Grad Bulletin – Sept. 23

Hi everyone! I hope you are all settled back in at Grebel and enjoying the term so far. We have a bunch of events and opportunities happening in the next couple weeks that you’ll definitely want to check out! Keep an eye out on the Facebook group as well for posts about other events as we go!


  • International Day of Peace Event – Sept. 25
  • SHEN Annual Conference – Sept. 27/28
  • The Amish Project and Special PACS Panel – Oct. 3
  • Emmanuel Jal Concert – Oct. 11

Volunteer / Internships

  • Frontier College
  • MPACS Internship Presentation

Call for Papers

  • 2nd Annual Genocide Research Symposium: Gender, Sexuality, and Genocide in Africa and Beyond


SHEN Annual Conference

@ Sept. 27 and 28 @ WLU, 120 Duke Street West, Kitchener

Poster of SHEN Conference The Spiritual Heritage Education Network is hosting its fifth annual conference on Education to Globalize the Human Mind: The Spirit of Wellness and Oneness.  This is a two-day conference on promoting local, national and global unity through educational means. For more information visit: There is no registration fee for PACS students – e-mail Rachel at if you’d like to attend!

Celebrating International Day of Peace: Taking Peace to the Pentagon

@ Thurs. Sept. 25 @ 7 pm @ Conrad Grebel Great Hall.


To celebrate the International Day of Peace, PACS is hosting a free public lecture “Taking Peace to the Pentagon”, featuring a Grebel alumna, Lisa Schirch. After the lecture, there will be a reception (and networking opportunity!) in the Grebel Gallery in the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement.

Lisa Schirch has had an extensive career in peacebuilding. She currently works with a global network to write a curriculum on security sector-civil society relations. During her time at Grebel Lisa worked to stop NATO air flights from testing on Innu land in Labrador. Over the years she has come full circle and now works with NATO, training them on how to interact with civilians and people indigenous to the areas in which they are working.  Since graduating in 1990, she has also conducted conflict assessments in over 20 countries.  Click here for her full bio.

The Amish Project

@ Oct. 3 @ 8pm @ Studio 180 Theatre, Hagey Hall

The Amish ProjectGreen Light Arts and the University of Waterloo Department of SPCOM is presenting “The Amish Project” by Jessica Dickey, about a woman trying to rebuild her life after her husband opens fire on a schoolhouse full of Amish girls and the incredibly forgiving nature of the Amish community.  After the performance, the PACS and MPACS Societies are co-hosting a panel discussion to further examine the power of forgiveness.  Student tickets are available for $15.00 at  For more information contact

Emmanuel Jal Performance

@ Oct. 11 @ The Registry Theatre, Kitchener

_MG_2179Emmanuel Jal, former child soldier of Sudan’s civil war and now international hip-hop star with a message of peace, is performing in Kitchener on Oct. 11! Many of you may have seen him perform at last year’s PJSA conference – here’s your chance to see him live again (and if you missed it – here’s your second chance!). Tickets can be purchased starting at $10 here.

Volunteer / Internships

Frontier College

The Waterloo branch of Frontier College, a national literacy organization, is looking for volunteers for some of their after-school literacy programs. This is an excellent opportunity to gain volunteer experience, teaching experience, and make a difference in the community!  Below are the programs and times open for volunteers:

  1. High School Homework Club (Mon 6-8pm)
  2. Books and Games Reading Circle (Tues 6-7:30pm)
  3. Family Language and Learning (Thur 4:30-6pm)
  4. Refugee Youth Homework Program (Wed 4:30-6:30pm)
  5. Newcomer Homework Program (Thur 6:30-8:30pm)
  6. Games Galore Reading Circle (Sat 2-3pm)

If you’re interested, send an e-mail to for more information and to receive an application! The training sessions will be held Sept. 29th and 30th.

MPACS Internship Presentation

@ Oct. 10, 17, and 24 @ 1-3pm

MPACS Students who completed their internships over the Spring 2014 term will be presenting their experiences and work throughout the term. If you’re interested in doing an internship during your MPACS degree, this is a great opportunity to get a feel for what it looks like directly from other students. Details to follow.

Call for Papers

2nd Annual Genocide Research Symposium

@ Nov. 18, 2014 @ Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

Deadline for Abstract: Oct. 3, 2014

The Genocide Research Group is holding their annual research symposium, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Patricia Daley, a professor at the University of Oxford and author of Gender and Genocide in Burundi: The Search for Spaces of Peace in the Great Lakes Region. The symposium is also looking for submission of critical work addressing the topic of Genocide in Africa or beyond.  In order to be considered, you must be able to attend the symposium on Nov. 18. Abstracts for papers should not exceed 200 words and should be submitted to Dr. Alfred Frankowski ( by Oct. 3rd @ 5pm.


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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