Events - 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — 2:30 PM EST
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2014-15 History Speaker Series continues with Mapping London's Global Hinterlands: Spatial Text Mining Eight Million Pages of Nineteenth Century Texts, presented by the University of Saskatchewan's Professor Jim Clifford.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — 12:30 PM EST

Countertenor Daniel Cabena and pianist Stephen Runge perform songs from the English art song repertoire, exploring a few of the various forms and meanings of sanctuary.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 — 7:00 PM EST

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to host the Arts Alumni Theatre Night, featuring Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Stewart Arnott.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 — 8:00 PM to Friday, November 7, 2014 — 12:00 AM EST
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Thinking of changing your major to procrastination? Don’t! Join us for UWaterloo’s first-ever Long Night Against Procrastination on Thursday, November 6 from 8 pm to midnight in the Student Life Centre.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 — 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST
wreckage of a building in the first world war

The Department of History presents a roundtable discussion on legacies of the First World War, 100 years later.

The discussion will be moderated by professor Dan Gorman and features History department colleagues, professors Geoff Hayes, Lynne Taylor, and John Sbardellati.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — 12:30 PM EST

Solo jazz piano music.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
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Get ready to choose your major (and minor)! Learn more about every major and minor subject that Arts has to offer. Talk to professors, staff, and students at their info booths representing the many disciplines in Arts.

Monday, November 3, 2014 — 8:00 PM EST
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The 2014 Hagey Lecture presented by
Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — 7:30 PM EDT
cover of the book Come Back by Rudy Wiebe

Governor General’s Award winner Rudy Wiebe will read from his newly released novel Come Back. Wiebe’s powerful new book follows Hal Wiens—a character first introduced as a teenager in Wiebe’s 1962 novel Peace Shall Destroy Many, now a retired professor in Edmonton—as he grapples with the ongoing legacy of his son’s suicide.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Thomas Homer-Dixon, CIGI Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, will discuss Canada's potential as a Resilient Energy Superpower.


Watch the video teaser:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — 12:30 PM EDT

Jazz music featuring vibraphonist Michael Wood & pianist Jim Hodgkinson. Music will include pieces by notable Canadian and American composers.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — 5:00 PM EDT
people on scaffolding with european flag in background

Beginning with the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the last centurysaw the rise of Italian fascism and Soviet communism, the world economic crisis, and the rise of the Nazis to power in Germany, leading to the horrors of World War II.

Friday, October 24, 2014 — 12:30 PM EDT
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As a precursor to their KW Chamber Music Society concert, we are delighted that the world renowned Attacca Quartet will present a free concert at Grebel featuring one of Haydn's string quartets.  Please note that this concert is on a Friday, instead of our usual Wednesday noon hour time slot. 

See the Attacca webpage for more details.

Friday, October 24, 2014 — 12:30 PM EDT

The Department of English Language and Literature presents the second speaker in their 2014-15 Speaker Series: Nicholas Balaisis is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with the Department's Critical Media Lab. 

Dr. Balaisis explores how new media and digital technology are re-shaping the aesthetics, geography and feel of contemporary cities.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 — 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM EDT

Come out the the UW Bookstore for the official launch of Dr Steven Bednarski's Poisoned Past (University of Toronto Press, 2014), a microhistory which both traces the tale of a fourteenth-century French woman accused of murdering her husband by poison, and also explores a historian's methods. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014 — 4:00 PM EDT
Dr. Elizabeth Bloomfield

Author of my own story: Recognizing the words and choices of people without voices

Thursday, October 23, 2014 — 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Political Science Speaker Series: Sithembile Mbete

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 — 12:30 PM EDT

This concert features accomplished local performers Natasha Campbell (soprano),  Heidi Wall (piano), and Miriam Stewart-Kroeker (cello).  

Thursday, October 16, 2014 — 1:30 PM EDT

Launched in 2006, the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) is an online network platform that connects millions of videogame consoles, handheld devices, and media servers around the world. In this talk, Colin Milburn will examine the various gamer narratives that spontaneously emerged to make sense of the network outage in 2011. This was when the PSN became a battleground between corporate IP policies and the global hacker community, resulting in a massive hacker attack on the Sony databases that compromised the personal data of many millions of PSN users.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT

More than just a city-stomping reptilian film star, Godzilla began as an allegory for the Japanese war experience, especially the horror of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

Through lecture and a viewing of the original 1954 Godzilla film, we will explore the multiple meanings that a monster can take in an age of religious, social, and scientific anxiety.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 — 5:00 PM EDT
Robert Park

The Faculty of Arts presents a public lecture by Dr. Robert Park of the Department of Anthropology

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — 11:30 AM EDT
people line the Berlin Wall facing east german police

Twenty-five years ago, after protests and peaceful demonstrations, the Berlin Wall opened, the East German government resigned, and German unification was on the horizon.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — 6:30 PM EDT
Aitana Guia

The Muslim struggle for civil rights and belonging in postwar Europe

Renison University College's Studies in Islam program presents this talk that explores the social and political history of Muslims in postwar Europe.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM EDT

Arts Peer Mentors – upper-year students offering advice, guidance, and support.  They get what you’re talking about!

Thursday, October 2, 2014 — 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
French Studies Graduate Conference 2014

Learn what a graduate degree in Arts can offer you!

The reception will begin at 7:00pm with a welcome and a short presentation from Associate Dean Linda Warley about graduate studies in the Faculty of Arts. Professors Aimee Morrison (English Language & Literature) and Anindya Sen (Economics) will also speak about the value of a graduate degree.

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