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 Attawandaron (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 kilometers on each side of the Grand River. Learn more about territorial acknowledgement.


  1. Dec. 10, 2018Ceremonial Fire Grounds offer a space for learning and reconciliationpeople gathered around ceremonial fire with drummers and singers

    On a wintery morning in late November, students, staff and faculty gathered around the Ceremonial Fire Grounds beside Laurel Creek for the opening of Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People. The sacred fire site now plays a vital part in the Bridge initiative - and offers many more opportunities for learning.

  2. Dec. 7, 2018Arts alumni named to Forbes 30 under 30 list

    This year, 11 of Waterloo’s alumni and former students have earned spots on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list — including three students who majored or minored in Arts.

  3. Dec. 6, 2018Drawing is better than writing for memory retention, especially in older adultsWoman sketching

    Older adults who take up drawing could enhance their memory, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Waterloo found that even if people weren’t good at it, drawing, as a method to help retain new information, was better than re-writing notes, visualization exercises or passively looking at images.

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  1. Dec. 12, 2018The doing and undoing of religion in the field: ethnographic approaches to religion and migration

    Dr. Alison Marshall will cover the challenges of getting ethics approval for ethnographic research, as well as methods for choosing research questions, and locating, defining, documenting, organizing and writing up results of religion in the field.

  2. Dec. 18, 2018 Advent Jazz Vesper ServiceChristmas decorations and candle burning

    Join us for an evening of soulful jazz and worship in Grebel's Chapel. All are welcome! 

  3. Jan. 11, 2019Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work

    Hear about ethnographer Alex Rosenblat’s firsthand experience of riding over 5,000 miles with Uber drivers, daily visits to online forums, and face-to-face discussions with senior Uber employees. Uberland goes beyond the headlines to reveal the complicated politics of popular technologies that are manipulating both workers and consumers.

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