Community outreach and public events

speakers on stage in front of audienceArts presents public panels at Kitchener Public Library on topical issues, such as our fall 2016 panel, Digital Dependencies: How we upload and offload ourselves

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.

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Theatre and Performance productions

The Theatre and Performance program in the Department of Communication Arts produces a series of performances each year by students, faculty, and visiting artists. Their productions include traditional plays, original works, multi-media and site-specific performances -- and all are open to the public.

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University 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.

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Indigenous Speakers Series

Co-presented with the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, the Faculty of Arts, the Department of History, and the Department of Communication Arts, this series highlights the voices of Indigenous artists, writers, activists, and leaders from across Turtle Island, offering UWaterloo students, faculty and staff opportunities to learn from, understand, and engage with Indigenous issues.

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Three Minute Thesis | 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.

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Critical 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.

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Stratford School of Interaction Design & Business lectures and workshops

With many open to the public, Stratford School 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.

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Waterloo 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.

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Waterloo 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.

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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!