Undergrad Bulletin – Oct. 21

October 21, 2014

Hey PACS Students! I hope you’re all surviving midterm season and enjoyed your Thanksgiving long weekend last week. There’s a ton of great things coming up that you’re going to want to check out!



  • PACS Pub Night – Oct. 22
  • CIC Talk  “In Search of the Group of Seven” – Oct. 22
  • Author of my own story: Recognizing the words and choices of people without voices lecture – Oct. 23
  • Cinema Politica “Israel vs. Israel” – Oct. 29
  • SOA Vigil: “Shut Down the SOA: Resist Empire & Militarization” Information Session – Oct. 29
  • PeaceQuest: Remembering for Peace – Nov. 10
  • Teaching Peace in the Face of Danger with Ziauddin Yousafzai – Nov. 12


  • Go Eco Volunteer Opportunities
  • CEO for a Day
  • Caux Scholars Program – Asia Plateau



PACS Pub Night

@ 9:30pm Oct. 22 at Molly Bloom’s (in the University Plaza)

camelOn Wednesday night, PACS Society is hosting it’s first PACS Pub Night to celebrate the arrival of Hump Day. It’s smooth sailing from here on out: only 2 days until the weekend! If you’ve had a long week and need some time to relax or just want to hang out with some PACS students outside the classroom, come join us at Molly Bloom’s for a drink. It starts at 9:30, but feel free to drop by any time after and stay as long as you’d like. Hope to see you there!

Digital Howard: In Search of the Group of Seven

@ 7-9pm Oct. 22 in the Community Education Room, Conrad Grebel
The Waterloo Regional Branch of CIC is hosting an evening discussion on interactivity and The Group of Seven, featuring Jarrett Sherman of Digital Howard, a digital entertainment company. Jarrett Sherman is the producer of a documentary on the Group of Seven, to be released Fall 2015. Seating is on a first come basis. For more information, contact: sylviaranson@gmail.com

Author of my own story: Recognizing the words and choices of people without voices

@ 4pm Oct. 23 in HH 1102 
elizabeth bloomfield_09Dr. Elizabeth Bloomfield will be presenting on the historical perceptions of persons with disabilities and the present challenges regarding the communication and decision-making rights of persons with severe disabilities. This is a free public lecture hosted by the Faculty of Arts. A reception will follow the presentation. For more information, visit the event page

Cinema Politica: Israel vs. Israel

israel vs israel documentary image@ 7pm Oct 29 at Princess Cinema
The documentary is a film about Jewish peace activists who stood up against 40 years of occupation and illegal settlements through their words and actions. The film screening will also be followed by a guest presentation from Dr. Sheryl Nestel of Independent Jewish Voices Canada. The ticket costs $5 and can be purchased online or at the door. 

Trip to the SOA Vigil: “Shut Down the SOA: Resist Empire & Militarization”

@ Nov. 21-23 @ Fort Benning, Georgia
Information Session: Oct. 29 @ 2:30 in the Community Education Room, CGC

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The SOA/WHINSEC is a military training base located at Ft. Benning that has trained over 65,000 Latin American soldiers in counter-insurgency, interrogation, and torture. Graduates then return to their home countries and have been linked to some of the worst human rights abuses in the region (such as the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador), targeting student leaders, union organizers, community defenders, and others who are working for the rights of the poor.

This is an opportunity to join thousands of activists from across the Americas this coming November to participate in the social justice conference, protest, and nonviolent vigil to close the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC). On Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 2:30pm in Room 2202 (Community Education Room, CGC), Rachel Reist will be speaking about her experience at the vigil, travel details, and the fantastic opportunity to participate in one of the largest anti-militarization gatherings in the Americas. The deadline for reserving your spot is November 7 so be sure to come to the info session or talk to Rachel (rreist@uwaterloo.ca) about reserving.

PeaceQuest: Remembering for Peace

Jamie Swift, co-author of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety
@ 7pm Nov. 10 at Conrad Grebel, Chapel

Peacequest KW_Grebel_Talk_OnlineCanada’s Vimy Ridge war memorial features the statue “Breaking of the Sword”. Has this peace message been eclipsed by a glorious, birth-of-a-nation war story? How can we commemorate the tragedy of World War 1 by emphasizing peace?

Join us as we discuss these questions by starting a PeaceQuest affiliate in Waterloo! PeaceQuest is a grassroots organization dedicated to stimulating conversation about peace and Canada’s role in peacemaking during the WW1 centenaries. Find out more about PeaceQuest at peacequest.ca or by following us on Twitter (@PeaceQuestKW) and Facebook (facebook.com/peacequest.ca)!

Teaching Peace in the Face of Danger with Ziauddin Yousafzai

@ 7:30 pm Nov. 12 in the Great Hall, Grebel
Note: Advance registration is required. Spaces are limited.

Ziauddin Yousafzai will share his experiences as a teacher in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. As the father of Malala, the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, he knows the impact of violence and oppression. Hear about how her story has inspired girls to seek education and learn about the needs of peace curriculum in the context of unrest and injustice. PACS Director, Lowell Ewert will facilitate a panel discussion featuring Ahmad Shah, President of the Global Peace Council Pakistan.

The event is Sponsored by Global Peace Council of Canada, a participant in the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement And Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College.

Admission is free. Register here as soon as possible. Spaces are filling quickly!


Go ECO – Winter Break International Volunteer Opportunities 

????????????????????This holiday season, GoEco, an international volunteer organization, is offering a number of volunteer trips to spice up your winter break! If you’re interested in wildlife conservation, working in an orphanage, teaching, conducting field research, and more – check out their webpage

CEO for a Day

Deadline to apply: Nov. 7, 2014
Are you interested in finding out what it’s like to be the senior executive of a Canadian organization?  The CEO for a Day program is open to third and fourth year university students who want to gain first-hand experience in the business environment and expand their leadership skills. Selected applicants will be matched with the CEO from organizations such as Cineplex, Purolator, or Pan Am Toronto 2015. for more information, visit: http://ceox1day.ca/. 

Caux Scholars Program – Asia Plateau

Deadline to apply: Oct. 30, 2014

caux scholars programThe Caux Scholars Program – Asia Plateau is a three week course for scholars to learn about conflict analysis and conflict resolution. The course also includes visits to local communities to watch peace-builders in the field. Check out the program here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 30! 

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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