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Weekend promises plenty of memories and learning

[Peter Taylor, who will present the Last Lecture on Earth at this year's Queen's MiniU]Peter Taylor, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, will present the Last Lecture on Earth at this year's Queen's MiniU.

The Last Lecture on Earth during Queen’s MiniU is known for its provocative topics, and this year’s no exception as Peter Taylor argues “God is also a Mathematician.”

“I had my first intellectual encounter with God in university. Though I recall many different types of experiences with God before that, my first experience of the mind was at Queen’s,” says Dr. Taylor, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Dr. Taylor, like many Queen’s alumni, cherishes the intimate learning experiences of his undergraduate and graduate career. Calculus classes and seminars led by the late John Coleman often delved into topics such as art, life and religion. Dr. Coleman’s unique approach to teaching helped foster in Dr. Taylor a lifelong intellectual curiosity.

MiniU allows alumni to re-live those heady days of academic exploration and gives many non-alumni the opportunity to interact with Queen’s world-class teachers and researchers for the first time.

“As someone who loves life-long learning, I am excited to see that people have a desire to expand their minds in new directions,” says Melanie McEwen, manager of alumni education and outreach.

Nearly 200 people have signed up for a wide variety of lectures and tours offered by 42 presenters. They will be joined on campus May 27-29 by Spring Reunion participants. Over 1,000 people in total are expected at Queen’s for the two events.

“There are more classes and groups participating in Spring Reunion this year which is very encouraging,” says Judy Griffiths, Manager, Reunions and Events. “We have 54 groups coming back to campus—44 classes and 10 special interest groups and clubs.”

This year marks the first time an entire year has organized a Spring Reunion event. The Class of ’91 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its graduation with representation from all faculties. Class organizers have created a special scavenger hunt that will take alumni all around the campus and the city.

A new event has been added to popular offerings such as the Tricolour Guard dinner and the Re-convocation Ceremony. Queen’s at the Fort will bring together alumni as well as faculty, staff and their families for dinner, entertainment and a Queen’s-themed fireworks finale at one of Kingston’s most renowned historical attractions.

Volunteer positions for Queen’s MiniU and Spring Reunion are still available. You can register online or contact Ms Griffiths by email or ext. 74922.

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