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. 8, 2017Professor Jay Dolmage discusses his new book, Academic Ableismbook cover detailing the word Ableism

    In his new book Academic Ableism Professor Jay Dolmage (English Language and Literature) notes the progress higher education has made to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. But the book also offers critique after critique of the way colleges [and universities] have ignored or responded inadequately to the needs of many students and professors. Here is an excerpt of a recent Inside Higher Ed interview with Prof. Dolmage.

  2. Dec. 7, 2017Critical Media Lab collaborates with Grand Philharmonic Choir to illuminate Handel's "Messiah"detail of digital illuminated image

    The Critical Media Lab plays an interesting part in the Grand Philharmonic Choir’s upcoming performance of Handel’s “Messiah” by assisting in the creation of digital projections of an illuminated copy of the St. John’s Bible. Read the story of how old and new media came together, originally published in the Daily Bulletin.

  3. Nov. 20, 2017Renison/Arts Professor Vinh Nguyen wins the Polanyi Prize in Literature Vinh Nguyen

    Just a few days ago the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) announced that Vinh Nguyen, professor of Diaspora Literatures at Renison University College and of English in the Faculty of Arts, has won the 2017 Polanyi Prize in Literature. This is the second Polanyi Prize awarded to a professor in Arts, following Chris Eliasmith's (Philosophy, Systems Design Engineering, Computer Science) NSERC Polanyi Prize two years ago.

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  1. Dec. 13, 2017Canada 150 Lecture Series: Canada's Hidden Histories Canada 150 series logo

    As we recognize 150 years of Confederation, this lecture series explores Canada's past, present, and future. These are free public lectures brought to you by the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, in partnership with Waterloo Public Library and the City of Waterloo.

  2. Dec. 15, 2017Research Talks: Societal impacts of 21st century technologyResearch Talks logo

    Join the final Research Talks event this term, presented by the Office of Research. This cross-disciplinary panel on societal impacts of 21st century technology features Ian Goldberg, Kate Larson, Jennifer Whitson, and Alexander Wong. Waterloo staff, faculty, and students are welcome to attend.

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