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Kris Demeanor sums up UCalgary's history in 5 minutes

Spoken word performance from local musician, poet and alumnus captures 50 years with speed, humour and heart.

On April 29, Calgary’s first poet laureate, Kris Demeanor, BA'92, illuminated and entertained guests at UCalgary’s 50th anniversary celebration and launch of the Energize campaign with a spoken-word performance – delivered in signature rhythmic, rapid-fire style – that touched on the past five decades of the university’s history. Demeanor’s five-minute performance wove in anecdotes and photos from his own family who have had a lengthy relationship with the university; as well, each decade was punctuated by thank-you notes from the personal collection of UCalgary’s longest standing student-award donor, Margaret Clarke. Listen to Demeanor’s original spoken-word piece here, accompanied by his nostalgic, wide-ranging slide show.

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Kris Demeanor Sums Up #UCalgary50 in Five Minutes

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A University of Calgary student splashes in the fountain in the Adminstration building atrium, 1970.

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An excavator works to prepare the site for UCalgary's first buildings, now Admininstration and Science A, 1959.

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