Save the date: 2024 Henry Marshall Tory Lecture

Tuesday, November 6, 2024

Join us for the next Henry Marshall Tory lecture “Finding Common Ground in Polarized Times: Rediscovering Alberta’s Political Culture” presented by Dr. Jared Wesley PhD.

Doors Open 6:30pm, Lecture 7pm. Attend In Person. Registrations links will be posted.

Tentatively Telus Centre, 150 Lecture Theatre and Atrium
111 Street 87 Avenue NW Edmonton

TELUS Centre, University of Alberta
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It’s Wild, It’s Real, It’s Western!

Dr. Laura Beard

 “It’s Real! It’s Wild! It’s Western!”: Talking about Deadwood Facts and Fictions

Tue, 28 Nov 2023
5:30 PM Doors Open
6:00-7:30 PM Speaker + Q&A

Arcadia Brewing Co.
10712 120 St NW Edmonton (View on map)

Tickets are $12 and include 1 drink. Get them on Eventbrite.

Have you heard of the Dead Man’s Hand in poker? Ever been fascinated by Wild Bill Hickok or Calamity Jane? Or been to Deadwood, South Dakota? Or watched the “Deadwood” tv series on HBO?

The Friends of the University of Alberta are proud to bring you Raise The Bar on November 28, 2023 at Arcadia Brewing Co. (10712 120 ST NW) with Dr. Laura Beard, University of Alberta.

Come hear some of the real stories of Deadwood, South Dakota, the Black Hills, the Treaty of Fort Laramie, Saloon No. 10, and more, as Dr. Beard, talks about her research on an early Deadwood resident and his memoir, Pioneer Days in the Black Hills, taken as the authoritative source on all topics related to Deadwood and the Black Hills.

Join us for what is sure to be an insightful evening as we raise the bar on the way people learn and engage with their community. And as the promotions for the Days of ’76 rodeo proclaimed in the 1930s in Deadwood: “It’s Wild, It’s Real, It’s Western!”

Dr. Laura Beard is a Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Arts. Laura works in the areas of life narrative in the Americas. Research interests include life narratives, Inter-American literature, Indigenous literatures and cultures and related topics.

A current research project, entitled “Wanted: A Life Narrative in Deadwood,” takes up the 1939 memoir “Pioneer Days in the Black Hills: Accurate History and Facts Related by One of the Early Day Pioneers ” by John S. McClintock in order to explore how how life narrative and current heritage tourism are media through which we continually play with the past, reconfigure it, and try to make meanings out of the traces we chose to pick up from that past.

Raise The Bar is a program designed by The Friends of the University of Alberta to provide engaging learning opportunities delivered by U of A researchers in a causal setting – like a bar. We’re raising the bar on the way people consume content!

2023 Henry Marshall Tory Lecture

Social Innovation Showcase
Networking Forum

TELUS Centre, University of Alberta
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Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 6 to 9:30 PM

5:45 PMDoors open for the Social Innovation Showcase
7:00 PMHenry Marshall Tory Lecture by Dr. Samantha Nutt
8:30 PMNetworking Forum

Leading Change in a Complex World

Dr. Samantha Nutt
Social innovator, physician, global affairs expert, and Founder & President, War Child Canada & War Child USA

Local and global events are creating increasing stress, polarization, and division. Can these be overcome? What will this take? In this dynamic keynote, bestselling author, medical doctor and award-winning humanitarian Samantha Nutt will reflect on the challenges she has faced addressing issues of global conflict across the length of her career (including building the international humanitarian organization War Child), the real changes she has witnessed and the opportunities to lead through even the most difficult circumstances. At once personal and informative, this presentation reflects on the meaning of leadership when solutions seem elusive, and the lessons Dr Nutt has learned from confronting some of the most difficult and complex humanitarian environments in the world.

Social Innovation Showcase:
Challenging the Status Quo

Supporting the public aims of academic scholarship, you’ll be surprised and uplifted by the community-grounded initiatives underway at U of A.

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of The Friends of the University of Alberta Society, we’re highlighting projects that are tackling complex issues in ways that hold promise and possibility. There’s reason for hope.

Join us, find out more, and talk to the people involved. The showcase and networking forum are a chance to engage in social innovation at a very different level.


Housing reimagined – Realizing the human right to adequate housing. Lead: Dr. J. Evans

New Canadians Health Centre – Refugee health reimagined: a principles-based model of care. Co-Leads: Dr. R. Gokiert, Ms. A. Velasquez.

Changing Society by Improving Children’s Reading Skills  –  Lead: Dr. G. Georgiou.

The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities – Who’s listening to rural Canada? Bridging the rural/urban divide. Lead: Dr. C. Banack.

Food scarcity reimagined – moving beyond food charity to enable the capacity for people to feed themselves. Lead: Dr. Y. Chiu, Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative.

Humanities 101 realizing the ‘public good’ – abundance thinking removing barriers to who gets to learn on and off campus. Lead: Ms. L. Prins.


Attend In Person
Telus Centre, 150 Lecture Theatre and Atrium
111 Street 87 Avenue NW Edmonton

Register for FREE tickets here:

Or register to watch online via Zoom here:


The Social Innovation Showcase & Networking Forum is sponsored by:

Chancellor and Senate
Office of the Vice-President (Research and Innovation)

2023 Community Connections Awards

On May 15, 2023 the Friends were honoured to receive the 2023 Community Connections Award: U of A Advocate Award. We are proud of the many volunteers and the countless hours of work over the past 80 years to engage the community with #UAlberta.

As University president Bill Flanagan wrote “The University of Alberta Community Connections Awards honour those who have shared their expertise, time, and energy for the benefit of the public good.” The Friends are proud to be counted amoungst the honourees.

In the top photograph, from left to right using Twitter handles: @ElanMacDonald @AndrewKnack @PGarritty @mighty580AM @BFlanaganUofA
Photo credit: T. Cruz

Cool sculpture; difficult to photograph! Many Friends were in attendance for the lovely ceremony in Edmonton city hall. Our president Ken Regan accepted the award. We also had an opportunity to meet the other recipients and learn of their achievements too.
Community Scholar: Dr. Nathalie Kermoal, Professor, Faculty Of Native Studies and
Community Leader: Dr. Monty Ghosh

More info here:

Here’s to another 80 years!