Grad Bulletin – Feb. 3

February 3, 2015


  • Conrad Grebel Community Supper – Feb. 11
  • Bring on the Sunshine African Festival – Feb. 16
  • ConflictedED International Development Conference – Feb. 27


  • Assessing and Evaluating Student Writing for TAs Workshop
  • NGO Abroad International Opportunities in Conflict Resolution
  • IPD International Summer Academy Programs in Peacebuilding, Mediation, Conflict Resolution & Intercultural Dialogue

Call for Papers

  • Migration and Late Capitalism Conference
  • Engage 2015: “Making the Familiar Strange in the Social World”
  • Emerging Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies in Canada


  • Graduate Housing Information
  • Lenten Guided Prayer Resource Packet


Conrad Grebel Community Supper
@ 5pm, Feb. 11 in the Conrad Grebel Dining Hall
MPACS students are invited to attend another community supper on Feb. 11. Lori Ransom, a TRC staff member who works as a liaison with churches, will be speaking about the truth and reconciliation committee. If you’re interested, contact Kelly Brown by Friday, Feb. 6.

Bring on the Sunshine African Festival
bring on the sunshine african festival@ 10am – 5pm, Feb. 16 at Kitchener City Hall
Come out for a day of African dance and singing groups, drumming, ethnic food, artists and artisans, clothing and fashion, including games and workshops for children at this family day event celebrating Africa, culture, community, and family during Black History Month in KW.

ConflictED International Development Conference 
@ Feb. 27 at CIGI (The Centre for International Governance Innovation) 
conflictEDThis annual student run conference hosted by the Waterloo Student Association of International Development provides a forum for students, academics, and professionals to participate and engage in dialogue regarding the struggles and opportunities of education in conflict regions. The conference structure will include a wide variety of speakers, round table discussions, displays and booths to interact with development representatives. Tickets are available here for $15.


Assessing and Evaluating Student Writing for TAs Workshop
writing centre workshop@ 1pm – 4pm, Thursday, Feb. 5, Writing Centre, SCH
This workshop is designed to help TAs develop more effective and efficient marking skills. For more details and to register, visit the Writing Centre’s website.

NGO Abroad: International Careers & Volunteering
NGOabroad provides services to help you enter or advance in international humanitarian work and frugal, customized international volunteer opportunities. They currently have international opportunities in conflict resolution in the following regions: Palestine / Israel, Rwanda, Indonesia, Uganda, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Costa Rica for a variety of different projects. They are seeking students and experienced professionals for these volunteer opportunities. For more information visit their website.

IPD International Summer Academy Programs in Peacebuilding, Mediation, Conflict Resolution & Intercultural Dialogue 
@ August 7-17 or August 17-27 in Baar, Switzerland
The Institute for Peace and Dialogue offers a comprehensive summer program to support institutional academic peacebuilding, mediation and conflict resolution education and strengthen the skills of state, business, and education representatives. The program involves workshops, lectures, presentations, interactive group work, brainstorming, case studies, and more. For more information, visit their website.

call for papers

Migration and Late Capitalism Conference
Proposal deadline: Feb. 27
Conference June 11-13 in Victoria, BC
The Migration and Mobility Program in the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives is seeking proposals for their conference related to the theme of migration and mobility in the context of late capitalism, particularly in the region of Asia-Pacific. Submit the proposal for a paper, workshop, or complete panel to MigrationConference@uvic.cca. More information is available here.

Engage 2015: “Making the Familiar Strange in the Social World”
Deadline for abstract submissions: Mar. 1, 2015
Conference: Mar. 14, 2015, Guelph
The Annual Graduate Student Conference at the University of Guelph is seeking submissions from students in the field of Social and Applied Human Sciences for papers and poster presentations. Topics may include: rural,community and development studies; work and family in a changing global context; criminology and criminal justice; ethnicity and identity politics, etc. Abstracts must be between 200-300 words with the title, author affiliation, and specification of submission form (paper or poster). Please send submissions to Monetary awards will also be presented for best submissions in a variety of categories. For more information, view the flyer.

Emerging Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies in Canada
Submission Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Conference: June 18-20, 2015, Winnipeg

This conference is seeking proposals regarding emerging peace and conflict studies issues in Canada, for either an individual paper proposal or a full panel proposal. Abstracts for individual presentations should be 250 words; full panel proposals 200 words with individual abstracts for each presentation. The conference will be held in Winnipeg. Please submit all abstracts to John Derksen at For more details see the 2015 Peace Studies Call for Papers.


Graduate Housing Information
4 month contracts are available for graduate students at CLV-North for a competitive rate, including internet, laundry and utilities. There is a shuttle to campus during the winter months as well as a weekend grocery shuttle. CLV also hosts community events and socials throughout the year. All single units are furnished; family units are unfurnished. For more information, contact or

Lenten Guided Prayer Packet
lenten guided prayerMennonite Spiritual Directors of Eastern Canada is offering a Lenten Guided Prayer resource packet to organizations or individuals. This is a 6-week series to help you engage prayerfully with the Lenten biblical texts used in Sunday worship services. The cost is $20 for individual use and you can register 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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