Turbulent times like ours call for people who understand systems of violence and conflict, and who are prepared to build peace with justice. This involves identifying and transforming systems of violence, marginalization, and oppression, including racist, gendered and colonial violence at home as well as around the world. Whether working locally or globally, Peace and Conflict Studies is committed to imagining, educating, and ongoing learning that equips our graduates to pursue justice and peace.
PACS as a department is located on territory that is governed by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum and land promised to the Six Nations Confederacy in 1784 as part of the Haldimand Declaration. For more information, see Conrad Grebel University College's land acknowledgement and read about decolonization at the University of Waterloo's Office of Indigenous Relations.
What is Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS)?
Find out how peace is built in complicated situations around the world by connecting theory and practice. Learn from professors and renowned specialists in peacebuilding who have worked in the field. Gain skills and experience through an internship either locally or internationally. Choose courses from a wide variety of university departments and programs to tailor your program towards your area of interest within the study of peace and justice in a program that recognizes the equal value in both the concrete techniques and the theories of peaceful social change.
The annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest, established in 1974 by the directors of the C. Henry Smith Trust, offers PACS students an opportunity to discuss peacebuilding and social justice issues on campus. The intercollegiate competition is administered by the Peace and Justice Ministries of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Undergraduate students from every Mennonite and Brethren in Christ college in North America, including Canada, are eligible to participate.
Henry Smith was an American Mennonite historian and professor at Mennonite colleges and the University of Chicago. Overall, he taught history for nearly 50 years at the collegiate level. He is well-known for his numerous books on Mennonite history and his particular attention to the peace commitments of the Mennonite tradition.
On March 8, 2023, at 7 PM in the Grebel Gallery in the Kindred Center for Peace for Advancement (CPA), PACS is organizing a speech performance and is inviting you to participate. The contest winners will be rewarded with cash prizes of $400 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. For more information, reach out to the PACS Academic Advisor.
To learn more about the contest and meet previous PACS or Grebel resident participants, visit this link here.
Application deadline - February 28, 2023
Enjoy the benefits of studying at a world class institution while living in a small, friendly community. Explore Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo. Take a tour of residence, learn about your faculty of interest, and sample the famous Grebel cookie!
(Registration coming soon.)
Our Convocation Celebration will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 2 pm at the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building. This celebration is for all students who have or are completing studies and plan to graduate in Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 or Fall 2023.
Grebel Convocation Celebration will take place at two locations in-person. Students and two of their invited guests will celebrate at The Theatre of the Arts, this event will be professionally filmed and live-streamed back to the Grebel dining room where additional guests will take part in a virtual community celebration. The event will also be available on YouTube for those guests who wish to join from home.
It is snowy and cold outside... what a perfect day to stay cozy and warm and read the PACS newsletter! There are some exciting opportunities and events to look forward to this term so make sure to stay up to date with this newsletter and on our social media (@pacsuwaterloo).
This past term, several students had the opportunity to go to New York for a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) United Nations (UN) Office Seminar. It was a chance to connect with other students, hear guest speakers from all over the world, and tour the UN headquarters. One of the students who went was Joshua Cheon, a second year PACS (Peace and Conflict Studies) major, who came out of the trip reflecting on what he had learned and experienced.
My name is Victoria Lumax, and I am a fifth-year Honours Arts student, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and English. I had the incredible chance to go to the MCC United Nations Office 2022 Student Seminar in New York this past November. Here is what I learned about peace.