Let’s Get Started: Highlighted Events

As we all know, September is a time for hitting the ground running. And the Peace and Conflict Studies program is no exception to that rule. This blog will be full of information about relevant PACS-related stuff going on around Conrad Grebel University College and in the community at large. It will be home to links, opportunities, events and conversation. So with no further ado, take a look at what we’ve got going on!

Friday September 21st, International Day of Peace – Steve Thomas, a Mennonite pastor and martial artist, is coming to speak in the Great Hall at Conrad Grebel at 8pm on the use of assertive force in active nonviolence. It’s a great chance to explore the dichotomy between the commitment to nonviolence and the struggle to handle violent situations, as well as an awesome way to observe the International Day of Peace.

Also kicking off September 21st is the Non Violence Festival (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Non-Violence-Festival/8613247145). It will begin by making a human peace sign here at Conrad Grebel at 6:30, conveniently right before Steve Thomas speaks in the Great Hall. Look at the Peace Sign Poster here.

Saturday , September 22 from 10am – noon: Check out this FREE and interactive workshop. Steve Thomas will be leading a session entitled “emPower Bullying Prevention Workshop: Training Youth to Transform Conflict and Violence,” in the Great Hall at Conrad Grebel University College. This would be a great addition to your resume if you’re thinking of going into education or another field working with children or youth. Please register at grebel.ca/peaceday.

October 25 – 27, Mennonite Central Committee’s United Nations Student Seminar is taking place in New York City. There are six spots available, so register fast! Contact Mary Lou Klassen at mlklassen@uwaterloo.ca for a registration form. Applications are due back by Thursday, September 27th.

In the Next Two Weeks…

Thursday September 20th, the film “Behind Closed Doors: The Human Rights Crisis in North Korea” is being presented as a part of The Forerunner Film and Speaker Series in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). The screening and talk will take place from 7 to 9 pm at 67 Erb St. W. in Waterloo.

On September 22-23, the Spiritual Heritage Education Network is holding an International and Intergenerational Conference for those Interested in Unity in Our Diverse Communities. It is relevant in terms of conflict prevention and will be hosted at Wilfred Laurier. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me and I will forward the information to you. My email can be found at the bottom of the page.

Monday, September 24, the PACS Society term kick off event will be taking place at Sweet Dreams Teashop in Campus plaza at 7pm. Take some time to get to know the amazing PACS Soc Team that will be running events all year and to connect with other PACS Students. Non milk strawberry tea will be provided!

If you have any questions, comments or would like to have an event put into the next news bulletin, please feel free to contact me, Nadine Hiemstra, at pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca . I’d love your feedback especially on this blog form of the bulletin and what works or doesn’t work for you.

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