Category Archives: Events

Turning Back the Doomsday Clock

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On January 29, join English’s Dr. Andy McMurry for a discussion with colleagues from the Humanities to understand the real threats, and possible actions for turning back the clock. The event is being held at the Kitchener Public Library, main branch — 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, from 7-9pm.

Alexander Lanoszka, Political Science

Back to the Future? Nuclear weapons modernization and great power competition seem to make global politics more dangerous than ever. But what, if anything, is different about our current situation from what we experienced during the Cold War?

Andrew McMurry, English Language and Literature

Everybody talks about climate change but nobody does anything about it. Why are we failing to adequately address this existential threat to the planet? It turns out that communicating the threat of climate change is as challenging as the problem itself. How do our favoured narratives and metaphors condition us to do nothing as the catastrophe unfolds?

Kate Henne, Sociology and Legal Studies

Disruption, Debilitation, Doom? What threats do disruptive technologies pose? According to the Doomsday Clock settings, they undermine democracy and political institutions. But, how do they disrupt other aspects of everyday life? Looking at their mundane effects may tell us a lot about risk and social change.



Games: Make, Explore, Interact

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The Games Institute, founded and headed by English’s Dr. Neil Randall, is hosting a Global Game Jam, an opportunity to MAKE games, explore new game ideas, and interact with fellow game-lovers in an exciting and relaxed environment. Learn something, teach something, make something, and play something!

You can build your own games from scratch along with helpful advice and guidance from our GI mentors. You can create your own game mechanic, gameful art, game characters and narrative, or try your hand at coding for your very own game prototype.

This Winter 2019 term, the GI is proud to be a Global Game Jam Site:

The upcoming Jam will be Friday, January 25th at 4:30pm – Sunday January 27th at 6:00pm, at Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre (QNC) Room 1502, University of Waterloo.

To learn more about the event, you can visit here:

This event requires registration. Register here:… and pay for your ticket here:…/game-jam-reg….

LEARN Event: January 24th, @Games Institute (EC1), 5pm – 9pm, FREE EVENT.

MAKE Event: January 25th at 4:30pm through January 27th at 6:00pm – $15/ticket – QNC 1502 & 2502:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Tickets are $15 can be purchased online via Shopify. Please note that both the online payment form AND the Eventbrite guest registration are necessary to attend this event. The cost of your ticket gives you access to the event, lunch on both days, and use of our equipment throughout the weekend.

Indigenous Speakers Series presents Maria Campbell

If you follow Canadian literature, you may recall that in June this year, Maria Campbell‘s 1973 ground-breaking autobiography Halfbreed was the subject of significant press coverage. The cause was the rediscovery of pages of the manuscript excised by the press without her knowledge or permission “over fears the RCMP would try to halt the book’s publication.” This act of excision is especially resonant, given the issues about which Campbell herself has been so outspoken. For scholars of literature, such a discovery also demands we consider the ways in which the path to publication can involve coerced and involuntary textual violences for writers from historically marginalized publications.

We at UWaterloo are fortunate that Maria Campbell will be joining us on campus as part of the Indigenous Speakers Series on Wednesday, February 13th at 4pm, in Modern Languages Theatre of the Arts. Campbell is a Cree-Métis writer, playwright, filmmaker, scholar, teacher and elder. Campbell’s memoir Halfbreed (1973) is regarded as a foundational piece of Indigenous literature in Canada for its attention to the discrimination, oppression and poverty that some Métis women (and other Indigenous people) experience in Canada.

Campbell has published several other books and plays, and has directed and written scripts for a number of films. As an artist, Campbell has worked with Indigenous youth in community theatre and advocated for the hiring and recognition of Indigenous people in the arts. She has mentored many Indigenous artists during her career. Among many honours and awards, Campbell received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2005, and was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.

This Indigenous Speakers Series event is co-presented by the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, the Faculty of Arts, the Department of History, and the Department of Communication Arts. The Series highlights the voices of Indigenous artists, writers, activists, and leaders from across Turtle Island, offering UWaterloo students, faculty and staff opportunities to learn from, understand, and engage with Indigenous issues.

Photo credit: Ted Whitecalf


Book signing with Alumna Carolyn Huizinga Mills

UWaterloo Alumna Carolyn Huizinga Mills has published her first book, The Little Boy Who Lived Down The Drain and will be signing copies at Words Worth Books, in Uptown Waterloo, Sunday Nov. 25 from 12-2pm. The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain was nominated for the 2018 Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award as well as being selected by the OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation to be part of their Rainforest of Reading program.

Earlier this year Carolyn reflected on her English courses at UWaterloo: “One memory that still stands out to me from my university days so many years ago is sitting in a class taught by professor Eric McCormack, thinking: Hes written a book! I remember being impressed (perhaps even awed) by the fact that he was an author, a genuine, bonafide author, and he was teaching me about writing. So it seems surreal, now, to be able to call myself an author, too.” (“A Dream“)

Visit Carolyn’s author website at:

Welcome to Fall Open House

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This past weekend some of our dedicated English faculty and students participated in the Fall Open House, welcoming potential students and their parents to UWaterloo, and answering any questions they might have about our program. An English degree by co-op? Check, we have that. Traditional courses in literature, alongside courses in Professional Communication, Rhetoric. and Digital Media? Again, yes! A wide range of online courses? A minor in Technical Writing? Of course–we’re UWaterloo. Creative Writing? Absolutely–complemented by the presence of a national literary magazine on campus (The New Quarterly), and a series which brings acclaimed writers to campus to read.


Thanks to all of our fantastic volunteers, as well as those who came out to learn more about our program.

Read all about it!

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Head on over to UWaterloo English to read our 2018 newsletter, featuring a letter from our new chair, Dr. Shelley Hulan, and updates on faculty and student achievements.

3D printing methods and poetics?

On Monday, October 29th, drop by the University of Waterloo English’s Critical Media Lab (44 Gaukel St., Kitchener). Digital artist and writer Aaron Tucker will be giving a talk and workshop on 3D printing methods and poetics.

Aaron Tucker is the author of the novel Y: Oppenheimer, Horseman of Los Alamos (Coach House Books) as well as two books of poetry, Irresponsible Mediums: The Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp (Book*hug Press) and punchlines (Mansfield Press), and two scholarly cinema studies monographs, Virtual Weaponry: The Militarized Internet in Hollywood War Films and Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema (both published by Palgrave Macmillan).