Undergrad Bulletin – Nov. 4

November 4, 2014



  • Legacies of the First World War Roundtable Discussion – Nov. 6
  • Trip to SOA Vigil: “Shut Down the SOA: Resist Empire & Militarization”:  Registration Deadline Nov. 7
  • The Closing Gala of the Grand River Film Festival featuring the film Sepideh – Nov. 8
  • PeaceQuest: Remembering for Peace – Nov. 10
  • Teaching Peace in the Face of Danger with Ziauddin Yousafzai – Nov. 12
  • Places of Pilgrimage – Nov. 15
  • “Revolution and Counter-Revolution: Islamic State (IS) and the War of Terror” – Nov. 19


  • Internships with Romero House


  • Centre for Career Action Workshops – throughout November

Awards and Scholarships

  • MA Research Fellowship
  • Student Life Network and CIBC Awards


Legacies of the First World War

Legacies of WWI Poster@ 7pm Nov. 6 in Hagey hall 1102
The history department is hosting a roundtable discussion “Legacies of the First World War” featuring Geoff Hayes, Lynee Taylor, and John Sbardellati. The discussion will be moderated by Dan Gorman. 

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

@ Nov. 20-24 @ Fort Benning, Georgia
Deadline to register: Nov. 7

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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). The deadline for reserving your spot is November 7 so be sure to talk to Rachel (rreist@uwaterloo.ca) about attending.

The Closing Gala of the Grand River Film Festival

@ 7:30pm Nov. 8 at the Dunfield Theatre, Cambridge 

GRFF sepidehThe 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

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 WWI 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!

“Places of Pilgrimage”

SI Pilgrimage (2) nov 15@ 2pm to 5 pm Nov. 15 in the Dunker Family Lounge, Renison University College
Places of Pilgrimage is part of a multi-faith workshop on pilgrimage, featuring Jewish, Christian, and Muslim perspectives. Places of Pilgrimage seeks to explore how places become “sacred” from each of these perspectives.

“Revolution and Counter-Revolution: Islamic State (IS) and the War of Terror”

alnaseri@  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.


Internship with the Romero House 

romero houseThe 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. 


Centre for Career Action – November Workshops 

  • CECARésumé 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, available on-line at the link below.
  • Secrets for Global Success, 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. 

To see a full list of  CECA workshops offered in October or to register for one, visit here.

AwardS and scholarships

MA Research Fellowship 

The Department of History at Wilfred Laurier university is offering a research fellowship of 20,000 for Through Veterans’ Eyes, a digital research project involving the pension files of First World War veterans.  For more details, see the attached MA Fellowship 2015.

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.

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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