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. 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.

  2. Sep. 27, 2018Researchers help to bridge the gap between psychology and gamificationa game controller

    A multi-disciplinary research team is bridging the gap between psychology and gamification that could significantly impact learning efforts in user experience design, healthcare, and government.

  3. 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.

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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. 17, 2018Diversity and change in the arts: a conversation with Pam Patel, Artistic Director of MT SpacePam Patel

    Founded in 2004, MT Space is the Waterloo Region's first and only multicultural theatre company. Its mandate is to create, produce, and present high quality artistic performances and cultural events reflective of the people who live here. Please join us for a conversation between Pam Patel (Artistic Director, MT Space) and Dr. Lamees Al Ethari (Department of English Language and Literature) as we discuss the role of MT Space in fostering meaningful interaction through art and culture in our communities. 

  3. Oct. 17, 2018Minds in Machines: Comparing Biological and Synthetic Intelligenceevent logo with image of bridge

    The incredible explosion in the power of artificial intelligence is evident in daily headlines proclaiming big breakthroughs. What are the remaining differences between machine and human intelligence? Professors Chris Eliasmith and Paul Thagard discuss AI now and in the future.

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