Dean's Message

It is our daily mission in the Faculty of Arts to nurture talent, to produce world-class research and to seed the minds of the next generation of thought leaders. But as we look to the future, we must also take a moment to reflect on the milestones we have achieved thus far so that we may truly appreciate the breadth and depth of our Arts legacy.

The 100th birthday of the Old Arts Building in October of last year ushered in a number of notable anniversaries in the Faculty of Arts.

On January 24, the Department of Music celebrated its 50th anniversary at a gala event at the Winspear Centre, featuring music from students, faculty and alumni. It was a truly breathtaking scene — beautiful music, warm welcomes and lively conversation.

The same joyful atmosphere was present at the Department of Anthropology’s kick-off to its own 50th anniversary on January 8, a celebration that will continue throughout 2016 with the 50th Anniversary Speaker Series.

In March, English & Film Studies will be observing the 40th anniversary of the Writer-in-Residence Program, the longest lasting program of its kind in Canada.

Other recent anniversary milestones include the Department of Drama, celebrating its 50th in 2015 with the ongoing blog series 50 Reasons to Go See a Play (continuing throughout the 2015-16 season) and Art & Design, which wrapped up a year-long series of 50th anniversary exhibitions in the FAB Gallery.

These are just a few of the milestones reached in the Faculty of Arts in recent days, with many more to follow. Whatever role you have played in the history of this faculty, we are all part of a continuum of excellence, and that — my friends — is worth celebrating.

Lise Gotell
Acting Dean of Arts