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This is the third in a series of “Behind the Scenes at Congress” blogs By Eleanor Ty, Congress 2012 Academic Co-Convenor and professor, English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.
A number of Laurier faculty members have organized special cultural events for Congress. Tanis MacDonald (English) has organized two nights of literary readings, called “Un/Certain Words” featuring local poets and award-winning Canadian writers. Writers include Brian Henderson (WLU Press), Amanda Jernigan, Darren Bifford, Rob Winger, Jamie Dopp, and others. Bob Sharpe (Geography) has planned a number of walking tours for delegates, including historical tours of Uptown Waterloo, Downtown Kitchener and the power tech corner. With Julie Mueller (Education), he has also created a scavenger hunt where delegates collect clues about the educational community and geography of Kitchener-Waterloo.
Anna Ferenc (Music) is preparing a special display of Maureen Forrester costumes, musical scores, and other items from the music archive at the Maureen Forrester Hall. Laurier’s Faculty of Music will be presenting a number of offerings for the music society and for the public, including QuartetFest, a gala opening concert featuring the Penderecki String Quartet with members of the Tokyo String Quartet, and mini-concerts at noon.
Kathryn Carter (Laurier Brantford) and the Laurier Brantford team have organized a panel on “Urban Rejuvenation through Post-Secondary Education,” which will take delegates on location to the Brantford campus. Jean Becker and Melissa Ireland have put together the Aboriginal welcome ceremony, which will feature Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee traditions and foods.
Our faculty and staff have worked hard to present Congress delegates with a wide array of culture and entertainment while they are in town. Between their program sessions, the Expo, beer tents, Connectent at Uptown Waterloo, and these cultural events, delegates will find their days and evenings very full.