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Department of Political Science celebrates 50th anniversary with special events and legacy fund

In 1966, Laurier’s Department of Political Science began with five full-time faculty and one undergraduate program with nine students; the Masters of Political Science program followed shortly after in 1970. Today, the department boasts 19 full-time faculty, three Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Canada Research Chairs, 450 undergraduate students and 127 students enrolled in the Legal Studies Option; and a new graduate program, the Master of Applied Politics. This year also marks the inaugural year of the joint Laurier-Sussex Bachelor of Laws Degree.

Alumni, students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to celebrate throughout the year with lectures, guest speakers and events.

Legends of Laurier Lecture 

Celebrations for the Department of Political Science’s 50th anniversary will kick-off during Homecoming weekend Sept. 24. Alumni, students, faculty and staff can attend the Legends of Laurier Lecture, entitled “U.S. Election Chaos,” with Political Science Professor Barry Kay. Kay joined the department in 1978 and is an expert on American politics.

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
  • Time: 11 a.m.; Reception from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Senate and Board Chamber
  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP

Networking Social

Alumni are invited back to Laurier for a dinner with students, faculty and fellow alumni. The evening will bring together students and Laurier political science graduates who have achieved great success in exciting and interesting careers, with opportunities to share career-focused insights, experiences and advice. This event is sponsored by the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association, the Faculty of Arts and the Career Centre.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Senate and Board Chamber
  • Cost: $15 for current students and alumni; $20 for others
  • Space is limited. Please RSVP to Sherry Palmer at spalmer@wlu.ca or come to 4-120 to purchase a ticket.

Bus trip to Brantford campus and First Nations Residential School

Alumni and students are invited to tour Laurier’s Brantford campus, visit the Woodland Cultural Centre and the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School Building.

Event Details

  • Date: November [TBD]
  • Time: Day-long event
  • Check back for additional details.

Supporting Political Science Students, Now and in Future

Acquiring theoretical knowledge and first-hand experience are equally important to the Laurier student experience. To mark the Political Science Department’s 50th anniversary, we are creating an Alumni Legacy Fund to provide financial support to create opportunities for political science majors interested in:

  • Studying or volunteering abroad and field trips
  • Capstone courses and model simulations
  • Departmental internships
  • Community Service Learning

We invite you to help build this fund so that we can continue to build on the experiential learning component of our program, to better prepare our students for whatever their futures hold! Make your charitable donation on line through our secure website or by contacting Harry Froklage, associate director of Development at hfroklage@wlu.ca.

Additional upcoming events

  • January: Book sale – proceeds will go to the Alumni Legacy Fund
  • March: Movie night
  • Dinner for students, faculty, staff and alumni
  • Guest speaker events throughout the year


To commemorate this milestone, special anniversary t-shirts, mugs and magnets will be available for sale at all of our events. 

Anniversary Merchandise

For more information, to purchase merchandise or to RSVP for an event, contact Sherry Palmer at spalmer@wlu.ca or 519-884-0710 x3374.