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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.

LALL offers a variety of learning opportunities throughout the year. 

Upcoming offerings are listed below. Be among the first to know about upcoming offerings by signing up for our email list

A selection of past offerings are also included below to highlight some examples of LALL programming.

Welcome Back Lecture Series (Spring 2022)

Who Owns the Past? (June 22)

  • Date: Wednesday June 22, 2022
  • Location: Waterloo Campus, Lazaridis Hall
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
  • Register Online
  • Not Eligible towards Laurier's Lifelong Learning Certificate

Course Description

What do the Elgin Marbles, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and a Cambodian temple near the Thailand border have in common? They all provide a means of understanding our ties to the past and how heritage can have both positive and negative implications. These examples also show how heritage can be preserved, reinforced, modified, and in some cases manipulated. Heritage is also dynamic and ever-changing, even when we talk about elements of the past. Throughout this presentation we will discuss the three cases above along with many others to explore the complex nature of our connection to heritage.


Scott Gallimore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology & Heritage Studies and the Associate Dean of Arts: Student Affairs. His research focuses on the country of Greece during the period of the Roman Empire (1st to 7th century AD), with an emphasis on economic history and landscape studies. He has conducted field work on the island of Crete and in the Peloponnese region of southern Greece.

Mozart's Requiem - too many cooks in the kitchen. How an unfinished masterpiece has fared for 230 years. (June 29)

  • Date: Wednesday June 29, 2022
  • Location: Waterloo Campus, Lazaridis Hall
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
  • Register Online
  • Not Eligible towards Laurier's Lifelong Learning Certificate

Course Description

Although the Mozart Requiem is a beloved iconic musical masterpiece, it was unfinished when its composer died at the age of 35. This talk explores various attempts over the past 230 years to complete a musical work in progress which turned out to be Mozart's swan song.


Howard Dyck is the Artistic Director of the Nota Bene Baroque Players & Singers, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Grand Philharmonic Choir (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Conductor Emeritus of the Bach Elgar Choir (Hamilton). He is well known across Canada as the former programme host of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio. In 2013 he was conductor-in-residence of the Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra in China.

Howard’s international conducting career has taken him to twenty countries on three continents where he has conducted, among others, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir of Vienna, the Mozarteum Orchestra (Austria), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Obretenov Choir (Bulgaria), the Bach Collegium and Gächinger Kantorei (Germany), the Taipei Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (Taiwan), and the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Russia).

His discography includes: Bach – Missa Brevis in g; Handel – Messiah Highlights (SONY Classical); Verdi – Requiem; Beethoven – Missa Solemnis (EMI); Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem.

Singers of international distinction who have performed under Howard’s baton include: Sondra Radvanovsky, Nathalie Paulin, Measha Brueggergosman, Suzie Leblanc, Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Catherine Robbin, Maureen Forrester, Susan Platts, Daniel Taylor, Richard Margison, Ben Heppner, Rufus Müller, Michael Schade, Gary Relyea, Nathaniel Watson, John Relyea, Russell Braun, James Westman, and Nathan Berg.

Howard has received numerous honours for his musical contributions, both nationally and internationally. He holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Honorary Professor of Music at Yunnan Arts University (Kunming, China). Howard is a Member of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. A Waterloo Region Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner, he was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

In recent years, he has officiated at approximately 120 Canadian citizenship ceremonies, having sworn in some 6000 new Canadians.

Transitions: A Journey of Transformation through Loss, Grief and Mourning (July 6)

  • Date: Wednesday July 6, 2022
  • Location: Waterloo Campus, Lazaridis Hall
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
  • Register Online
  • Not Eligible towards Laurier's Lifelong Learning Certificate

Course Description

Our lives are replete with changes that indicate a time of transition. These changes can happen suddenly and unexpectedly or slowly and over a long period of time. Every change begins with an ending that invites us to enter into a journey of transition. This often paradoxical journey provides the opportunity to explore our losses, while we evaluate, reorient and redefine our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, even our body and spirit. Grief and mourning that accompany loss are painful, yet may also be mysteriously hope-filled when we move through transitions with awareness and courage.


Martina C Steiger, ThD, Professor Emeritus at Holos University Graduate Seminary, is a 2013 graduate of the Master of Science program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University in New York.
Her work as life coach, educator and facilitator as well as Spiritual Director and Narrative Medicine Practitioner centres on stories, the stories that shape individual experiences and relationships. In her role as Spiritual Care Facilitator at Hospice of Waterloo Region, she guides reflective workshops for staff, volunteers and the general public on how facing our own mortality invites us to live life more fully.

Past Offerings

Laurier Alumni and LALL Present - Oktoberfest: The History of Germany's Most Famous Festival

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
  • Location: Turret, Laurier Waterloo campus
  • Time: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
  • Cost: $25
  • Not Eligible for hours towards Laurier's Lifelong Learning Certificate

5 p.m. | Enjoy Oktoberfest inspired appetizers while you mingle with fellow members of the Laurier community

5:30 p.m. | Keg tapping – All attendees are invited to enjoy a drink from the keg or grab their preferred beverage from the bar

6 p.m. | Oktoberfest: The History of Germany’s Most Famous Festival Lecture with Professor James Skidmore (see lecture details below)

7 p.m. | Enjoy an Oktoberfest dinner with all the fixings – including schnitzel, potato salad and apple strudel!

Lecture Details
Oktoberfest: The History of Germany’s Most Famous Festival Lecture with Professor James Skidmore

Professor Skidmore will describe how the original Oktoberfest, a horse race held in 1810 to mark a Bavarian royal wedding, grew into a festival celebrated throughout the world. The festival’s history reflects not only the history of Germany, but also the history of German migration in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to explaining some of the most common practices and oddities of Oktoberfest, Prof. Skidmore will also reflect on what it means to celebrate a German festival in Waterloo Region, a community whose connections to Germany are less prominent than they once were.

James Skidmore is Director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, a research institute at the University of Waterloo, and a long-time LALL instructor.

The Natural and Cultural Heritage of Pilkington Township and Nichol Township in Wellington County (Bus Tour)

  • Dates/Time:
    • Lecture – Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Bus Tour – Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:
    • Lecture – Laurier's Waterloo campus, Room TBD
    • Bus Tour – Parking and/or pick-up and drop off available at Laurier's Waterloo campus
  • Cost: $100
  • Eligible for 10 hours towards Laurier's Lifelong Learning Certificate

Course Description

The Grand River, a Canadian heritage river, was formed by the remnants of the Wisconsin Ice Age thousands of years ago. Indigenous people have travelled and lived in the area of the Grand River watershed for hundreds of years.

On Oct. 25, 1784, Sir Frederick Haldimand, the governor of Québec, on behalf of King George III, signed a decree that granted a tract of land, six miles (10 kms) wide on either side of the Grand River from its source to its mouth, to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), also known as the Six Nations, in compensation for their alliance with British forces during the American Revolution (1775–1783).

On Feb. 5, 1798, this land was parcelled out in six large blocks to specific purchasers. These later developed into towns that still exist today: the Township of Dumfries, Waterloo Township, Waterloo County, Pilkington Township in Wellington County, Woolwich Township in Waterloo County and Nichol Township in Wellington County.

This lecture and subsequent bus tour will explore the natural history of the Grand River watershed from Waterloo to Elora and Fergus, including the Elora Gorge.

Learn about the early people, such as Augustus Jones, Joseph Brant, Robert Pilkington, William Gilkison, Adam Fergusson, James Webster and William Wallace, who had a vision to settle this area.

Discover the importance of other early personalities, such as Dr. Abraham Groves, Charles Kirk Clarke, David Boyle, the Beatty Brothers, John Connon and others, who influenced the business and political life of the area.

A visit and presentation will be made to the Wellington County Museum and Archives, a National Historic Site and the oldest remaining House of Industry in Canada. It was built in 1877 as a "Poor House" or place of refuge for the poor, homeless, and destitute people in Wellington County.

Note: There will be multiple stops throughout the bus tour where participants will need to get on and off the bus, with limited walking. It is recommended that participants consider their own mobility when registering.

Course Details

The cost of the course includes:

  • Tour pre-lecutre and guided tour with long-time LALL instructor, Warren Stauch.
  • Access to MyLearningSpace for course materials.
  • Designated parking at Laurier's Waterloo Campus for the duration of the bus tour on Oct. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parking on Oct. 9 during the pre-lecture is not included.
  • Use of Great Canadian Bus Tours luxury coach bus with onboard restroom.
  • Lunch at the Gorge Country Kitchen on tour day.


Warren Stauch is a life-long resident of Kitchener who has a keen interest in the geography and history of the Waterloo Region and the Grand River watershed.

Warren earned an honours BA in Geography at Waterloo Lutheran University in 1968 and then a MA in Geography at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1978. After a year at Althouse College of Education in London, ON, Warren taught Geography for 30 years in three high schools before retiring in June 1999.

In 1967, Warren was asked to be a step-on guide for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and has been leading bus tours of the local area for the past 51 years.

In retirement, Warren has taught interest courses for seniors at the Laurier Association for Life-Long Learning in Waterloo. In addition to bus tours, Warren also does local historical walking tours, and presents slides shows on a variety of topics.

Warren has been married to Martha, a retired Language teacher, for 48 years, and volunteers in the community and sits on a number of boards. He is a Board member on the Grand River Conservation Authority and chair of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation.

Warren has been the recipient of a number of awards and honours. In Jan. 2017, he was the recipient of the Mayor’s Community Builder Award for the City of Kitchener.

The Art of Imitation-Learning to Write by Copying the Masters

  • Dates: Mondays, Oct. 21 to Nov. 25, 2019
  • Location: Waterloo campus, Peter's Building, P119
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. 
  • Cost: $85
  • Eligible for 12 hours towards Laurier's Lifelong Learning Certificate

Course Description

Imitation is a time-honored way to understand more deeply and get more proficient at any art or skill, whether it’s cooking, painting, dancing, composing, acting, or designing clothes. Beginning chefs start by following a recipe closely, and then eventually, as they get the technique down, they add their own flare to the dish. The same is true for writing. By carefully examining how accomplished writers work, by copying what they do, we become better writers!

In this course, we will explore poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction by first imitating the masters to create our own masterpieces.


Christin Taylor is the author of two books. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Sojourners. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University of Los Angeles and is currently completing her PhD in Composition and Rhetoric at University of Waterloo. In addition to writing, Christin has taught composition and creative writing since 2006 at universities and colleges across North America. To read more about Christin and her writing, visit

Renaissance Music and the Art and Architecture of Florence and Rome 1400-1540

  • Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 22 to Nov. 26, 2019
  • Location: Waterloo campus, 45 Lodge Street, Lower Level Classroom
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • Cost: $85
  • Eligible for 12 hours towards Laurier's Lifelong Learning Certificate

Course Description

Come explore the rich history of the Renaissance!

In this course, we’ll revisit the extraordinary legacy of some of history’s greatest creators, and examine the links between them. Starting with a quick introductory survey, we’ll dive into the works of the most important artists and musicians of the time—Donatello, Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dufay, Josquin, and more—with an eye toward how the social, intellectual, and political atmosphere of the day was reflected in their magnificence. Some of the topics we’ll discuss:

  •  Hidden messages: symbols, names, and numbers in art and music;
  • The Virgin Mary honoured in the works of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dufay, and Josquin;
  • The First Lady of the Renaissance: art and music for the court of Isabella d’Esté;
  • Dufay’s Mass for the Shroud of Turin;
  • Josquin’s music for the Sistine chapel
  • The beauty and charm of Florence, as expressed in Florentine carnival songs, laudes, and motets;
  • Popular music of the Renaissance.


Dr. Alma Santosuosso is professor emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she taught music history for thirty-three years. She has published six books and several articles on the topics of mediaeval notation and music theory manuscripts, including a three-volume series on Music Theory in Mediaeval Normandy.

From Age-ing to Sage-ing: Choosing Conscious Eldering by Harvesting Life

  • Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 23 to Nov. 27, 2019
  • Location: Waterloo campus, 45 Lodge St., Lower Level Classroom
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
  • Cost: $85
  • Eligible for 12 hours towards Laurier's Lifelong Learning Certificate

Course Description

What does aging mean to you? Do you consider yourself an elder? What difference exists between “age-ing” and “sage-ing?” What is eldering and how does it compare to aging? And how might your understanding of conscious eldering support your own sense of wellbeing and that of the larger community?

In this multidisciplinary course, we will explore these questions and engage in conversation about their significance in our third act of life. Aging is a natural process of life we tend to celebrate when we are young. When we grow into older adulthood, many of us cherish the gifts and opportunities that are deeply meaningful to us. Along with the joys and strengths that arise, though, new challenges emerge. We may be aware of physical changes and decline. We may feel anxious about our financial situation or anticipate failure of our cognitive faculties. We may struggle with a potential loss of independence. We may be fearful of isolation or loneliness and uncertain when facing loss, illness, death, grief and the realities of our own mortality.

A shift to conscious eldering contributes to our ability to harness our intelligence, courage, resilience, passion and grace to cope well with change and the new complexities that circumstances might provide. Through stories, videos, art and poetry we will journey through a life review in all seven dimensions of wellness. When we confront the challenges and opportunities of aging, we increase and deepen our potential to cope along with our passion and sense of purpose. We then create the space to serve as storytellers, wisdomkeepers and stewards, in short, as “elders.”

This course explores the meaning of “age-ing” and “sage-ing” and its implications for ourselves and the world around us. We will examine a reimagined model of conscious eldering that can serve as a foundation to supporting ourselves and future generations in a sustainable, joyful and purposeful fashion.


Martina C Steiger, ThD, Professor Emeritus at Holos University Graduate Seminary, is a 2013 graduate of the Master of Science program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University in New York. She currently works as a narrative coach, transformative educator and Narrative Medicine Practitioner in private practice. Facilitation of reflective workshops for staff and volunteers at the Hospice of Waterloo Region constitutes a significant aspect of her work.

Families in Film, 7th edition: In Times of Conflict

  • Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 23 to Nov. 13, 2019
  • Location: Waterloo campus, 45 Lodge St., Lower Level Classroom
  • Time: 1 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
  • Cost: $85
  • Eligible for 12 hours towards Laurier's Lifelong Learning Certificate

Course Description

This course is a new round of the Families in Film series. Previous participation in a Families in Film course is not required.

This year’s theme focuses on the experiences of those who live through conflict and war across the globe. Troubled times can both fragment families and force strangers together, so our theme will include a range of groups living together. Despite the horrors of war, there is love and hope in these films as well as suffering and tragedy.

As in previous offerings in this series, the films have been selected from around the world to provide glimpses into other cultural, social, and family contexts. Titles TBA. Each of the four classes will last for three hours, allowing for a brief introduction of salient background, full viewing of the film and discussion afterwards.


Professor Emeritus Deena Mandell taught in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work until June 2017. She has been a guest teacher in countries ranging China and Taiwan to Israel, Malta and Ireland. Her research and teaching have focused largely on families in interaction with social systems… and she loves movies.

World of Science

  • Dates: Fridays, Oct. 25 to Nov. 29, 2019
  • Location: Waterloo campusBricker Academic Building, BA211
  • Time: 1 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • Cost: $85
  • Eligible for 12 hours towards Laurier's Lifelong Learning Certificate

Course Description

In this course we will explore the exciting world of science. In each class we will look at a different discipline of science and discuss some of the great discoveries and how they have contributed to our society.

We will look at scientific disciplines that will include psychology, physiology, bacteriology, chemistry, environmental studies and astronomy. We will take a general look at each topic and highlight how these disciplines overlap with one another and influence our everyday life. Each session we will also focus on a current news article that relates to each discipline and you will develop an understanding of how to interpret the scientific findings and the ability share this scientific knowledge with your family and community.


Dr. Marcia Chaudet is an Educational Developer in Teaching and Learning here at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is also a sessional instructor at the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo and has taught a range of biology and science undergraduate courses. She received her PhD in Science from the University of Waterloo and focused her research on the role of bacteria in human sugar digestion. Through her research and teachings in the sciences she strives to invoke student’s sense of curiosity in science and question the world of biology that surrounds them.

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