Undergrad Bulletin – Nov. 18

November 18, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

Events

  • Day of Dialogue: Truth and Reconciliation after TRC – Nov. 19
  • Between Myths and Crises: Rethinking Migration Policies – Nov. 20
  • School of Environment, Enterprise and Development Graduate Program Open House – Nov. 26
  • PACS End of Term Social – Nov. 26
  • Cinema Politica: Roadmap to Apartheid – Nov. 26
  • Why (Almost) Everything (You Think) You Know About Pornography is (Probably) Wrong – Nov. 26
  • The Problems and Promise of Public History: From the Battlefield, to Oklahoma City, to 9/11 – Nov. 28
  • Women in STEM Women’s Self-Defense Workshop – Nov. 30
  • 8th Annual Social Justice Anti-Oppression Interactive poster Exhibit – Dec. 1

Opportunities

  • New PACS Course: Advocating for Peace  – Winter 2015
  • New PACS Course: Peace Through Tourism – Winter 2015
  • Experiential Course at Bishop’s University in Brazil: “Social Movements and Social Change in Brazil” – May 5 – 25, 2015
  • Study Abroad in Germany with DAAD Information Session – Nov. 27
  • Operation Groundswell Backpacking Trips with Travel Bursaries
  • Studies in Ecumenism in Switzerland – Deadline to apply is Nov. 30
  • U of Guelph Summer Field Schools

Contests

  • Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Student Essay Contest – Dec. 31

Other Cool Stuff

  • PACS Society is selling winter tuques!

EVENTS

Day of Dialogue: Truth and Reconciliation after TRC

@ 7pm Nov. 19 in the Senate & Board Chamber, Wilfrid Laurier University
A free, public lecture featuring Jonathon Hamilton-Diabo and Robert Brown. It is co-sponsored by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary & the Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Aboriginal Initiatives. For more details, see the Day of Dialogue Flyer.

Between Myths and Crises: Rethinking Migration Policies

Between myths and crises lecture@ 7-9pm Nov. 20 in the CIGI campus Auditorium, 67 Erb St. W. Waterloo
Francois Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the  Human Rights of Migrants is giving a signature lecture at the CIGI Campus. This is a free public lecture. It can also be watched live on their webcast.

School of Environment, Enterprise and Development Graduate (SEED) Program Open House

seed open house@ 4-6pm Nov. 26 in Environment 3, Rm. 4212A
SEED is hosting an open house for 3rd and 4th year students looking at graduate programs in sustainability-related fields. For more information and to register, visit the event page. Attendance is free.

PACS End-of-Term Social 

who's who@ 2:30pm Nov. 26 in the Atrium, Conrad Grebel
 The end of term is coming up quick! To celebrate a great term before we’re all bogged down with exams and final assignments, PACS is holding an End-of-Term social in the Atrium! Great cookies, tasty teas, and the chance to learn some interesting (and potentially strange) facts about your staff and faculty!  Hope to see you there!

Why (Almost) Everything (You Think) You Know About Pornography Is (Probably) Wrong

doug cowan@ 3:30-5pm Nov. 26 in Hagey Hall 280.
Doug Cowan, a Religious Studies professor and sociologist, explores the social construction of the porn threat, debunking several common misconceptions and delving deeper into why we think the way we do.  This is a free lecture. Refreshments will be provided.

Cinema Politica: Roadmap to Apartheid

@7pm Nov. 26 at Princess Cinema
Narrated by Alice Walker, the author of The Color Purple, this documentary explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the apartheid analogy of South Africa. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or at the door.

The Problems and Promise of Public History: From the Battlefield, to Oklahoma City, to 9/11

edward linenthal@ 12:30-2pm Nov. 28 in Hagey Hall 117 (MacKirdy Reading Room)
Prof. Edward T. Linenthal, from Indiana University, will be presenting on what memorializing our victims and heroes tells us about ourselves. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Nov. 21 to aeleask@uwaterloo.ca.

Women in STEM Women’s Self-Defense Workshop

stem self defense@ 6-8pm Nov. 30 in CIF Studio
This is an opportunity to learn self defense, get rid of some of your pre-exam stress, and learn about your rights and how to effectively handle harassment. The workshop is taught by certified self-defense instructors and free! Register here before Nov. 28.

SJU’s 8th Annual Social Justice Anti-Oppression Interactive Poster Exhibit

@ 5:30-7pm Dec.1 in the Community Centre (Cafeteria), SJU
sju
The Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies is hosting an annual poster exhibit to raise awareness of social justice issues and give students an opportunity to present their ideas on socially just and anti-oppressive practice.


Opportunities

“Advocating for Peace” – New Winter 2015 Course offering 

advocating for peaceThis course is offered as PACS 301-02 and is taught by Paul Heidebrecht, the director of the CPA. It will explore the history, theory, and practice of peace-related advocacy in the Canadian political context. Content is focused on building the knowledge and skills needed to advance peace by influencing government policies and priorities.  Be sure to enrol during open enrolment starting Nov. 24 – it’s going to be an exciting class!

“Peace Through Tourism” – New Winter 2015 Course offering 

This course is offered as PACS 303-02 and is taught by Ryan Snider. This course explores the potential for sustainable tourism initiatives to transform peace work. Specifically, the course will examine the continuum of tourism typologies and the relationships between hosts and guests to illustrate the potential for tourism to act as a vehicle for peace.  Don’t forget to enrol starting Nov. 24!

Social Movements and Social Change in Brazil – Spring Course Offering at Bishop’s University

social movements and change in brazil@ May 5 – 25 in Brazil
This experiential course explores social movements, such as the Landless Rural Workers Movement, while living  with local families in Brazil and attending civil society organization’s meetings.  The course involves preparatory research assignments, travel to Brazil, and a follow-up research paper. You can find out more here.

Study Abroad in Germany with DAAD – Information Session

daad@ 1:30-2:30 Nov. 27 in the QNC Rm.1501
DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, is hosting an information session for students interested in studying abroad in Germany.  The session will provide details on available scholarships and grants  as well as the application and selection process.

Operation Groundswell Backpacking Trips

Deadline to apply: Dec. 18

operation groundswellOperation Groundswell, a non-profit organization coordinating socially conscious backpacking trips, has opened applications for six-week summer placements to Ghana, the Middle East, India, Guatemala and more to explore issues such as Global health, human rights, education, fair trade, and the environment. All students who apply for the 6-week placement are eligible for bursaries. Explore their programs and apply before the deadline!

World Council of Churches Studies in Ecumenism in Switzerland

bossey instituteDeadline to apply: Nov. 30
Applications are open to study ecumenism at the World Council of Churches educational facility in Bossey, Switzerland. For more details about the Ecumenical Institute, click here. The deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 year is Nov. 30.

U of Guelph Summer Field Schools

guelph guatemala field schoolThe University of Guelph is offering two field school programs during the summer for students at Canadian universities: Global Engagement in Guatemala and Agroecology in Cuba. The Guatemala program features 2-weeks in class at the U of Guelph campus, followed by two-weeks in country , and a final project upon return. The Cuba program is three weeks in-country. The deadline for the program in Guatemala has passed but you can email Lisa Blenkinsop (lblenkin@uoguelph.ca) to see if there is still space. The application deadline for Cuba is Jan. 30.

Contests

CARFMS Student Essay Contest

Deadline to apply: Dec. 31, 2014
The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies is holding a Student Essay Contest addressing issues relevant to refugees, forced migration, immigrants’ settlement and integration studies. Authors of short-listed papers will be invited to present their work at the 8th Annual conference May 13-15, 2015. For submission details, visit their website.

OTher cool stuff

Rachel and kelly with pacs toqueWinter Toques for Sale

It’s that time of year again – temperatures are dropping and the snow is falling! Bundle up and stay warm with a PACS toque for only $5! Come by the PACS office to pick one up today!


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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