Category Archives: Faculty

Science Communication Faculty Roundtable

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If you happen to be on campus this morning, and looking for a fun and fabulous way to fill a few hours, the Science Communication Faculty Roundtable is taking place from 10:00am – noon over in Physics 235. Coffee, tea, juice, fizzy beverages, and a smattering of delicious treats (for both the health-fully inclined and those with a sweet tooth) will be provided, and doors open at 9:30am for an informal meet-and-greet reception.

Come on out and join us for a discussion with Faculty of Science instructors about the ins and outs, the joys and delights, the trials and tribulations, of communication in the science classroom and profession!

Organizers: Dr. Heather Love and Dr. George Lamont

Poster information: Dr Eugenia Cheng, a senior lecturer of Pure Mathematics at Sheffield University

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Quilt of Stories

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You may recall that UWaterloo English’s Dr. Lamees Al Ethari and Carrie Snyder, in conjunction with writer Tasneem Jamal, facilitated the X Page Workshop, a project in which immigrant and refugee women from the Waterloo region wrote stories based on their life experiences, and performed them. Now you can read their stories online, courtesy of The New Quarterly.

The Shakespearean Theatre Conference

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As if any more evidence was required that we have active and engaged scholars of Shakespeare at UWaterloo: Dr. Ken Graham and Dr. Alysia Kolentsis have been busy organizing the third Shakespearean Theatre Conference to be held June 19-22, 2019, in Stratford, Ontario. The conference offers an opportunity to think broadly and creatively about the past, present, and future of Tudor-Stuart drama, and this year places special emphasis on our broad theme of “Festival and Festivity.” How do we understand and perform festive, antic, celebratory, or bacchanal elements in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries? How did these plays draw on and contribute to early modern festive cultures, and how have historical changes to such cultures shifted the meaning of theatrical revelry? To what extent is the festive limited or invigorated by genre and convention? In what ways do cultural and theatrical festivals, including dedicated Shakespeare festivals and Shakespearean playhouses, influence and shape contemporary Shakespearean performance? What do the histories of these festivals have to tell us about changing responses to early modern drama, and what new directions seem promising?

The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. It is the successor to the Elizabethan Theatre Conference, which the University of Waterloo hosted 17 times between 1968 and 2005. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival.
For more information, visit the event website.

Dr. Randall on D-Day Games

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To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the launch of Operation Overlord and its D-Day invasions, which took place on June 6, 1944, Dr. Neil Randall will present a history of games that simulate this massively significant historical event. Dr. Randall’s talk will explore the problems with simulating military operations. The audience will also have an opportunity to interact with some of the games Dr. Randall will explore during the talk. Light refreshments will be available after the presentation.

Date: June 6th
Location: The Games Institute, East Campus 1, University of Waterloo
Time: 2-5pm

I Know What You Did Last Weekend

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We are right in the middle of the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, held at the University of British Columbia from June 1-7. At this year’s conference over thirty papers and presenters represent the scholarly contributions of UWaterloo’s English department. This includes a wide range of graduate students and faculty.  Dr. Winfried Siemerling  co-organized and co-chaired (with Dr. Karina Vernon) the ACCUTE panel “Call and Response-ability: Black Canadian Art and the Question of Audience” (pictured above). PhD students Ashley Irwin and Sara Gallagher each presented single-author papers, as well as a co-authored paper titled “Remembering the Future: Afrofuturism as Testimony,” while department chair Dr. Shelley Hulan presented “Bridesmaids Revisited, or Canadians and Race in the Neverending Story of Royal Happiness.” PhD candidate Devon Moriarty shares her essay “A New Reddit: Reviving Hope through Rhetorical Citizenship” on June 6th, while fellow PhD student Asma Khaliq is presenting today, on The Wasteland. On Wednesday, Dr. Randy Harris and PhD candidate Kyle Gerber, Danielle Bisnar Griffin (undergrad), and Katherine Tu (MA alumna) will be presenting a co-authored paper “A Figure Is a Figure Is a Figure: The Cognitive-computational Approach to Rhetorical Figures.” To find out more about our research and who else from UWaterloo has or will present, see this (admittedly incomplete) list.

Photo credit: ACCUTE President Dr. Jennifer Andrews

New Faculty Book: Shakespeare On Stage and Off

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It’s not surprising that summer in Waterloo is Shakespeare season for many, given the proximity of the Stratford Festival. This makes it the perfect time to congratulate English faculty Dr. Kenneth Graham and Dr. Alysia Kolentsis on their forthcoming edited collection, Shakespeare On Stage and Off. The description from the press promises a lively and current volume, covering everything from Star Trek to “a Trump-like Julius Caesar”–read on to find out more!

Today, debates about the cultural role of the humanities and the arts are roiling. Responding to renewed calls to reassess the prominence of canonical writers, Shakespeare On Stage and Off introduces new perspectives on why and how William Shakespeare still matters.

Lively and accessible, the book considers what it means to play, work, and live with Shakespeare in the twenty-first century. Contributors – including Antoni Cimolino, artistic director of the Stratford Festival – engage with contemporary stagings of the plays, from a Trump-like Julius Caesar in New York City to a black Iago in Stratford-upon-Avon and a female Hamlet on the Toronto stage, and explore the effect of performance practices on understandings of identity, death, love, race, gender, class, and culture. Providing an original approach to thinking about Shakespeare, some essays ask how the knowledge and skills associated with working lives can illuminate the playwright’s works. Other essays look at ways of interacting with Shakespeare in the digital age, from Shakespearean resonances in Star Trek and Indian films to live broadcasts of theatre performances, social media, and online instructional tools. Together, the essays in this volume speak to how Shakespeare continues to enrich contemporary culture.

A timely guide to the ongoing importance of Shakespearean drama, Shakespeare On Stage and Off surveys recent developments in performance, adaptation, popular culture, and education.

Dr. Aimée Morrison named 2019 Trudeau Fellow

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Congratulations to English’s Dr. Aimée Morrison who has been selected as one of five Trudeau Fellows for 2019 by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, as part of their new Institutes of Engaged Leadership. According to the Foundation, “This program will support the development of leadership skills among the Foundation’s Scholars, helping them to increase the impact of their research in their institutions and communities.”