The Hagey Lecture Perspective: 2003

The Hagey lectures are the University of Waterloo’s premier invitational public lecture series. Since 1970, outstanding individuals, who have distinguished themselves internationally in some area of scholarly or creative endeavour have given talks intended to challenge, stimulate and enrich not only the faculty, staff and students of the University of Waterloo, but all members of this community.

These annual lectures are co-sponsored by the Faculty Association and the university.

This is the third post in a series on past Hagey Lectures from a few years ago – we just found the unpublished draft and thought we’d share it with you. Stay tuned for an announcement soon about the next lecture, coming up in March 2017.

Atom Egoyan Hagey Lecture PosterBetween the last flight of the Concorde and a lunar eclipse, the Theatre of the Humanities was graced with the presence of Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan, who took the stage to discuss his latest film, Ararat, in a lecture titled Poetic License and the Incarnation of History. The film is about the 1915 slaughter of Turkey’s Armenian minority, an atrocity that is still officially denied by the Turkish government. Seamlessly shifting back and forth through time, Ararat explores how history – both personal and political – can inspire a legacy of uncertainty and insecurity (Canadian Encyclopedia). The film was awarded Best Film on Human Rights by the Political Film Society of Hollywood and the Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review in New York.

With a body of work that has been critically acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival, the Grand Prix, and the Toronto International Film Festival, Egoyan has also been recognized as a great Canadian storyteller at home, being awarded the Order of Canada in 1999. His most well-known films include Calendar, Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, and more recently, Chloe. His art installations have gained similar recognition, including works completed for the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the Venice Biennale and Le Frenoy in France.

During the colloquium held in the Theatre of Arts in the Modern Languages building, Egoyan discussed his work and answered questions from students, including aspiring directors and filmmakers at UW. It was a privilege to host a lecture from such a great Canadian filmmaker, a man whose star is still rising.

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