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. Nov. 15, 2017More social sciences, humanities, and creative projects funded by SSHRCSusan Roy lecturing

    Congratulations to researchers in the Faculty of Arts who received Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants this year. While this news is not actually new internally, the federal government just made the formal announcement of this latest round of grants. So now we have even more to shout out about SSHRC

  2. Nov. 3, 2017Professor’s leadership in organization presents opportunity to build on Faculty strengths in communication Vershawn Young speaking with person at gathering

    This fall Vershawn Young, Associate Professor in Speech Communication and English, becomes the newly elected Assistant Chair for the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), an international organization dedicated to research and teaching in the fields of writing and communication theory.

  3. Oct. 25, 2017A guide to the Hub (mainly for students)students on sofas working

    Dear Arts students, here is an illustrated guide to the Hagey Hall Hub and how you can get the most from this space dedicated first and foremost to student use.

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  1. Nov. 22, 2017Bridges Lecture: Perfumery: the art and science of smellhundreds of small glass bottles line shelves

    What, exactly, is fragrance? How might we disscuss and theorize the sense of smell? Luca Turin and Saskia Wilson-Brown confront these surpringly thorny questions and argue that fragrance is an autonomous art which must be dealt with on its own terms, a message in a bottle.

  2. Nov. 29, 2017CANCELLED Indigenous Speakers Series: Marie Clements and The Road Forwardwoman walking down rural road

    Unfortunately, this Indigenous Speakers Series event is cancelled due to an unexpected, but important, engagement that has arisen for Marie Clements. Please mark your calendar for our next planned event on January 18, featuring writer and publisher Kateri Akiwenze-Damm, addressing issues of cultural appropriation.

  3. 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.

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