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Jan. 29, 2016

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Jan. 29, 2016
For Immediate Release

BRANTFORD – Wilfrid Laurier University will celebrate its third annual Global Engagement Week (GEWeek) from Feb. 1 to 5. The multi-campus weeklong series of events, organized by Laurier International, will explore globalization and global systems, diversity and global opportunities through the lens of soil. Events include food tastings, public lectures, photo exhibits and film screenings.

Laurier students will have opportunities to learn about large a variety of global issues and identity related to soil such as food security, land rights, urbanization, international justice, health, climate change, alternative fuels, medicine, ecosystems and biodiversity and water.

“Global Engagement Week raises awareness about the diversity within the Laurier community and explore the impacts of globalization through the arts, food, games, training and presentations,” said Phyllis Power, manager, global engagement programming. “Global Engagement Week provides a platform where the faculty, staff and students take ideas cultivated in the classroom out into the larger Laurier community for further exploration and involvement.”

Brantford featured events:

  • Breakfast Film Fest: Lessons from the Medicine Garden,” will screen short films created by students about transformative relationships with the natural world, supported by Indigenous knowledge.
  • Farming and Health,” will feature organic farmer and activist Devan Penney speaking about healthy soil and threats to food security connected to urban sprawl, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and industrial agriculture.
  • Film screening: Hija de la Laguna (Daughter of the Lake) is a Peruvian documentary exploring the gold mining industry and its impact on Peruvians and their environment.

Waterloo featured events:

  • Around the World in 80 Plates,” gives students the opportunity to taste traditional meals from Thailand, Greece, Lebanon, Italy and England throughout the week.
  • Seeds of Change” invites students to make their own mini herb garden.
  • Film screening: Director Sudz Sutherland and co-writer Jennifer Holness will introduce their film, Home Again. The film follows three characters who have been deported back to Jamaica, despite having lived in Canada, United States and United Kingdom for most of their lives. 

For more information, including the full global engagement week schedule, please visit For Brantford campus-related information, contact Mike Boylan, global engagement programming coordinator at or 519-756-8228 x5437. For Waterloo campus related information, contact Anne-marie Henry, global engagement programming coordinator, at or 519-884-0710 x4702.

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Mike Boylan, Coordinator Global Engagement Programming
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.756.8228 x5437


Beth Gurney, Associate Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.756.8228 x5753



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