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. Aug. 1, 2019 How 'offloading' information could expose our memories to manipulation

    When people use their computer or smartphone to store information, they may not be able to detect if that information has been manipulated when they retrieve it later, according to researchers from the University of Waterloo.

    “In our study, individuals could rely on an external store when trying to remember some material and manipulations of that store often went undetected,” said Evan Risko, lead author of the study and a professor of psychology.

  2. July 29, 2019The Life and Times of the Pickle Forks
    construction workers install the sculptures in front of the PAS building.

    They've been decorated, climbed and pranked. They graced the Hagey Hall courtyard for almost 44 years before disappearing into limbo (or rather, a UWaterloo storage facility) to await their fate. Now the beloved “pickle forks” are enjoying the sunshine once again, just in time for the start of the new academic year.

  3. July 23, 2019Multi-million-dollar medievalists: interdisciplinary project digs into climate and culture of late Middle Ages
    Herstmonceux medieval castle

    Professor of medieval history Steven Bednarski leads a seven-year, $2.5 millon SSHRC Partnership-funded project with an interdisciplinary team of 30 Waterloo experts and numerous external partners, including Queen's University's Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle.

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  1. Sep. 18, 2019Indigenous Speakers Series presents Jesse Thistle
    Jesse Thistle

    The Indigenous Speakers Series proudly presents Jesse Thistle, Métis-Cree-Scot scholar, teacher, author -- and a Waterloo Arts alumnus. His work is focused on intergenerational and historic trauma of the Métis people, and also reflects on his own past struggles with addiction and homelessness. Jesse is widely recognized in the scholarly community and beyond -- especially with the recent publication of his memoir From the Ashes (Simon and Schuster Canada).

  2. Sep. 20, 2019Official Inauguration of the Canada Research Chair in Minority Studies
    Chaire de recherche du Canada en études des minorités logo

    You are cordially invited to the Official Inauguration of the Canada Research Chair in Minority Studies. The event will take place on September 20 and will include a talk (in French) by Distinguished Professor Emeritus François Paré on ethnocultural and linguistic minority studies in the world. This talk will be followed by a reception.

  3. Oct. 28, 2019Distinguished Lecture in Economics: Child Health as Human Capital
    Doctor using a stethescope to listen to a child's heart beat

    Child health is increasingly understood to be a critical form of human capital, but only recently have we begun to understand how valuable it is and how better to support its development. This lecture provides an overview of recent work demonstrating the key role of public insurance in supporting longer-term human capital development, and pointing to improvements in child mental health as an especially important mechanism.

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