PACS Biweekly Newletter - March 14th

Thursday, March 14, 2019

 March 14th, 2019"

In this newsletter, you will find...

Featured at Grebel:


Jobs and Opportunities:


Disclaimer: Events and opportunities above are not all endorsed by the PACS department; this bulletin includes opportunities that we think PACS students may be interested in but are not sponsored by PACS. Please use your own discretion to determine if an opportunity is right for you.

Featured at Grebel

"Pop-up" Peace Museum

Date: March 25th
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Location: Conrad Grebel University College, Room 2202
Cost: Free

Presented by the students of PACS 203/HIST 232 (A History of Peace Movements), the Pop-up Peace Museum features 14 exhibits highlighting a wide range of peace and justice movements from the 20th and 21st centuries.

2019-2020 PACS Student Communications Assistant Job
The PACS department is looking for a Student Communications Assistant for the 2019-2010 school year! This paid position includes managing social media for the PACS department, assisting in promoting, planning, and implementing PACS Sponsored Events, updating the PACS websites, sending out our biweekly newsletter, and more! Applications are due by Friday, April 5th, 2019.

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2019-2020 PACS Living Learning Community Peer Leader Job
PACS is looking for Peer Leaders for their Living Learning Community (LLC) for the 2019-2020 school year! Living Learning Communities are small groups of students from the same program who live together in residence. Peer Leaders are responsible for providing leadership to their cluster - 5-15 students in the PACS program - so that they participate in and benefit from the initiatives of the LLC. This is a paid position. Applications are due by Friday, April 5th, 2019.

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Welcome to the Tree Museum

Date: Varying
Time: Varying
Location: Hagey Hall, Room 180
Cost: $8 Students and Seniors; $12 General

Welcome to the Tree Museum is a multimedia performance, featuring a lumberjack choir, set in a world (much like our own) that is casually racing towards ecological disaster. It features four children who grew up knowing they were the generation who would save the world and explores what happens when a problem gets harder to ignore. It is written by Robert Plowman and is directed by Andy Houston and Brooke Barnes. The performance will be followed by a talkback with the actors and creators.

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Connections and Context

Date: March 20th
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Renison University College, Room 1303
Cost: Free

Come and listen in on an artist talk by the award-winning multidisciplinary artist, Jamelie Hassan! Jamelie uses photography, text, and existing cultural artifacts to make cross-cultural references, such as cultural displacement or the narratives of intersecting cultures. She has received a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in recognition of her artistic achievement and her art has been included in many exhibitions, including galleries in London, Kitchener, and Waterloo. 

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Palestine to Brooklyn: Poetry by Remi Kanazi and Open Mic With RAISE

Date: March 20th
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Location:Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre. Room 2502
Cost: Free

Enjoy an evening of engaging and expressive spoken word poetry by Palestinian-American poet and writer, Remi Kanazi. For the second half of the night, share your own pieces on the open mic stage in collaboration with RAISE, or enjoy the talent of your fellow students and faculty! This event is hosted by the UWaterloo Students for Palestinian Rights.

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2019 UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Date: March 21st
Time: 8:45am
Location: Kitchener City Hall
Cost: Free

Join Cross Cultures magazine's 18th annual commemoration of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination! Throughout the day there will be presentations, panels, and lectures on the themes of racial issues and the elimination of racial discrimination. During the evening, there will be a peace concert and arts and culture extravaganza.

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World Water Day 2019

Date: March 22nd
Time: 9:00am
Location: Science Teaching Complex (STC)
Cost: Free

Join the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo for a full day of activities to explore how to find viable solutions for marginalized people living without safe water. They will also address the reasons why so many people are going without this crucial human right. This Water Day celebration will include an Indigenous panel, research posters and lighting talks, a career fair, and a keynote presented by former Ontario premier, Bob Rae.

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Xchanges: The Complexities of Intersections

Date: March 23rd
Time: 9:00am-4:30pm
Location: Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre
Cost: Free

Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity, and Equity (RAISE) is proud to invite you to their first annual conference! It will focus on the concept of intersectionality and how it impacts every part of marginalized people's lives. It will feature a broad array of speakers and workshop facilitators from diverse backgrounds in their work and identities. Through conversations, knowledge-sharing, story-telling, and interactive activities, you will get to explore the different ways that having an intersectional identity can shape life experiences. 

Note: this event is mobility and wheelchair accessible and the location of inclusive washrooms will be marked and shared with participants! 

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2019 Hagey Lecture: Living Indigenous Law in Canada

Date: March 25th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: FEDS Federation Hall
Cost: Free

The 2019 Hagey Lecture, "Living Indigenous Law in Canada," will feature John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law. His forthcoming book examines how Indigenous law can shed light on Canadian's law approach to treaties, Aboriginal title, legal education, and the continuing legacy of residential schools. The Anishinaabe legal lens for this event will centre around seven grandmother/grandfather teachings: love, truth, bravery, humility, wisdom, honesty, and respect, bending Anishinaabe theories and practices with Canadian case law. A catered reception will follow the lecture, and guests will have the opportunity to purchase books by the speaker.

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Waterloo Women's Wednesday: How to Grow Your Own Food

Date: March 27th
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: AL 105
Cost: Free

If you want to be more self-sufficient, get more in touch with the food you're eating, or just try something new, join Waterloo Women's Wednesdays (W3) for a conversation about growing food at home! W3 will go through the basic timeline and steps for setting up your home garden - whether it be a whole backyard or a pot on a balcony - and share resources to help you get started. Lunch will be provided for the first 20 people.

Note: W3 is a gathering for women and non-binary individuals only.

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Jobs and Opportunities

Restorative Schools Coordinator with Community Justice Initiatives
Community Justice Initiatives is accepting applications for a Restorative Schools Coordinator! Working in collaboration with the Restorative Schools Team, the individual in this position will be involved in all aspects of the delivery of CJI's Restorative Schools Program, including: delivering training, facilitating mediations, circles and dialogues, coaching newly trained mediators, and more. Some of the qualifications for this position include: post-secondary education in social services, education, or experiential equivalent, an understanding of restorative justice principles, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and strong time management and organizational skills. Please apply with a cover letter and resume to Julie Friesen ( by March 15th, 2019. 

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Israel-Palestine Study Tour
Are you interested in studying in Israel this summer? Apply for Political Science 493-002! From August 16th-30th, you will have the opportunity to travel to Israel-Palestine to meet scholars, diplomats, scientists, entrepreneurs, journalists, religious leaders, and social justice advocates.You will also get to visit major cities and sites of historic, economic, and religious significance, such as Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth, Jerusalem, and Eilat. This course is eligible for PACS 395 Travel Course credit.

Note: the application deadline for this has been extended! Please apply by March 29th, 2019. Applications will be adjudicated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Canadian School of Peacebuilding
Applications are now open for the 11th annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), an institute of Canadian Mennonite University! It will be held June 10th-14th and June 17th-21st, 2019, in Winnipeg, Canada. Anyone who is interested in growing as a peacebuilder is welcome to apply- local and international, young and old, students, practitioners, and those brand-new to peacebuilding. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn across faith, cultural understandings, and rural and urban settings.

Note: these sessions are eligible for PACS credit! See the CSOP website or contact Rachel Reist ( for more information.

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Grebel's Student Council Presents: Beauty and the Beast
Come out and view Grebel's Student Council's all-student production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast! Evening shows are: March 29th at 7:00pm and March 30th at 7:00pm. Matinees are: March 30th at 1:00pm and March 31st at 1:00pm. Tickets are priced $20 for students and seniors and $25 for adults. Come out and support this local, all-student play!

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LGBTQ+ Making Spaces Workshop
There are only two iterations left this term of the LGBTQ+ Making Spaces Workshop! Make sure to sign up for either the March 20th workshop or the April 17th workshop. 

The LGBTQ+ Making Spaces Workshop is a program designed by members of the working group on sexual and gender diversity under the Provost's Advisory Committee on Equity (PACE) in collaboration with The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity. This 2.5 hour workshop will teach you about gender identity/expression, sexual identity, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and how these intersect with other identities. Participants will also receive support and recommendations to enable them to serve and support the University of Waterloo community. 

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Note About Rachel Reist

Rachel Reist, PACS Academic Advisor, will be out of the office from March 25 to April 5. During this time she won’t have access to email, so if you have questions that need to be addressed before the end of the term, come see Rachel next week! She is generally available in CGR 2103B Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

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