MPACS Biweekly Newsletter - Nov 6, 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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Featured at Grebel

Thursday Talk with Birte Vogel

When: November 7, 12-1pm
Where: CGR 2202
Dr. Birte Vogel, visiting Grebel from University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute will discuss her research conducted in Sri Lanka, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kashmir and Cyprus. Her work challenges the general assumption that economic activity leads to peace (either through interdependence or economic growth), but provides a more nuanced picture how communities react to economic peacebuilding activities. Come join us for conversation and lunch!
PACS 625 Internship Presentations

When: November 15, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: CGR 2201

Join us to hear from students who completed PACS 625 internships over the Spring 2019 Term. If you are thinking about an internship next summer this is a great chance to hear about placement opportunities, get a better understanding of what an internship involves, and get a sense for the kinds of organizations that accept interns.

This week we will hear from:

*These organizations have both indicated interested in hosting future interns


Justice as a Solution to War: Facing Down Terrorists, Warlords, and Thugs

When: November 11, 7pm
Where: CIGI Auditorium, 67 Erb st. W
Cost: Free, Registration Required

War is not inevitable. It can be limited, if not defeated outright, by law fairly applied and enforced. As we reflect on Remembrance Day, and note the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions that were developed to restrict the impact of war, come hear David Crane, Founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone who investigated, indicated, and prosecuted Charles Taylor, the first sitting head of state, for war crimes against humanity, talk about how law can make war less likely or at least less lethal.
Learn more about this event here.
Red Cross: International Humanitarian Law in Action Conference

When: November 12, 9am-5pm
Where: Balsillie School of International Affairs room 1-42

The Red Cross is hosting a conference which will explore the role that International Humanitarian Law plays in dealing with contemporary challenges to the protection of civilians in the situation of armed conflict.

The opening address will be given by David Crane, founding prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Lunch will be provided. For more information click here.
Public Lecture: The Social Media Aesthetics of Mobility: Reinhard Kleist's The Olympic Dream and Comics on Refugee Experience

When: November 12, 3:00pm
Where: PAS 1241

Join the Waterloo Centre for German Studies to welcome professor Elizabeth Nijdam of the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia for her talk The Social Media Aesthetics of Mobility: Reinhard Kleist’s The Olympic Dream and Comics on Refugee Experience.

Dr. Nijdam will examine Reinhard Kleist's graphic novel An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar and how it integrates the technologies of refugee life in order to disrupt media representation of migrants and the - often fatal - experience of migration.

For more information click here.

Centre for Peace Advancement Launch Reception for The Cultural Life of Drones: KW Dialogues

When:  November 14, 7pm
Where: CGR Gallery
Join the Centre for Peace Advancement for a reception celebrating the upcoming Grebel Gallery Exhibit, The Cultural Life of Drones: KW Drone Dialogues by Sara Matthews.

In this multi-media exhibition, Sara Matthews explores the vocabularies and social practices associated with drones in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and aims to create dialogue about their use.

Please register here.
Interfaith Grand River - Open Meeting for Students
When: Thursday, November 14, 9-11am
Where: Downstairs of St. Micheal's Catholic Church

This Thursday, November 14 from 9-11am, Interfaith Grand River is hosting their annual interfaith gathering open to students. This years topic is hope: how does one find hope and how is hope robust, not wish dreams!

The first half will be a discussion by members, with the opportunity for students to share their thoughts and reactions at the end. The second half will focus on activities to create an understanding, end mistreatment and prejudice, and create a more wholesome community in the Waterloo Region.

Jobs and Internships

Lunaria- Hiring a Marketing Coordinator

Start Date: ASAP

Lunaria is a social business focused on helping workplaces with diversity and inclusion. They are currently hiring a Marketing Coordinator! It's about 10-15 hours a week and is located on the 4th floor of Grebel at the Centre for Peace Advancement!
For more information on this opportunity click here.
Romero House - Internship
The Romero House welcomes refugee claimants: people who claim refugee status after arriving in Canada. This internship program has been developing over the past twenty-five years. It gives young adults an opportunity to do significant work, making a real difference in the lives of people in great need.

This is full- time, live-in, 11 month internship.
For more information on this opportunity click here.
Council on Foreign Relations

“In an ever-changing world, CFR’s work as a leading nonpartisan resource for information and ideas about foreign policy is more important than ever. At CFR, interns do work that matters alongside smart and dedicated staff in a diverse and inclusive environment. Interns are paid a competitive hourly wage while gaining valuable experience through exposure to leading foreign policy experts. They are also offered professional development training as a foundation for future work in the field of foreign policy and international affairs. Internship opportunities are offered through the Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program.”

For more information click here.

Ecotrust Canada North Coast Innovation Lab

Deadline to Apply: November 17, midnight
Ecotrust Canada’s North Coast Innovation Lab (NCIL) in Prince Rupert, BC and is a place-based initiative that addresses the desire to innovate within constrained conditions by providing human capacity to advance ideas, a safe space for design and experimentation, and a supported process to develop, enrich, and evaluate projects that enhance to social and economic resilience of Prince Rupert. They have several internship opportunities for Master’s students at the University of Waterloo. As the third Cohort of NCIL projects with community partner organizations, these internships are offered in partnership with Mitacs Accelerate and will run for eight (8) months from January - August 2020. 
For more information click here.

Writing Opportunities

The Mennonite January 2020 Call for Submissions

Deadline: November 25, 2019

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our January 2020 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Education: Restorative Justice.
Learn more here.
Call for Proposals to present at the 4th Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference

Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2019
Conference Date: March 27- 28, 2020
Conference Location: Ball State University, Alumni Center, Indiana

Scholars, students, practitioners, and activists from all disciplines as well as laypersons are invited to submit proposals to present symposia, discussions, papers, and posters on the theme Building a Beloved Community; a theme based on the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Proposals will be blind reviewed.

We welcome submissions that focus on strategies, research, and recommendations related to peacemaking and peacebuilding, and those that explore the bridge between activism and research.
For more information click here.


See below for some workshops that may be of interest offered by the Centre for Career Action.

Register for the workshops below on WaterlooWorks! Instructions on how to register can be found here

Resume and Cover Letter Writing for Master's Students

When: November 8, 9:30am-12:30pm

Through discussion and hands-on activities in this half-day workshop, you will learn how to prepare an effective résumé and cover letter by analyzing job descriptions, assessing the relevance of your transferable skills and articulating these transferable skills in an action-oriented way.
Writing Session for Resumes and Cover Letters (Masters Students)

When: November 8, 1:30-3:30pm

Bring your laptop or pen and paper and get drafting or improving your résumé and cover letter. Career Advisors and your peers will be available for feedback and guidance. **NOTE: To attend this writing session, you must attend the morning workshop Résumé and Cover Letter Writing for Master's Students.**
The Centre for Teaching Excellence presents – Statements of Teaching Philosophy

When: November 11, 1:00-3:00pm

As a future academic job candidate, you may be required to include a “teaching statement“ or “statement of teaching philosophy“ in your applications. But how do you begin writing a teaching statement, and how do you keep it from becoming cheesy or inauthentic? Attend this hands-on workshop to learn concrete strategies for creating a statement of teaching philosophy that is persuasive and professional. Led by Stephanie White, PhD, Instructional Developer at the Centre for Teaching Excellence.
Networking for Job Search

When: November 27, 1:00-3:00pm

In this interactive workshop, you will discuss the value of making connections as part of a job search strategy.  You will explore networking strategies and identify your own action plan.


UWaterloo Thrive Week

When: November 4- 8

Thrive is a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for University of Waterloo students, faculty, and staff. Creating an inclusive and supportive campus environment, where we can speak openly about mental health and work together to promote mental wellness is what Thrive is all about! We recognize that mental illness is something that will impact us all, either directly or indirectly at some point in our lives. Thrive is a series of events focused on building positive mental health for all and challenging the stigma associated with mental illness.