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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

C. Henry Smith Oratorical Peace Speech Contest

The Peace Speech contest was established in order to foster continuing thought and dialogue about peace issues. Each year, Conrad Grebel University College has had several students participate in this event. These speeches will be judged and cash prizes will be awarded. Many of them have gone on to great success in the bi-national contest. Submissions must be in by Friday, March 16th @ 4:00pm to Rachel Reist ( or the PACS Office) or to Ed Janzen ( or the Student Services Office).

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 7:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Bertha Von Suttner: A Life of Peace Concert and Exhibit

Bertha Von SuttnerBertha von Suttner, born in 1843, was in many ways ahead of her times. As an avid pacifist, this remarkable woman was the figurehead of a world-wide peace movement. She relentlessly fought nationalist fanaticism, aggressive militarism, anti-Semitism and recognized the dangers of hate breeding.
Saturday, September 19, 2015 12:00 am - Saturday, September 26, 2015 12:00 am EDT (GMT -04:00)

Peace Week 2015

Peace Week Conrad Grebel University College

In celebration of the International Day of Peace (September 21), Conrad Grebel University College is pleased to be organizing Peace Week - a week of events to acknowledge and raise awareness for peace related issues.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 7:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Unmute -- A Virtual Forum Theatre Production by Theatre of the Beat

Join Peace and Conflict Studies and the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement on Tuesday, March 30, 7:30pm-9:30pm for a virtual production of “Unmute” by Theatre of the Beat. Unmute is a forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence and gender-based assault during COVID-19. While a family’s life may seem normal from the other side of the screen, abuse is lurking behind closed doors. Immerse yourself in this important and timely piece that gives audience members the chance to rehearse scenarios for real life.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

The Annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Abi presenting
The 2022 winner, Abi, presented her speech to the audience.

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 

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

The Urgency of Social Justice

Are you invested in supporting the social justice activities, programs, services, and advocacy groups here at the University of Waterloo? Would you like to see these initiatives and advocacies come to life through art, music, poetry, and other expressions? Come out to the Urgency of Social Justice event to support and experience the struggles and victories of social justice and advocacy groups at the University of Waterloo, and to have fun witnessing the various short speeches and performances by students, faculty, staff, and advocates. There will also be displays, information stations, research presentations, choir, and much more! This event is being hosted with the goal of sparking conversations about social issues including, but are not limited to; anti-racism, decolonization, gender and sexuality, class and economic inequality, truth and reconciliations, and human rights.