Undergrad Bulletin – Dec. 2

December 2, 2014

The end of the term has finally arrived, and with it the final bulletin for the term! If you have time between final papers and studying for exams, come check out these events happening in the next couple weeks. Also check out the amazing PACS courses being offered next term before you finalize your schedule!

Good luck with finals and happy holidays!



  • Emmanuel Jal Concert – Dec. 4
  • Make a Difference Market – Dec. 6
  • Amnesty International “Write for Rights” Campaign – Dec. 10


  • PACS 301 – Advocating for Peace  – Winter 2015
  • PACS 302 –  Peace Through Tourism – Winter 2015
  • PACS 301 –  Music, Peace and Conflict – Winter 2015
  • PACS 395 – Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa Travel Course – Spring 2015


  • Operation Groundswell Backpacking Trips
  • Youth Employment Fund


  • Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Student Essay Contest – Dec. 31
  • Bethany Peace Essay Contest – Deadline: Jan 26


  • The Working Centre Job Search


emmanuel jal concertEmmanuel Jal: The Key Tour

@ 8pm Dec. 4 at Starlight, Waterloo
Emmanuel Jal, former child soldier of Sudan’s civil war and international hip-hop artist with a message of peace, is performing in Waterloo on Dec. 4 to showcase his new CD “The Key”. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. All proceeds go to the Key is E. Please note: this is a 19+ event. 

Make a Difference Market

make a difference market@ 10am – 4pm  Dec. 6 at Conrad Grebel
Peace Society is hosting their annual “Make-A-Difference Market” this Saturday. Fair trade artisans and local craft-makers will be featuring their goods for sale. Come and enjoy an afternoon of food, music, and Christmas shopping! A portion of the proceeds will be given to The Working Centre. Check out the Facebook event here!

Amnesty International: Write for Rights Campaign

Write-4-Rights Amnesty Intl Campaign@2-7pm Dec. 10 at Princess Twin Gallery (46 King st. N., Waterloo)
In honour of International Human Rights Day, Amnesty International is hosting a letter writing event to promote human rights worldwide. Join the campaign and join thousands of others writing to change the world! 


“Advocating for Peace” – New Winter 2015 Course offering 

advocating for peaceThis course is offered as PACS 301 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 now – it’s going to be an exciting class!

“Peace Through Tourism” – New Winter 2015 Course offering 

This course is offered as PACS 302 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 now!

“Music, Peace and Conflict” – New Winter 2015 Course offering 

This course, co-taught by Reina Neufeldt and Maisie Sum, explores the power of music to promote peace, healing and  the transformation of conflict.  Topics include music as an expression of political dissent,  music for healing from trauma, and how music brings people together. Enrolment is open now! The course is offered MW, 9:30 – 10:50am – if it fits in your schedule, you should definitely sign up!

PACS 395 Peace and Conflict Studies Travel Course – Spring 2015

giraffe drinking waterThis spring, Waterloo International is offering a 4-week program to explore Southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa). Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture, volunteer with various community development projects, and learn about the countries and your place in the world. The program is available for credit through the PACS 395 course and it can also count towards the Global Experience Certificate. For more information, visit uwaterloo.ca/international/southern-africa or contact Lowell Ewert in the PACS department. The deadline to apply has been extended to January 6, 2015.


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!

Youth Employment Fund

workin centre youth employment fundThe Youth Employment Fund is a program to help youth assess their skills, find work, and earn experience in various sectors. Placements are available year-round for 4-6 months, with the potential for longer-term employment, in the private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit in Ontario. More details are available here (PDF)


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.

Bethany Peace Essay Contest

Deadline to submit: Jan. 26, 2015
Bethany Theological Seminary is inviting you to submit essays on peacemaking, creation justice, and the beloved community. Suggested topics include: creation care, indigenous communities’ rights, gender and ecology, and intercultural coalitions for the common good. The first prize will receive $2000. Cash prizes will also be awarded to second and third place. Fore more details, see the 2015 bethany Peace Essay Guidelines or their website.


The Working Centre

The Working Centre has a section of their website devoted to job searching, including job postings and work search strategies. Check it out 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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