Bi-weekly Bulletin Sept. 16

Greetings fellow PACS-ians. We’re starting a PACS facebook page to use more as a publicity/news tool and will keep it updated with events, news, and more (so we can leave the facebook group for more community-based discussion and interaction.) So please, if you feel so inclined, like our facebook page! Tell your friends.


  • September 19th- Hagey Lecture: “Choice or Accident: The Outbreak of World War One,”
  • September 19th- Thursday Talk: Francis Fortune
  • September 25th- Justice for Afghanistan
  • September 23rd- Paved with Good Intentions: Book Launch and Discussion
  • October 5th- 21st Annual Ghandi Peace Festival


  • KW Just Mineral Campaign


  • October 17-19, PJSA Conference FIRST 50 GREBEL STUDENTS (PACS major/minor, associates, residents) GET 50% DISCOUNT
  • October 24-26, MCC UN Office Student Seminar


Hagey Lecture: “Choice or Accident: The Outbreak of World War One”

@Thursday Sept. 19th @ 8 pm @ Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall.  This year’s Hagey Lecture, presented by Historian Margaret MacMillan, is entitled “Choice or Accident: The Outbreak of World War One.” Admission is free.

Margaret MacMillan is regarded as a leading historian of the British Empire at the turn of the 20th century, an officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Royal Society of Literature, and a professor of history at Oxford University. She has also written several award-winning books, including The Uses and Abuses of History and Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World.

Thursday Talk: Francis Fortune

@Thursday, September 19th @ 12:10 PM @ CGUC rm 1301. Every week Grebel hosts a Thursday Talk for Graduate Students. This week’s Thursday talk will feature Francis Fortune. Francis has served as Africa Regional Director of Search for Common Ground and will be speaking on the topic “Community Radio: A Tool for Peacebuilding.”

Justice for Afghanistan

kathy kelly

@Wednesday, Sept. 25th @ 7 pm @ First United Church (16 William St West, Waterloo). Join Kathy Kelly and Buddy Bell, Co-coordinators of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, for a first-hand look at life under occupation in Afghanistan and to learn about their efforts to accompany the Afghan Peace Volunteers, a community of nonviolence in Kabul. Admission is free.

Kathy Kelly has been nominated 3 times for the Nobel Peace Prize. To work for peace, Kathy has led over 70 delegations to Iraq as part of the Iraq Peace Team, traveled to Afghanistan 12 times as a part of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, and has been arrested more than 60 times for civil disobedience. Buddy Bell has worked in Afghanistan 3 times as part of Afghan Peace Volunteers. For more information, email

Paved With Good Intentions: Book Launch and Discussion

 @ Monday, September 23rd @ 7 PM @ Faculty of Social Work, rm. 101, 120 Duke Street West, Kitchener.

 Nikolas Barry-Shaw and Dru Oja Jay, authors of Paved with Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism will be presenting their book and hosting a public discussion about the role of development NGO’s. “NGOs are as Canadian as hockey,” declared a 1988 Parliamentary report. Few institutions epitomize the foundational Canadian myth of international benevolence like the non-governmental organization devoted to development abroad.

Just how “non-governmental” are organizations that get most of their funding from government agencies? What impact do these funding ties have on NGOs’ ability to support popular demands for democratic reforms and wealth redistribution? What happens when NGOs support a repressive regime? What happens when NGOs bite the hand that feeds them? Come and find out, and join a growing public discussion of the role of development NGOs.

Free Admission. Copies of the book will be available for $20 (Retail price: $25).

More info: FB: Sponsored by WPIRG

21st Annual Ghandi Peace FestivalUntitled

@October 5th @ 10 am – 3 pm @ Hamilton City Hall. The theme this year is Stop Violence Against Women. The festival is free, because it is a community oriented festival based in Hamilton featuring activities related to peace and justice and is open to all. There will be speakers such as Fiona Sampson, the Mayor of Hamilton, Hon. Bob Bratina; and Consul General of India, Hon. Preeti Saran.

For more info, visit or contact Jahan Zeb, an MPACS student helping to organize the festival at


KW Just Minerals Campaign

You’re invited to participate in the organizing committee for the Just Minerals Campaign in Kitchener Waterloo. We are hoping to come together as a community to support the Just Minerals Campaign. Currently we have been holding regular meetings and participating in community outreach events in support of the campaign.

The conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been the deadliest since World War II with over 5 million people believed to have been killed. The conflict is made up of a complex set of actors with different motivations who have consistently funded their participation in human rights abuses thought mineral extraction. The DRC is one of the most mineral rich countries in the world, boasting high levels of copper, cobalt, tantalum, etc. which are used in electronic products sold throughout the world.

On 26 March 2013, MP Paul Dewar introduced the Conflict Minerals Act in the House of Commons. If passed, the Act would require mining companies operating in the Great Lakes Region of Africa to demonstrate due diligence of any extraction, processing, purchasing, trading in or use of designated minerals that it carries out in the course of its activities, or that it contracts to have carried out to ensure that it hasn’t supported rebel groups operating in the area.

We are currently working to bring Paul Dewar to Kitchener Waterloo to share and discuss the proposed Conflict Minerals Act with the local community.

If you are interested in participating in the organization committee or would like more information about the campaign, please contact us at


PJSA“Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation”

October 17-19th @ Wilfred Laurier University. The PJSA conference, co-hosted by Wilfred Laurier University’s department of Global Studies and Conrad Grebel University College’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program will feature the theme of Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation. This theme honours the tradition, history, and accomplishments of the peace and justice studies movement while simultaneously seeking to expand the movement’s frontiers in search of new and innovative ways to promote both the practice and the culture of peace in a divided world.

THE FIRST 50 GREBEL STUDENTS (PACS major/minor, residents, associates) TO REGISTER GET 50% OFF REGISTRATION FEE! To claim your spot, register online ASAP and pay at the Grebel main office! (We only accept cash and check).  The student conference will be held alongside the main conference and students will have the opportunity to hear the main speakers such as Jody Williams and James Oribnski (Nobel Peace Laureates) and Rhoda Howard-Hassman (Canada Research Chair, International Human Rights), as well as their own keynote speakers. For more information on the conference and speakers, visit, or email with any questions.

MCC UN Office Student Seminar

mcc un office

October 24-26 in New York City. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.N. office invites you to their 18th annual student seminar. This year’s seminar is entitled “U.N. Peacekeeping: Pacifist Endeavor or Step toward War?” and will focus on discussion about the effectiveness of armed U.N. peacekeeping forces in creating lasting peace. One of the stated goals of U.N. peacekeeping is to “help countries torn by conflict create conditions for lasting peace,” but the forces deployed to create that peace are made up of armed, military soldiers. Does an armed solution to an armed problem stand a chance?

Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon! The deadline to register is September 27th. If you’re interested, email Eric Lepp at or Emily Mininger at More information at


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