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Community outreach and public events

audience watching speaker on stageArts presents public panels at Kitchener Public Library on topical issues, such as our winter 2016 panel, Understanding the Refugee Crisis: Historical, Global, and Local Perspectives

The Faculty of Arts regularly hosts public events, such as expert panels, distinguished lectures, student performances or exhibitions to engage a range of interests. This page features just a few public initiatives that take place over the year. To find out what's happening at any time of the year, check our Events page and follow us on Twitter @uwaterlooARTS.
 

female student in staged sword fightTheatre and Performance productions

The Department of Drama and Speech Communication produces a series of performances each year created by faculty, students, and visiting artists. Productions range from traditional to original to multi-media performances, and all are open to the public.

Gallery space with artwork on walls and floorUniversity of Waterloo Art Gallery | UWAG

The University of Waterloo Art Gallery, better known as UWAG, is a professional gallery space featuring a vibrant season of curated visual art works from across Canada and from within the Department of Fine Arts. The 4th Year Honours and MFA Thesis shows are major events each year.

female student lectures with digital clock in backgroundThree Minute Theatre | 3MT Arts heat

Each winter term, the Three Minute Thesis competition is held for graduate students at Waterloo. Competitors use one static slide and have three minutes to explain their research to a non-specialist audience. The Arts 3MT heat and the University finals are both open to the public.

two computer monitors with gaming images and origamiCritical Media Lab lectures, workshops, exhibits

The Critical Media Lab is a cross-disciplinary, research-creation lab that fosters new media projects which explore the impact of technology on society and the human condition. They host public talks featuring faculty and students working in the field of new media, as well as workshops and exhibitions of student work.

graphic showing gaming work spacesGames Institute lectures and workshops

The Games Institute conducts research into the past, present, and future of digital games. The institute regularly hosts events that allow members of the public to learn about game design and game-related technologies, and create and play their own games.

Stratford campus building in evening lightStratford Campus lectures and workshops

With many open to the public, Stratford Campus lectures and workshops address culture, digital media, technology and innovation. You'll have the opportunity to ask faculty, staff and students about their work and learn more about the intersection of digital technology and society today.
 

Economist lecturing and crowd of handsWaterloo Arts Distinguished Lecture in Economics

Each year the Department of Economics invites a distinguished scholar to present a lecture on the state of the art in a field of economic research, giving anyone an opportunity to enhance their understanding of economics. The University community and members of the public are warmly invited to attend the lectures.

historical photo of people and police standoff in GermanyWaterloo Centre for German Studies

More than just a research centre, the Waterloo Centre for German Studies (WCGS) presents cultural and educational programming. Through film festivals, public lectures and performances, the WCGS offers experiences, entertainment and insights about the German language, cultures and its peoples.

ancient Greek art

Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies

The Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies supports scholarship, research, and public outreach programs exploring all facets of the Hellenistic world. Whether you realize it or not, you already know something about the Hellenistic Age (323 – 31 BCE) - a great age of territorial, cultural, artistic and scientific expansion.
 

All Arts departments welcome you

Individual Arts departments, schools and affiliated colleges regularly offer free public lectures and events that cover topics as numerous and diverse as our Faculty – from quirky and specialized fields to the most pressing public issues of the day. Join us!