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Bicentennial Launch

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m. AT

Our third century starts with you. The Bicentennial Launch, which took place on Tuesday, February 6 in the Dalhousie Arts Centre’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, was the first big signature event of Dal’s anniversary year. The event reflected on Dal’s journey over the past 200 years and looked ahead towards its third century

Dal alumnus George Elliott Clarke, Canada’s most recent Parliamentary Poet Laureate, performed excerpts from his new poem, The Story of Dalhousie — commissioned for Dal’s 200th anniversary — acting as a guide of sorts for the occasion, leading the audience through Dal’s founding years right up to present day. The Bicentennial Launch also featured current Dal students and alumni of the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Mi’kmaq drumming group Eastern Eagle, spoken word poet shalan joudry, African Nova Scotian drumming group Drummers from Home and other special guest appearances.

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Previous live streams

A retired eight-time serial entrepreneur-turned-educator and author, Steve Blank has changed how startups are built and how entrepreneurship is taught around the globe. He was on campus May 30, 2017 for a public "fireside chat." He is author of the bestsellingThe Startup Owner’s Manual, and his earlier seminal work, The Four Steps to the Epiphany, credited with launching the Lean Startup movement. His May 2013 Harvard Business Review article on the Lean Startup defined the movement.  

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada and Mr. Tom Jenkins, the former CEO of OpenText and current CEO of the National Research Council of Canada were on campus May 13, 2017 for a public "fireside chat" about their new book Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier, and Happier.

Public Lecture: Quantum Theory of Electrons in Matter: Notes, Chords, and Symphonies

Dr. Axel D. Becke, Canada Council Killam Prize Winner in Natural Sciences 2016 & Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University gave a lecture on November 22nd, 2016 that explained the fundamentals of quantum theory in simple terms, drawing heavily on musical analogies.

Public Lecture: How to know a neutrino from a hole in the ground

Dr. Arthur McDonald was co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, together with Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo. Dr. McDonald, a Dalhousie alumnus twice over, returned to his alma mater and home province on March 14th, 2016 to share his ground breaking work in a public lecture for the Halifax community.

Mi’kmaq Mi'kmaq Grand Council Flag raising

Dalhousie University is proud to raise the Mi’kmaq Grand Council Flag on the university’s Studley Campus. The permanent installation of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council Flag at Dalhousie on October 6, 2016 strengthens the university community and helps provide a welcoming campus for all learners.   

Funding Announcement: Ocean Frontier Institute: Canada First Research Excellence Fund

The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, was on campus September 6th, 2016 to share the news that the federal government would be committing $93.7 million through its Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) to support the Ocean Frontier Institute.