Ideas and action

The Faculty of Arts is 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.

  1. Oct. 21, 2016Convocation: Psychology PhD graduate gained global attentionGordon Pennycook

    Gord Pennycook published research on everything from BS to how smartphone use is linked to lazy thinking. Now he’s on a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University.

    Pennycook is a psychology expert on how humans think, reason and make decisions. His passion for cognitive science may well be connected to his own extraordinary ability to think fast.

  2. Oct. 21, 2016Convocation honours diverse and distinguished achievementsCindy Blackstock on stage speaking

    Tomorrow, 618 students from the Faculty of Arts will cross the stage to receive their degrees and distinguished alumni return to campus for special awards. Cindy Blackstock will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws and address Convocation.

  3. Oct. 19, 2016Associate Dean Katherine Acheson on Lemonade as A+ essayKatherien Acheson between library stacks

    The Globe and Mail reports on essay writing skills with comments by Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Katherine Acheson:

    Even in an age of quick-bite digital communication, writing skills are key because they can be transferred to any number of other forms, including a song, a sales pitch, or even a profile on a dating site.

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  1. Oct. 31, 2016Playful Thinking: Games, Learning, and Literacyfour drawings if game controllers

    Join The Games Institute for this panel of experts discussing the social, political, cultural, and pedagogical role of games and play in the 21st century. Topics include studying, creating, and critiquing games and the importance of play in developing critical thinking and digital literacy skills.

  2. Nov. 1, 2016Almost Everything Very Fast - author reading with Christopher Kloeblebook cover

    Waterloo Centre for German Studies presents an author event at Kitchener Public Library. Almost Everything Very Fast, Christopher Kloeble’s US debut, is a sensitive and dramatic family saga and page-turning road novel all in one.

  3. Nov. 2, 2016Public Memory and Indigenous SovereigntyPamela Klassen

    Join the Department of Religious Studies for Public Memory and Indigenous Sovereignty​: The Afterlives of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, a lecture by Professor Pamela Klassen from the University of Toronto.

    In the Royal Proclamation of 1763, King George III used his “spiritual jurisdiction” to guarantee that Indigenous peoples owned their lands that they had not ceded by treaty.

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