PACS Newsletter: March 29th

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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In this newsletter you will find...


  • The Crossing - Film Screening
  • TREE Facilitator Information Session
  • In the Market of Sex Slaves: A Talk and A Reading by Dunya Mikhail
  • Up/Rooted Keynote Lecture by Tima Kurdi
  • Conflicts and Agreements: Canada's Foundations and Their Consequences
  • Slumming It: Lecture on slum tourism
  • SDS Public Lecture Series 
  • The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women, with Jean Kilbourne

Internships and Other Opportunities

  • Agroecology Summer Intensive
  • Urban Agriculture Internship - The Working Centre
  • Canadian School of Peacebuilding Summer Sessions
  • RIT Kosovo Peace and Conflict Summer Program

Job Opportunities

  • PACS Positions Applications - April 4th
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.


The Crossing - Documentary Screening
Date: Thursday, March 30th
Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Location: CIGI Auditorium, 67 Erb St. W

The Crossing takes us along on one of the most dangerous journeys of our time with a group of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, crossing a sea, two continents and five countries in search of safety and hope.

Find out more.

TREE Facilitator Information Session
Date: Friday, March 31st
Time: 12:30PM - 2:00PM
Location: CGR, Fretz Seminar Room 4224

Interested in working with TREE? 

Drop by the TREE Facilitator Information Session to learn about employment opportunities with TREE.  Current facilitators and staff will share their stories and what you can expect in the classroom. Lunch will be provided!

In Fall 2017, TREE will facilitate a workshop series in elementary classrooms, from grades 1 to 6 in Waterloo Region.

Find out more.

In the Market of Sex Slaves: A Talk and A Reading by Dunya Mikhail
Date: Friday, March 31st
Time: 3:30PM
Location: Hagey Hall 1102

Dunya Mikhail will relate true stories of heroism, liberation, and sometimes failure, told to her by Abdullah, a bee keeper, forced into the profession of saving captive women from Da’esh (ISIS).

Find out more.

Up/Rooted Keynote Lecture by Tima Kurdi
Date: Friday, March 31st
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: CIGI Auditorium, 67 Erb St. W

Tima represents the The Alan and Ghalib Kurdi Foundation, which she co-founded with her brother. The picture of Abdullah’s three year old son, Alan Kurdi, who drowned while escaping the war in Syria, made headlines around the world and prompted citizens from many countries to act, opening hearts and borders to refugees.

Find out more.

Conflicts and Agreements: Canada's Foundations and Their Consequences
Date: Friday, March 31st
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: STC - Science Teaching Complex, Room 0010

A panel discussion that will examine the major political agreements, battles and conflicting visions that surrounded each province’s entry into Confederation between 1865 and 1949.

Along the way, they will discuss the success and failure of these many visions, describe how they shaped present-day politics, and evaluate whether - and how - we should celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Find out more.

Slumming It: Lecture by Dr. Fabian Frenzel
Date: Tuesday, April 4th
Time: 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Location: LHS 1621 Sun Life Auditorium

Dr. Fabian Frenzel, University of Leicester, is an internationally renowned expert in the study of tourism and urban poverty, and the spaces where these two intersect.

Join us for his new book introduction, "Slumming It". Refreshments will be provided before the lecture, 11:30 - 12:30. No RSVP is required.

Find out more.

Social Development Studies Public Lectures
Date: April 4th - April 6th
Time: 1:30PM
Location: Dunker Family Lounge, REN 1303
  1. Politicization in Practice with Joe Curnow - Tuesday April 4th

    Politicization within the student climate movement is a learning phenomenon. Joe argues that politicization is a collective learning process involving shifts in practices of a group, their ways of knowing, and their identities.
  2. Public Pedagogy: Linguicide, Settler Responsibility and Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Committee with Dr. Jane Griffith - Wednesday April 5th

    Dr. Griffith will share her research on English language instruction in Indian residential schools, revealing attempted at linguicide - defined as killing a language, not (necessarily) the speaker.
  3. Peacebuilding, Conflict, and Cultural Inclusion: Facilitating Classroom Dialogue for Learning with Dr. Christina Parker - Thursday April 6th

    As communities around the world continue to attract international immigrants, schools have become centers for learning how to engage with people's multiple ethnic and cultural origins. This talk will look at the classroom experiences of these minority immigrant students.

The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women
with Jean Kilbourne
Date: Thursday, April 6th
Time: 1:30PM - 3:00PM
Location: Vanstone Lecture Hall, SJ2 1004

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., internationally acclaimed media critic, author, and filmmaker, is known for her ability to present provocative topics in a way that unites rather than divides and that encourages dialogue. With expert knowledge, insight, humor, and commitment, she moves and empowers people to take action in their own and in society’s interest.

Find out more.

Internships and Other Opportunities

Agroecology Summer Intensive
Application Deadline: March 31st

The Agroecology Summer Intensive is a program focusing on small scale sustainable agriculture with emphasis on biological systems and interdisciplinary learning, making the ASI program broadly relevant. Agroecology is an important part of the growing effort to make human activities more compatible with natural ecosystems.

This nine-week summer intensive is open to students of all majors and welcomes students from other colleges who can transfer earned credits to their home institutions.

Find out more.

Urban Agriculture Internship
with The Working Centre
Location: Hacienda Market Garden, Kitchener

 This internship position offers an opportunity to actively engage in the work of building a more sustainable community based food system, while also helping to build community by working closely with volunteer gardeners; often facilitating work tasks and crews, as well as teaching and learning alongside volunteer gardeners and staff.

Find out more.

Canadian School of Peacebuilding Summer Sessions
Application Deadline: rates increase April 1st

There are still spaces available in all seven of the courses offered at the 2017 Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), a program of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), in Winnipeg, MB, June 12-16 and 19-23, 2017. 

Find out more.

RIT Kosovo Peace and Conflict Summer Program
Dates: June 18th - July 28th
Application Deadline: April 14th

The RIT Kosov (A.U.K) Peace and Conflict Program enables participants to work with academic specialists and distinguished practitioners from the fields of military, diplomatic, human rights and humanitarian affairs with extensive experience in the Balkans and globally.

Please contact Faton "Tony" Bislimi

Find out more.

Job Opportunity

PACS is hiring for student positions for Fall 2017 and Winter 2018!!

Applications for the currently open positions are due APRIL 4TH at 4:30PM!
More information and full job descriptions for these incredible opportunities can be found on the PACS Get Involved Page.

For any questions or comments please e-mail the PACS Communications Assistant Erin Huston at