Social Events

Thursday, May 5

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. STUDENT SOCIAL. Prior to the Meet and Greet Social for all attendees, student conference-goers are invited to get together for some informal camaraderie, happy hour, and appetizers at the Liquid Lounge of O-Sho Japanese Restaurant. Transport to downtown will be provided at this time; all those who are interested in attending should meet at 5:30 p.m. outside of Piikani House Residence Hall. Each person will be responsible for his or her own drinks, but sushi appetizers will be provided. We will then be within walking distance of the Owl Acoustic Lounge for mingling with the larger group; with transport back to the University campus at 9:30 p.m. Taxis and buses are also available if one should wish to return earlier or later in the evening.

7:00 p.m.  – 10:00 p.m. MEET AND GREET SOCIAL (Owl Acoustic Lounge). This meet and greet social is taking place at the Owl Acoustic Lounge ( Located in downtown Lethbridge at 411 3rd Avenue South, the Lounge is within walking distance (350 metres) from the conference hotel, The Lethbridge Lodge. This will be an opportunity for conference participants, attendees, and organizers alike to interact in a fun and relaxing setting, while enjoying food and drinks.  University of Lethbridge professor Steve Ferzacca and his band, Bleu Sensashun, will be performing. (Please note that each person will be responsible for his or her own purchases).


Friday, May 6 

12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. STUDENT-KEYNOTE MENTORING LUNCH (Room M1030). Students who have signed up for this event in advance will participate in a free mentoring luncheon with the keynote speakers.  This will be an unstructured event during which attendees will have the chance to talk with these esteemed scholars about their work and disciplinary field, or to ask questions and glean advice about academic life and pursuing a career. Those who attend are encouraged to come with questions ready.

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. GALA DINNER AND KEYNOTE EVENT (Galt Museum, Downtown Lethbridge). Cocktails, Dinner, and Keynote Address by Professor Allison James – “Childhood Studies: Perspectives and Prospects for the 21st Century”. The Galt Museum is located in downtown Lethbridge at 502 – 1st Street South (west end of 5th Avenue South and Scenic Drive). The Galt Museum is directly south, across the parking lot from the conference hotel, and the special exhibit Picturing Childhood will be open for perusal during the reception. A reception with appetizers, cocktails (cash bar), and entertainment by the Dave Renter Jazz Quartet will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the meal to start at 7:30 and the keynote address to follow at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 for students and $45 for non-students.


Appetizers: Spanakopita, Caprese Skewers, Melon Prosciutto, Smoked Salmon Canapés, Baja Ravioli, Pasta Chips, Thai Vegetable Samosa, Vegetable Crudités 

First Course: Garden Salad 

Main Course: Whole Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Demi-glaze, Risotto, and Mixed Vegetables

Dessert: Baked lemon Cheesecake with Fruit

Red and White Wine


Saturday, May 7

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. BBQ LUNCH AND ABORIGINAL DANCE PERFORMANCE (Markin Hall Atrium/Patio). A BBQ lunch (available for purchase) with Aboriginal children's dance performance by Young Medicine, featuring Ecole St. Mary’s Dance Troupe. This event will take place on the Markin Hall Patio or in the Atrium, weather depending.