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. Jan. 15, 2019Waterloo Centre for German Studies announces inaugural book prize winnerlogo for Waterloo Centre for German Studies

    The winner of the inaugural Waterloo Centre for German Studies (WCGS) Book Prize has just been announced. Alice Weinreb of Loyola University Chicago is the winner for her book Modern Hungers: Food and Power in Twentieth-Century Germany, published by Oxford University Press.

  2. Dec. 10, 2018Ceremonial Fire Grounds offer a space for learning and reconciliationpeople gathered around ceremonial fire with drummers and singers

    On a wintery morning in late November, students, staff and faculty gathered around the Ceremonial Fire Grounds beside Laurel Creek for the opening of Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People. The sacred fire site now plays a vital part in the Bridge initiative - and offers many more opportunities for learning.

  3. Dec. 7, 2018Arts alumni named to Forbes 30 under 30 list

    This year, 11 of Waterloo’s alumni and former students have earned spots on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list — including three students who majored or minored in Arts.

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  1. Jan. 24, 2019Research Talks: Unearthing ancient environments with microbeslogo for Research Talks series

    The Office of Research brings together a panel of multidisciplinary researchers to explore the evolution of microbes. Speakers include Alexis Dolphin, Department of Anthropology, and she will speak about human-environment interactions in past populations.

  2. Jan. 29, 2019Turning back the Doomsday Clocknuclear explosion in far distance

    It’s no joke. The Doomsday Clock is a widely recognized indicator of global threats from nuclear weapons, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Join Doug Peers, Dean of Arts, for a discussion with Faculty of Arts scholars in political science, sociology, and English to understand the real threats and possible actions for turning back the clock.

  3. Feb. 5, 2019Public Lecture: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Sexual-Orientation Discrimination, and the Metaphysics of CakesJohn Corvino

    In June 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favour of Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who refused to create a cake for a same-sex wedding reception. There is a lively debate about what counts as denying "the same cake" to different customers. In this talk. Brian Rudrick Visiting Scholar in Philosophy, John Corvino explores that question against the background of sexual-orientation discrimination in the United States and elsewhere.

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