The Mid-October News Bulletin

Tuesday, October 16 @ 11:30 am @ CGR 1300 – Joint PACS/Legal Studies Lunchtime Seminar with Eric Boyton, who was hired in April, 2012 by the Waterloo Region Police Services after completing a Three-Year BA in Peace and Conflict Studies.  He played on the uWaterloo men’s varsity rugby team. He joined the military in 2007 and has been doing that part time since then.  Eric will talk about how his education has intersected with his work.

Globe with people surrounding social media logos.Wednesday, October 17 @ 6pm @ CGC 1301 – The PACS Society will be holding a workshop on Social Media: How it works, how to use it, and why it’s relevant. Like it or not, social media is here to stay, and the more we can learn how to use it, the more effective we can be. The workshop will be run with a speaker from the Student Success office at 6pm – so feel free to bring your dinner along with you! If you need further convincing on why a workshop like this is important, check out this Youtube video:

Thursday, October 18 @ 7 and 9pm @ Princess Twin Cinemas –  MCRS is holding a film premiere of ”Compassion for Strangers.” The cost is $10 and showings will take place at 7 and 9pm. Take a look at a short video here:

Monday, October 22 @ 7pm in the WPIRG office (SLC 2139) Books to Prisoners will be holding an information session and letter writing night for anyone who would like to join B2P or just learn more about the Canadian prison system. We will discuss how our group is active in the community, how the Canadian prison system operates, and why it is important to provide alternatives to prison. Afterwards, we will be holding a letter writing night where folks can write letters to inmates in Canadian prisons. Current members will be happy to answer any questions about Books to Prisoners or prisons in general.

Monday, October 29 @ 11:30am @ CGC 1301 – The PACS Society will be running a “Meet the Profs” lunch. Students are invited to three kinds of free pizza and a chance to chat with their professors and get to know them. This is a great time for this, especially as we’re entering into the time for final papers and exams!

On Wednesday , November 7 from 2:30-4pm MEDA (Mennonite Economic Develpopment Associates) are holding a student forcus group to discover how they can best shape its services and opportunities to meet student needs. Snacks will be provided. Register at soon – spaces are limited!


On Friday, November 9 the Peace and Conflict Studies Society will be holding a music night/coffee house event with proceeds towards a charity (TBA). This night will include a number of art pieces up for auction, musical numbers and poetry slamming. Details on the event will be forthcoming, but make sure to save the date! In addition, PACS Society is putting out a call to all students, faculty and community members to join in the fun and volunteer their artwork or skills as a musician, comedian, poet or what have you and be a part of the giving. If you are interested in performing or donating some of your art, email a youtube video link (or sample of your poetry/art) to All artist submissions MUST be received by Friday, October 19.

SOA Protest 2012

Nonviolent Action -15,000 Protesters – Teach-ins – Street theatre – Road trip!

Protestors holding crosses with names written on them.
Do any of these ideas attract you? Then you might be interested in coming to the SOA Protest! The School of the Americas (SOA) is a military school run by the US government in Fort Benning, Georgia; it has trained over 65,000 Latin American soldiers who have consistently used their skills to wage war against their own people. SOA Watch was been organizing huge grassroots protests to be in solidarity with the people most affected by  the SOA, the poor and oppressed, and to end the training done by the SOA. Come join a weekend with over 15,000 people taking part in a variety of workshops, teach-ins, film screenings, a Mass, and an evening concert; a massive rally at the gates of Ft. Benning with musicians and speakers from across the Americas; an inspiring and memorable procession and vigil honouring the martyrs and victims of the SOA; and an up-lifting participatory street theatre with puppetistas, drummers, dancing, stilt-walkers, etc.

When: 12 noon, Thursday, Nov 15 – afternoon, Monday, Nov 19
How: 56 passenger bus and motels (we are joining other students and individuals from all over KW)
Cost: $200 Canadian, payable to Educators for Justice + $50 US cash for some lunches/souvenirs

Drop off a check for $50, payable to Educators for Justice, by Wed, Oct 31, to Mary Lou in the PACS Office as down payment to reserve your seat on the bus!

See attached “SOA – Information 2012” for more details. Contact Sara Brubacher,, or Dwyer Sullivan,  (or 619-570-1323), if you have any questions.


The PACS Society is now selling swag! This term features winter hats and sweaters, both courtesy of American Apparel and completely sweatshop free. If you are interested in Swag, please email with the subject “PACS SWAG REQUEST”. This email should detail what you would like and what size. Please have these emails sent by OCTOBER 22 2012. Shortly following PACS Soc will send out another email telling you when to come bring your money.

The sweatpants are black. The price for these $30.
They will look like this :
They will have this logo on it:

The hats are a salt and pepper color. They will have a small “UW” above Peace and Conflict Studies around the rim. They cost $17.
They look like this:

If you would like both, they are being sold for a packaged deal of $45. Get your orders in soon!

Thursday Talks!

This year, the MPACS program will be running “Thursday Talks” seminars every Thursday at 12:15 in CGR 1301 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.

Coming up in the next two weeks:

Oct. 18– Cancelled and to be replaced by the Lunchtime Talk on Tuesday, October 16th with Eric Boyton. (See above for details.)

Oct. 25– Mark Yantzi, Mediator, Correctional Services Canada (former ED of Community Justice Initiatives)

Save the Date!

Bluffton University PEACE Club and Peace & Conflict Studies will be holding the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship 2013: “Spirituality & Shalom: Living at the Intersection of Faith & Justice.” This conference will be held February 8-10, 2013 on the campus of Bluffton University in Ohio. Registration will open in November. If you’re interested, be sure to mark down the dates on your calender! More information will come out in the next few weeks.


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