November News

November 8  – December 22 – The UW Art Gallery (UWAG) is hosting an exhibit by Matthew Carver entitled “Polizei.” During his travels, Canadian born Matthew Carver began to notice the increasingly militarized presence of local law enforcement at public gatherings and protests and began to incorporate his observations into a series of paintings. The series parallels recent global headlines from the controversy over the G20 summit in Toronto to the uprising in Tahrir Square, from the Occupy movement to the student protests in Quebec. Check out more about Carver’s work at his website.

Thursday Talks

This Thursday, November 15 Thursday Talks will host Bishara Awad, the former President of Bethlehem Bible College, a Christian College serving Palestinians. The following week will host a talk with Sara Koopman who worked with the Peace Brigades in international protective accompaniment and is currently based at the Balsillie School here in Waterloo on “Making Space for Peace: International Accompaniment in Colombia and Beyond.” This talk will NOT be on Thursday but instead will take place on Tuesday, November 20th.

Tuesday, November 12 @ 5pm @ EV3 Room 4412 – Dr. Susan Pfeiffer of the Anthropology department will present the Sally Weaver Award Event on “Decades of Dialogue: International and Local Perspectives on Repatriation.” Dr. Pfeiffer will optimistically assert that some repatriation processes have been foundational to significant societal goals. See details at the Anthropology website.

Photo by Dan of DanHarperPhoto.com

Thursday, November 15 @ 7:30 @ St. Paul’s University College – Lloyd Axworthy will be delivering 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 and led a 27-year political career including five years as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. During this time he was involved in the advancement of the Ottawa Treaty banning the use of landmines. This promises to be an insightful and compelling presentation. Register online for free at http://stanleyknowles2012.eventbrite.ca/

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.

Friday, November 16 @ 6:30 @ AL 105 – The Women’s Studies Society is sponsoring a film screening of “The Invisible War” a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. Find out more about this film at the official film website.

Thursday, November 29 @ 7:30 The Canadian Council for Refugees, the Southern Ontario Sanctuary Coalition, Amnesty International and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers presents “Strategies for Opposing Bill C-31: A panel discussion.” This will be taking place at the Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Sq, Toronto, ON).

A Reminder…

A dove. Logo for the MSCU challenge.

The MSCU Peace Advancement Challenge

Do you have an idea for practical peacemaking at local, provincial, national or global levels? If nothing comes to mind…think again! The Peace and Conflict Studies Department invites submissions for a new award that celebrates creative approaches to building peace: the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) Peace Advancement Challenge. Peace and Conflict Studies Undergraduate students and/or Conrad Grebel residents and associates are eligible to apply. For more details, visit our website or contact Rebecca Steinmann in the Peace and Conflict Studies department at pacs@uwaterloo.ca. An award of up to $5000 will be divided amongst the winning submissions.

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