Grad Bulletin – Jan. 6

January 6, 2015

Welcome back MPACS students for another exciting term! I hope all of you had a wonderful break and are feeling refreshed and ready to go. There are a few things happening in the next couple weeks to kick off the term! As always, feel free to e-mail me at if you have questions about any events, have something you’d like to share in the bulletin, or even if there’s something you’d like to see more of (in the bulletin or from the department).



  • “State Food Crimes and International Law” – Jan. 8
  • “When the pursuit of peace leads to conflict: lessons from South Africa” – Jan. 12
  • Grebel Community Supper – Jan. 14
  • “Countering ISIL: Why Canada Needs to Change Course” – Jan. 15
  • “Toward an Anabaptist Political Theology: Law, Order, and Civil Society” Book Launch – Jan. 19


  • Summer Peacebuilding Institute


  • Mackenzie King Scholarship

Call for Papers

  • Feminist Spaces – “Women and Technology”
  • University of Waterloo Graduate Journal Conference
  • Social Justice in the City Graduate Student Workshop
  • 2020 Vision for Humanity Symposium


“State Food Crimes and International Law”

rhoda howard hassman@ 12:30 Jan. 8 at the BSIA (67 Erb St. W., Waterloo, ON)
Dr. Rhoda Howard-Hassman, the Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfred Laurier, will be presenting her case studies regarding state food crimes and the need for an international treaty on the right to food. A light lunch will be served. Please register in advance here.

“When the pursuit of peace leads to conflict: lessons from South Africa”

andrew suderman anabaptist network@ 11:30, Jan. 12 in the Fretz Seminar Room, Conrad Grebel
Andrew Suderman will be presenting and leading a discussion regarding “When the pursuit of peace leads to conflict: lessons from South Africa” at Conrad Grebel. He currently lives in South Africa, working as Director of ANiSA, The Anabaptist Network in South Africa.

Grebel Community Supper for TS and MPACS Students

@ 5:30-6:30pm Jan. 14, Conrad Grebel Dining Room
community superConrad Grebel hosts weekly Wednesday Community Suppers for the Grebel residential program. It is an opportunity to sit together, talk, listen to an engaging speaker, and enjoy a great meal. On Jan. 14, Grebel invites TS and MPACS students and faculty to attend. The speaker will be John Siebert, Director of Project Ploughshares, who will be speaking about the history and legacy of residential schools. Advance sign-up is required. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to attend, e-mail Kelly Brown by Friday, Jan. 9, at 2:30pm at the latest. 

“Countering ISIL: Why Canada Needs to Change Course”

peggy mason@ 7 – 9pm Jan. 15 in the Paetkau Meeting Room, Conrad Grebel.
The Canadian International Council is hosting a discussion entitled, “Countering ISIL: Why Canada Needs to Change Course”. Peggy Mason, President of the Rideau Institute in Ottawa, will be leading the discussion. She served as Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament for the United Nations and has also been involved in many aspects of UN peacekeeping training. This is a free event. Parking is “pay and display” prior to 7 pm. 

“Toward an Anabaptist Political Theology: Law, Order, and Civil Society” Book Launch

book launch@ 4pm Jan. 19 in the Schlegel Community Education room (2202), Conrad Grebel.
Paul Doerkson will be launching A. James Reimer’s new book, Toward an Anabaptist Political Theology: Law, Order, and Civil Society, which includes nine essays that Jim wrote during the last several years of his life. Jim Reimer taught Religious Studies and Theology at Conrad Grebel from the late 1970s until his retirement in 2008. 


Summer Peacebuilding Institute

spi logoThe SPI 2015 will be taking place May 4 to June 12 at the Eastern Mennonite University.  They are offering many different courses, including new courses on restorative organizations, community violence, and digital / social media. They also have several scholarship and fellowship opportunities to help with financing. Visit their website for more information. Please note, some deadlines are January 15.


Mackenzie King Scholarship

Deadline to apply: Feb. 2, 2015.
Mackenzie King is offering two scholarships to graduates of Canadian universities. The Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship is available to those who pursue graduate study in the U.S. or United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations. The Open Scholarship is available to those who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere. Information on how to apply is available here. The deadline to apply is Feb. 2, 2015.

Canadian Water Resources Association Scholarships

Deadline to apply: Jan. 30, 2015.
The Canadian Water Resources Association offers five scholarships annually, ranging from $1,500 to $5,000. Scholarships are available to graduate students whose programs of study focus on the applied, natural, or social science aspects of water resources. Details can be found here.  The deadline to apply is Jan. 30, 2015.

Call for Papers

Feminist Spaces – “Women and Technology” Issue

Deadline to apply: Feb. 6, 2015
Feminist Spaces is accepting student submissions for their second issue for the theme of women and technology, throughout history and across cultures, such as women in technology-driven enterprises, women’s role in the advancement of emergent technologies, technologies that have aided women’s health, among others.  Submissions can be in the form of academic essays, creative writings, or artistic pieces. The deadline to submit is Feb. 6, 2015. Send submissions to For more information, visit their website.

University of Waterloo Graduate Journal Conference 

Deadline to apply: Jan. 10, 2015
The University of Waterloo Graduate Journal Conference entitled “Rising Powers: Power Shifts in Global Governance” will be held in March 2015. The deadline for abstract submissions is January 10. For more information about what to include, please e-mail

Social Justice in the City Graduate Student Workshop

Deadline to apply: Jan. 15, 2015
In March, the University of Toronto is hosting a one-day workshop to discuss issues of police militarization, housing issues, global migration and urban immigration settlements, provision and access to services and more. Student Submissions are welcome. An abstract of 250-300 words must be submitted to More information is available here.

2020 Vision for Humanity Symposium 

Deadline to apply: Jan. 19, 2015
In March, there will be a two day symposium on improving human security. It will include a keynote speaker and focus session. They are seeking submissions that describe work aimed at enhancing human security worldwide, including detailed research relevant to the theme. For more information, visit here. The deadline for abstracts is Jan. 19, 2015.

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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