Late October/Early November News

Highlighted Events

Friday, November 2 @ 7pm @ Wilfrid Laurier – Laurier will be hosting a Shabbat Dinner for Holocaust Education Week in remembrance of the lives lost in the Holocaust of WWII. It is a public event and open to all. Check out the Facebook event page or email Jeremy Spira for details at

Tuesday, November 6 @ 5pm @ CGC 1110 – PACS will be holding an MPACS Info Session for students interested in doing their Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies here at Conrad Grebel. There will be a pizza dinner provided and a presentation by Rebecca Steinmann with a time for Q&A with three current MPACS Students, Rachel Reist, Kelly Brown and Patty Dorsey. The deadline for applying to the MPACS program is February 1st, so this is the time to start thinking about it! If you can’t make it to the night or want further information, contact Rebecca Steinmann at

On Wednesday , November 7 from 2:30-4pm MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) are holding a student focus 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!

Peace Now: Presentation and Discussion on the Crisis in Syria

Hand in a Peace sign painted with the colours of the Syrian flagThursday, November 8 @ 7pm @ CGC 1111 (the Great Hall) – Come join a presentation, discussion and fundraiser on responses to the violent crisis in Syria! Bruce Guenther, Director of Disaster Relief for Mennonite Central Committee Canada, along with a member of the Syrian community, will be speaking about the conflict in Syria and relief efforts. Delectable Syrian desserts and enlightening discussion to follow. This event is an ongoing collaborative initiative put on by members of the Syrian, PACS and Grebel communities at the University of Waterloo. There is no admission cost, but donations will be accepted for MCC’s relief efforts in Syria.

THURSDAY TALKS! There will be no Thursday Talk this week for November the 1st, but please join us for November 8th’s talk with Idrisa Pandit, who works with Islamic Studies at uWaterloo. She will be speaking on peace building in Muslim Communities. This talk will take place at 12:15 in CGC 1301.


PeaceStock Logo

Friday, November 9 @ 6:30 @ MacKirdy Hall in St. Paul’s University College – PACS Society will be hosting PeaceStock, a night full of live music, poetry, art and food. There have been some incredible art pieces donated by uWaterloo art students for a silent auction, so come out, grab some munchies and enjoy the artistic atmosphere! All proceeds will go to a local charity voted on by those purchasing the tickets. Tickets will be sold at the door for $7 or can be bought prior to the night for $5 by contacting

ALSO on November 9th @ 3:30pm @ Hagey Hall 373 The Philosophy Department and Women’s Studies Department are co-hosting a Colloquium talk. Alice MacLachlan from York University will be speaking on “Gendering the Public Apology.” Find out more about this and other events on the Philosophy Department’s upcoming event page.

Thursday, November 15 @ 7:30 @ Hagey Hall – Dr. Lloyd Axworthy presents the 2012 Stanley Knowles lecture on “Indigenous Peoples and the Search for Human Security”. Dr. Lloyd Axworthy is leading the effort to improve access to post-secondary education for Aboriginal students. He is perhaps best known for a 27-year political career which included several high-profile cabinet postings –  most notably five years as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Take a look at the Waterloo event page  for more details.

Friday, November 16 @ 12 noon @ CGC 1300 The four students who attended the Mennonite Central Committee sponsored UN Seminar in New York entitled “Where do we go from here: Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees, and Migrants” will be talking about their time there with anyone interested in joining them. They reported having an “amazing” experience.

SOA Protest!

Protestors holding crosses with names written on them.

From November 15-19, there will be a group traveling to the School of the Americas protest taking place this year in Georgia. This experience includes workshops, film screenings, teach-ins, an evening concert, a massive rally with speakers and 15 000 people and an inspiring and memorable procession and vigil honouring the martyrs and victims of the SOA; and an up-lifting participatory street theater. The group will be leaving at noon from KW on Thursday and returning on Monday afternoon. The cost is $200 for the entire trip, with a suggested extra $50 for food and souvenirs. If you are interested, bring a check for $50 payable to the Educators for Justice to Mary Lou Klassen in the PACS office, or contact Sara Brubacher at or Dwyer Sullivan at for more details. There are still some spots left, so hurry to claim yours!

Off Campus Opportunities

On Thursday, November 1 @ The Walper Hotel in Kitchener from 1pm to 4pm a number of organizations and individuals will be coming together to build a network of individuals who are committed to development work across the continent of Africa in an event called Bridges to Africa Symposium II. Take a look at the Symposium event page for more details.

Saturday, November 3 @ 7pm @ the Little Bean Coffee Bar (417 King Street West Kitchener) KW Poetry Slam is holding their monthly event. November’s event features Naila Keleta-Mae and will open with an open mic time for aspiring slam poets to try out their stuff. Admission is $5 or pay what you can.

Collective Amnesia: The 75th Anniversary of the

Nanking Massacre

Monday, November 5 @ 7pm @ the William Doo Auditorium at New College, University of Toronto. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre, when the Japanese Imperial Army brutally raped, tortured, and murdered more than 300,000 Chinese people. While horrific in intensity and scale, it remains relatively obscure in public awareness. The CBC’s Michael Enright will moderate a panel with novelist Joy Kogawa, educator Gerry Connelly, playwright Diana Tso, and Fran Sterling, Senior Research and Development Associate, Facing History. Together we will explore how art and education can lay the foundation of peace, reconciliation and healing for the victims, their communities, and our global community. You can find further details at the Toronto Alpha website.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s