Undergrad Bulletin – Jan. 6

January 6, 2015

Welcome back PACS 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 couple things happening in the next couple weeks to kick off the term! As always, feel free to e-mail me at pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca 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).



  • “Countering ISIL: Why Canada Needs to Change Course” – Jan. 15
  • “Toward an Anabaptist Political Theology: Law, Order, and Civil Society” Book Launch – Jan. 19


  • Winter 2015 PACS Special Topics Courses – Spaces still available
  • MCC Ottawa Seminar


  • Mackenzie King Scholarships


“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.


PACS Winter 2015 Course offerings: Spaces still available!

advocating for peacemusic notePACS 301-01, Music, Peace and Conflict, and PACS 301-02, Advocating for Peace are two of our special topics courses being offered this term. There are a few spaces available if you’re still searching for classes. They’re both going to be exciting classes!

MCC Ottawa Office Student Seminar

@ Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2015.
Registration deadline: Jan. 19, 2015 

mcc ottawa seminarIn February, the MCC Ottawa office is holding its annual student seminar. This year’s theme will be, “Citizens. Disciples. Advocates: Christian Faith and Political Responsibility”. The conference will explore the intersection of gospel and government and the role of MCC and faith-based advocacy in promoting peace. Students will hear from Parliamentarians and NGO advocates and have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with speakers and other students across Canada. It’s also an opportunity to visit Parliament Hill and take part in Ottawa’s Winterlude festival! For more information, visit MCC. Transportation costs to and from Ottawa will be covered.


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.

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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