Ideas and actions

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts, a dynamic community of students, faculty and staff working in and across the humanities, social sciences and creative arts. Our ideas and actions are propelled by curiosity, creativity, and a deep commitment to contribute to a better world.

The Faculty of Arts acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of ‎the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. Learn more about territorial acknowledgement.

  1. Nov. 22, 2019Professor Geoffrey Fong awarded Canada’s highest honour for research impact in global tobacco control
    Geoffrey Fong speaking

    The research of Professor Geoffrey Fong affects populations and helps save lives worldwide. In recognition of his research leadership over 17 years, Professor Fong has been awarded the 2019 Medal of Honour by the Health Research Foundation (HRF) of Innovative Medicines Canada – the foremost Canadian health research award celebrating the best and brightest minds and discoveries in the Canadian life sciences sector

  2. Nov. 12, 2019Preserving Indigenous languages: Songs in the Key of Cree artists visit campus
    Tomson Highway playing piano with Patricia Cano singing

    Indigenous languages are critically endangered throughout the world. This is more than a loss of words: Indigenous languages embody sets of relationships and ways of being in the world that are powerful, transformative, and sometimes very funny. The Songs in the Key of Cree performance highlights the global importance of Indigenous languages.

  3. Oct. 30, 2019Marginalia scholarship leads to discovery of Milton's relationship to Shakespeare
    detail of Milton's notes in Romeo and Juliet of the First Folio

    Serendipity and scholarly expertise came together this fall to solve a puzzle about two giants of the English literary canon. “It’s like if you discovered that Milton was a woman – it would be unavoidable to address that in future studies,” says Katherine Acheson, a professor of English who edited Early Modern English Marginalia, the collection that led to the discovery of how Milton met Shakespeare.

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