Grad Bulletin Jan 27

Information for graduating students: Congratulations on your achievements! Visit our convocation webpage for more information about convocating with Grebel  if you are finishing your requirements in Fall 2013, Winter 2014, or Spring 2014. 

Also, check out our first instalment of Monthly PACS student profiles! This monthly profile of PACS and MPACS students will give a small snapshot into the pursuits and experiences of our students. Take a look! January Student Profile- Rachel Reist cultivates her love for grassroots peacebuilding.


  • Fashion for Change Presents: The Premiere Gala Theme Release Party- Jan 31st
  • Climate and Human Migration: Past experience and future challenges- Jan 31st
  • Kaplan’s Coming Anarchy: Twenty Years Later- Feb 7th
  • A Voice in Exile: Sathima Bea Benjamin- Feb 7th


  • LeaderworX (Summer Opportunity)
  • Participate in a criminology research study
  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Conferences/call for papers:

  • WPIRG Just Education? Conference- Feb 6-8
  • Strange World We Live In: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Affairs- March 14-15
  • Gender Empowerment, Sustainable Peace and Development- Aug 10-14


Fashion for Change Presents: The Premiere Gala Theme Release Party

fashion for change@ Jan 31st @ 9pm-2am @ Bombshelter Pub. Fashion for Change invites you to the Premiere Gala, where they will be releasing the theme for the 2014 Annual Charity Fashion Show. This all ages  event (with 19+ wristbands) is a night of glamour, dancing, good food, and a great DJ! There will be free Hors D’oeuvres, VIP gift bags for the first 20 people, and door prizes! Dress code is semi-formal attire.

Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. All proceeds go towards supporting a village in Moyamba, Sierra Leone via Free The Children’s Adopt-A-Village Campaign. More info on their facebook event page.

Climate and Human Migration: Past Experience and Future Challenges

cigi-logo1@Jan 31st @ 12:30 pm @ CIGI Seagram Room, 57 Erb St. West. There is a growing concern that climate change will lead to large scale population displacements and migration in the coming decades. Some estimates suggest that by mid-century, hundreds of millions of people worldwide risk becoming environmental refugees. In 2013, a Kiribati man claimed political asylum in New Zealand, claiming that rising sea levels made it unsafe for him to continue living on his home island.

This panel of researchers will explore the scientific, political, and policy dimensions of the current debate over environmentally related migration, and consider some of the important challenges that will face researchers and decision makers in the years ahead.

This event is a book launch and panel discussion around the topic of climate and human migration. All are welcome and a light lunch is provided. For more information visit the CIGI event page.

Kaplan’s Coming Anarchy: Twenty Years Later

kaplan's coming anarchy@ Feb 7 @ 6:30-9:00 pm @ Balsillie School rm 142. This is free public lecture hosting Cleo Paskal. Cleo Paskal is an award-winning journalist and the author of Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map.

Paskal researches the increasingly strategic confluence of changes in the ‘3 geos’ (geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geophysical changes). For example, an increasingly geopolitically and geoeconomically strong China, combined with geophysical changes in the far North, have resulted in the new dynamic of China as a nascent Artic power- something only possible because of the epochal changes in all ‘3 geos’. She also researches similar dynamic ‘3 geo’ nodes in the Ind0-Pacific, the US, and Europe.

A Voice in Exile: Sathima Bea Benjamin

carolportrait@ Feb 7th @ 7:30 pm @ Conrad Grebel Great Hall. South Africa jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin (1936-2013) lived and performed in exile after the Soweto Uprising in 1976. The story of her extraordinary life will include recordings and video. Dr. Carol Muller will be presenting this event as a Rod and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar.

Admission is free. Dr. Carol Muller, Professor of Music in ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania, has published widely on South African music, and her interests include the relationship between music, gender and religious studies, migration and diaspora studies, and critical ethnography. More information can be found on the Sawatsky Lecture Event Website.


LeaderworX (Summer Opportunity)

leaderworxlogo LeaderworX is a summer program for young adults interested in living in community, sharing their faith, engaging in service, and learning about social justice. Participants spend the summer living in community, learning, developing faith, and doing service. LeaderworX members also help to facilitate week long social justice/service trips for middle and high school students.

There are 3 options for length of duration: The whole summer from June 8th – Aug 13th, first 2/3 of summer from June 8th – July 23rd, or the last 2/3 of summer from June 29th- Aug 13th. LeaderworX members are provided with free room and board as well as a stipend if over the age of 21. Find more information and apply at

Participate in a criminology research study

Dr. Owen Gallupe, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at uWaterloo. He is studying the effect of sight of rewards on task performance and is looking for undergraduate students to participate in a one time, 30 minute experiment. This study has implications for incentive programs to promote good behaviour in prison settings.

All participants will be provided with a $15 gift card to local businesses for their participation in this research. You must be at least 18 years old to participate, and the experiment will be conducted in the Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology (PAS) building.

If you would like to participate, want additional information, or have questions, email Katie Cook at You can also contact Dr Gallupe at or 519-888-4567 ext. 33361.


WPIRG Just Education? Conference

wpirg just education

@Feb 6-8 @ University of Waterloo. WPIRG is hosting its fifth annual School of Public Interest conference around the theme of social engagement on campus with the question “Just Education? Bringing Together Social Justice and Student Life.” This 3 day conference 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 build skills and host challenging discussions to continue working towards a more just education, campus, and society.

Strange World We Live In: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Affairs


@ March 14-15 @ University of Ottawa. The Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS; University of Ottawa) and the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS; Université de Montreal and McGill University) are pleased to announce the 5th annual Grad student conference on the theme of Strange Worlds We Live in: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Affairs. Masters and doctoral students are invited to present their research on the challenges and opportunities facing the international community in its pursuit of peace, security, and development. The conference aims to include both theoretical and policy-oriented research.

For more information visit the CIPS Grad Student Conference Webpage. Abstract submission deadline has been past, but you may still be interested in attending!

Gender Empowerment, Sustainable Peace and Development

ipra@ Aug 10-14 @ Istanbul, Turkey. The Gender and Peace Commission is one of the longest established Commission of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA). For the 25th IPRA Conference the Conveners for the Gender and Peace Commission invite presentations focusing on Gender Empowerment, Sustainable Peace, and Development.

Deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Feb 15th, 2014. For more information check out the call for papers online at the conference websiteConference application forms for participation at this conference are to be sent to the conference organizers at and can be found online – application form.

Disclaimer: Events and opportunities above are not all endorsed by the PACS department; this bulletin includes opportunities that we think PACS students may be interested in but are not sponsored by PACS. Please use your own discretion to determine if an opportunity is right for you.


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