Alumni Week(end): Campus to Couch Edition


Though COVID-19 prevents us from celebrating our grads in person this year, we’re keeping our September tradition alive by bringing Alumni Weekend to you — wherever you are!

For the week of Sept. 21-27, 2020, we’ll be bringing you exclusive digital content straight to your device’s screen. You’ll find an exciting lineup of live virtual lectures, tours, family-friendly content and more! Get your full fix of campus, all from the comfort of your couch.

This exclusive content will only be available during Alumni Week(end) until Sept. 30, 2020. All scheduled webinars will be recorded and available on demand if you're unable to catch them live! Check out the full content listing.

Signature Events

Available on demand!

Let’s Powwow With the Faculty of Native Studies!

Gather the whole family for the Faculty of Native Studies’ virtual Powwow, a First Nations’ style of gathering in community, healing and celebration. Enjoy a dance demonstration and drumming, and learn about the women’s and men’s fancy dance styles and stories of their outfits. Plus, choreograph your own powwow dance steps! LET'S POWWOW

Available on demand!

Virtual Tour: WG Hardy Classics Museum

Explore antiquities from early civilizations on this virtual tour of the WG Hardy Classics Museum. From ancient jewellery and pottery to a rare Roman portrait bust of Antonia Minor, mother of the Roman Emperor Claudius, enjoy a virtual tour featuring informational pop-ups and audio and video accompaniment.TAKE THE TOUR

Available on demand!

Virtual Tour: Anne Lambert Clothing & Textiles Collection

Browse through the Anne Lambert Clothing & Textiles Collection in the department of Human Ecology. Learn about some of the 23,000 artifacts of everyday wear and designer clothes for men, women and children from different continents and spanning over 350 years of history.TAKE THE TOUR


Available on demand!

Canada in the Post COVID-19 World

The pandemic has revealed deep problems in our institutions and is affecting our behaviour, economy and society. How will it change Canada and, ultimately, us? Hear from Don Tapscott, ’78 MEd, ’01 LLD(Honorary), one of the world’s leading digital thinkers, to learn about seven opportunities and challenges facing Canada, and predicted new directions for the future. WATCH NOW

Available On Demand!

3 Minutes on the Future of Energy

Can oil and gas be more environmentally friendly? How do we make renewable energy more efficient and affordable? Will communities change the game of energy? Explore these questions with a team of UAlberta grad students and postdocs who have three minutes to explain their research before answering your questions.  WATCH NOW

Available On Demand!

Pandemic Perspectives: What we’ve learned from COVID-19

UAlberta’s researchers and scholars have been engaged in efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, help communities and find a cure. Join a multi-disciplinary panel of experts as they discuss the lessons we’ve learned from the virus, why UAlberta is uniquely equipped to respond to the pandemic, and how our knowledge is helping to shape a better future. WATCH NOW


Available On Demand!

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Post-secondary education is embarking on a period of transformation and the needs of students are changing. Learn how alumni are including philanthropy in their estate plans to positively impact the lives of future UAlberta students. Join Wanda Fawcett, ’88 BA, ’91 LLB, of Bishop & McKenzie LLP, as she shares simple estate planning strategies that will create brighter futures for students. WATCH NOW

Available On Demand!

Truth and Reconciliation in a Time of Crises

In the past five years, Canadians have learned about the impacts of residential school systems and the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Add in a pandemic, climate change, political strife and protests against police brutality and racism — it’s a lot to process. Hear from Rev. Naomi Tutu, who discusses truth and reconciliation in a complex world. WATCH NOW

Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 | 8 - 9 p.m. (MDT)

Campus to Couch Trivia Night

Itching to tell someone Batman’s mother’s first name, or recall how many ribs are in the human body? Show off the depths of your knowledge to fellow grads at this virtual trivia night. Put your brain to the test answering pop culture, geography, general knowledge and UAlberta questions for a chance to win the top prize, valued at $300. REGISTER NOW


Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 | 1 - 2 p.m. and 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (MDT)

CANCELLED: Ask an Expert

Know a curious teen with a million questions? If they’re interested in business, environmental sciences, the arts or the natural world, we have experts who can help during this live Ask an Expert webinar. Kids can join the Zoom session featuring the expert of their choice to ask their burning questions.


Available On Demand!

UAlberta Virtual Book Club Launch

Celebrate the launch of the UAlberta Virtual Book Club and our first book selection, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle. Listen in as Thistle discusses his inspiring memoir with Paul Gareau from the UAlberta Faculty of Native Studies, then enjoy a reading by the author himself. WATCH NOW

But Wait … There’s More!

Find more excellent content from all around campus. From piano music to Science Talks, from DiscoverE at home to an online powwow, there’s a lot to explore. Learn More

Become a Class Organizer

All 2020 class organizers and their classes are invited to join us for Alumni Weekend 2021, where we hope to be able to celebrate your class reunion in person and on campus.

Emma Radford & Katy Yachimec