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Waterloo alumnus and nationally celebrated writer George Elliott Clarke adds Parliamentary Poet Laureate to his long and illustrious post-graduation track record. Announced recently, his two-year appointment with Canada’s Parliament is dedicated to the promotion of writing and reading poetry in English and French for all Canadians.  

Students looking to learn Arabic will soon be able to sign up for Canada’s only intensive Arabic language program. Renison University College will open the Arabic Summer Institute (ASI) in May, offering any student four- and eight-week program options for credit.

UWaterloo graduate students based at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) will soon work with the federal government on research and analysis projects as part of their fellowships at Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

With the Paris climate change COP21 meetings about to start, Paul Cegys' Sustainability in Performance class is engaged in a two-part experiential project that both emulates and mocks - in a positive way - the talks and challenges.

This time last year marked the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War. Professor Heather MacDougall saw an opportunity to delve deeper into our region’s history and place in the grander narrative of WWI. “Most of the historical studies to date have focused on large centres like Toronto or on the military,” she explains. “With social history being such an important development in terms of research, I thought that it was time to look at the way that German Canadians and British Canadians interacted throughout the war.”

French Studies research assistants Sarah Reilly and Monika Sosnowski are currently filming and starring in a new series of videos that help to disseminate research from L’Ontario français et ses premiers textes (Early Ontario French Narratives), a SSHRC-funded project led by Professor François Paré (French Studies). The videos are intended to deepen understanding of French Ontario history and its inseparable conne

“The public is not presently well-served by either the popular media or the science media when it comes to issues around gender,” says Shannon Dea, Director of Women’s Studies and Associate Professor of Philosophy. “Because the effects of gender are so pervasive, we need to be able to examine them from a range of perspectives.”