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. Sep. 17, 2018Another Ig Nobel prize for Arts - this time its about voodoo dolls Lindie Liang and Doug Brown with colleagues on stage at award event

    For the second time in two years, we’re celebrating Ig Nobel winners in the Department of Psychology. Congratulations to Professor Douglas Brown from the department’s Industrial/Organizational area and his co-authors on winning a 2018 Ig Nobel Prize for their study, Righting a wrong: Retaliation on a voodoo doll symbolizing an abusive supervisor restores justice.

  2. Sep. 14, 2018Balsillie School of International Affairs turns 10Balsillie School of International Affairs entrance

    Happy 10th anniversary to the Balsillie School, the site of our unique three-institution partnership advancing global governance and providing unparalleled opportunities for collaboration among faculty, students, and policy practitioners. 

  3. Sep. 12, 2018Voting for the losing side can affect your performance at workCartoon of a sad office worker unable to work

    Companies should avoid scheduling important work tasks immediately following an election, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

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  1. Sep. 20, 2018Researching western foreign terrorist fighters in Syria and Iraqclose-up on map of Syria and area

    At the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Lorne Dawson will provide a snapshot of the results of three years of research involving interviews with Westerners who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to support various jihadist groups, and the family members and friends of such fighters.

  2. Sep. 20, 2018Grimm Lecture 2018: When would Capitalism end? Image of Karl Marx on old banknote

    In recognition of Karl Marx's 200th birthday, WCGS is honoured to welcome distinguished Professor Gareth Stedman Jones for the Grimm Lecture 2018. He is Professor of the History of Ideas at Queen Mary, University of London and author of Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion (2016). 

  3. Sep. 21, 2018Dominic Barton on Dimensions of Global DisruptionDominic Barton

    President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur invites you to a special President's Lecture featuring our new Chancellor. Mr. Barton will share his insights and reflections on the global economy and on the University of Waterloo's position and opportunities as a leader in global innovation.

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