On September 21st, the International Day of Peace, Conrad Grebel University College and the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) launched a new award that celebrates diverse, creative and innovative approaches to building peace. This new award is available to students enrolled in a PACS program or a PACS course this term, aswell as Conrad Grebel residents and associates. Applicants will develop and submit a new or expanded idea for peacebuilding that could be implemented on a local, national or global level. An award of up to $5000 will be divided between winning submissions. To learn more about the award and where to ask further questions, follow this link: https://uwaterloo.ca/peace-conflict-studies/current-students/mscu-peace-advancement-challenge
This year, the MPACS program will be running “Thursday Talks” seminars every Thursday over the noon hour that are open to both graduates and undergrads. These talks will host special speakers on topics of interest in Peace and Conflict Studies. September Thursdays hosted both Steve Thomas, martial artist and Mennonite pastor, and Steven Mock, an expert in ethnic conflict speaking on the case of Syria.
The tentative schedule for October is:
Oct. 4 – Robert Maciel, PhD Candidate, Political Science, UWO on the idea of political community and obligations to strangers as a part of fulfilling principles of justice.
Oct. 11– Dann and Joji Pantoja, Peace Service Workers in Mindanao, Philippines, Mennonite Church Canada
Oct. 18– Cancelled and to be replaced by the Lunchtime Talk on Tuesday, October 16th with Eric Boyton. (See below for details.)
Oct. 25– Mark Yantzi, Mediator, Correctional Services Canada (former ED of Community Justice Initiatives)
Joint Legal Studies/PACS Lunchtime Seminar with Eric Boyton
Eric Boyton, a 2012 PACS graduate, is coming in on Tuesday, October 16th to talk a bit about his experience in the Canadian Military and his current carrier in policing. His work in these two areas and his belief that PACS is a valuable tool in his work will give an interesting perspective to the practical ways this program can contribute to our future career. The talk will take place at 11:30 in CGR 1300.
On Thursday, October 18 MCRS is holding a film premiere of “Compassion for Strangers” at Princess Twin Cinemas in Uptown Waterloo. The cost is $10 and showings will take place at 7 and 9pm. Take a look at a short video here: https://www.facebook.com/231973412198/posts/336298136462888
International Adventures at UWaterloo!
To the Graduate and Undergrad students leaving this weekend for the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s conference in Boston on “Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace.” This exciting annual conference from PJSA will be hosted in the middle of next October here in Waterloo as a joint effort between both the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University.
If you haven’t yet done so, take a look at both the PACS Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/erica.boyton?ref=ts#!/groups/173957274651/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/PACSgrebel. Events will be posted on these sites as a way to keep you updated on a more current and ongoing basis.
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