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, 2020Alumni-founded Sentinel Project works to prevent genocide
    Christoper Tuckwood works with local people in Kenya

    Combining innovative tech with on-the-ground expertise, The Sentinel Project works to prevent mass atrocities across the globe.

  2. Jan. 9, 2020Anthropology research finds deforestation is changing animal communication
    Howler Monkey in Costa Rican forest

    Deforestation is changing the way monkeys communicate in their natural habitat, according to a new study led by Laura Bolt, an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology. The research offers the first evidence in animal communication scholarship of differences in vocal behaviours in response to different types of forest edge areas, particularly areas changed by human activity.

  3. Dec. 17, 2019Digital storytelling for truth and reconciliation
    Heather George speaking with child on her lap

    Students in a fall 2019 Digital Arts Communication course on digital storytelling produced three beautiful and compelling short documentaries around the theme of Truth and Reconciliation on Turtle Island.

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  1. Feb. 28, 2020Policy Datafest: second annual multidisciplinary data mining challenge
    2019 Datafest competitors and sponsors

    The Master of Public Service (MPS) program is proud to present Policy Datafest 2020, the second annual two-day challenge in which graduate students will analyze data sets provided by government departments and agencies.

  2. Mar. 2, 2020Beyond the Headlines: Who's Defending Democracy?
    hand holding cell phone taking photo of nighttime city

    Join the University of Waterloo for an engaging conversation on current affairs straight from the headlines. Who's defending democracy? will be hosted by Dean of Arts, Sheila Ager and President Feridum Hamdullahpur, and features three experts from the Faculty of Arts in a conversation moderated by CBC-KW host Craig Norris. 

  3. Mar. 4, 2020Communication Speaks! presents Henry Adam Svec and Jennifer Roberts-Smith

    The Department of Communication Arts invites faculty, staff, and students to the Winter Communication Speaks! colloquium, featuring professors Henry Adam Svec and Jennifer Roberts-Smith.

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