoming a social worker, and
speak with a recent grad about where our Bachelor of
Social Work led them.

REGISTER ONLINE FOR FREE

11:30am (30 mins)
REN 2106

Renison Booths
Visit our on-campus booths to find out more about Renison student life, programs, leadership opportunities, and Living and Learning Communities. Also did we mention the popcorn machine? There will be a popcorn machine. We’re excited.
10am – 4pm
REN Great Hall Extension (cafeteria)

Academic Fair
Meet an Academic Advisor, current student, faculty member, and/or our Registrar at the Social Development Studies and Renison booths at the Academic Fair!
10am – 4pm
Hagey Hall Hub

If you can’t attend Fall Open House, but would still like to check out Renison, please book a personalized tour of our campus!

Communio Study Day: The Myth of Religious Violence @ CGR
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Communio Circle of the Diocese of Hamilton, co-sponsored by Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement and Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, presents the Communio Study Day. The forum will discuss the links between Christianity, violence, and reason. Join us on Saturday, November 4th, from 10 am – 1 pm at the Great Hall of Conrad Grebel University College.

For further information, contact 519-923-0454 or mmorley@communiohamiltondiocese.org

Nov
7
Tue
2017
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON Map) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Peace Incubator Showcase
Nov 7 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) and the Kindred Credit Union invite you to join us for the CPA’s Peace Incubator Showcase.

Join us at 7:30 PM at Kindred’s Uptown Waterloo branch, to learn about the exciting ventures participating in the CPA’s Epp Peace Incubator program this Fall.

From technology that is revolutionizing how landmine cleanup is being tackled, to peace education curriculum in KW elementary classrooms, come and be informed, inspired, and invited into the changemaking that’s happening at the CPA.

The program will be followed by an opportunity for you to meet and network with Incubator participants.

Register here.

*Limited parking available at Kindred, and more available on Peppler Street.

Peace Incubator Showcase
Nov 7 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) and the Kindred Credit Union invite you to join us for the CPA’s Peace Incubator Showcase.

Join us at 7:30 PM at Kindred’s Uptown Waterloo branch, to learn about the exciting ventures participating in the CPA’s Epp Peace Incubator program this Fall.

From technology that is revolutionizing how landmine cleanup is being tackled, to peace education curriculum in KW elementary classrooms, come and be informed, inspired, and invited into the changemaking that’s happening at the CPA.

The program will be followed by an opportunity for you to meet and network with Incubator participants.

Register here.

*Limited parking available at Kindred, and more available on Peppler Street.

Nov
8
Wed
2017
Noon Hour Concert: Autorickshaw @ CGR
Nov 8 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Autorickshaw’s music lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz, funk and folk easily rub shoulders with the classical and popular music of India. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw is one of the most intriguing acts on the world music and jazz landscapes, garnering 2004 and 2007 JUNO nominations for World Music Album of the Year, winning a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005, and a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in World Music and the CAPACOA Touring Artist of the Year award, both in 2008.

This critically acclaimed, cutting edge world music ensemble has recently released their fourth CD, following their Juno-nominated CDs Four Higher and So The Journey Goes. Led by the stellar vocals of Suba Sankaran, the reboot of Autorickshaw features a heavier, layered sonic landscape, with full drumkit, electric guitar, strings, percussion as well as signature tabla and electric bass. Driving and danceable, the new sound includes sensual reinterpretations of Indian folk songs, groove-driven Canadian pop, vintage Bollywood, and hypnotic south Asian traditional selections with a twist.

Suba Sankaran: vocals
Ed Hanley: tabla
Dylan Bell: bassist/pianist/beatboxer

How Change Happens @ STJ
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement invites you to the How Change Happens speaking tour! Learn about poverty and gender inequality from Duncan Green, the author of How Change Happens, as well as the president of the Jamaica Household Workers Union, and the Executive Director of Oxfam Canada. 

Come to St. Jerome’s University on November 8 at 7:00 pm.

Register here.

Nov
10
Fri
2017
Distinguished Alumni Award Concert with Amanda Kind @ CGR
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

BRAVE

A Concert Celebrating Courage, Compassion and Community

In support of Aurora House for victims of human trafficking

Join local performer Amanda Kind and fellow UW alumni and current students for an evening of meaningful music in a variety of styles in support of a great cause. Everything from classical and jazz to Broadway showtunes and pop hits is on this diverse and entertaining concert including ‘The Rain is Over and Gone,’ ‘Seasons of Love,’ ‘Man in the Mirror,’ ‘Imagine,’ ‘Brave’ and more.

Featuring a small ensemble choir, voice instructor Stephanie Kramer, and many other guest vocalists!

$20 General Admission
Doors 7:00pm | Concert 7:30pm

Buy Tickets.

Since graduating from the University of Waterloo just over a decade ago, Amanda Kind (BA ’06) has grown into an inspirational leader for young performers in her community. In recognition of her generous and dedicated service, Conrad Grebel University College has named Amanda the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Service Award winner.