In the Next Two Weeks

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 24 @ 12:15 @ CGC 1301 Jacob Deng will be coming to do a Thursday Talk entitled “South Sudan: as seen through the eyes of one of the lost boys.” Jacob was forced to flee his home country for Ethiopia and then Kenya alongside some 27 000 other displaced children at the age of seven in 1989. He has now found a life for himself here in Canada and started an NGO called Wadeng Wings of Hope to help other children in South Sudan.

Thursday, January 31, @ 12:15 @ CGC 1301 Dave and Mary Lou Klassen will be joining our Thursday Talks lecture series about the early response teams peacebuilding work taking place in and around Jos, Nigeria. The Klassens lived in Nigeria for four years in the early 1990s and worked as country representatives for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Uganda for seven years. Dave Klassen started as the MCC representative in Nigeria this past fall and Mary Lou will be joining him there this coming February.

Thursday, January 31 @ 3pm @ CGC 1110 The PACS Society will be holding a circle discussion on one of the most prominent issues in Canadian media today – Idle No More. This discussion will give PACS students the opportunity to consider the various aspects of this movement and the complicated history behind it. All are welcome to take part!

Thursday, January 31 @ 6:30 @ Princess Twin Cinemas (46 King St N, Waterloo) Grand River Indigenous Solidarity (GRIS) is holding “Reclaiming Kanonhstaton (The Protected Place) Video and Discussion Night with Land Defenders” and will be showing a documentary, two short films and will be hosting a number of speakers from Six Nations of the Grand River to discuss the films and the current resistance movement taking place. Admission is pay what you can (suggested $5-10) and all proceeds go to Six Nations Land Defenders Fund.

Saturday, February 23 @ 6pm @ Maureen Forrester Performance Hall, WLU Good Hearted Women Singers are throwing a Gala event to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together through song. Performers include Waterloo Regional Police Male Chorus, Cambridge Girl’s Choir, Metis pianist Kim Anderson and fiddler Rajan Anderson. Tickets are being sold in advance of the event for $18 through Kelly Laurila at For more details see the Gala Poster.

MPACS Graduate Students!

There is no Thursday Talk scheduled for Thursday, February 14. In lieu of the usual event, MPACS students are invited to a falafel lunch provided by the PACS department and film event followed by a discussion. This event will take place from 12-2pm. Feel free to suggest films or documentaries with peace and conflict related themes!


PACS Society T-shirt Design Contest!

Artists, cartoonist and sketchers take note! The PACS Society is looking for a new and interesting design to put on t-shirts for upcoming swag. Here’s the challenge: Can you find a way to represent PACS without the usual stereotypical images? Can you go beyond the classic peace sign to create an image that will intrigue and inform others of what it means to be in PACS? The final t-shirt design is due to by February 14.

Distinguished Teacher Awards

Do you know a distinguished teacher or exceptional TA? Here’s your chance to recognize them! Nominations are now open for these teaching awards: The Distinguished Teacher Awards (DTA) and Amit & Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student (AETS). Nomination sheets for DTA can be picked up at both libraries (DC and DP), SLC’s Turnkey desk and EV1 325. Drop boxes will also be available at these locations. Nominations for the AETS are submitted by email to (Nomination forms for AETS are available online at The deadline to submit DTA and AETS nominations is Friday, February 1, 2013 and Friday, February 8, 2013 respectively. For further information, visit CTE’s website at OR call 519-888-4567 Ext. 33353.

Arts Mentorship Program

The week of January 21, the Arts Faculty is launching the Arts Mentorship Program. This program is a forum that will provide current Arts students the opportunity to ask questions to Arts alumni on a variety of pre-selected topics. 

Forum Topics Include:
·         Adjusting to University Life
·         Picking a Major/Course Selection
·         Co-op Jobs
·         Career Planning
·         Graduate Studies
·         International Experience
·         Free Discussion
The program is already up and running, so check out for more information, or to ask a question!


Field Studies Options

Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders at St. Jerome’s University is accepting applications to their 2013-2014 program. Beyond Borders is a three-credit academically centered international service-learning experience designed to help students develop leadership skills for a changing global society, become aware of and concerned about social justice, and gain valuable experience volunteering with development organizations at home and abroad. The program consists of two terms of on-campus course work and a 90-day placement abroad. The placement aspect of this program fulfills the requirements for PACS students to complete a field studies course. If you are interested, more details can be found on the St. Jerome’s website and the Beyond Borders Application can be found here. I am also able to put you in contact with former Beyond Borders PACS students if you email me at

canopywalkTrent University offers two international development-focused programs, Trent-in-Ghana and Trent-in-Ecuador, each of which sends a group of students on eight month long study abroad programs which include a 3 month internship placement. Students from across Canada are invited to apply as Letter-of-Permission students, which allows students from other universities to apply credits earned in Ghana or Ecuador to their degree. Brochures are available in the PACS office, and I am also available at to discuss my own experience with Trent-in-Ghana to anyone who is interested. Applications are due Thursday, January 24.


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