Black History Month @ Queen’s – Calendar of Events

Tuesday, Feb 12th:

Student Alumni Talk with Dr. Elliott Clarke6:00pm – 7:30pm, Dunning Hall, Rm. 11

Feb 25th-Mar 1st:

Photo Exhibit Celebrating Black Youth Achievement – First Floor of Stauffer Library

Wednesday, Feb 27th:

Anti-Racism Workshop – 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Red Room, Kingston Hall

Thursday, Feb 28th:

Black History Month JamCelebration of Black music. Doors open at 10:00, The Mansion, 506 Princess St

For more information, visit:


“Escape the Winter Blues” Court Volleyball Tournament

When: Saturday, Feb 23 at 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Holy Cross Secondary School

Cost: $185+HST per team, $35+HST per Individual

Come on down and serve, bump, and spike your way through a day of fun court volleyball!  There are three divisions to choose from, so grab your team and we’ll see you there!

There is no better way to escape the cold then playing in this fun tournament!

Co-ed Recreational 6’s
Co-ed Advanced/Intermediate 6’s
Women Intermediate/Recreation 6’s

Visit to register a team!

(Note: this event is not within walking distance of Queen’s campus)

‘Escape the Winter Blues’ Court Volleyball Tournament

Photo-Ops Studio: “Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?”

Rainbow BoaWhen: Thursday, Feb 14th at 7:30 – 9:00pm.

Where: JDUC — Robert Sutherland Room (2nd floor). All welcome.

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That’s right, next week there will be snakes in the studio! These beautiful creatures make for fantastic macro photography.

Our snakes are domestic and non-venomous, and they will be modeled and displayed by their personal handler.

The species presented will be rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria cenchria) and corn snakes (Pantherophis guttatus).

Come in for a chance to get some very different and creative shots! For more information, see our Facebook event!

Celebration of Indigenous Art, Music & Dance

When: March 16th

Where: Queen’s Center All Ages

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Center presents: Celebration of Indigenous Art, Music & DanceBernard Nelson, elder of the Ojobiway, demonstrates drumming.

The Pow Wow this year has been changed to a Celebration of Indigenous Art, Music & Dance. This event  will provide Queen’s community an opportunity to experience Indigenous  culture and food.

If you miss Pow Wow, you can check The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society website for upcoming Aboriginal Community Events to see where the nearest Pow Wow is taking place.

Justin Trudeau @ Queen’s

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 13th at 3:00pm

WHERE: Wallace Hall, JDUC. all ages


Justin Trudeau will be on campus to talk about his vision for Canada and why he is running to be the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

For more information about Justin and how you can get involved, check out his website at or email us at Everyone is welcome to attend, so please bring your friends.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Note: Justin will also be at Market Square downtown for a meet & greet at 4:00pm! RSVP

Nominations for Baillie Award

Deadline: midnight Friday, Feb 28th


Undergraduate students in their final year of study at Queen’s University are invited to nominate  a high school teacher for a…

Baillie Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching

These awards give students graduating from Queen’s University the opportunity to honour educators in Canada who, during the student’s high school career, had a decisive and formative influence on the student, and set them on the course to post-secondary education and ultimately to their graduation from Queen’s.

These awards recognize an exceptional teacher who has served as a role model and mentor to their students, instilled a love of learning, and inspired academic excellence and the pursuit of higher education.

Up to five awards will be given annually. Teacher-recipients will each receive $5,000 and will be invited to campus to receive their award at their student nominee’s convocation ceremony. Travel-related expenses up to $1,500 may be reimbursed.

Download nomination form 

FREE Bridge Lessons

When: Sunday, Feb 10th at 2:00-5:00 pm and Wednesdays from 7:00-10:00pm.

Where: MacCorry Room E229

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Free Bridge Lessons offered by Ed Reilly as the initiation of the new club at Queen’s called the Queen’s Bridge Club.

Bridge is a card game that involves logic, card play, strategy and communication with your partner. It involves no luck so if you enjoy strategy games, you will love bridge ! There are many opportunities for people under 26 years old to play bridge. It is also something that you will be able to enjoy for life!

All welcome.


Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Plenary Lecture

When: Monday, Feb 25th at 3:30pm.

Where: School of Medicine Bldg., Room 132A/032A

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Plenary Lecture
Cancer Immunotherapy : Here and NOW!

Prof Ian Frazer led in the development of Papilloma Virus Vaccines against cervical cancers that are now being used globally under the brand names Gardasil and Cervarix. Over 60 million women worldwide have been vaccinated. He is now investigating vaccines against skin cancer associated with polyomaviruses

Lecture to be followed by a reception 4:30 – 5:30 pm in the Foyer, 132A, School of Medicine Bldg.

Hosted by the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

Click here for more information.

Brockington Public Lecture: “How to Live a Long and Happy Life”

When: Tuesday, Feb 26th at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Where: Ellis Hall, Auditorium

Brockington Public Lecture – All are Welcome
How to Live a Long and Healthy Life!

Dr. Ian Frazer, CEO and Director of Research of the Translational Research Institute in Brisbane Australia, led in the development of Papilloma Vaccines against cervical cancers that are now being used globally under the brand names Gardasil and Cervarix.

Over 60 million women worldwide have been vaccinated. Please join us for the Brockington Public Lecture, ‘How to Live a Long and Happy Life’ followed by a public reception in the foyer of Ellis Auditorium. This lecture will be translated for the hearing impaired.

Queen’s School of Business Innovation Summit

When: Friday, Mar 1st at 6:00pm and Saturday, Mar 2nd at 8:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Where: Goodes Hall, Queen’s University. All welcome.

Cost: $50 students (OR $30 early bird price before Feb 24th); $100 general admission.


The innovation summit is a two day conference run by MBA students that aims to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the impacts that innovation can have in business and society.

The event will feature some of the best companies and brightest minds, who will challenge participants’ current thinking, and will aid in developing outstanding leaders with a global perspective.

This year’s theme is “Edge” and seeks to understand how individuals and organizations continue to push the edge in order to drive innovation and growth.

We are proud to have secured national and local leaders from organizations such as Deloitte, IBM, KPMG, Staples, Experience Point and SAP Canada, among many others, to discuss innovation in healthcare, finance, entrepreneurship, energy, analytics, strategy, food, leadership and more.

Click here for more information.

2013 Inquiry @ Queen’s – Undergraduate Research Conference

Submission deadline extended to: Midnight Friday, Feb 8th

Present your research! The 7th Annual Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference will be held in the Queen’s Learning Commons, Stauffer Library, March 7-8, 2013.

The conference is an opportunity for you to share your research while participating in an academic conference. As a presenter you will gain graduate and career skills, such as critical thinking, effective writing, and presenting. You will engage in scholarly communication with students and faculty from many disciplines.

For more information and to submit your abstract, go to:

Ban Righ Centre Speaker Series 2013

When: ongoing. Talks are at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm unless otherwise specified.

Where: Ban Righ Centre, All welcome.

Cost: FREE with student ID.

The Speaker Series provides an opportunity to continue your education at your own pace, in an intimate, comfortable setting with no exams!  From the visual and other arts, science and technology, the environment and social justice, to the more personal, obscure and indescribable, we try to cover it all.  Everyone is welcome and home-made soup is available for a donation.  

Tuesday Feb 26th
Is there anything wrong with bad language?

Adele Mercier. Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, cross-appointed to the Linguistics Program.

As a recent case at Queen’s University has amply made clear, we can easily be hair-triggered by “bad language” (gendered and racialized language, and some swear words). In my talk, I will discuss “weighted words” in an effort to provide principled and empirical grounds for distinguishing between oversensitivity and reasonable concerns, and between malicious defamation and legitimate criticism.

Wednesday Feb 27th
Women and Money

Carol Ann Budd. P.Eng. Consultant

Learn more about the true financial impacts of caring for children or aging parents, a longer life expectancy, how to survive separation and divorce, good debt and bad debt, building a financial safety net, and charting a course toward your long term financial goals.

Friday, March 1st
Change Your Mind:  Mood Management Strategies to Beat the Blues

Dr. Jenn Rae – Author and Family Physician

Wednesday March 6th
Traumatic Remembrance and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings

Kip Pegley.  Associate Professor. Queen’s School of Music.

The most widely-performed musical work for public mourning in the Western art music repertoire is Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings (1936). It was played on radio after Roosevelt’s sudden death in ’45, then at the funeral of Einstein in ’55, during the radio report of J.F.K.’s assassination, and at the funeral of Princess Grace of Monaco, not to mention its performances after the Challenger explosion, the Oklahoma City bombing, and innumerable renditions worldwide after 9/11. In 2007, when BBC Radio asked its audience to nominate the “saddest piece of music ever written,” Barber’s Adagio received more votes than the other top four pieces combined. By examining three recordings of this piece (Toscanini, 1938; Stokowski, 1958 and Schenck, 2009), I will talk about how the work transformed over a period of seventy years to become our modern-day anthem for grieving. I will discuss how and why this piece of music is powerful, never neutral, and always contextually contingent as it shapes our relationship as a grieving public to past events and lost lives.

Tuesday March 12th
Gothic Matriarch

Cavelle Macdonell. Filmmaker and Fine Arts teacher  

In 2011 Cavelle produced and directed a 13 minute indie documentary GOTHIC MATRIARCH honoring the 85 year old Fredericton NB legend Catherine Hale, for a lifetime of artistic achievement and non-conformity.  GOTHIC MATRIARCH is part of the “ART OF LIVING” Independent Documentary Series, honoring Ordinary People with Extra-ordinary Lives. Cavelle will talk about Miss Hale’s artwork and her creative collaboration with Miss Hale and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery during filming. See trailer here:

Thursday March 21st
The Burden of Depression in Women

Kate Harkness, Ph.D., C. Psych. Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry. Department of Psychology

Women outnumber men 2 to 1 in the prevalence of depression, and according to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disease-related disability among women in the world. Reasons for the increased rate of depression in women are complex, and involve a combination of bio-genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. In this talk I will discuss research that we have been conducting to better understand the increased burden of depression in women by focusing specifically on the environments to which women are exposed, and the unique ways in which they make meaning of those environments.

Friday, March 22nd

Rebecca Anweiler. Assistant Professor, Fine Art Programme, Queen’s University

Working figuratively and dealing with issues of representation, Anweiler critically investigates the cultural meanings underlying gender, sexuality and the natural world as constructed through norms produced by education and scientific systems. Her background in biology and education informs these various lines of inquiry. Her talk will engage with the efforts in her practice to subvert scientific bias and expose the limitations of that field to acknowledge or incorporate research requiring a reinvention or major overhaul of existing theory. Rebecca’s work will be displayed at Ban Righ from Feb 22-March 29.

Tuesday April 9th
Haiku Poetry as a Path to Slow Time

Philomene Kocher, Poet

Haiku are little poems that honour the beauty of the ordinary moment. If we slow down and open our awareness, haiku may be found everywhere. Philomene will share some of her poems and experience of walking the haiku path.

Social Innovation Bootcamp

When: Friday, Mar 15th – Saturday, Mar 16th

Where: Goodes Hall

The workshop is designed to teach Queen’s students to drive social change in their careers and in society using tools for social innovation central to both social intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship. Learn best practices and key skills from leaders in this space.

Click here for registration information and a full list of speakers!

Hack Labs Kingston

When: Friday, Feb 22nd to Sunday, Feb 24th.

Where: 2 Gore Street (see map below)

What is Hack Labs?

A collaborative group of individuals, businesses and organizations in Kingston, ON aiming to increase the enjoyment of Science and Technology for all ages.

How does it work?

Friday evening around 6:00pm we’ll open the doors, feed you supper and meet all the participants.  We’re working on having a guest speaker join us to discuss their ultra cool ‘made in Kingston’ product which is heading to market soon.  Team formation will occur after their presentation, and then you’ll start!

All day Saturday will be devoted to working on your projects, and then on Sunday at 2:00pm, we’ll regroup and you’ll get to show off your creations to the rest of the participants!

How do I get involved?

You can now find us on Facebook:

Twitter:  @Hack_Labs

And registration is available here:


APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday, Feb 1st at 4:00pm in AMS Offices.QMJC

WHEN: Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10



Are you interested in media, social media, blogging, reporting, writing, business or journalism? Come join us at the Queen’s Media and Journalism Conference this year on March 9th & 10th!

QMJC is pleased to welcome a multitude of professional speakers this year from the fields of media and journalism.

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend sessions with the speakers they so choose, as well as personalized workshops put on by the speakers to give delegates a more insightful view on how to obtain a successful career in the field.

For more information and frequent updates:
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Lunchtime Breathing Meditations @ Ban Righ Centre

When: Tuesdays at 12:30pm-1:00pm.

Where: Ban Righ Centre, The Flower Pot Room; 12:30 – 1:00 pm

Protect your mind against stress with a 30-minute breathing meditation. All are welcome– students, staff, faculty, women & men! Anyone who needs relaxation and a calm mind.

No meditation experience necessary. Each session is self-contained. Suitable for beginners & experienced meditators.

We meet in the Flower Pot Room, lower level. Once you enter the Ban Righ Centre, turn left. Just before the kitchen is a small stairway to the lower level.

QUIC English Conversation Group

When: every Thursday at 5:00pm-6:30pm.

Where: QUIC in the JDUC. All welcome.

Facilitated by volunteers, this weekly Conversation Group is part of the QUIC English Language Support Program.

The Group is intended to help degree students, workers and their partners who wish to improve their English grammar and pronunciation.  Generally, the sessions include a group activity as well as small group discussions with volunteers.

Students and staff (including spouses) are welcome to visit any group session at the QUIC any Thursday, 5:00 pm at the QUIC.  Sign up is not required.

Click here for more information.

Workshop: Summer Opportunities at The Castle

never stop learningWhen: Monday Feb 11th at 5:00pm -OR- Thursday March 7th at 5:00pm (Info Sessions)

Where: Welcome Centre, Gordon Hall

This summer the Bader International Study Centre (aka The Castle) is offering a 6 week summer school running from May 3rd until June 15th. Our selection of courses, which can be found on our website, range from art history and astronomy, to studies in the digital humanities, British studies, and comparative genocides.

Also running in May and June is our NEW program in association with the Faculty of Health Sciences entitled Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability.

This program is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students and will satisfy 9.0 units. It is designed to take students through 6 weeks of immersion, engagement, field studies, and exploration within Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability.

The courses will be led by Queen’s faculty members who are passionate about their field and are international experts who bring expertise and experience to the classroom and beyond. The More Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss

In addition to these two programs we are running a number of Field Schools in June and July:

  • Biodiversity
  • Archaeology
  • Travel Writing
  • Sustainability
  • Leadership
  • Deaf Geographies
  • Performance: Art-Drama-Music
  • Conflict Resolution

Field Schools are pre-packaged programs, designed to allow you to immerse yourself deeply in course material that includes extensive research and practical ‘in the field’ learning experiences. Generally five weeks in duration, satisfying 6.0 units, start and end dates vary according to Field School, so please refer to the website for specific information.

Three Minute Thesis Competition @ Queen’s

3 minute thesis competition Queen's

When: Monday, March 18 – Thursday, March 21

Where: TBA

Register Now!

3MT® is a competition for Queen’s Masters (thesis only) and doctoral students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges.

The challenge is to present complex research material in an engaging, compelling way, using only one slide.

The three minute thesis competition provides graduate students with an opportunity to refine skills that can be transferred after graduation to diverse career paths. Continue reading

Nominations for the Agnes-Benidickson Tricolour Award 2013

Submissions Deadline: March 1st

The Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award and induction in the Tricolour Society is the highest tribute that can be paid to a student for valuable and distinguished service to the University in non-athletic, extra-curricular activities. Such service may have been confined to a single field, or it may have taken the form of a significant contribution over a wide range of activities. Read more about the Award…

If you know someone who you feel has made an awesome contribution to Queen’s, you should nominate them. Forms are available here.

Responsible Leadership Speaker: Mike MacSween EVP, Suncor Energy

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Where: Goodes Hall, Room 308.

Join the Centre for Responsible Leadership for the second in its winter 2013 Speakers Series events.

Mike MacSween, Executive Vice-President of Major Projects at Suncor Energy Services Inc. will talk about the challenges and opportunities in creating energy for today and tomorrow. The talk will take place in Goodes Rm. 308 from 12-1pm, lunch provided.

Please RSVP to by Fri. Feb. 22nd. Click here for bio and talk abstract.

Register Now for Graduation Photos!

When: Between Now and February 10th

Where: Taylor Studios, 285 King Street E

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After four great years at Queen’s, the time has finally come to sign up for your graduation photos with Taylor Studios.

Q: When can I sign up?queen's grad photos

You can sign up between NOW and FEBRUARY 10th. If you sign up sooner rather than later, you will have a greater chance of getting a new photo if you don’t like the original.

Q: When are photos being taken?

Before reading week. More details to come.

Q: How can I sign up?

It’s simple! Register at and book the day that works best for you.

Queen’s School of Music Events – February 2013

Saturday, Feb 2 at 10:00am — Piano Masterclass with Dr. Cynthia Tormann.

Friday, Feb 8 at 12:30pm.  /  Harrison-LeCaine Hall / Free — Colloquium Presentation by Dr. Gordon E. Smith and Dr. Margaret Walker

Friday, Feb 8 at 7:30pm.  /  Grant Hall /  $20.00 general admission — Broadway: LIVE in Concert

Featuring Queen’s Symphony Orchestra and vocal performances by students, faculty and alumni.

Sunday, Feb 10 Harrison-LeCaine Hall /  FREE  —  Queen’s Conservatory of Music Student Recital

Wednesday, Feb 27 at 7:30pm.  / Harrison-LeCaine Hall,  — Special Performance of the Passacaglia by Ronald Stevenson “Loneliness of the Long-distance Pianist”.

Thursday, Feb 28 at 7:00pm Harrison-LeCaine Hall  —  Queen’s Pianofest, Opus 9 – Murray McLachlan – Piano Masterclass

Click here for more School of Music Events