Category Archives: Events

Beyond 60: GRADtalks: Justin Carpenter

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Join us, as Doctoral students explore one research theme from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Justin CarpenterJustin Carpenter

PhD Candidate in English,                                             Faculty of Arts

Justin Carpenter, on the other hand, will raise concern on what we teach computers, what data we feed and how this is collected. He asks how virtual spaces transform our society and us as human beings? Do we even have the capacity to handle Aladdin’s Jinn once it’s let out of the bottle?.

Audrey ChungAudrey Chung

PhD Candidate in Systems Design Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

In a world with increasingly reliance on computers and robots doing most of our work – from managing our finances, to diagnosing diseases to driving our cars – Audrey will explain how artificial intelligence is created through a process of deep learning drawing on enormous amounts of data to deliver precision.

May 30, 2017
4:00-4:45 pm – wine and cheese
4:45-6:00 pm – talks, including question and answer
Cost
Free – registration is required
Location
EV3 – Environment 3

1408
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

Canada

U2 licenses alumnus’s work

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This is probably one of the more unusual Words in Place posts. It appears U2 (yes, that U2, with Bono) has licensed the work of UWaterloo English alumnus George Elliott Clarke, in advance of their upcoming Vancouver concert. Clarke, as you may recall, is currently poet laureate of Canada. As reported by Quill & Quire, they will feature “Ain’t You Scared of the Sacred?: A Spiritual” and “Elegy for Leonard Cohen.”

Non-Academic Career Conference

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Register now
for a full day conference designed to better prepare PhD students and postdocs for careers outside of academia. Hosted by GRADventure in partnership with the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Career Action, this conference will feature interactive workshops, a panel of PhDs/PhD candidates who have followed non-linear career paths, as well as a keynote speaker, Adam Ruben: writer, comedian and molecular biologist. Please note: This is an all-day event. Registrants must plan to attend every session. Lunch is provided. More information, as well as a list of workshops and speakers, is available online.

Keynote by Adam Ruben requires a separate RSVP.

Image credit: Toronto’s CountryCraft53

 

 

Photos: English Student Society Symposium

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Friday, March 31st was the UWaterloo English Student Society Symposium. The theme was the Secret Garden. There was food! There was fun! There were presentations by students on their research and academic work!

Thank you to the English Student Society for organizing such a fantastic event.

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Bring your high school students!

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Every so often I get asked if I can host a few high school students–or even a whole class–in one of my English classes. It can be a lot of fun–if you can fit everyone in the room! I’ve had the pleasure of hosting a group of students from St. Benedict C.S.S. in Cambridge in the past; this year they visited classes taught by Jay Dolmage and Victoria Lamont. Their teacher, Denise Wittmann, composed a report for the school newspaper, and has graciously allowed us to reprint it.

Enriched English Class goes on their Annual Trip to the University of Waterloo
By Mrs. D. Wittmann

Tuesday, March 7th, the Grade 10 Enriched English Class went on their annual trip to the University of Waterloo. The day began with a Campus Tour, and despite the inclement weather, we sojourned on.

After the tour we joined a second-year Academic Writing Course with Professor Jay Dolmage. Here, the students were put in groups and received revision and editing tips from the students to improve their own essays – which the Grade 10 students had brought with them. After lunch, the class sat in on a “Literature and Pop Culture” lecture with Professor Victoria Lamont. The day’s subject was visual rhetoric. Students saw examples from numerous television programs and how they are constructed.

Reporting on the English Awards!

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Our annual awards ceremony, held March 31st, was well-attended as usual. The event attested to the incredible diversity of research being conducted in UWaterloo English. Joseph Stapleton won a prize for writing in rhetoric for his essay “O.J. Simpson and the Construction of Hyperbolic Reality”; Laura Bayer received an award for an essay on Dionne Brand’s novel What We All Long For that drew on the work of Spanish artist Remedios Varos. Likewise, Devon Moriarty’s award-winning essay considered “When Rhetoric, Science and Reddit Collide,” while Ian Gibson took up the novels of Cormac McCarthy through Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle to explore quantum mechanics as a novelistic strategy, in the processing capturing a Beltz Essay Prize. Judges spoke of the difficulties in adjudicating awards. Dr. Victoria Lamont described feeling at one point that she had a “seven way tie.” For more about the awards and winners, see the full listing below. More photos are also available online.
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Undergraduate Award Winners

Grade Average Award Winners
Second Year Spring:  Kate Stericker
Second Year Fall:  Joanna Cleary
Third Year:  Kayley Marner
Fourth Year:  Isabelle Cote

Academic Awards
Walter R. Martin English 251 Award:  Masha Janjuz
Award in American Literature and Culture:  Alex Rollinson
Canadian Literature Prize:  Kathleen Moritz
History and Theory of Rhetoric Award:  Sarasvathi Kannan (runner-up); Theresa Shim (winner)
Rhetoric and Digital Design Award:  Trevor Nielsen (runner-up); Theresa Shim (winner)
Rhetoric and Professional Writing Award: Dominique Kelly, Elizabeth Scott, Erin Taylor, Christine Williams (group prize)
Andrew James Dugan Prize in Literature:  Alexandra Siebert
Andrew James Dugan Prize in Rhetoric and Professional Writing:  Joseph Stapleton

Co-op Awards
Quarry Integrated Communication Co-op English Award: Danielle Bisnar Griffin
Undergraduate Co-op Work Report Award: Carla Rodrigo

Creative Writing Awards
Albert Shaw Poetry Prize:  Zainab Ahmed-Yassin Mahdi
English Society Creative Writing Award for Poetry:  Joanna Cleary
English Society Creative Writing Award for Prose:  Chris Masterman
Graduate Creative Writing Award for Prose:  Lacey Beer
Graduate Creative Writing Award for Poetry:  Masa Torbica

Graduate Award Winners

Grade Average Awards
MA:  Julie Funk
PhD: Ian Gibson

David Nimmo English Graduate Scholarship:  Justin Carpenter
Jack Gray Fellowship:  Rebecca Anderson, Devon Moriarty
Graduate Co-op Work Report Award:  Andreea Perescu

Academic Awards
Beltz Essay Prize, MA:  Laura Bayer
Beltz Essay Prize, PhD:  Ian Gibson
Rhetoric Essay Prize:  Devon Moriarty
Graduate Professional Communication Award:  Devon Moriarty
W.K. Thomas Graduate Scholarship:  Jessica Van de Kemp

Teaching & Professionalization Awards
TA Award for Excellence in Teaching:  Kaitlin O’Brien (runner-up); Nicholas Hobin (winner)
Lea Vogel-Nimmo Graduate Professionalization Scholarship:  Ashley Irwin

 

 

English + Engineering = Art

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On Friday, April 7, the Departments of English and Fine Arts and the Faculty of Engineering will present an exciting double bill of digital art and technology at UWaterloo English’s 44 Gaukel Street in Downtown Kitchener.

The first is “Technically Art”: An interactive exhibition where technology and art converge. The exhibition features student work from the University of Waterloo Tech Art Course, FINE 392 / GENE 499.

The second is “=SUM(Things)”, which features a large number of media and data-based projects and installations from UWaterloo English XDM students, staff, community members, and various universities.

“The evening of April 7 will be a fun, lively, and thought-provoking event, which serves as a closing party for the Tech Art show and as an opening for the XDM exhibition,” says a note from the event organizers. “Everyone is welcome at this catered and licensed event, which will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The “Technically Art” exhibition is also offering public walk-in hours, hosted by students from the Tech Art course, from Tuesday April 5 to Saturday April 8 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, April 8, the Critical Media Lab will follow up their XDM exhibition with a symposium entitled “Data Publics/Data Paradigms” from 1:00 p.m. to  3:00 p.m., which will feature presentations from students from English 794 this past term