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. 13, 2018Canada Research Chair explores cultural revitalization in multilingualismProfessor Nicole Nolette

    The Faculty of Arts newest Canada Research Chair, Professor Nicole Nolette, is an expert in minority languages and cultures whose research couldn't be more timely as the country becomes ever more multilingual and culturally diverse.

  2. Nov. 9, 2018Telling the stories of children displaced by warPolish boy sits sadly in ruins of Warsaw in 1939

    Among the civilians directly impacted by war are the stories of 40,000 displaced children in Europe immediately following WWII — a topic History professor Lynne Taylor has researched for more than a decade.

  3. Nov. 2, 2018Anthropology researcher finds remains of Franklin Expedition officerDoug Stenton photographing site before excavation

    During a 2018 research trip, anthropology Professor Douglas Stenton and team uncovered a long-lost grave on Nunavut’s King William Island.

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  1. Nov. 21, 2018Movement within art and math and where it takes usBridges Lecture logo

    Our experiences, in work and life alike, challenge us to grow and evolve. This process allows us to realize the quintessential goal of education: to change ourselves. In this presentation, Dr. Edward Burger (Mathematics) and Victoria Star Varner (Fine Arts) will not only share two such personal journeys – one within the world of art and the other within the world of mathematics – but also challenge the audience to find the bridges that connect these two different stories. 

  2. Nov. 26, 2018Truth, Reconciliation and ArchaeologyPaul Racher

    The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) offered chilling evidence that Canada’s history has not been as heroic as we might have wished in this 151 years since Confederation. The 94 Calls to Action proposed in its final report, along with the recently-accepted United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) propose some serious changes to how archaeology and heritage is “done” in Canada. Are we as a society ready for the full implications of what they might mean?

  3. Nov. 28, 2018Keeping the Human in Artificial Intelligence - expert panelSophia the robot speaking to crowd at the AI for GOOD Global Summit

    Join Doug Peers, Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo, and a panel of professors with expertise in economics, philosophy, and human-computer interaction for a discussion about what we need to know and do to ensure artificial intelligence serves humanity for the good of everyone.

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