PACS Biweekly Newsletter - Nov 6, 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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Featured at Grebel

Conrad Grebel Talent Showcase and Food Bank Filler

When: November 9, 6:30-9:30pm
Where: CGR Great Hall
Entrance Fee: Non-perishable food item or cash donation for the KW food bank

Grebel is hosting a talent showcase and food bank filler on November 9 from 6:30-8:30pm! If you are student, staff or residence of Grebel now is your chance to sign up to perform and share your talent! If performance isn't your forte, that's ok! Everyone is welcome to attend the event, admission is by non-perishable food item or cash donation for the KW food bank.


Justice as a Solution to War: Facing Down Terrorists, Warlords, and Thugs

When: November 11, 7pm
Where: CIGI Auditorium, 67 Erb st. W
Cost: Free, Registration Required

War is not inevitable. It can be limited, if not defeated outright, by law fairly applied and enforced. As we reflect on Remembrance Day, and note the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions that were developed to restrict the impact of war, come hear David Crane, Founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone who investigated, indicated, and prosecuted Charles Taylor, the first sitting head of state, for war crimes against humanity, talk about how law can make war less likely or at least less lethal.

See the event page here.

Red Cross: International Humanitarian Law in Action Conference

When: November 12, 9am-5pm
Where: Balsillie School of International Affairs room 1-42

The Red Cross is hosting a conference which will explore the role that International Humanitarian Law plays in dealing with contemporary challenges to the protection of civilians in the situation of armed conflict.

The opening address will be given by David Crane, founding prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Lunch will be provided. For more information click here.
Public Lecture: The Social Media Aesthetics of Mobility: Reinhard Kleist's The Olympic Dream and Comics on Refugee Experience

When: November 12, 3:00pm
Where: PAS 1241

Join the Waterloo Centre for German Studies to welcome professor Elizabeth Nijdam of the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia for her talk The Social Media Aesthetics of Mobility: Reinhard Kleist’s The Olympic Dream and Comics on Refugee Experience.

Dr. Nijdam will examine Reinhard Kleist's graphic novel An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar and how it integrates the technologies of refugee life in order to disrupt media representation of migrants and the - often fatal - experience of migration.

See the event page here.

Centre for Peace Advancement Launch Reception for The Cultural Life of Drones: KW Dialogues

When:  November 14, 7pm
Where: CGR Gallery
Join the Centre for Peace Advancement for a reception celebrating the upcoming Grebel Gallery Exhibit, The Cultural Life of Drones: KW Drone Dialogues by Sara Matthews.

In this multi-media exhibition, Sara Matthews explores the vocabularies and social practices associated with drones in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and aims to create dialogue about their use.

Please register here.
Interfaith Grand River - Open Meeting for Students

When: Thursday, November 14, 9-11am
Where: Downstairs of St. Micheal's Catholic Church

This Thursday, November 14 from 9-11am, Interfaith Grand River is hosting their annual interfaith gathering open to students. This years topic is hope: how does one find hope and how is hope robust, not wish dreams!

The first half will be a discussion by members, with the opportunity for students to share their thoughts and reactions at the end. The second half will focus on activities to create an understanding, end mistreatment and prejudice, and create a more wholesome community in the Waterloo Region.

Jobs and Opportunities

Lunaria- Hiring a Marketing Coordinator

Start Date: ASAP

Lunaria is a social business focused on helping workplaces with diversity and inclusion. They are currently hiring a Marketing Coordinator! It's about 10-15 hours a week and is located on the 4th floor of Grebel at the Centre for Peace Advancement!

Find out more here.
Operation Groundswell - Financial Grants and Early Bird Pricing

Early Bird Pricing ends Nov. 22, 2019
Operations Groundswell facilitates experiential learning programs through travel. Students connect with local activists while studying key regional challenges.

Programs for 2020 have just been launched and currently have Early Bird Pricing in addition to financial assistance grants for students!
Learn more here!
The Consortium North American Peace Programs (CONAPP) presents: A Peace and Justice Undergraduate Student Conference - Students Enacting Radical Peace

CONAPP Date: June 8-11, 2020
CONAPP Location; Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania
Proposal Deadline: December 15, 2019

Call for workshops, panels, papers, projects, performancees, artworks centered around peace, justice, (food justice, restorative justice, prison abolition), sustainable development, human rights, conflict resolution/transformation, peace education, philosophy of peace and non-violence, climate change, and unsettling settler colonialism.
Learn more here.
Romero House - Internship
The Romero House welcomes refugee claimants: people who claim refugee status after arriving in Canada. This internship program has been developing over the past twenty-five years. It gives young adults an opportunity to do significant work, making a real difference in the lives of people in great need.

This is full- time, live-in, 11 month internship.
Find out more information about this oppotunity here.

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.

Learn more about these courses here.

HIST 253: Cultures and Conflict in the Colonial Era

Tuesdays, 10:30-12:30

Examine Canada's colonial history through the experiences, relations, and conflicts of the diverse peoples that created this nation.

Prospective Graduate Students

Department of Political Science: MA Information Session

When: November 20, 10-11am
Where: PSCI Lounge (HH 341)

Join the Graduate Chair, Graduate Coordinator, and current MA students for a discussion of all things graduate in the Department! Light refreshments will be provided.
Applications for Fall 2020 are due February 1; so now is the perfect time to start thinking about your application!
Questions about the program can be directed to Professor Emmett Macfarlane, or Shelby Davies (
Application to Graduate
  • November 1 - December 1: if requirements are completed during the fall term
  • November 1 - March 1: if requirements are completed during the winter term
If you are in your final year of study and intend to graduate at the Spring Convocation in June you MUST SUBMIT an application to graduate by the above deadlines. More information can be found here.


UWaterloo Thrive Week

When: November 4- 8

Thrive is a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for University of Waterloo students, faculty, and staff. Creating an inclusive and supportive campus environment, where we can speak openly about mental health and work together to promote mental wellness is what Thrive is all about! We recognize that mental illness is something that will impact us all, either directly or indirectly at some point in our lives. Thrive is a series of events focused on building positive mental health for all and challenging the stigma associated with mental illness.  
PeaceTech Living-Learning Community

Registration for Winter 2020: November 15, 2019

Interested in the intersection of peace and technology? Eager to connect to students and professionals across Waterloo's vibrant social innovation ecosystem? Curious about how to tap into the resources in Grebel's Centre for Peace Advancement? The PeaceTech Living Learning Community for Grebel residents and associates is open to new members for Winter 2020.
Learn more about PeaceTech here.

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.

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