Kris Demeanor sums up UCalgary's history in 5 Minutes

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.

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

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.