Grad Bulletin March 24

In case you haven’t heard, John Paul Lederach is coming to Grebel this April! He will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Conrad Grebel on April 13th at the Grebel convocation ceremony, and he will also be giving a lecture of “Compassionate Presence and Faith-based Peacebuilding” that you won’t want to miss! Check below for details 🙂


  • Africa’s Quiet Revolution- March 25
  • Why We must Accommodate: Competing Human Rights at York University- March 25
  • #Solidarity: Expression through the Arts- March 26
  • Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World- March 26
  • Peace Stock 2014- March 27
  • “Nefarious Merchant of Souls: Behind the veil of the sex industry” film screening- March 27
  • Global Health, Market Foster-Care and the New Washington Consensus- March 31
  • “Red Light Green Light” Sex Trafficking Documentary Screening-April 1
  • Research Launch “Do you see what I see” Photovoice Exhibit-April 4
  • International Landmine Awareness Day- April 4
  • Dispatches from the Burning Ground: Compassionate Presence and Faith-based Peacebuilding- April 12


  • Our Shared Future: Compassionate Listening in Israel and Palestine- May 14-25

Job Postings/Internships

  • Global Education Coordinator with Casa Canadiense Community Development Centre
  • Online Media Internship with Nobel Women’s Initiative


  • 2014 Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference- Oct. 8-11


Africa’s Quiet Revolution

africa's revolution@ March 25 @ 7-9pm @ CIGI Campus Auditorium. After years of decline in Sub-Saharan Africa. the decade 2000-2010 was marked by growth and enhancing structural change- the refocusing of the economy from less productive sectors towards more productive ones. Margaret S McMillan, Associate Professor of Economics, Tufts University, argues that improved productivity growth and declining labour force in the agriculture sector, coupled with improvements in governance and increased education levels in rural children, could be signals of ‘quiet revolution’ towards the modernisation of Africa.

Register and find more information at CIGI Online.

Why We Must Accommodate: Competing Human Rights at York University

@ March 25 @ 3:30-5pm @ Arts Lecture Hall 113. Earlier this year, York University sociology professor Paul Grayson went public with a student’s request for religious accommodating, outlining the case as a conflict between “parochial religious rights” and universal human rights. He later affirmed his support for Quebec’s Charter of Values. This talk looks at the relationship of religion, human rights, secularism, and multiculturalism in Canadian public life.

David Seljak is co-editor of Religion and Ethnicity in Canada and Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada. Recently he has worked on the Ontario Human Rights commission’s policies on competing rights and protecting religious freedom.

This is a free public talk and is open to all. More information on the event website.

#Solidarity: Expression through the Arts

solidarity@ March 26 @ 7pm @ Conrad Grebel rm 1208. This event will be a combination of art, music, poetry and drama to show solidarity for those suffering from ongoing conflicts and struggles. As we gather together with creative minds and open hearts, we will connect through our common humanity and experience an artistic expression against oppression. The atmosphere will promote continued awareness around the situation in Syria, as well as addressing broader issues of oppression both near and far. For “when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.”

This event is free and light snacks are provided. Donations are welcome.

Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World

migrants for export@March 26 @ 1-3pm @ SBE 1230 (WLU). In this talk, D. Rodriguez investigates how and why the Philippine government transformed itself into what she calls a “labor brokerage state,” which actively prepares, mobilizes, and regulates its citizens for migrant work abroad. Drawing on ethnographic research of the Philippine government’s migration bureaucracy, interviews, and archival work, Dr. Rodriguez presents a new analysis of neoliberal globalization and its consequences for nation state formation.

This event is a free public lecture hosted by the Women and Gender Studies Program at Laurier and the International Migration Research Centre at CIGI. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California.

Peace Stock 2014

1185631_10152698183659992_1055177457_n@March 27 @ 4-6pm @ Great Hall, Conrad Grebel. Join PACS Student Society in the great hall for a night of fun, fundraising, and education! There will be musical performances, food, poetry, PSA screenings, a silent auction, and also a presentation by KW Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre.

Tickets are $5 at the door or in advance- email for information or tickets. All proceeds from the event go to KW Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre. Check out their website at Also visit the Peace Stock event website on facebook.

“Nefarious Merchant of Souls: Behind the veil of the sex industry” film screening

sex trafficking@ March 27 @ 6:30pm @ SLC multi purpose room. We may think that slavery is dead, but there are still over 27 million enslaved people in the world who are victims of human trafficking. Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends of modern day sex slavery. Regardless of nationality, victims are systematically stripped of their identity, battered into gruesome submission, and made to perform humiliating sexual acts on up to 40 strangers every night.

This film screening is a part of the Blue Ribbon Awareness Campaign Against Sex Trafficking. Stop by the SLC vendor’s alley from March 24-27 to learn more about sex trafficking and pick up a blue ribbon to show your support against this issue.

To learn more about the film screening visit the film event page, and for more information about the campaign visit the campaign web page. During the film there be snacks and beverages for sale so bring some money! All proceeds will go towards combating sex trafficking.

Global Health, Market Foster-Care, and the New Washington Consensus

cid_image001_jpg01CB4B5D@March 31 @ 3-5pm @ BSIA Room 142. Matt Sparke is a Professor of Geography and International Studies, and Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington. He is the author of In the Space Theory: Post Foundational Geographies of the Nation State and Introducing Globalization: Ties, Tensions, and Uneven Integration, and over 75 other publications. He teaches about globalization and global health at UW.

His interest in using online teaching technology to expand access to education (without undermining traditional campus teaching) has now led to his appointment as Director of Integrated Social Sciences, a new fully online BA designed to give space-bound, time-bound, and budget-bound students an opportunity to finish their degrees from home. More information on this, and his latest writing on risk and bio-inequalities can be found at

“Red Light Green Light” Sex Trafficking Documentary Screening

red light@ April 1 @ 7-9 pm @ Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall. “Red Light Green Light” is a film that focuses on the issues of prostitution and trafficking of persons for sexual exploitation. The filmmakers travel across ten countries to explore the issue, attempting to answer the question of how to prevent sexual exploitation.

This issue is particularly important today in Canada because on Dec 20th, 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the existing laws pertaining to prostitution and has given the government 1 year to amend the law or re-write the law. As the issue of legalizing prostitution is now before parliament, it is important to become informed about the issue and voice your opinion to the government.

Research Launch “Do you see what I see” Photovoice Exhibit

do you see what i see@ April 4 @ 3-6pm @ The Yellow Brick Wall, 97 Dalhousie St, Branford. Come and learn about how employment impacts the health of immigrant/refugee women from Korea, Asia, Africa, Japan, Arab world and Latin America (KAAJAL) in Branfrod and Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk counties through their photographs. This exhibit is presented by Bharati Sethi, Phd Candidate in the faculty of Social Work at Laurier.

If you wish to attend, please rsvp to or call 519-756-1116 (221). There will be light refreshments.

International Landmine Awareness Day

lendyourleg@ April 4 @ 11 am @ Laurier Quad. Global Studies students at Laurier are hosting the Lend Your Leg Campaign this year to promote International Landmine Awareness Day.  April 4th has been declared by the UN as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, to pressure states to develop and establish national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to safety, health, and lives of civilians. Global Studies students are looking for people to participate in their Lend Your Leg walk, in which people roll up a sleeve or pant leg as a symbolic gesture to show solidarity with survivors of landmines.

The event begins at 11 with a guest speaker in the quad. Before and after this they will be handing out red hats for a minimum donation of $2 for those planning on joining the walk. Afterwards, they will host a bbq with snacks/lunch, and proceed to walk around Waterloo with picket signs.  It would be great to have some PACS representation at this event! If you have questions, email Aislynn Cooper at For more information about the campaign, visit the UN campaign webpage, and the facebook event page, or follow them @WLULendYourLeg on twitter.

Dispatches from the Burning Ground: Compassionate Presence and Faith-based Peacebuilding

john-paul-lederach-poster@ April 12 @ 7pm @ Conrad Grebel Great Hall. John Paul Lederach, widely known for his work on  conflict transformation, will speak on his latest work, which reflects on compassion. he will explore the question: how do you accompany, alleviate suffering, and create space for the creative emergence of the person again after tremendous loss?

John Paul Lederach is a Professor of International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is the author of 22 books, including The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace.

Check out the event web page for more info.


Our Shared Future: Compassionate Listening in Israel and Palstine

compassionate listening@ May 14-25 @ Israel and Palestine. The Compassionate Listening Project is leading a Journey to the heart of Israel and Palestine with the trip “Our Shared Future: Compassionate Listening in Israel and Palestine.  Compassionate listening is based on a simple yet profound formula for the resolution of conflict: that to help reconcile conflicting parties, we must have the ability to understand the suffering of all sides. Participants will listen to people whose lives are profoundly impacted by this protracted conflict. The goal during these visits is to understand the person talking, whatever their position or “side.”

The cost is just under $3,000, excluding airfare; this price includes two meals a day, speakers, training, and on-ground expenses. The group is limited to 20 people. They are seeking participants who have a genuine interest in the experience, hopes, dreams, and humanity of all Israelis and Palestinians. A diversity of participants is welcome, from students to couples, to families, to retirees, from all backgrounds.

To find more information and register visit the Compassionate Listening Webpage.

Job Postings/Internships

Global Education Coordinator with Casa Canadiense Community Development Centre

casa canadienseThe Casa Canadiense is a Canadian/Nicaraguan solidarity organization that supports grassroots community development in Nicaragua and engages Canadian youth in initiatives that raise global awareness. The organization aims to promote solidarity between Canadians and Nicaraguans, as well as to support small scale community development projects in Nicaragua. They are looking to hire a Global Education Coordinator.

This is a 24 month renewable contract starting in July 1 for a person to work in their office in Nicaragua. Responsibilities include the Global Education Program and Logistics for Groups, Hosting Visitors, the Resource Centre, Communications, and Support to the Centre Manager. The candidate should have a relevant University or College degree, be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, have previous experience in Latin America, have a high proficiency in Spanish and English, and possess a valid Canadian Driver’s license.

The stipend is $500 US per month, free accommodation and utilities, emergency health insurance, four weeks vacation per year including one return airfare to Canada during two year period, as well as the flights at the beginning and end of contract. More information can be found online.

Online Media Internship with Nobel Women’s Initiative

nw_logo_721The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and six courageous women peace laureates to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice, and equality. They are looking for a dynamic intern who wants to learn more about how women’s rights organizations work and make a meaningful contribution to our online and social media program.

Deadline to apply is March 30th at midnight. This is an unpaid internship and there is a commitment of 30 hours of work per week for a minimum of 12 weeks, beginning in April/May 2014. The intern will promote the Nobel Women’s Initiative through social media, develop new content and update the website, search media for topics related to the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s work, update the Nobel Women’s Initiative media database, as well as administrative and logistical support.

More information online on the Nobel Women’s Initiative site.


2014 Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference

@ Oct 8-11 @ Cincinnati. The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is calling all conflict specialists who are newly entering the field to present at their conference. The conference will feature 7 “New Voices” to present in “prime time” on the conference schedule. They are looking for an area of research that will engage a diverse membership in thinking in new ways or potentially inform the practice of members, or a unique project or area of practice, to be presented in 12-15 minutes.

All current or recent students in programs specializing in conflict resolution or interdisciplinary programs in which conflict studies are an integral part may apply. More information about guidelines and applications can be found on the International Peace and Conflict Website.

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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