14th Annual I@Q Undergraduate Research Conference

March 12-13, 2020, Stauffer Library, Learning Commons

The annual I@Q Undergraduate Research Conference celebrates the research of a new generation of scholars. Come out and engage with our undergraduates – listen, learn, and ask questions.

This year’s program includes 34 oral presentations and 21 poster presentations from undergraduate students across the disciplines at Queen’s and Carleton University. Students will present their work in the Queen’s Learning Commons in Stauffer Library.  

All events are open to the Queen’s and Kingston communities. No registration is required. Visit the I@Q website for the full conference program.

Stauffer@25 Speaker Series

The anniversary speaker series is funded by the Stauffer Foundation

Ali Velshi – The Pursuit of Truth in a Post-Fact World (March 5, 2020)

2:30-4 pm, Alan G. Green Fireplace Reading Room, Stauffer Library, second floor

Ali Velshi headshot

Ali Velshi (Artsci’94, LLD’16) graduated from Queen’s with a degree in religious studies in 1994, the year Stauffer Library opened. Born in Kenya and raised in Canada, Velshi has worked for several international media organizations, including Al Jazeera and CNN. He is currently an MSNBC anchor and business correspondent with NBC News, and recently launched his own weekend show, Velshi, on MSNBC. In 2016, Velshi was awarded an honorary doctorate from Queen’s.

Watch the video of this lecture on the Queen’s University Library Facebook page:

Stauffer@25 Speaker Series: David Sharpe – Bridging Worlds (Jan. 23, 2020)

2:30-4 pm, Alan G. Green Fireplace Reading Room, Stauffer Library, second floor

Queen’s alumnus David Sharpe (Law’95) is a Mohawk and a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga). Sharpe also holds an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, and is chief executive officer of Bridging Finance Inc., which provides small- and medium-sized North American companies with alternative financing options and is one of the only bridge lenders in Canada to First Nations and Inuit communities for infrastructure projects. Sharpe is chair emeritus of First Nations University of Canada, and was a member of the Board of Governors for many years and served as board chair. Sharpe is a member of the Board of Trustees at Queen’s University and is vice-chair of the Dean’s Council at Queen’s Faculty of Law.

Stauffer@25 Speaker Series: Tanya Talaga – Rights Before We Talk Reconciliation (Nov. 26, 2019)

2:30-4 pm, Alan G. Green Fireplace Reading Room, Stauffer Library, second floor

Author Tanya Talaga headshot

Tanya Talaga is the author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read Award: Young Adult/Adult; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller. She is also the author of the national bestseller All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward. For more than 20 years Tanya has been a journalist at the Toronto Star and is now a columnist at the newspaper.

Other Events

Queen’s Reads Author Visit: An Evening with Tima Kurdi (March 11, 2020)

March 11, 2020, 6:30 pm, Grant Hall

Join the Student Experience Office, Kingston WritersFest, and Queen’s University Library for a special Queen’s Reads event featuring author Tima Kurdi as she discusses her book The Boy on the Beach.

Queen’s Reads is a common reading program that aims to engage the Queen’s community in a dialogue, through discussion groups and events. This year, Queen’s Reads chose The Boy on the Beach, an intimate and poignant memoir about the family of Alan Kurdi, a young Syrian boy who became the global emblem for the desperate plight of millions of Syrian refugees, and of the many extraordinary journeys the Kurdis have taken, spanning countries and continents. The Boy on the Beach explores newcomer experiences, the global refugee crisis, the politicization of tragedy, and the love and hope that one family shared in the face of grief and adversity.

37th Annual Archives Lecture featuring Dr. Laura Murray (Oct. 30, 2019)

4 pm, Alan G. Green Fireplace Reading Room, Stauffer Library, second floor

Counterarchive or Nostalgia Trip? Reflections on the Swamp Ward & Inner Harbour History Project

Laura Murray is a professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her research career has been diverse, from nineteenth-century American literature and newspaper history, to copyright policy and theory, to Indigenous and treaty history. In all her projects, thinking about the nature and politics of archives has been essential. Most recently, her Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project (, a community history undertaking that has produced podcasts, walking tours, a photography exhibit, many blog articles, and an oral history archive of 75 interviews, both draws from and contributes to the archives.

The Page Lectures featuring Marilyn Dumont (Oct. 18, 2019)

2:30-4 pm, Alan G. Green Fireplace Reading Room, Stauffer Library, second floor

Marilyn Dumont headshot

The Page Lectures is an annual event sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature. Each year, the department brings a prominent Canadian author to campus to give a lecture on “the page” – the act of writing, the writing life and community, or any aspect of putting words to paper the lecturer wants to explore. The Page Lectures also honours the late Kingston poet and artist Joanne Page.

This year, the lecture will be held in Stauffer Library, as part of the anniversary celebrations. This year’s lecturer is award-winning Cree-Métis poet Marilyn Dumont, whose books include A Really Good Brown Girl (1996), green girl dreams Mountains (2001), that tongued belonging (2007), and The Pemmican Eaters (2015).