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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Oct. 25, 2019The Working Centre's founders receive honorary doctorates
    Joseph and Stephanie Mancini in front of The Working Centre

    Stephanie and Joseph Mancini’s response to unemployment and poverty has enabled decades of community development and empowerment for people in downtown Kitchener. Recognized in 2014 with the Benemerenti Medal, a Papal honour, and in 2016 with the Order of Canada, the Mancini's will now receive the highest honour conferred by the University of Waterloo, honorary doctorates in recognition of their outstanding service to society, at the Faculty of Arts convocation ceremony on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

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  1. Nov. 13, 2019Communication in interdisciplinary teams - lunch and learn session
    three people working at table with computers whiteboard

    The Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business presents Professor Linda Carson on why communication can make or break interdisciplinary  teams. You'll walk away with team building tools that you can implement in the workplace or through your academic experiences.

  2. Nov. 13, 2019Silversides Series presents Women in Theatre

    Theatre and Performance professor Naila Keleta-Mae will moderate a panel of three impassioned speakers on the topic of Women in Theatre. Through their different perspectives – researcher, dramaturg, and artistic director/performer, they will discuss the trends they have witnessed over the last twenty-five years and how theatre educators can facilitate the representation of under-represented people and ideas.

  3. Nov. 13, 2019The Seagull
    poster for event

    The Theatre and Performance program presents Anton Chekov’s The Seagull directed by Matt White who gives a Canadian contemporary re-contextualization to this late 19th century tragi-comedy. It's a story that exposes the absurdity of a world where grown-ups behave like children, and the next generation grows up having to find their own way.

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