PACS Newsletter - September 24th, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018
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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.


Mahatma Gandhi Peace Festival

When: September 29th, 2018, 10:00am-2:00pm
Where: City Hall, Hamilton
Cost: Free

The 26th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Peace Festival is taking place this month! Enjoy a music performance, lunch, and the Peace March to celebrate Gandhi's birthday on October 2nd. The festival is twinned with the Annual Mahatma Gandhi Lectures on Nonviolence sponsored by the Centre for Peace Studies. The theme for this year's festival is "Preventing Violence Against Women." All are welcome to come and partake in this event!

Note: this festival is wheelchair accessible!


"Good Jobs: The Importance of Who You Work For"

When: Wednesday, September 26th, 4pm
Where: Hagey Hall Humanities Theatre
Cost: Free

David Card, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkely, will lecture about the notion of whether or not there is not such a thing as a "good job." In the labour market, there is evidence that suggests that different firms do, in fact, often pay higher or lower wages and that this gap is wider than ever. Professor Card will review this evidence and discuss the importance of a firms' pay, the gender pay gap, understanding wage inequality, and several other phenomena.


What's Next for NAFTA... and North America? A Panel Discussion

When: September 26th, 12:00-1:30pm
Where: Balsillie School of International Affairs, Room 1-42
Cost: Free

Since August, the renegotiation of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) has been ever-present in headlines. This panel discussion will focus on shedding light on the talks and their implications for Canada, North America, and the world. Panelists include experts from the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Wilfred Laurier University, and the University of Waterloo.


Re-imagining Borders Technologies; Designing New Political Forms

When: September 27th, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Where: Balsillie School of International Affairs, Room 1-42
Cost: Free

Should borders be open or closed? This is a question that has been pervasive in both academic and political dicussions around borders and border walls. Speaker Miriam Ticktin will argue that the answer lies beyond the 'open/closed' dichotomy by tracing various political movements that re-articulate the meaning of borders while pushing anthropological methods of designing possible alternate political forms.


Visible Yet Invisible Lecture

When: October 4th, 12:30-2:00pm
Where: Balsillie School of International Affairs, Room 1-43
Cost: Free

Undocumented male migrants from India and Pakistan are visible as agricultural workers during the day, but become invisible from the rural landscape come evening. In this talk, Reena Kukregja dicusses the bio-politics of power and the disciplinary mechanism of self-surveillance in relation to these racialized labouring men as they exist under the invisible coercive power of the Greek state's gaze.


When: October 25th-27th
Where: MCC UN Office in New York City
Deadline to Register: October 12th
Deadline to Reserve Lodging: September 23rd

The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) invites you to attend their 23rd Annual Student Seminar! MCC has been involved with North Korea since 1995, working with the Canadian Food Grains Bank during a famine to provide food and material resources to the people and have facilitated many new projects since then. This seminar will explore the history and context of North Korea, MCC's involvement over the years, and the role that the UN has had in the country's current situation. Attend to contribute to the discussion!

Note: Travel to New York will be arranged and paid for by MCC Ontario!

Jobs and Opportunities

PACS Student Society
The PACS Society is your student body representative in the Arts Student Union (ASU)! Throughout the term they host social and educational events for students to get to know each other and engage in issues together. The PACS Society is looking for four students for four exciting leadership positions: President, VP of Communications, and VP External/Internal. This is your community- if there is something you'd like to see, issues you'd like to work on, or events you'd like to organize, the PACS Society is a great way to do it! If you are interested in applying for a position or would like more information, email!

The Beyond Borders Program is an academically centered, international service-learning experience at St. Jerome's University. Beyond Borders placements are 90-day international service learning trips that are eligible for PACS 390 "Internship" academic credit! Have perspective-shifting encounters with new people, experience vibrant cultures, and participate in international travel and community service while becoming fully immersed in development and social justice issues. Applications for this program close October 1st, 2018 at 4pm.
If you are interested in participating in an International Exchange opportunity to study internationally in the next academic year (Fall 2019/Winter 2020/Spring 2020), you will need to make your application this October! There will be a "Go Abroad" Fair on Wednesday, September 26th, from 10am-3pm in the Davis Centre (DC) to help students learn more about exchange opportunities.
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. Submit your application to the non-profit organization Operation Groundswell by November 23rd, 2018. Programs are filling up quickly. Financial assistance is available for all students on five- and six-week programs.

On September 25th, from 11am-2pm, you will have the chance to connect with 40 local community organizations at the the Volunteer Fair in the Student Life Centre (SLC). This is a great opportunity to look for placements as part of an experiential learning opportunity, a great way to develop skills and gain new experiences, or simply just to give back to the community!


Information session for students interested in teaching/education
If you are interested in teaching or education as a career path, attend this information session with Kaitlyn Kratz from the Centre for Career Action! Get more information on level selection, teachables, application processes, and alternate careers. It will be held at Renison University College in Room 1303, beginning at 2:30pm, on October 3rd, 2018. All are welcome! No registration required.
SSO Study Skills Workshops
The Student Success Office will be holding many Study Skills Workshops this term that are aimed at helping students learn and develop skills to make the most of their education. Below are some of the workshops available for you to attend. Full descriptions and workshop information available through the link.
  • Note taking in university
  • Reading strategies
  • Study strategies
  • Organizing your time for midterms and exams
  • Troubleshooting your time management
  • Test preparation and test anxiety
Course selection Winter 2019
Reminder that Winter 2019 course selections begin soon! If you need help or guidance with this, the Arts Undergraduate Office (AUO) Advisors will be hosting two sessions to help you choose your courses. All students are encourage to come participate!
  • Session 1
    • Date: Thursday, September 27th
    • Time: 10am-3:30pm
    • Location: PAS 2438
  • Session 2
    • Date: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
    • Time: 10am-3:30pm
    • Location: PAS 2438