First Bulletin of 2013!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 10 @ CGC 1301 @ 12:15 THURSDAY TALKS with Paul Born, Director of Tamarack, an institute for community engagement. Paul will be speaking about his participation in the Assisi conference on love and forgiveness.

Sunday, January 13 @ CGC 1111 (The Great Hall) @ 7pm Theatre of the Beat will be performing “Commemorate!” an interactive play on pacifism and the War of 1812. The admission is pay what you can at the door.

Wednesday, January 16 @ CGC 1300 @ 11:00am There will be a meet-and-greet pizza lunch to welcome Eric Lepp, who will be taking over the role of PACS Undergraduate Advisor from Mary Lou Klassen as she prepares to leave for Nigeria in February. Eric studied here at Waterloo before going on to do his MA in Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and worked in both Taiwan and the Philippines. He says that “the part I look forward to the most [about taking this job at Grebel] is working with students.” So feel free to stop by the PACS office to welcome him here, or come out to the lunch to get to know him better!

Thursday, January 17 @ CGC 1301 @ 12:15 THURSDAY TALKS with Dawn Penner, Mennonnite Central Committee (MCC) consultant. Dawn will be speaking about her experiences as a trauma and healing counsellor in the Congo and Lebanon/Syria.

Thursday, January 31 @ EV3 4408 @ 2:30-4:30 Dr. Prema Kurien, director of the Asian/Asian American Studies Program at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, will be speaking on “Race, Religion and US Immigration Today: The Political Integration of Indian Americans.” This project focuses on the political mobilization of Indian Americans and contributes to understanding the political incorporation of U.S. immigrants by examining how first- and second-generation immigrants mobilize advocacy organizations around ethnic, pan-ethnic, religious, and party-oriented identities. It also reveals how race and religion interact in complex ways to shape the political integration of immigrants.

*If you are interested in this course, you may also want to look into HIST 291 “Global Indigenous Issues” being taught this semester by Susan Roy. It is not yet a PACS content course, but you stand a good chance of getting it approved if you petition PACSAG.

MCC Ottawa Student Seminar Update

From February 14 – 16, Mennonite Central Committee’s Ottawa Office is running their annual Advocacy Student Seminar. This one is entitled “Peacebuilding in a Dangerous Time”. More details and registration can be found the MCC website. I went to the 2011 seminar and can safely say it was one of the best events I’ve ever attended.

 Total student participant costs would be $205 with $50 for registration, $105 for 3 nights accommodation and 3 breakfasts, and $50 for travel. Lunches and snacks will be provided on Thursday and Friday, but students will also need to cover meal costs for Wednesday, suppers for Thursday and Friday and possibly lunch and supper on the Saturday. Hannah Enns will be mitigating costs by arranging accommodation with friends and family, and others may feel free to contact her if they would like to do the same. Her email is

A carpool with MCC has been arranged to leave the evening of Wednesday, February 13th and will be returning on Saturday the 16th. Send me an email at to join in on the transportation OR if you have a vehicle and are willing to drive, we may be able to arrange a carpool at a lower cost.

Q&A with Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is currently working at the International Space Station and the University of Waterloo will ‘host’ him via a live downlink in a Q & A session in February. Students from every faculty are invited to submit their questions, which will be vetted beforehand. This is a wonderful opportunity for Arts graduate students to ask questions of a scientist who is also a humanist. FYI, Hadfield has been tweeting images and sounds from space. Check him out on Twitter!

If you have a question for Chris Hadfield, please go to this link for more information.

The Caux Scholars Program

PACS students may be interested in the Caux Scholars Program, a four week course in June/July in Caux, Switzerland, which trains students on multi-disciplinary approaches to conflict transformation and leadership. It is a competitive program with students from across the globe and includes a field trip to Geneva and participation in the Initiatives of Change Conferences. Further details can be found on the Caux Scholarship Program website.

Reminder: Graduation Photos

Lifetouch Photography, located on campus in the SLC, will be taking graduation portraits for the PACS Class of 2013 composite until MARCH 1st.  You may have seen class photos from previous graduating classes hanging in the halls of your department.

The Class of 2013 photo will include students who will complete their degree requirements in December 2012, April 2013 and August 2013. 

Photos taken after March1st will not appear in the class composite.  Please keep in mind that our schedule will fill up VERY quickly – I strongly recommend booking as soon as you can.

You can go here: to book your graduation portrait appointment.

Please direct any questions to the following email address or phone number 519-888-4567 ext. 37539.

Reminder: Extended Deadline for MSCU Scholarship

The deadline for the new MSCU Peace Advancement Challenge scholarship has been extended to JANUARY 11, 2013. This is a great opportunity for students to utilize the down time of their break and put together a peace proposal that could win up to $5000! Check out details of the award here:


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