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. Sep. 11, 2019Giving back through teaching, advocacy, mental health support and collaboration
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    Graduate school flies by in a flurry of seminars, dissertation chapters and conference papers. While it may feel fast-paced, that time frame is crucial for students to build up their curriculum vitae and gain skills and experience suitable for future academic or industry roles.

  2. Sep. 10, 2019Professor Siemerling named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    Winfried Siemerling

    The Faculty of Arts is proud to share that Professor Winfried Siemerling of the Department of English Language and Literature is among five University of Waterloo researchers who have been named fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), just announced today.

  3. Sep. 10, 2019Graduate school kickoff

    On Septemer 3rd, an exceptional new cohort of Faculty of Arts graduate students assembled for graduate orientation to kick start their graduate degrees. The buzz in the room was palpable—hard work, dedication, and chasing down professors for graduate school references had led to this point: the first day of graduate school.

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  1. Sep. 17, 2019“What makes me a Christian to you, makes you a Jew to me”

    The Waterloo Centre for German Studies presents Birgit Schreyer Duarte, a dramaturg in Toronto while also transitioning into directing over the past ten years. Her current production, a contemporary interpretation of Lessing’s Nathan the Wise, is part of the 2019 Stratford Festival season. Dr. Schreyer Duarte will discuss how she and her team approached the “staging of the other” in this 18th-century play from Germany, performed in today’s Canada, that reflects on the common humanity that unites us all. 

  2. Sep. 18, 2019Indigenous Speakers Series presents Jesse Thistle
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    The Indigenous Speakers Series proudly presents Jesse Thistle, a Métis-Cree-Scot from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, whose bestselling memoir, From the Ashes (Simon and Schuster Canada), chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is. His scholarship is focused on intergenerational and historic trauma of the Métis people, and also reflects on his own past struggles with homelessness. Jesse is widely recognized in the scholarly community and beyond.

  3. Sep. 20, 2019Official Inauguration of the Canada Research Chair in Minority Studies
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    You are cordially invited to the Official Inauguration of the Canada Research Chair in Minority Studies. The event will take place on September 20 and will include a talk (in French) by Distinguished Professor Emeritus François Paré on ethnocultural and linguistic minority studies in the world. This talk will be followed by a reception.

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