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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 are situated on the traditional territory of ‎the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples.

  1. Mar. 27, 2017Climate change: How artists inspire cultural changeJulie Sperling mosaic

    Novelists like Margaret Atwood and photographers like Edward Burtynsky educate society about our changing environment, says Imre Szeman, who is cross-appointed in the departments of English Language & Literature and Drama & Speech Communication

  2. Mar. 20, 2017Philosophy PhD student awarded runner-up prize at university-level 3MT finalsAndria Bianchi competes at the Arts 3MT

    Andria Bianchi's research focuses on questions of sexual consent among those with dementia

  3. Mar. 13, 2017Preview: Unconscious Curriculum tackles the ‘monster subject’ posting showing students sitting in lecture theatre

    In a Waterloo Regional Record preview article on Unconscious Curriculum, which opens this week in Theatre of the Arts, director Prof. Andy Houston and student-actor Abbi Longmire describe how the challenging project  evolved over many months of research and collaboration.

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  1. Mar. 30, 2017GRADtalks: Measuring Climate Change: Science or Politics?GradTalk logo

  2. Mar. 31, 2017Conflicts and agreements: Canada’s foundations and their consequencesConfederation debates

    P. Whitney Lackenbauer will moderate a discussion between fellow historians Patrice Dutil, Daniel Heidt, Marcel Martel, Robert Wardhaugh and political scientist Jacqueline Krikorian, around the major political agreements, battles and conflicting visions that surrounded each province’s entry into Confederation between 1865 and 1949.

  3. Apr. 4, 2017Luther Year 2017: Did Luther Invent High German?Martin Luther

    In 1517, Martin Luther published the Ninety-Five Theses, and 2017, "The Luther Year," celebrates the 500th anniversary of this beginning of the Reformation. Luther’s German translation of the Bible has remained influential to this day; his hymns are still sung; and many still use his proverbs. But does all this make him the inventor of High German?

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