Wednesday, May 7, 2003
Co-chairs for the conference are Richard Gwyn, journalist and chancellor of St. Jerome's, and John English, UW history professor and former Liberal Member of Parliament.
Thirty speakers, including colleagues, friends, journalists, scholars and biographers of Trudeau will explore the manner in which his faith and spirituality influenced his personal and political life. As well, the political, social and religious context in which Trudeau grew up and exercised power during a political career that included 14 years as prime minister will be examined.
In his autobiography, Trudeau wrote about his faith with uncharacteristic brevity: "Let's say that I remained -- I remain -- a believer." Yet throughout his life he was a practicing Catholic who took his faith very seriously -- a fact that surprises those familiar only with his jet-setting lifestyle and the delight he took in challenging conventional social norms. His famous dictum, "the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation," is often cited, both by those who support and revile this change, as a harbinger of Canada's embrace of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Yet, at the same time as he liberalized Canadian laws on divorce and abortion, he was also a keen advocate of human rights and justice for the oppressed, a stance shaped by Catholic social teachings and expressed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Keynote speakers at the conference will include former prime minister John Turner and Allan MacEachen, who will reflect on faith and politics during their years as cabinet colleagues of Trudeau. Topics will include "Religion and Politics in Québec", "Trudeau and the Bedrooms of the Nation", "Faith and Personal Experience" and "The Spiritual Pilgrimage of Pierre Trudeau."
The conference is jointly sponsored by St. Jerome's University, the University of Waterloo, the Donner Foundation, the Canadian Heritage Department and the Catholic Register.
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|'A satisfying open-concept kitchen': that's the new great hall at Renison College, following renovations last year. The facelift of the college's buildings, including construction of 50 new residence rooms, is featured this month in UW's electronic newsletter for alumni.|
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A new e-mail consultation list invites undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni to raise issues for consideration by UW's student senators. Subscribers are directed to the senate-consult email list for more information. Arts undergraduate senator Jesse Helmer writes: "Subscribers will receive between one and four e-mails per month. You may also receive invitations to irregular informal gatherings to discuss Senate issues."
The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics hosts a public lecture this evening at the Waterloo Recreation Complex on Father David Bauer Drive. Tonight's guest speaker is John Schwarz, professor of physics with the California Institute of Technology. His topic is "Superstring Theory: Past, Present, and Future." The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Attendance is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved by telephone at 886-2375 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. A small number of tickets will be held at the door.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, there will be a reception for new students held between 4 and 6 p.m. in the Ground Zero restaurant in the Student Life Centre. Says Erin Moore, orientation and special events coordinator with the Federation of Students: "If you are new to UW this term, please drop in . . . You will have the opportunity to meet your Federation of Students executive, gather information on UW, and ask current UW students and staff any questions you have." Moore can be reached at ext. 3426 for more information.
And finally, a correction: yesterday's Bulletin incorrectly referred to Frank Tompa as the director of the School of Computer Science. That post is, in fact, held by Johnny Wong, who succeeded Tompa on March 1 of this year.