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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.

With unanimous approval by Arts Faculty Council, the Faculty of Arts Strategic Plan 2014-19 has been amended to include objectives focused on indigenization in our teaching, research, and outreach. The objectives and actions are part of a growing commitment by this Faculty, and by other areas of the University of Waterloo, along with many post-secondary institutions in the country, to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 2015 final report, specifically the Calls to Action.

Viewing Jess Lincoln’s art is a bit like stepping into a stranger’s home. A recent exhibition called, An Interior, was a three-sided installation covered in paintings large and small — some of the artist on or under a quilt, others depict objects from a modest home.