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The Tshepo Institute hosts a variety of events throughout the year such as annual public lectures, webinars, seminars, symposiums, and our annual AGM. Many of our events are online and some are in-person. 

One of our major annual events is the Nelson Mandela Public Lecture Series. The Tshepo Institute invites world class scholars to share their Africa-centric research with Laurier faculty, students, and the larger community. The aim of this series is to catalyze positive transformation by bringing focus to issues emerging on the continent and amongst the African diaspora. Tshepo also hold smaller events online and across all Laurier campuses.  




Future Events



Tshepo Fellow, Dr. Tedla Desta, will give a lecture on "Exploring Laurier Archives and Special Collections from a Different Perspective."

"This lecture will present seldom-discussed archival findings from Wilfrid Laurier University records, with a specific emphasis on land and students and faculty from racialized backgrounds. Furthermore, it will examine the changes in archiving and cataloguing methods implemented by other libraries in response to similar research experiences."

This free online lecture is hosted by Laurier Archives and Special Collections.

When: Wednesday, May 1 at 2:00pm

Select the link below to register for the lecture:






Past Events





A Literary Reading and Discussion with Dr. Carol B. Duncan

Tuesday, March 26, 2024                                             

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The Robert Langen Gallery, 1st floor                     

 Laurier Library, Waterloo campus

Dr. Duncan will read from her published S/F short stories and discuss the significance of Afrofuturism and S/F (Speculative Fact and Fiction) for religious and cultural studies.

This event is a Religion & Culture Colloquium co-sponsored by R&C, Global Studies and The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa.








Education, Civics, and Citizenship in Egypt: Towards More Inclusive Curricular Representations and Teaching by Ehaab D. Abdou

Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, March 20th, 2024

Zoom Link:


The Author: Ehaab D. Abdou
Wilfrid Laurier University
YouTube Channel:




The Tshepo Institute  hosted a webinar on International Women's Day, March 8, 2024. This year's panelists consisted of women in senior positions in their fields.

The title of the webinar was "Career Pathways of Women in STEM" and featured women of Afro-Caribbean descent with engineering and chemistry backgrounds. They discussed factors that influenced their decision to pursue a career in STEM; challenges encountered; overcoming gender biases or stereotypes in the male-dominated field; the unique perspectives, and contributions of female scientists; how to  leverage unique backgrounds; and navigating cultural differences.






The Tshepo Institute partnered with the Waterloo Region District School Board to convene the inaugural Black Brilliance Conference at Laurier on February 22, 2024. It was a great success.

In attendance were over 250 students from 25 schools across the region. There were 20 presenters comprised of Laurier's faculty, staff, and undergraduates of African descent; they facilitated sessions on studying various subjects at Laurier and strategies for success at the university.

Contact Us:

Karen Cyrus, Director


Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Associate Director