November 4, 2014
- Trip to the SOA Vigil: “Shut Down the SOA: Resist Empire & Militarization” – Registration Deadline: Nov. 7
- The Closing Gala of GRFF (Grand River Film Festival) – Nov. 8 at 7:30pm
- PeaceQuest: Remembering for Peace – Nov. 10
- Teaching Peace in the Face of Danger with Ziauddin Yousafzai – Nov. 12
- “Revolution and Counter-Revolution: Islamic State (IS) and the War of Terror” – Nov. 19
- Canadian Humanitarian Conference – Dec. 4-5
- Internships with Romero House
- International Peace & Security Institute’s Summer Symposiums
- Centre for Career Action Workshops – throughout November
- Arts Graduate Careers Workshops
Awards and Scholarships
- Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada Graduate Student Award of Merit
- CIBC and Student Life Network Award
Call for Papers
- Journal for Peace & Justice Studies
- Peace & Collaborative Development Network – Finding Scholarships
Trip to the SOA Vigil: “Shut Down the SOA: Resist Empire & Militarization”
@ Nov. 20-24 @ Fort Benning, Georgia
Deadline to apply: Nov. 7
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). The deadline for reserving your spot is November 7 so be sure to talk to Rachel (firstname.lastname@example.org) about attending.
The Closing Gala of the Grand River Film Festival
@ 7:30pm Nov. 8 at the Dunfield Theatre, Cambridge
The closing gala features the film Sepideh, about a sixteen year-old Iranian girl who wants to become an astronaut, despite going against traditional expectations of young Iranian women. The film will be followed by a keynote speaker, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a 3-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Human Rights and Inspirational Peace Activist, and author of I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey. Check out the trailer and visit here for more details.
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
Canada’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 Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages
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!
“Revolution and Counter-Revolution: Islamic State (IS) and the War of Terror”
@ 7pm Nov. 19 in the Conrad Grebel Community Education Room
The Waterloo Regional Branch of the CIC is hosting an evening with Dr. Sabah Alnasseri, a professor of the Political Economy of the Middle East at York University. He will be presenting at Conrad Grebel about the conflict in the Middle East. Seating is limited and available on a first come first serve basis.
Canadian Humanitarian Conference
@ Dec. 4 & 5; Register asap as spaces are limited.
This conference, held in Ottawa, features over 200 participants from NGOs, Red Cross, government, academia and more to discuss topics related to Canada’s contributions to humanitarian assistance, such as disaster risk management, response mechanisms, and ethics. Check out the draft program to learn more and register online.
Internship with the Romero House
Deadline to apply: January 31 2015
The Romero House, an organization working with refugees in Toronto, offers both summer and 1-year internships. Interns live and work with refugees, developing relationships, leading programs and providing support for all refugees living in the four houses. For more details, visit their website. Interns receive room and board, basic medical and dental coverage, and a monthly stipend of $200/month.
International Peace & Security Institute Summer Symposiums
Deadline to apply: Nov. 10 (to receive a 10% discount)
IPSI is offering two symposiums this summer: The 2015 Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation featuring direct training by top field practitioners in international negotiation, mediation, strategic nonviolent action, social entrepreneurship and more; and The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice featuring skills training for post-conflict reconstruction, site visits to the International Tribunals and Courts, as well as interactive simulations and workshops. For more details and to apply, visit their website.
Centre for Career Action – November Workshops
- Résumé Tips: Think Like an Employer, Nov. 6 at 10:30 – 12pm: Bring your résumé to gain hands-on tips for improving your writing. To participate, you must complete the prerequisite.
- Secrets for Global Success, Nov. 11 at 5 – 6:30 or Nov. 12 at 12:30 – 2pm: Learn how to conduct an international work search, including necessary skills, strategies and other tips.
- Working Effectively in Another Culture, Nov. 20 at 2:30 – 4pm: If you’re interested in working abroad, this workshop will provide key strategies for working in an intercultural environment. This is for Canadians planning to work overseas, and international students planning to work in Canada.
- Careers Beyond Academia, Nov. 19 at 10:30 – 12pm: This workshop explores how you can transfer the skills you’ve developed in MPACS to a professional position.
To see a full list of CECA workshops offered in October or to register for one, visit here.
Arts Graduate Careers Workshops
- Using LinkedIn to Promote Your Professional Brand, Nov. 14 at 10 – 11:30am at BSIA 1-31
- Three Simple Tools for Enhanced Research Project Management, Nov. 24 at 3 – 4;30pm at BSIA 1-32
Please register in advance for both events. You can send your RSVP to Joanne Weston (email@example.com).
AwardS and scholarships
Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada Graduate Student Award of Merit
Deadline to apply: Nov. 24
Each university is eligible to nominate one female graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the university or community and outstanding academic performance. If you’re interested, submit an application to Kelly Brown with a copy of your C.V., post-secondary transcripts, 3 letters of reference, and a 1-2 page biography. More information can be found here.
CIBC and Student Life Network Student Awards
Student Life Network, in collaboration with CIBC, is offering awards valued at more than $30,000. Registration is open until the end of the year and can be done here.
Call for papers
Journal for Peace and Justice Studies
Deadline to submit: December 31, 2014
The Journal for Peace and Justice Studies is seeking submissions for a special issue on Peace, Justice and Education. For more details, visit their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace & Collaborative Development Network
Check out this blog post about finding scholarships / fellowships in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields. It offers key tips to finding sources, preparing applications, as well as a list of sites and institutions offering scholarships.
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.