PACS Biweekly Newsletter - Nov. 20

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


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Make-A-Difference Market

When: December 7, 10am- 4pm
Where: Conrad Grebel
Make-A-Difference Market is Christmas shopping fundraiser being hosted on December 7th 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will consist of local and fair-trade vendors, a food and bake sale, a silent auction and live music performances.  The proceeds from this year’s Christmas Market will be donated to SheCycle, a student initiative whose goal is to improve women's health by developing menstrual, antimicrobial pads for women in developing countries. 

See the event page here.


Keynote and Panel Discussion: Alexandre Trudeau

When: November 21, 1-3pm
Where: Humanities Theater, Hagey Hall
Cost: Free, Registration Required

Join us for a keynote by Alexandre Trudeau, renowned filmmaker and storyteller, followed by a panel discussion including industry professionals Sven Walker (Dale & Lessmann LLP), Narcis Tajvidi (BMW) and Antonio Ferreiro (Deloitte) along with University of Waterloo alumna Rosanne Abdulla and current student Regan Kat on the topic of the importance of languages and international experience.

This event is part of the Career Booster: Global Experience day in celebration of International Education Week.
Indigenous Day of Learning

When: November 29, 9am-4pm
Where: Paul Martin Centre (Laurier)

Morning Session: Presented by acclaimed Huron- Wendat author, activist and professor, Dr. Georges Sioui.

Afternoon Session: Dr. Kathy Absolon King will introduce participants to an Indigenous lens and methodology of research. She will engage in discussions of doing research with and/or on Indigenous peoples and introduce learners to a holistic research paradigm.

Waterloo Women's Wednesdays: Myth busting - Women and Awards

When: November 27, 12pm
Where: NH 3308
Cost: see below on donation recommendation

Please join Awards Officer Thomas Barber and 2019 Trudeau Fellow Aimée Morrison, as they take you through the Myths and Realities of applying for Academic Awards and Prizes. Aimée will share the myths she battled in the process of applying for the revamped Trudeau Foundation Fellowship and Tom will take you behind the green curtain to expose the great and powerful A.H.D. (awards, honours, and distinctions).

Fewer than 25% of the people nominated for awards from UW are women. Very few women put themselves forward for open call nominations and we are hoping to change this. At the end of this presentation, attendees will leave with a better understanding of the various steps, stages, and tasks of the awards nomination process, as well as some insider knowledge about less obvious pathways by which scholars and administrators shepherd nominations through this process.

Vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Donation Recommendation: Please bring $5-$10 worth of donations for the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge chapter of the Period Purse to benefit marginalized menstruators. Backpacks/totes, period products, winter gloves/mittens and hats, sweet treats like granola bars and chocolates are most appreciated.

If you can’t make it out to our event but wish to donate, feel free to reach out to me or to any W3 committee member.
UW Climate Strike

When:  November 29, 10am
Where: Meet at SLC Great Hall, taking the Ion to Waterloo Town Square for 11am

The next global climate strike is on Friday, November 29th, and Waterloo Region is participating in solidarity with people across Canada and the world.  Join in!  
10am: The UWaterloo community is gathering in SLC Great Hall, then taking the Ion to arrive at Waterloo Town Square for 11am.  The WLU community is also organizing — contact Kai for more information:
11amRound dance organized by Idle No More at Waterloo Town Square in recognition that Indigenous sovereignty is climate action. Everyone is welcome to participate.
12pm: Very brief rally at Waterloo Town Square, then a procession to First United Church, 16 William Street West, Waterloo
12:30-1:30pm: Community panel on "Canada's International Climate Responsibilities: Our Role in Madrid,” hosted by numerous UWaterloo and WLU departments, at First United Church, 16 William Street West, Waterloo. Powerful, diverse voices will inspire us to ensure Canada takes a positive leadership role at the upcoming UN climate change conference. 

Vist the website to learn more and stay up to date with the local cliamte strikes.

Jobs and Opportunities

Map the System 2020
The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College is pleased to be facilitating UWaterloo's participation in the global Map the System Challenge. Organized by Oxford University's Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Map the System is a systems thinking competition that challenges studnets to deepen their understanding of complex social and enviromental problems.
PACS 398 credit is available for Map the System Projects!
Call for Applicants: Creating a World Without Nuclear Weapons Seminar

Applications DUE: December 2, 2019
Seminar Date: May 25-29, 2020
Where: Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs, Washington Office
Meant to empower a new generation of leaders to contribute to wider efforts to stop nuclear proliferation and further reduce, and ultimately eliminate, nuclear weapons, this one-week experience for rising college sophomores through graduating seniors and select graduate students will equip participants with multidisciplinary knowledge about nonproliferation and disarmament, and will take full advantage of experiential learning opportunities alongside key arms control institutions and experts in Washington, D.C.
Students will also be exposed to internship and career opportunities in the field.

Speakers include:

The seminar will be limited to 25 students. Students are responsible for covering their own travel expenses and lodging, but, if accepted, the program is free. 

Learn more here.

Call for Proposals: CONAPP 2020

Submissions due: December 15, 2019
CONAPP date: June 2020
Gettysburg is famous for the United States’ Civil War. Instead of letting violence have the last word, we will gather at this site to discuss peace and justice, and dare to imagine radical alternatives!

The Consortium of North American Peace Programs (CONAPP) invites proposals for the first undergraduate student-centered, peace and justice conference at Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania, USA), June 8 – 11, 2020. Masters and doctoral students, professors, and community members may attend, learn and dialogue, but presenters will only be undergraduates from Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

Click here learn about the themes and proposal format.

Winter 2020 Courses

Check out the upcoming Courses in Special Topics that PACS is offering in Winter 2020!

Courses in special topics provide a unique chance to explore in depth topics that are not part of the regular course calendar. These  courses are taught by a selection of distinguished experts who will integrate their personal experiences from the field into the classroom.

Read more here.

SDS 388R: Globalization and Social Development

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 10-11:20am in REN 1918

It is quite challenging to imagine our daily existence without reaching for our smartphones and shopping and socializing on the interent, ordering dishes from a restaruant serving delicacies originating from far away from where we are located, and even instantly learning about social, economic, political and event legal developments taking place in hallways across the globe. In other words, it is quite difficult not to be instantly ocnnected to people, events, and devleopments which transcend geographical boundaries. Naturally, this was not always the case; or at least in the past, our social, economic, cultural and polical connectivity has not always been as extensive and all encompasing as it is today. Our task in this course, then, will be to understand and intellectually grapple with the origins, the phenomena and the effects of globalization on socieities in the global north and the global south.


The Society of Fine Arts presents: A Holiday Art Market Sale

When: November 21, 10am-3pm
Where: Arts Quad, inside the S.A.I.L Trailer

This one day only event is your chance to purchase original art for a unique holiday gift.
Cash/Credit/Etransfer payments accepted.
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