Undergrad Bulletin Feb 10th


  • Islamophobia, Justice, and Pluralism- Feb 10th
  • Revolutionizing Global Health with Cola-Feb 11th
  • Knowing (In)Security and the Amplification of Technology- Feb 13th
  • Look Behind You! With Steafan Hanvey- Feb 27th
  • “Worrier Nation”: Quebec’s Value Codes for Immigrants- Feb 27th


  • Urban Agriculture Internship at The Working Centre- Information session Feb 11th
  • Peace Speech Contest- Deadline March 9th
  • Time to Empower Africa’s Children (TEACH)- Student Ambassador programme

Travel Opportunities:

  • Operation Groundswell- Backpacking with a Purpose
  • Young Adult Food Study 2014- Nicaragua- May 5-22
  • Trent Year Abroad Program
  • GoEco Volunteer Program


Islamophobia, Justice, and Pluralism

islamophobia@ Feb 10th @ 7-9:30 pm @ Maureen Forrester Hall, Laurier. Come hear Dr. Omid Safi, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina discuss these issues. This talk is presented by the Ismaili Council for Ontario & The Muslim Studies Option at Wilfrid Laurier & The Faculty of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University.

All are welcome and admission is free! For more information email Dr. Ali Zaidi at azaidi@wlu.ca.

 Revolutionizing Global Health with  Cola

colaroad@ Feb 11th @ 5:30-7:00 pm @ St. Paul’s room 105. Join us for a talk and exclusive screening filmmaker Claire War’s new documentary The Cola Road, featuring the work of University of Waterloo Applied Health Studies alumnus Rohit Ramchandani (Bsc ’04).

The film is about how Zambia has become the first African country to embrace ColaLife, an innovative team of social entrepreneurs that aims to use the Cola Supply chain to deliver life-saving medicines to far-flung, rural communities. Rohit, founder and principle at Antara Global Health Advisors, will speak about his role in the project that inspired the film.

This event is free and includes pizza. Claim a ticket on eventbrite.

Knowing (In)Security and the Amplification of Technology: Ferocious Architecture in the Borderworld

benjamin muller@ Feb 13th @ 4:30 pm @ Balsillie School, 67 Erb St West. The amplification of identification and surveillance technologies by predominantly industrialized states over the past decade is staggering. Particularly in what seems to be the expanding area of border or “Homeland” security, there is a global reconfiguration of sovereign power and the neoliberal market constituted by an emphasis on borders, borderlands, and technological (re)articulations of these spaces and bodies that traverse them, which I refer to as “Borderworld.”

All are welcome. In this brief talk, Dr. Muller will begin to unpack the complex web of ‘new’ security imperatives, the intensification of security, surveillance and identification technologies, and the interrelated architecture and design of contemporary borders and borderlands, through the lens of forthcoming research on “ferocious architecture”

Look Behind You! With Steafan Hanvey.

look-behind-you@ Feb 27th @ 7 pm @ Conrad Grebel Chapel. Steafan Hanvey presents Look Behind You! A Father and Son’s impressions of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland through photograph and song. In this multi-media presentation, Steafan Hanvey presents complex issues in an engaging manner through song, story, and the prize-winning photojournalism of his father, Bobbie Hanvey.

This event is free to all. Come learn about the conflict in Northern Ireland through this engaging and thought provoking presentation. More information on the event webpage.

“Worrier Nation”: Quebec’s Value Codes for Immigrants

flag_quebec@ Feb 27th @ 4:30 PM @ Tatham Centre, rm 2218A/B. This lecture explores the political and policy discourses of Quebec’s integration toolkit for immigrants. Focusing on value codes for immigrants in one of Quebec’s largest cities (Gatineau), Professor Stasiulis argues that recent debates on accommodation of immigrants and religious minorities resuscitate the dominant historical narrative of Quebec’s fragility as a conquered settler colonial nation. In this case, however, the threat is defined as the “cultural otherness” of racialized immigrants and religious minorities.

This lecture is presented by the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies. More information on their event poster.


Urban Agriculture Internship at The Working Centre

Information session: Feb 11th @ 7-8:30pm.hs-pic03 The Hacienda Sarria Market Garden is an inclusive, hands-on learning environment that demonstrates, promotes, and shares knowledge about sustianable urban food production and environmental stewardship.

Interns will work alongside staff and volunteers to grow vegetables and flowers, using a “small-plot intensive” (SPIN) model on about 2 acres of land. Opportunities for learning include: establishing a successful local fl ower farm, learning about soil fertility, greenhouse work, crop rotation, pests and diseases, planing, nurturing and harvesting crops using organic methods. There will also be opportunities to learn about preparing, marketing, and selling the vegetables. The learning will be both “on the job” as well as self directed and self-initiated.

If you want to attend the information session, please email hacienda@theworkingcentre.org for the location. For more information about the project, visit The Working Centre webpage, and view the position description.

2014 Peace Speech Contest

peace speeches@ March 12th @ 4:30-5:30 @ Grebel Chapel. The Annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest is being held this year on March 12th. This contest invites students to discuss peace-building and social justice issues in an 8-10 minute speech, and is administered by Peace and Justice Ministries of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Speeches should follow the general theme of the application of the Christian peace position to contemporary concerns and may be no longer than 1,500 words or 12 minutes.

Cash prizes will be awarded: $250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for third place. Speeches will be judged on topic, content, delivery, introduction, conclusion, and creativity. The 1st place speech will be sent to the bi-national contest to compete with speeches written by students from across North America.

Deadline to enter the contest is March 9th. Send an email with your speech topic to Eric Lepp at eric.lepp@uwaterloo.ca to enter. More information about the contest can be found on the speech contest webpage.

Time to Empower Africa’s Children (TEACH)- Student Ambassador programme

logo_340TEACH is inviting university students from the UK, Europe, Canada, and the US to join their Student Ambassador team. Student Ambassadors’ role is to maximize awareness of TEACH through fundraising events, promotion of TEACH challenges, and anything else they feel is appropriate. Ambassadors will maximize awareness of TEACH within their university, organize one international ‘Charity Challenge’ event, and ensure TEACH has a continued presence throughout your university and union. If you are planning to work with an NGO after graduation, this will be valuable experience and you will benefit form having a reference from an international charity.

This is a volunteer position and time commitment is generally 4-6 hours per week. Applications are accepted throughout February and March.Check out more information on the TEACH Africa Website. Any questions can be directed to university@teachafrica.org.uk

Travel Opportunities

Operation Groundswell- Backpacking with a Purpose

logo-operation-og-groundswellThis summer, Operation Groundswell is sending hundreds of students across the globe for six week programs give the unique opportunity to truly immerse yourself in new customs and cultures with the help of of incredible program leaders, who have organized meaningful community service projects, meetings with innovative local NGO’s, and one crazy adventure.

The six week programs each have a different focus and include West Africa- education and global health, East Africa- youth empowerment and development, Middle East- human rights, Southeast Asia- ecotourism and youth empowerment, India- education and women’s rights, Guatemala- fair trade justice and peace and conflict, and Peru- health and wellness and environment.

Apply by Feb 12 to guarantee a spot on your first choice program.  All students are eligible for the bursary fund. Check out Operation Groundswell’s Website for more information.

Young Adult Food Study Tour 2014- Nicaragua

yafst@ May 5-22 @ Nicaragua. Canadians age 18-30 are invited to travel with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to Nicaragua to learn about food security. Ideal participants are interested in learning about global hunger and food justice issues, and have a willingness and ability to live and learn in a rustic environment.

The purpose of this tour is to education young Canadians about international food security, strengthen solidarity between young Canadians and people who experience hunger in the developing world, and to introduce young Canadians to the work of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. This is a Christian organization, and during the tour there will also be the opportunity to explore how Christian faith calls you to respond to hunger and poverty.

Application deadline is Feb 15th. Cost is $2,500 per person, with financial assistance available. More information can be found online on the Foodgrains Bank webpage.

Trent Year Abroad Program

YAPsThe International Development Studies (IDS) program at Trent University offers unique year abroad programs that provide students with the opportunity to spend a full academic year in either Ecuador or Ghana. This program is part of the IDS curriculum, and combines third year level university coursework in a developing country context with valuable hands-on experience through community placement. Students learn about history, culture, and politics of another country, as well as acquire skills in community development, engage cross-culturally, and form new relationships.

Application deadline is February 20th at 4pm (the deadline has been extended). Students from outside Trent with a background in Development Studies, Latin American or Hispanic Studies, Anthropology, Politics, Gender Studies, or a related field are welcome to apply; they will transfer to Trent for the year. More information can be found on the Trent year abroad webpage.

GoEco Volunteer program

LogoTFBflatGoEco arranges for hundreds of Israeli and international volunteers each year to participate in ecological and humanitarian programs initiated by its’ partner organizations around the world. Their mission is pro encourage ecological and volunteer tourism that promotes sustainable development.

GoEco has many different placements all over the world, including many in Israel. Select opportunities may be able to count as a PACS field study, specifically in the humanitarian or education sector. For more information visit http://www.goeco.org.

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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