Institute for Women in Leadership

The Sophia Series

The Sophia Series will inform you of depth and richness of women’s wisdom in its many forms.
All Sophia Lectures take place in the Brescia Auditorium. Parking is Free.

The Sophia Series 2012-2013

Thursday 11 October 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Evanna Lynch – Actress, Harry Potter Films

In celebration of International Day of the Girl

This event is SOLD OUT!

Join us as we host actress Evanna Lynch in celebration of International Day of the Girl. While Evanna is best known for her award-nominating role as Luna, she also has important things to say to young women that go far beyond tips on acting. Since becoming a well known name on the big screen, Evanna has been actively involved in various organizations and charities, including the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit organization that spear-headed the “Imagine Better Project.” This project has been close to her heart as she has written various articles about body image and self-esteem, as well as on the women who have inspired her in her own life.

Event Details:
When: Thursday 11 October 2012 at 7:30 p.m. (Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.).
Where: Brescia Auditorium, Mother St. James Building, Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road, London, Ontario



6 December 2012, Noon

Ritual of Re-Membering

Commemorating the Montreal Massacre and all victims of gender violence.

For more information, click HERE.
Brescia Auditorium, Mother St. James Building, Free Parking




Thursday 24 January 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Jean Ann Ledwell, osu

Cloistered Encounters: Marie de l’Incarnation and the Peoples of Turtle Island
An examination of Canada’s first Ursuline involvement with Quebec’s First Peoples and its significance for us today.

Room 135, Mother St. James Building, By Donation, Free Parking




Thursday 7 March 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

In celebration of International Women’s Day
For more information, click HERE.

Brescia Auditorium, Mother St. James Building, Free Parking



May, 7:30 pm
TBA – Stay Tuned!
Jeanne Adamson Memorial Lecture


The Sophia Series seeks to:

  • Present speakers with expertise in: leadership, the environment, activism, the arts, politics and spirituality.
  • Present you with women who boldly engage in our current cultural experience and bring positive transformation to our rapidly changing world.
  • Honour women’s historical and ongoing contribution to our local and national landscape.

Why “Sophia”?

The series derives its name from layers of meaning that align with Brescia’s mission and vision.

  • Sophia is the Greek word for wisdom.
  • Sophia is the personification of Wisdom in the Hebrew Scriptures.
  • Sophia is often symbolized by a dove, which is also imaged in Brescia’s logo (a tree is another of her symbols).
  • The feminine personification of wisdom is a cross-cultural phenomenon that can be found within other world religions and spiritualities.