Bi-weekly bulletin Dec 9

Well, here we are at the end of term. This is the last bi-weekly bulletin of the term, and for all of you that are overwhelmed with exams, hang in there! You’ll soon be done. See you in the New Year, and all the best!


  • Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth- Dec 10
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Student Competition- Jan 24-26


  • MSCU Peace Advancement Challenge


  • Paid Parliamentary Internship
  • Operation Groundswell
  • Volunteer in the Field of Restorative Justice

Call for papers

  • Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples
  • Peace, Global Health and Sustainability
  • Children, Youth, and Security: Intersections of Research and Practice
  • Just Education? Bringing Together Social Justice and Student Life


Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth

cigi-logo1 @ Tues, Dec 10 @7-9 pm @ CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb St. W., Waterloo.  CIGI is pleased to host a public Lecture with Peter Blair Henry, Author and Dean of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business who will discuss whether advanced economies can learn lessons from the emerging world on how to spur economic growth. He will be joined in discussion by Domenico Lombardi, Director of the Global Economy, CIGI.

In his new book, Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth (Basic Books, 2013), Peter Blair Henry, dean of the NYU Stern School of Business, explores how large developing countries—China, India and Brazil—and even smaller ones have broken free from previous periods of poverty and turned their economies into engines of growth, using policies often thrust upon them by advanced nations who now seem unwilling to heed their own recommendations. The book uses case studies to demonstrate how the policy pendulum in emerging economies now swings in the direction of prudence and self-control, and how with similar discipline, the First World may yet recover and create long-term prosperity for all its citizens.

For more info visit the Turnaround event webpage.

Mergers and Acquisitions Student Competition

mergers and aquisitions@Jan 24-26 @ downtown Toronto. This negotiation competition let’s you test your  negotiation skills! If you’re looking for a real-life experience using negotiation skills, or an excellent opportunity to boost your resume, sign up for the Mergers & Acquisitions Student Competition.

The cost for the Competition is $240, which includes a two-night stay in Toronto, mentoring from well-known legal professionals, and a banquet meal. The Competition will allow students to experience up to four negotiations simulations, to network with various legal professionals and to possibly win a scholarship and other prizes!

For more information and to register, visit: or like us on Facebook: Clause Mergers & Acquisitions Student Competition.


MSCU Peace Advancement Challenge

grebel life buttonSubmission deadline Jan 31. Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) and Conrad Grebel University College are co-sponsoring an award that aims to inspire UW students to explore creative peacemaking and to deepen their understanding of concept development and practical peacemaking.

Up to $5,000 will be divided between winning submissions. Any undergrad registered in a PACS plan, enrolled in a PACS course, or is a Grebel resident or associate is eligible to compete. Applicants are to submit a new ideal for practical peacemaking. The submissions will be judged and selected candidates will give a presentation of their idea.

For more detailed information about the requirements and how to submit your idea, visit


Paid Parliamentary Internship

parliament internship@ Sept 2014- June 2015. Work for Members of Parliament and study with colleagues from across Canada. This paid non-partisan internship is an initiative of the Canadian Political Science Association gives interns the chance to:

  • Work with a Government and an Opposition MP
  • Study Parliament politics in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Undertake comparative study tours in Canada and abroad
  • Discuss with leading thinkers and political decision-makers
  • Join outstanding colleagues
  • Build public knowledge of Parliament

The deadline to apply is January 31st, 2014. 10 positions are available for Canadian professionals under 35 years old with a university degree. Applicants form all disciplines are encouraged. There is a stipend of $22,000 for a 10 month internship. Apply online at

Operation Groundswell

logo-operation-og-groundswellOperation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs backpacking trips with a purpose. They are looking for globally active and socially conscious students to join us for an off-the-beat path adventure into the developing world. If you’re into cultural exchange, fulfilling community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply before the early bird deadline on Dec 16th. 

All students are eligible to receive a financial needs bursary and if you apply by Dec 16th you have the chance to win a free trip! Six week placements are open in a variety of locations, such as West Africa, East Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, India, Guatemala, and Peru. To find out more about these locations and the focus of trips, visit

Volunteer in the field of Restorative Justice

CRJCDeadline: Jan 14th. The newly formed Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium (CRJC) is looking for some volunteer help in the area of research and editing for their website. The goal of the not for profit CRJC is to become a hub for information on RJ in Canada. The volunteer position requires a person who has:

  • Time to dedicate 3-4 hours per week for a few months ( one academic term)
  • Web editing experience of WordPress (an asset, not required)
  • Research skills
  • Interest in engaging with CRJC as a youth representative, to provide a fresh perspective
  • Awareness of RJ – in depth knowledge of the field is not essential.

You can see more about CRJC at .  This is a national organization, registered in Newfoundland, with the Board is made up of people from across Canada.  Work will be done from your own computer/home. This would be a good opportunity for a student to develop a deeper understanding of Restorative Justice, as well as interact with established and supportive practitioners from across Canada. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Hermina Richter, Chair of CRJC at by January 14th 2014.

Call for Papers

Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples

iags-logo@July 16-19 2014 @ Winnipeg.  The International Association of Genocide Scholars is holding their 11th conference in Winnipeg this summer, as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens its doors to the public. The IAGS and the University of Manitoba welcome papers and sessions related to the theme of “Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples.

Innovative panels, workshops, and papers that consider the spatial and temporal issues as applied to Indigenous genocide and its commemoration are particularly encouraged, as are comparative studies. While the theme is on Indigenous issues, we also encourage innovative and original papers on other genocides, in particular the Rwandan genocide as 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of that genocide.

Deadline is January 17th 2014. Abstracts should include full name, affiliation, a brief biography, e-mail address, and be no more than 250 words, using single-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font. They can be sent to Any questions may be directed to the conference organizers, Andrew Woolford, Adam Muller, and Donna-Lee Frieze at:

Peace, Global Health and Sustainability

pegasus@ May 2-4, 2014 @ Toronto. Pegasus is a though stimulating conference, convening leaders, change makers, and participants form multiple disciplines to engage in discourse about actions and policies to improve unacceptable levels of poor health.

The deadline for abstract submission is January 15th, 2014. Info about abstract submission and the submission form can be found on the Pegasus Conference website. There are monetary student awards for best oral presentation and best poster presentation. The conference will engage stakeholders by providing a dynamic, interactive forum to share their expertise in research, education, field experiences, advocacy, and policy to reduce disparities, inequities and social injustices across our three major themes: peace, global health and sustainable solutions

Children, Youth, and Security: Intersections of Research and Practice

children youth and security@March 6-8 @ Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The main goal of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore the security and well-being of children and youth in situations of armed violence, disaster, and other challenging contexts, including child soldiers, war-affected and displaced children and youth, youth gangs, human trafficking, child labour, street-involved youth, and other vulnerable groups.

Deadline is Dec 15th for abstract submission; applications must include an abstract of 300 words and brief bio sketch of 200 words, submitted to Travel subsidies will be available to presenters, and selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume by the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies. This symposium is sponsored by the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and you can find information on the child soldiers website.

Just Education? Bringing Together Social Justice and Student Life

wpirg@Feb 6-8, 2014 @ uWaterloo. Taking place February 6th-8th at the University of Waterloo, the 3-day conference, hosted by WPIRG, will bring together students, activists, scholars, and community organizers to recognize and celebrate the important work that has been done to further social justice on the UW campus so far, and to build skills and host challenging discussions to continue working towards a more just education, campus, and society.

We welcome proposals from everyone: current students, former students, academics and community activists. We accept proposals on behalf of individuals, groups, and organizations. From theoretical discussions to artistic explorations, from strategy sessions to practical skill-shares, we are striving to host a diversity of session formats to tackle these issues for a critical and creative conference.
Please submit proposals, including no more than a 1-page description and facilitator bio, by December 15th, 2013, at 11:59pm. Travel subsidies will be available to cover travel costs for conference presenters, and a modest honorarium will be provided. Contact if you have any questions.

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