Common Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions about TAL-KW lectures.  You may also wish to read more About Us or if you still have a question but can’t find the answer on our website you can Contact Us.

General Questions

Everyone who asks to be added to our mailing list, or has purchased lecture tickets in the past two years, will receive emails from us about upcoming lecture series.  (We promise to only send you a minimal number of emails.)  Please also watch this website for updates.  Information about current and upcoming lecture series topics and speakers can be found here.

If there is another health-related shutdown, we will continue to offer the series virtually.  All IN-PERSON ticket holders will receive a link to the live broadcast each week so that they can enjoy the series from home.  

With an IN-PERSON series ticket you can attend the live presentations at RIM Park.  You will also receive a link to the live lecture broadcast each week if you prefer to watch that week’s lecture from home.   Each IN-PERSON ticket grants admission to one person at RIM Park.

With an AT-HOME ticket you will receive a link to the live broadcast each week. Each ticket allows you to live stream the lecture on one device each week. 

Yes.  IN-PERSON tickets to an individual lecture will be sold at the door at RIM Park on the day of the lecture, subject to seating availability.  Cash or cheque only. 

Lecture tickets are not available for attending an individual live lecture broadcast via Zoom.  Live broadcasts of weekly lectures via Zoom are only available to series ticketholders.             

If you have purchased an AT-HOME series ticket, you can switch it to an IN-PERSON series ticket subject to availability.  Contact the Registrar at to do so.

If you have purchased an IN-PERSON ticket, your ticket already gives you access to the live broadcasts of the weekly lectures.  You may choose to watch from home for the entire series without switching your ticket to an AT-HOME series ticket.

We do not record our lectures for later viewing due to copyright, technical and other issues.  

Some of our lecturers allow us to post their lecture slides.  They can be found here at the top of the relevant lecture series:  Lecture Slides.

If you plan on attending all or some of the lectures using Zoom, it’s important that we have your correct email address.  Centre in the Square will send an email a few days before the first lecture, and TAL-KW will send weekly reminder emails with the links for the lectures.  If you aren’t receiving these emails, here are some tips:

  • Check your junk/spam/trash folders, or Promotions tab for Gmail users.
  • Double-check your email address with the Centre in the Square box office by calling them at 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, or emailing For instance, if you purchased your ticket online or by phone, you should have received a ticket purchase confirmation email from Centre in the Square.  If you didn’t receive that email, perhaps they don’t have your correct email address.
  • Add to your email Contacts list to prevent emails from being blocked or directed to other folders.
  • Contact the TAL-KW Registrar for further assistance.

In-Person Related Questions

Our live lectures are held at RIM Park in the Manulife Financial Sportsplex building.  The address is 2001 University Ave E, Waterloo, Ontario N2K4K4.  There is plenty of free parking.  The meeting room is on the second floor (Forbes Hall) and there is an elevator just inside the main building entrance. For our Fall 2023 lecture series we will also simultaneously broadcast the lectures using Zoom.

TAL-KW and RIM Park follow all public health protocols.  While masking is not required at this time, you are welcome to do so.  If you have forgotten your mask and would like one, you can pick one up at the Registrar’s table.  

The maximum room capacity at RIM Park is 650 people.  We will cap IN-PERSON ticket sales to just 450 tickets.  That allows us to increase the space between rows of seats as well as between seats.  There will be room to socialize as well before and after the lecture.

No, to help keep us all safer we will not be offering beverages.  You are allowed to bring your own beverage into the room with you. Note that there will not be a break between the lecture and the Q&A period.

Yes.  Each person needs to show an IN-PERSON ticket to gain admittance to the lecture room.  To avoid long lines, we prefer that you print your ticket if you received it by email.  However, we will also accept an electronic copy of your ticket.   

Yes, whether you purchase an IN-PERSON series ticket or an AT-HOME series ticket, you will receive a weekly email from TAL-KW providing you with the Zoom link (provided we have your email address).  If you can’t come to RIM Park for any reason, you can still attend that week’s lecture virtually. 

At-Home Related Questions

TAL-KW uses “Zoom” webinar technology to broadcast our lectures.  You will need a computer with audio speakers, reliable access to the internet, and an email address.  A tablet or smart phone will also work, but smaller screen sizes will restrict the extent to which you are able to see the speaker and/or slides.  Technical support will be available upon request.

No, if you will be watching the lectures together on one device, you need to purchase one AT-HOME ticket.