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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Why we need to understand how the world hinged on Cuba in 1962

Fidal Castro with Jim Blight speaking to him

UWaterloo scholars challenge millennials to abolish nuclear weapons

In 1992, on the 30th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, historians Jim Blight and janet Lang organized a remarkable meeting in Havana between Fidel Castro, Robert McNamara, and former aides of Nikita Khrushchev.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Anthropology adjunct professor among new Order of Canada appointees

men being filmed by camera man on arctic tundra

Three people with strong links to the University of Waterloo were among the newest appointees to the Order of Canada, including Douglas Stenton, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced the 125 appointees on December 29.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Professor Jay Dolmage discusses his new book, Academic Ableism

book cover detailing the word Ableism

In his new book Academic Ableism Professor Jay Dolmage (English Language and Literature) notes the progress higher education has made to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. But the book also offers critique after critique of the way colleges [and universities] have ignored or responded inadequately to the needs of many students and professors. Here is an excerpt of a recent Inside Higher Ed interview with Prof. Dolmage.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Critical Media Lab collaborates with Grand Philharmonic Choir to illuminate Handel's "Messiah"

detail of digital illuminated image

The Critical Media Lab plays an interesting part in the Grand Philharmonic Choir’s upcoming performance of Handel’s “Messiah” by assisting in the creation of digital projections of an illuminated copy of the St. John’s Bible. Read the story of how old and new media came together, originally published in the Daily Bulletin.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Renison/Arts Professor Vinh Nguyen wins the Polanyi Prize in Literature

Vinh Nguyen

Just a few days ago the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) announced that Vinh Nguyen, professor of Diaspora Literatures at Renison University College and of English in the Faculty of Arts, has won the 2017 Polanyi Prize in Literature. This is the second Polanyi Prize awarded to a professor in Arts, following Chris Eliasmith's (Philosophy, Systems Design Engineering, Computer Science) NSERC Polanyi Prize two years ago.

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