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Beyond 60: A Special University of Waterloo 60th Anniversary Lecture
Beyond 60: A Special University of Waterloo 60th Anniversary Lecture
Date: Friday, December 23, 2016
Time: 07:45 PM
Location: Hagey Hall


In 2017, the University of Waterloo celebrates 60 years of innovation — an exciting milestone for all of us. Whether you are a student, alumnus, faculty, staff, donor, supporter or friend, you are an important part of our growing story.  

In only 60 years, we have redefined higher education as experience-rich, deeply connected, societally relevant and globally impactful — a place where ideas become reality, ignited by an unmatched spirit of innovation. Over the next 60 years, the pace of innovation and change will increase exponentially. What will our world look like by 2077, and how will we continue to influence solutions and respond to global challenges?

As we approach this milestone year with a keen eye to the future, Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, invites you to join us for Beyond 60, a kick-off event featuring leaders who challenge the status quo and connect us with the potential of tomorrow. Their thought-provoking questions and conversations will take us beyond disciplines, beyond the present day and beyond borders.


To change the future, we must first understand the great challenges and opportunities ahead. The intersection of the human condition with new technologies — from quantum computing to artificial intelligence — has the world teetering on the brink of a wild new frontier, where the private can become public at the click of a button, and lines between person and machine are increasingly blurred.

Join Waterloo at the vanguard of the coming information and intelligence revolution, with keynotes and panelists including:

  • Edward Snowden (via satellite), who sparked a global debate over mass surveillance, government secrecy and the balance between national security and information privacy
  • Kate Darling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab research specialist and fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center, whose research examines the intersection of technology and society
  • University of Waterloo panel:
    • Heather Douglas, associate professor, Waterloo chair in Science and Society, Faculty of Arts
    • Dana Kulic, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
    • Michele Mosca, professor of mathematics and University Research Chair, Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, Faculty of Math

Welcome remarks by Feridun Hamdullahpur, President, University of Waterloo. 


  • Doors open at 6:15 p.m.  Guests are required to be seated by 6:45 p.m. or your ticket may be released to the waitlist. 
  • Tickets are non-transferable and must be presented upon entry. All attendees must visit the check in desk on-site.
  • No food or beverages are allowed in the theatre. 
  • Recordings of the lecture session are not permitted. 
  • No bags will be allowed in the theatre. A secure bag check will be available on-site.
  • Public transit or carpooling is encouraged. If you require campus parking, additional information will be provided in advance of the event.


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