Bi-weekly Bulletin Nov 11th


  • Military History Beyond Memory: Is Remembrance Day Still Relevant?- Nov 11th
  • Remembering Syria: The Struggles and the Hope- Nov 13th
  • Healthy Habits, Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives- Nov 13th
  • Solidarity with Elsipogtog- Nov 15th
  • Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on Mysticism- Nov 16th and December 8th
  • MPACS info session- Nov 18th

Field Studies Opportunities:

  • NGOabroad placements
  • Project Ploughshares Internship Program


  • Canadian Japanese Mennonite Scholarship (for grad studies)


  • International Exhibition: Education Beyond Borders


Military History Beyond Memory: Is Remembrance Day Still Relevant?

@ Mon, Nov 11 @ 7-8:30 PM @ HH rm 1102. The goal of this event is to promote discussion about the evolution of Remembrance Day. Who does it include and exclude? Does its importance differ between generations, nationalities, or other factors? How have the opinions of this commemorative day changed over the years? Is Remembrance Day still relevant?

Speakers include Dr. Nathan Funk, PACS; Dr. James Skidmore, German and Slavic Studies; Kirk W. Goodlet, History Ph.D Candidate; and Dave Gall, Library Associate- Collection. After the presentations, there will be a discussion period with the audience.

The event is free and open to the public; check out the details on the History Department event page.

Remembering Syria: The Struggles and the Hope

@ Wed, Nov 13th @ 7:30 pm @ RCH 309. Join us to hear and discuss two perspectives on the current humanitarian crisis in Syria. Sarah Adams is a former Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) country representative for Syria/Lebanon and will be joining us to speak on the conflict in Syria. Our second speaker, Zeina, is a Syrian UW student who has recently experienced the conflict.

In addition to speakers we will be having musical performances. Baklava and Turkish coffee will be provided! The event is free and donations are accepted, check out the event on facebook.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives, Healthy Habits

1382139_10153350217295481_1241680185_n@Wed, Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm @ Great Hall, Conrad Grebel. Are your studies causing you stress? Come in stressed and leave relaxed! This event features Michael Eisen, co-founder of the Youth Wellness Networkwho is coming to share his insight on coping with stress in life by changing your thoughts to become more focused.

This event is free for all and is being hosted by the Spiritual Heritage Education Network inc. More information on the event webpage.

Solidarity with Elsipogtog

A beautiful reworking of an iconic image from Elsipogtog, by artist Fanny Aishaa. The original photo was taken by Ossie Michelin, a reporter for APTN and the woman is Amanda Polchies.

A beautiful reworking of an iconic image from Elsipogtog, by artist Fanny Aishaa. The original photo was taken by Ossie Michelin, a reporter for APTN and the woman is Amanda Polchies.

@Fri, Nov 15 @ 6-7:30 pm @ Downtown Community Centre, 35-B Weber St W., Kitchener. This public event hosts two community organizers who were present at the blockade and continue to participate in the movement for indigenous sovereignty through resistance to land and resource theft.

The Elsipogtog became a front line of the ongoing struggle for justice against colonialism and resource extraction in the last few weeks. Years of protest culminated in the recent blockade which put a halt to shale gas exploration. On October 17th, 2013, there was a violent confrontation between the RCMP and the protest camp, which grabbed national attention.

More resources on Elsipogtog-

Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on Mysticism

renisonRenison is hosting a Multi-faith Dialogue Series this Winter. Both events are $5 per session for students, which includes refreshments and parking. Contact Marilyn Malton at or Idrisa Pandit, for more information or to register.

Where is Mysticism and Where Did it Come From?

@ Sat, Nov 16th @ 2-5 PM @ Renison. We’ll explore the roots and branches of mysticism in all three traditions through stories, lives, writings, and experiences.

This event will feature presentations by Mr. Bob Chodos, a long time member and lay leader of Temple Shalom, Waterloo; The Rev’d Glenda Meakin, retreat leader, teacher of Christian Mediation and retired Anglican priest; and Dr. Timothy Glanotti, Director, American Islamic College, Chicago.

What does Mysticism Look Like Today?

@ Sun, Dec 8th @ 2-5 PM @ Renison. What are some of the similarities and differences between traditional, non-traditional, and popular forms of mysticism?

This event features presentations by Rabbi Lori Cohen, Temple Shalom, Waterloo; Dr. Douglas Bors, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, and member of St. James’ Anglican Church, Stratford; and Mr Shiraz Sheikh, Adjunct Professor, Studies in Islam, Renison University College, Waterloo.

Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies Info Session

MPACS Info Session Poster 2@ Mon, Nov 18th @ 5:30-6:30 pm @ CGR 1302. Exploring your options for grad programs after graduation? Come and learn about the MPACS program from faculty, staff, and current students!

Refreshments will be provided!

Field Studies Opportunities

Project Ploughshares ACR Internship Program

1007ploughsharesDeadline: Nov 22 @ 4 PM to Eric Lepp. Project Ploughshares, an internationally recognized NGO that focuses on international peace and conflict issues, is looking for interns for the Winter 2014 semester.

This is a unique opportunity to work on the front lines of contemporary peace and conflict research through working on their annual Armed Conflicts Report. Time commitment is eight hours per week over the semester to conduct research on current armed conflicts, as well as gather data on related issues, such as child combatants and peacekeeping initiatives. Regular time commitment is critical.

To apply, submit an application consisting of a brief (no more than 1 page) written application outlining your suitability for the internship, highlighting any research skills you have, your resume, and name and contact info for one academic referee (potentially a professor you’ve had a course with).

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Lepp at or 519-885-0220 ext. 24269. Visit for info about Project Ploughshares, and a more detailed posting can be found on the PACS bulletin board.

NGOabroad Placements

NGOabroad just went on an African Whirlwind Tour and have exciting new internship and volunteer opportunities for 2014! The new positions are listed below, but there are many more available through NGOabroad.

  • Kenya- Peace building, Transitional Justice and Democracy building
  • Israel/Palestine-Conflict prevention- listening to the other side
  • Rwanda- Reconciliation and averting conflict
  • Tanzania- Legal Aid, Educating citizens about their rights
  • Cameroon, Uganda- Legal rights for women
  • Morocco- Human rights, democracy building and Arab Spring (french essential)
  • Mongolia- Monitoring corruption and transparency regarding who will get the wealth.

If any of these interest you, check out for more info, and apply by sending an answered Questionnaire and resume to Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Canadian Japanese Mennonite Scholarship (for Grad studies)

Deadline: April 1st, 2014. This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident studying at a Canadian University;
  • Enrolled in a graduate degree program the fall semester following the deadline;
  • Engaged in research that will assist the protection of minority or human rights in Canada

For more information, visit the scholarship listing on MCC’s website.


International Exhibition: Education Beyond Borders

@ March 28-30 and Oct 17-19 @ National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria. You are invited to the biggest educational event in Bulgaria. This event welcomes participants from around the world, and there will be a special part specifically for career development. You can find additional information on the following links:

Media Partners 

There is a great discount if you register before Dec 12, 2013. Any questions, contact the office at +3592 9888 604 or email


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