Alumni News and Events

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Arts Events for Alumni Weekend: September 19 - 22, 2019

Alumni Weekend 2019 is fast approaching, and we would love for you to join us at Arts' featured events this year!

Arts Lecture: Featuring Deb Verhoeven

From Big Data to Social Justice: how data-driven inquiry can lead to openness in a closed-off world

Social justice informs much of what we do in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts, so how can the information collected about us, known as BIG DATA, be used to create a more open, diverse, inclusive and ethical society? Join the Faculty of Arts on Friday, September 20th for - "From Big Data to Social Justice: how data-driven inquiry politics can lead to openness in a closed-off world - with writer, thinker, speaker and stirrer Deb Verhoeven.

In 2018, the Faculty of Arts welcomed Deb Verhoeven to campus as its newest Canada 150 Research Chair - the 25th appointment across Canada and the first at the University of Alberta. Described as Australia's most innovative academic, Verhoeven is a leading scholar in screen media and the emerging field of gender and cultural informatics - a field that combines digital technology, big data, and social justice.

Pre-reception: 4:45-5:15 pm, appetizers and cash bar available. Program will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Date & Time
Friday, September 20
Pre-reception 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Program 5:15 - 7 p.m.

Maple Leaf Room, Lister Conference Centre
11613 - 87 Avenue NW

$10 per person

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U of A in a Day, with a session from Arts professor Jared Wesley

Does the end of summer give you that back-to-school itch? Scratch it by heading back to class for a day - without the stress of studying, homework or exams. Choose from an exciting catalogue of lectures and hear from some of the U of A's best! Build your course schedule and learn just for the fun of it. Choose as many classes as you like for tuition of only $10!
Choose from a variety of lectures including:

  • "Rescue, Redirect and Repurpose: Responding to Rations and Rutabaga Refuse" - Maria Mayan (Extension)
  • "Co-creating Care to Improve the Lives of People with Diabetes" - Rose Yeung (Medicine & Dentistry)
  • "Great Expectations: Working with Stakeholders in Wetland Design" - Kylie Heales (Business)
  • "Finding Hope: Intentional approaches to accessing hope in bad times and good" - Denise Larsen (Education)
  • "Build Your Own Morse Code Circuit Board" - DiscoverE (Engineering)
  • "The Evolution of the Baseball Fight" - Andre Costopoulos (Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Services)
  • Three Minute Thesis Showcase - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
  • "Left Behind? Campaigns and Culture in Alberta" - Jared Wesley (Arts)
  • "Indigenous Peoples: An Alberta Primer" - Shalene Jobin (Native Studies)
  • "What's up with Grizzly Bears in Alberta?" - Scott Nielsen (Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences

Date & Time
Saturday, September 21
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

2nd Floor, Central Academic Building (CAB)


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UAlberta Music Live in Concert*

An annual favourite, the Alumni Weekend concert features two of our large student ensembles. Enjoy an afternoon of accessible orchestral and wind band favourites, performed by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (conducted by Angela Schroeder) and the University Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Petar Dundjerski).

Date & Time
Sunday, September 22
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Convocation Hall, Old Arts Building

$10 per person
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