Bi-weekly Bulletin Nov. 25th

Events

  • The Quebec Charter of Values: Secular, Feminist, and Inclusive or Hypocritical, Sexist, and Discriminatory?- Nov 28
  • Make a Difference Market- Nov 30
  • St. Paul’s GreenHouse Celebrates Social Entrepreneurship @ Open House- Dec 3

Volunteer/Internship Opportunities

  • Design a Teacher’s guide for Geez Magazine
  • Internship with Transition International

Travel Course

  • Spring Course- The Landless Workers Movement (MST) and Social Change in Brazil

Call for Papers/Conferences

  • Water Initiative for the Future (WatIF)- May 4-6
  • ISA International Conference on Human Rights- June 16-19
  • Notre Dame Student Peace Conference- March 28-19

Events

The Quebec Charter of Values: Secular, Feminist, and Inclusive or Hypocritical, Sexist, and Discriminatory?

1459330_10151642158101572_1251478919_n@ Nov 28 @ 6-8 @ EIT 1015
There has been much controversy following the proposal of the Quebec Charter of Values which prohibits wearing objects that overtly indicate a religious affiliation for all state personnel (including state-funded education and health care workers), as well as makes it mandatory to have one’s face uncovered when providing or receiving a state service. Click here to read the charter in full.

This event promotes discussion about this controversial charter,   featuring a presentation by Dania Suleman, organizer with the Association of Muslims and Arabs for a Secular Quebec, as well as a panel with representatives from the Muslim Students Association (MSA), the Sikh Students Association (SSA), the Atheist, Agnostic and Freethinkers of Waterloo (AAFWaterloo) and the Coalition of Muslim Women of KW (CMK-KW). Followed by an audience Question and Answer period.

There will be refreshments, the event is wheel chair accessible, and childcare is available.

Make a Difference Market

1394123_10152098496992009_1233224135_n@ Nov 30 @ 1:30-6:30 @ Conrad Grebel Great Hall. Come join us for an afternoon of food, music, and holiday shopping! You can expect to see a variety of international, local, and Fair Trade vendors selling handicraft gifts. A portion of all profits will be donated to the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support to help refugee claimants in our own community!

The MAD Market is a unique opportunity where you can enjoy food, listen to music, and buy gifts while making a difference. Hope to see you there! Visit the MAD market facebook event page.

St. Paul’s GreenHouse Celebrates Social Entrepreneurship @ Open House

GHwordmark@ Tues, Dec 3 @ 3:30pm- 5pm @ St. Paul’s Alumni Hall. Come find out what we’re growing! Help us celebrate our first crop of GreenHouse innovators and their budding social enterprises!  It’s an opportunity to meet the GreenHouse students, find out about their initiatives and network with other community members and UW staff, faculty and students that are interested in social entrepreneurship.

The GreenHouse program at St. Paul’s promotes social entrepreneurship through a community of students who are passionate about making change. Make a difference in the real world by applying your knowledge, creativity, and passion to a project area you select. Upper year students from across all faculties are invited to apply to this unique innovation community.

Please take a quick moment to register via the Event Brite link, so that we can keep track of attendees- http://greenhouseopenhouse.eventbrite.ca

Volunteer/Internship Opportunities

Design a Teacher’s Guide for Geeze

cf3921302a43857583f844edf8394cdb2fc3bdd6Are you passionate about teaching about peace? Geez magazine is looking for a volunteer to help produce a Teacher Supplement that aims to improve teachers’ access to resources for teaching peace. This year there was a 4 page pull out that was designed to point teachers towards web-based curriculum resources that they could use in the classroom to inform students and to use as a basis of discussions on peace building.

This year’s guide can be found online in the Autumn 2013 issue of The Ploughshares Monitor, a publication produced by Project Ploughshares from page 11-14. We also have a copy of the Geez magazine Peace Issue in the PACS office if you want to peruse it.

Email Rebecca Steinmann at rebecca.steinmann@uwaterloo.ca if you’re interested.

Internship with Transition International

Start date: January 2014 for 6 months. Transition International (TI) is a Netherlands-based, international consultancy firm with a network of senior consultants around the world and specializes in tackling the challenges of transitions, such as transitions from war to peace, relief to development, insecurity to security, crisis to positive change, etc. They promote change through knowledge development, training, and advisory services.

The internship is for a programme assistant intern, whose overall task is to provide support to the director and consultants of TI in ongoing assignments, to assist in the acquisition of new contracts, to report on completed assignments and contribute to the marketing of TI as a firm. For more information visit the internship posting.

Travel Course

Spring Course: The Landless Workers Movement (MST) and Social Change in Brazil

Photo taken by Dan Furukawa Marques and shows a recent MST land occupation in the state of Sao Paulo.

Photo taken by Dan Furukawa Marques and shows a recent MST land occupation in the state of Sao Paulo.

@ May 5-10, 2014 @ Brazil. The Landless Workers Movement of Brazil (MST) has breathed new life into the struggle for food sovereignty and social justice. This large, dynamic and controversial social movement helps some of the most poor and marginalized people in Brazil to occupy under-used property, notably that of wealthy landowners, with the hope of living a decent life and building cooperative farming communities.

This undergraduate course is being offered by Bishop’s University and is open to any student registered at a Canadian University. Students in this course will live with families on MST agricultural settlements and on the MST’s National School, visit the Latin-American School for Agroecology as well as meet with members of the MST leadership, other Brazilian social movements, labour unions, civil society organizations and political parties.

The cost will be around $3,000 for students registered in Universities outside Quebec, and includes tuition and travel. For more information and an application form, email pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca or visit http://www.mstamigos.org

Call for papers/conferences

Notre Dame Student Peace Conference

notredame@ March 28-29 @ University of Notre Dame. The annual Notre Dame Student Peace Conference is being held this year on the theme of “Building Peace: Integrating Two Decades of Progress.” Students are invited to submit ideas for papers, posters, discussions, workshops, etc that represent their work and research on peace, justice, and non-violence.

The Call for Papers can be found online and submissions are due by January 27th. Any questions, contact peacecon@nd.edu.

Water Initiative for the Future (WatIF)

WatIF@ May 4-6 @ Queen’s University. Queen’s is hosting a national, multidisciplinary graduate student water conference with 300+ of the brightest grad students from across Canadian Universities on the topic of the future of Canada’s water. The goal of this conference is to unite students from across disciplines to join the water conversation and create a platform for future water leaders of Canada to start working together during the early stages of their careers.

Deadline for abstracts is December 31st, 2013, and can be submitted on the online submission form. For more information, visit the WatIF website.

Human Rights and Change

ISA@ June 16-19 @ Istanbul. Kadir Has Üniversitesi is hosting the International Studies Associations’ third joint international conference on human rights, with the theme of “Human Rights and Change.”

The Arab spring seemed to herald significant change in the human rights situation in the Middle East/North Africa, as well as broader regional and global political change. Yet the changes have been highly ambiguous, both from a human rights perspective and a broader political perspective. The Arab Spring appears to be a product of significant normative and institutional change as well as a cautionary tale about the limits and ambiguities of change, and the conference will address this theme of change not only in the Middle East, but globally.

Submission deadline is December 1, 2013. Click here for paper submission details and the conference webpage. Email pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca for more detailed information about the conference.

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