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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.

  • Admission: free
  • Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton

A reception takes place prior to each lecture from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Upcoming Lectures

The ‘Bee City’ Movement: Shifting the Doomsday Narrative to Hope

The “Bee City” movement is engaging municipalities in pollinator conservation through habitat creation, education, and celebration. Since Toronto became the first Bee City in Canada in 2016, there are now nearly 80 bee city affiliates across the country. Jennifer will explore what it means to be a Bee City with a focus on native bee species and how we can support them.

Past Lectures

Education Beyond Borders: Re-imagining Education in Haiti, Nepal, Egypt

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 indicates: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. How is inclusive and equitable quality education fostered in fragile and developing contexts? The Educator and Leadership Institute (ELI) is a Laurier-sponsored initiative to support teacher professional development in Haiti, Nepal, Egypt and beyond. Steve Sider will provide an overview of ELI as well as an accompanying research study which is documenting the transformative opportunity ELI is providing.

Canadian Soldier Mortality on the Home Front, 1914-1919

What we can learn from studying soldier deaths in Canada throughout the First World War? From trends in infectious disease mortality to medical discourse surrounding psychiatric illness, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission kept a careful record of soldier deaths on the home front. These records form the starting point of our inquiry.

From Residential Schools to Child Welfare: The Sixties and Millennial Scoop

  • Dec. 11, 2019
  • Elizabeth Best (MA ’18), PhD candidate, Department of History, York University

Throughout the post-war period, the Canadian federal government targeted Indigenous children through the child welfare system as residential schools shut down across the country. Starting in the 1960s and continuing to this day, Indigenous children were taken from their communities under the auspices of child welfare and placed in non-Indigenous foster homes. Elizabeth will lay down the academic history of the Sixties Scoop from the perspective of an Indigenous millennial who was raised in foster care.

Traumatic Brain Injury 101: Understanding the Basics and How to Help

  • Jan. 15, 2020
  • Halina (Lin) Haag, Faculty of Social Work

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of disability in Canada, yet a lack of knowledge and understanding of TBI often leads to misdiagnosis and inadequate support, resulting in higher rates of mental illness, poverty, unemployment, and homelessness. This lecture will raise TBI awareness by helping people understand the basics and discussing the increased challenges experienced by people in particularly vulnerable populations.

Get out of Your Own Way: Canada and the UN Aichi Biodiversity Targets Fallout

Canada is in the midst of a marine biodiversity crisis. Overfishing, marine mismanagement, rising water temperatures and ship traffic are negatively impacting marine ecosystems. In response, the Canadian government committed to the international Aichi Biodiversity Target of protecting 10% of our marine and coastal areas by 2020. In summer 2019, the Trudeau government declared that it had achieved this target. Or so it seems. Christopher Lemieux will discuss!

Canada is a Nation of Innovation

This lecture describes an education project inspired by the books Innovation Nation and Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier and Happier. The Education for Innovation project includes teaching resources and a research study to explore the impacts on Canadian youth as future innovators. Critical Canadian innovations will be highlighted by Maria Cantalini-Williams and discussed with participants.

Structure and Invention in Beethoven’s String Quartets

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven, the Penderecki String Quartet embarks on a journey to perform the Beethoven cycle of quartets this season. This lecture recital will uncover some of the mysteries of these masterworks and examine the challenges the players confront when performing this iconic repertoire.


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