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Laurier has long supported the public role of academics to bring their knowledge and thinking outside of the classroom. Many lectures, talks and seminars that the university hosts are open to the public. Check the calendar of events to find upcoming lectures at Laurier.

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Ongoing Lecture Series

There are also several annual lecture series that you can look forward to every year.

Anne Innis Dagg Lecture Series

Honouring Waterloo zoologist Anne Innis Dagg, this lecture series invites notable Canadian women studying animal biology to share their work. Innis Dagg was the first person to study the behaviour of giraffes in the wild and co-authored what is widely considered the most influential book about the species. Having faced sexism in academia, she also widened her research to include inequality in science and the education system.

Economist- and CEO-in-Residence Speaker Series

The Lazaridis School Economist-in-Residence and CEO-in-Residence provide new ideas and perspectives in their fields during a public keynote address.

Financial Services Research Centre Seminar Series

The Financial Services Research Centre Seminar Series brings finance speakers from the most prestigious universities around the world to Laurier to share their latest research. 

Hunsberger Memorial Lecture

Laurier’s Department of Psychology hosts an annual Hunsberger Memorial Lecture. Bruce Hunsberger was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Laurier from 1974-2003, and served as its chair for many years. He was an influential scholar in the field of psychology and religion, and the ongoing lecture series has been created to remember his lifelong commitment to communicating psychological research to a wide audience.

Inspiring Conversations

In response to current events, the Inspiring Conversations webinar series showcases the timely, relevant research and expertise of Laurier faculty, staff and alumni.

Liberal Arts Community Speaker Series

The Community Speaker Series hosted by Laurier’s Faculty of Liberal Arts Dean’s Community and Alumni Advisory Council aims to connect Laurier with the wider community through lively panel discussions.

MS2Discovery Seminar Series

The MS2Discovery research institute connects researchers working in mathematical and statistical modelling in various disciplines – from natural sciences and technology, finance, business and economics, and social sciences. The MS2Discovery Seminar Series facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration in these areas and increases public awareness of the key role mathematical and statistical modelling plays in our society.

People Make History Lecture Series

The People Make History annual lecture series, supported by Mary J. Stedman, invites witnesses and participants of historic events or movements to tell their stories. By sharing their memories, they bring history alive and make critical links between past and contemporary times.


Enrich your learning at any time by tuning into a Laurier podcast series.

All Ages, All Voices

In collaboration with Laurier researchers, the All Ages, All Voices podcast features members of the Dehcho First Nations discussing local research that can help mitigate the effects of climate change in their community.


The Centre for Research on Security Practices (CRSP) podcast, CRSP Talk, features discussions about threats to human security as well as insights into how it is enhanced and sustained. Along the way, they discuss the research process itself and how researchers journey from generating ideas to sharing findings.


The International Migration Research Centre podcast, Displacements, is an exciting and informative podcast hosted by Director Alison Mountz and Associate Director Kim Rygiel, who talk to authors, activists, scholars, creatives and a host of other people engaging in migration, displacement and related issues at mobility at global, national, regional and local scales.

Handpicked: Stories from the Field

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems’ (LCSFS) podcast, Handpicked: Stories from the Field, showcases the varied research happening at the LCSFS with a focus on how the work creates meaningful changes to the ways we produce, get, eat and understand our food.

Laurier Teaching Podcast

Teaching and Learning at Laurier shapes and inspires exceptional learning experiences inside and outside the classroom by developing and supporting teaching excellence and innovation, holistic student success programs, and experiential learning opportunities.

The Laurier Teaching Podcast celebrates incredible teaching, tells stories about impactful educational experiences, and provides insight and a deep look at critical avenues of higher education. 

On War and Society

The On War and Society podcast features interviews with the most prominent historians of war and society. The Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies member Eric Story sits down with his guests to discuss their cutting-edge research, the challenges associated with doing history, and life "behind the book."

One Market Podcast

The One Market Podcast was created by Tarah Brookfield and Bruce Gillespie as a way to keep the sense of community alive at Laurier Brantford during the COVID-19 crisis.

Research Chat

Research Chat is a podcast showcasing graduate students' research and experiences. Each episode illustrates how Laurier graduate students engage in understanding critical issues facing Canadians today. Research Chat is a partnership between the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, WLU Library and the Office of Research.

Secret Feminist Agenda

The WLU Press in collaboration with Hannah McGregor, scholar and podcaster at Simon Fraser University, are offering a new peer-reviewed scholarly podcast. Tune into the Secret Feminist Agenda.

Staying Golden: Catching Up With Laurier Alumni

The Laurier Alumni Association podcast, Staying Golden: Catching Up With Laurier Alumnicatches up with Laurier alumni, hoping to give Laurier students some insights into what the future may hold after graduation.