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Last month, the Theatre of the Arts at the University of Waterloo was brimming with thrumming beats, haunting voices, layered melodies, and a unique blend of electronic cello and traditional Indigenous music. As part of the Indigenous-Mennonite Encounters conference organized by Conrad Grebel University College, Indigenous and Mennonite musicians offered a concert that addressed relationships, beauty, nature, hope, and betrayal.

The University of Waterloo Music Department at Grebel was pleased to welcome small audiences back in person to enjoy end-of-term ensemble concerts this April. Also recorded for a broader audience, this treat for the ears showcased musical talent from the Chamber Choir, University Choir, Balinese Gamelan, Orchestra@UWaterloo, Jazz Ensemble, and small instrumental chamber ensembles. Participants include students from all faculties at UWaterloo, strengthening the connection between science, technology, engineering, math, and arts!

Conrad Grebel University College’s weekly Community Supper on Wednesday, March 9 was filled with laughter and educational insights. Grebel welcomed three alumni who have pursued a career in law to share their thoughts and experiences about law school and practicing law. Grebel’s President Marcus Shantz, who is a lawyer himself, hosted the panel, asking questions to get the conversation started. "Going to law school expands both your mind and your vocational options. Many Grebel students have taken their undergraduate degrees into meaningful careers in law,” said President Shantz.

How do peace and technology interact? What are the social and environmental implications of new technologies? In what ways does military research and development undergird technological advancements? These are a few questions that students wrestle with in the PeaceTech Living-Learning Community at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo. PeaceTech Living-Learning Community aims to reduce violent conflict around the world at the intersection of technology, media, and data. It is a collaborative environment where students and mentors work together to imagine, develop, and launch tools to implement social change through the fields of peace and technology. PeaceTech Peer Leaders Timothy Peters, Devin Blankespoor, and Hannah Bernstein share how their time in PeaceTech has shaped their understanding of peace and technology in today’s society.