PACS Biweekly Newsletter - February 28th

Thursday, February 28, 2019

 February 28th, 2019" written in white overtop.

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

C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest
The C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest (AKA Peace Speech) happens every Spring at Grebel and poses a call to students at Mennonite affiliated universities in Canada and the US to think about peace and Christianity as it applies to current issues, with cash prizes for the winner!
This year, we’ll be hosting the contest on Wednesday, March 13th at 4:30pm and you will be invited to join Grebel for dinner afterwards.
If you’re interested in presenting a speech, and the possibility of winning a cash prize, contact Rachel Reist ( to sign up!

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Humans, Animals, and Nazis on Display: The Berlin Zoo in German History

Date: March 6th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterloo
Cost: Free

The Berlin Zoo helped shape German views of both the human and animal worlds for more than 170 years. This includes the ethnographic display of African people, the Inuit, and other global Indigenous people in the late 19th century, as well as the Nazis' attempts to breed back long-extinct European cattle. This talk will explore how the zoo was at the centre of Berlin's social life, and how it now acts as a mirror of both the different political eras of Germany and the longings of the Berliners who were so attached to their zoo.

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Disarming Myths about Women, Weapons, and War

Date: March 7th
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs
Cost: Free

Disarmament, arms-control, security, and other related fields are traditionally male-dominated fields. Organizations such as the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) attempt to challenge these norms - and address issues of gender, militarism, peace, and security - through the empowerment of citizen-led initiatives to create changes in political frameworks. As part of the Centre for International Governance Innovation's (CIGI) programming around International Women's day, this lecture by Allison Pytlak, manager for the disarmament program of the WILPF, will explore women's contributions to peace building, disarmament, and arms control.

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The Power of Music to Create Inclusive Communities

Date: March 8th
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Conrad Grebel University College, Great Hall
Cost: Free

Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell, appointed as the College’s Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar, will offer the Sawatsky Lecture on “The Power of Music to Create Inclusive Communities.” Barnwell is a celebrated scholar, composer, choral clinician, vocalist, and former member of the African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Note: registration is required to attend.

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Building a Vocal Community: The Power of Song in Community

Date: March 9th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Knox Waterloo Presbyterian Church
Cost: Free

Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell, appointed as the College’s Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar, will offer a workshop on "Building a Vocal Community: The Power of Song in Community." Barnwell is a celebrated scholar, composer, choral clinician, vocalist, and former member of the African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Note: registration is required to attend.

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Disrupting Crisis, Unsettling Urgency: An indigenous Criticism of Assumptions about Time in Environmental Advocacy

Date: March 11th
Time: 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs, Room 1-43
Cost: Free

Climate change activism and scientific assessments often emphasize an urgency of taking quick, decisive action to address an environmental crisis, but many of these conceptions obscure what Indigenous people have called out as the most pressing concerns about climate justice. Thus, climate change advocacy remains largely unrelated to Indigenous efforts to achieve justice and engage in decolonial actions. In this lecture, Kyle Whyte will discuss why a politics of urgency can be antithetical to allyship with Indigenous peoples due to some Indigenous qualities of kinship relations, such as consent, trust, and reciprocity, and how to fairly move forward.

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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 Wednesdays: How to Grow Your Own Food

Date: March 27th
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Mathematics 3 (M3), Room 4001
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

Internships with PACS
Are you interested with completing an internship as part of your Peace and Conflict Studies degree? There's still time to sign up! Click "Read More" below for more information about what our internships are and how to apply. Contact Rachel Reist ( if you have any questions.

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Experiential Learning Programs with Operation Groundswell

Discover the world and connect with change makers as you dig into social justice issues and work with local activists, non-profits, and communities to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. Backpacking with a Purpose through Operations Groundswell runs exciting trips all over the world, and many of them are eligible for PACS 395 "Travel Course' credit. Contact Rachel Reist ( for details.

The deadline to apply to Operation Groundswell's summer programs is March 7th, 2019, and they are offering discounts of up to $500-$750 for Waterloo students who apply! Click "Read More" for more information about the offer and their granting program.

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PSCI 493: Israel-Palestine Study Tour
Do you want to study 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.

Reminder: The application deadline is March 1st, 2019 at 4:00pm!


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Wellness Seminars

Many students struggle with mental health issues that are worsened by the stress of school. We want to remind you about the resources available on campus to help you take care of yourself the best that you can. The following seminars are held available at a drop-in basis and will provide information about mental health, self-care, and useful strategies for coping with issues you may have during the school year.
Coping Skills Seminars
These coping skills seminars will teach you the basics of self-care, mindfulness, meditation, and useful strategies for coping with and anxiety and stress:

  • Challenging Thinking
  • Thriving with Emotions
  • Empowering Habit Change
  • Cultivating Resiliency

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar
This seminar is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness and is designed to help you better understand anxiety, its causes, and the factors that maintain it. You will be introduced to a number of strategies to alleviate anxiety in the moment, challenge your thoughts, and change anxiety-inducing behaviours.

Eating Disorder Support Group

This 1-hour support group is open to anyone struggling with disordered eating or issues with food. Students are welcome to drop-in at any session to speak in an informal and confidential space. Facilitated by a student volunteer and a Campus Wellness clinician, sessions will run every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of each month.

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