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. Oct. 17, 2018Student’s social venture empowers everyone to reduce wasteDillon Mendes and Sam Demma build a tall pile of garbage bags

    Part environmental movement, part budding social enterprise, PickWaste works to raise awareness about environmental issues and empower people to take action.

  2. Oct. 12, 2018Psychology's ITC Project finds Canadian smokers support bold strategies to end tobacco useno smoking sign on city street

    Responding to the federal government's commitment to reduce tobacco use to less than five per cent of the population by 2035, the Department of Psychology's International Tobacco Control Project assessed levels support among Canadian smokers for endgame policies. The researchers found that most smokers in Canada support new and radical tobacco endgame strategies. 

  3. Oct. 9, 2018Social and Political Implications of AI: Global Engagement seminar calls for applications group of students and others associated with Global Engagement program

    We have seen exponential growth in the automation of jobs, from the manufacturing to the service sector, and the consequent transformations of our everyday lives, including the displacement of human labour. We are also witness to new cultural forms ranging from gaming devices to companion robots. It's clear then that the socio-cultural and political impacts of such trends deserve our attention -- as students, scholars, policy makers, and practitioners.

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  1. Oct. 11 to 27, 2018The Impossible Blue Rose - video installation at UWAG gallery with installation

    Visit the multidisciplinary video installation by artist Lisa Lipton on display at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) until October 27. The fragmented narrative follows the artist's surrogate Frankie as they journey from the fictional town of Greysville crisscrossing North America before making it all the way to paradise: Hawaii. Augmented by props, furniture, and costumes from the nine chapters of the video, the installation evokes the desire to run away, reinvent oneself, and find true love.

  2. Oct. 24, 2018Searching for Winnetou: film and talk with Drew Hayden TaylorDrew Hayden Taylor

    Waterloo Centre for German Studies invites you to a screening of the documentary film, Searching for Winnetou, and a conversation with Ojibway author and humourist Drew Hayden Taylor about his quest to understand the roots of the German obsession with Native North Americans.

  3. Oct. 25, 2018Sentiment Analysis of Polarizing Topics in Social Media

    Please join the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies for this Transnational Talk, featuring Dr. Gabe Ignatow, North Texas University.

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