7 academic events you must attend at Bishop’s

Here at Bishop’s University, we like our academic events the way we like our education: interdisciplinary and fascinating. What does that even mean, you ask? It means attending a lecture on cyber security that touches on readings you did for your Introduction to Justice class, and sitting in the audience with your best friend studying finance on one side, and your roommate majoring in Physics on the other. It means that academic events are not for any one field, program or student. They are learning experiences for you as a student, and as a person.

This learning extends beyond the seats of these events. Both before and after there are opportunities to network with your peers, professors and guests, be they visiting students and/or superstars of some sort. Your conversations with these people will bring new and exciting possibilities. To say the least, it’s more than a decent way to spend an evening in Lennoxville. Here are a handful of academic treasures to catch on campus:


The DONALD LECTURE SERIES brings speakers of national and international renown to campus. Notable speakers in the past few years include Chris Hadfield (Canadian astronaut), Naomi Klein (author, activist and filmmaker) and Senator Murray Sinclair (Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Act).

NEW PLAYS AND THEATRACTIV are theatre festivals hosted by the Drama Department. Anyone is welcome to audition for them, and if acting isn’t your strong suit, you can apply to direct or stage-manage — you can even write a play and submit it to be performed. In fact, New Plays features entirely student written productions.

BISHOP’S SPEAKS is Bishop’s own Ted Talk series. Students and professors deliver talks and tips about student success in Bishop’s unique setting. This year, the talks will aim to answer the question, “How does your passion drive your scholarship?”

DEPARTMENTAL LECTURE SERIES are coordinated by the different departments on campus, who wish to invite speakers that are directly related to their students’ field
of study.

DIVISIONAL WINE AND CHEESES are organized by the Students’ Representative Council and held in the Gait. They provide students with the opportunity to continue
conversations with peers and professors outside the classroom.

MAPLE LEAGUE UP FOR DEBATE Weekend brings together the four universities in the Maple League (Bishop’s, Acadia, Mount Allison and St. FX). Students and faculty from each school participate in debating competitions and TEDx style presentations. Last year there was a case competition as well! In past years, Bishop’s has welcomed such guests as the CBC Debaters and news anchor Ian Hanomansing.

RESEARCH WEEK is a celebration of the research completed here at Bishop’s. Popular events include the Poster Competition and Flash Talks, which give students the opportunity to showcase their research!

Morgan Gagnon
Liberal Arts and Philosophy Major; Mathematics Minor
Hometown: Kingston, Ontario


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