Black Canadian Writing: a talk

file-page1English’s Dr. Winfried Siemerling won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for his latest book, The Black Atlantic Reconsidered. Now you can hear him present his research September 30, 2016, in a talk titled “Critical Black Canadian Memory Culture, Audience, Intervention.” The location is PAS 2438, from 3-5pm. All are welcome.

English, Music, & Lunch

English, music, and lunch: three of my favourite things. In this case, I’m not actually sure you can bring your lunch, but it is an on-campus lunchtime concert. As you may recall, Dr. Sarah Tolmie of the English department recently published a book of poetry, Trio; the poems were set to music. Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 12:30 PM you can hear Selections from Trio, composed by Grebel alumna Erica de la Cruz, as well as Seven Tableaux from the Song of Songs by Srul Irving Glick.

Elizabeth Rogalsky Lepock, soprano
Ben Bolt-Martin, cello
Erica de la Cruz, piano
Linnea Thacker, violin

Conrad Grebel University Chapel, 140 Westmount Road North, University of Waterloo

All are welcome.


Calling Alumni: Arts Reunion 2016!

Don’t you want to see the old buildings? The new ones? Your favorite professors? Former classmates? You can network, reminisce, take a campus tunnel tour (yes, really), enjoy music, food, sport, and Oktoberfest at the Bomber…. and more!

Come home and catch up.

October 1, 2016

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. AHS Fun Run

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Reunion Luncheon with alumni from all six faculties (live music, Faculty Deans, and great food!).

1:30 p.m. VIP Tent and Football game. Or join other alumni for a tour to see the newest buildings around campus.

2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Arts Reunion Headquarters – Tour the Arts buildings and tunnels with Arts students.

5:00 p.m. Oktoberfest at the Bomber

Make a weekend out of it! Be sure to mention UWaterloo Reunion to get special UWaterloo alumni rates.

Register here.

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Journeys: 2016-2017 Reading Series

It’s that time of year again, where we get excited about the line-up for the Reading Series at St. Jerome’s, University of Waterloo. The line-up for 2016-2017 is organized around the theme of journeys, and promises to be just as exciting as last year’s.

The fall term speakers and dates are as follows:

  • Fred Wah, 4:30pm, Friday 21 October, STJ 3027
  • Dimitri Nasrallah (pictured above), 4;30pm, Friday 4 November, STJ 3027
  • Farzana Doctor, 4:30pm, Friday 25 November, STJ 3027

The winter term dates are still being determined, but the speakers have been confirmed:

  • Carolyn Smart
  • Tim Conley
  • Pamela Mordecai and Tasneem Jamal

All readings are free and open to the public. St. Jerome’s is located at 290 Westmount Rd. N., Waterloo, ON.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
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The tragic hero, Twitter, and a teach-a-thon?

We have all encountered the news stories about sexual assaults at various campuses and their aftermath. On Friday, September 16, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM professors from across UWaterloo’s Faculty of Arts will be participating in a Rape Culture teach-a-thon. English is represented by faculty members Kathy Acheson, Jay DolmageAimée Morrison, Heather Smyth, and Linda Warley. You can drop in any time; everything from Game of Thrones to Twitter, Tragic Heroes, and Drinking in Colonial Spaces will be discussed:

  • Rape culture and drinking in colonial public space, Julia Roberts (History)
  • Rape culture and Game of Thrones, Katy Fulfer (Philosophy)
  • Rape culture and law, Rashmee Singh (Sociology and Legal Studies)
  • Rape culture and humour, Toni Serafini (Sexuality, Marriage and the Family)
  • Rape culture and the tragic hero, Kathy Acheson (English)
  • Rape culture and vampire fiction, Trevor Holmes (Centre for Teaching Excellence)
  • Rape culture and military law, Doug Peers (History, Dean of Arts)
  • Rape culture and popular films about university life, Jay Dolmage (English)
  • Rape culture and Twitter, Aimée Morrison (English)
  • Rape culture and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, Susan Roy (History)
  • Rape culture and testimony, Linda Warley (English)
  • Rape culture and trans people, Shannon Dea (Philosophy)
  • Rape culture and war, Marlene Epp (Peace and Conflict Studies, Conrad Grebel)
  • Rape culture and ignorance, Tim Kenyon (Philosophy)
  • Rape culture and racism, Heather Smyth (English)

Everyone welcome. Refreshments will be served.


HH – J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities

The Hub
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

Image: Lord Byron, whose own assaults have been overlooked or romanticized, to the point where we talk of Byronic heroes….

Passing of Dr. Rota Lister

We are saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Rota Lister. Friends are welcomed to gather at the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre , 1001 Ottawa St. S., on Thursday, September 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A celebration of Dr. Lister’s life will be held in the Westmount Chapel on Friday at 11:00 a.m.

From her obituary: Rota was born January 9, 1928, was baptized in Dortmund, Germany in the Reinoldikirche, the largest protestant church in town later damaged during the war. As a coping mechanism, Rota escaped into books and languages when she could not flee Germany physically. This passion later blossomed into a wonderful career as a Professor of English at the University of Waterloo. 

Dr. Lister began her career at Waterloo on September 1, 1966. She was an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the time of her retirement, which was September 1, 1996. Dr. Lister specialized in dramatic literature, Canadian literature, and criticism. Editor of the Canadian Drama Review, she also published an influential critical edition of John Fletcher’s Jacobean comedy The Wild Goose Chase. Her essays and other writing appeared in  Gynocritics: Feminist Approaches to Canadian and Quebec Women’s Writing, the Canadian Journal of Native Studies, World Literature Written in English, English Studies in Canada, Canadian Literature, Canadian Drama, Resources for Feminist Research, and elsewhere. An early proponent of Women’s Studies, Dr. Lister taught many courses relating to women’s literature at University of Waterloo.


Alumna on NYT bestseller list

Congratulations to UWaterloo English alumna Rupi Kaur, whose book of poetry has landed her on the New York Times bestseller list, and in the Guardian, the subject of a recent profile. Watch the video which accompanied the Guardian piece to find out more about her process and emergence as an artist.