Grad Bulletin – Mar. 10

March 10, 2015


  • Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival – Mar. 12- 15
  • Knowledge Integration Seminar: Who Speaks for Islam and Free Speech? Liberation or Systemic Oppression – Mar. 13
  • The Secret Trial 5 Film Screening – Mar. 19
  • “What is ISIS? Why Do Canadians Join?” Public Lecture – Mar. 19
  • World Water Day Graduate Fair and Water Celebration – Mar. 23
  • Holistic Practices Conference – May 21 – 22


  • Writing Centre Graduate Tutorial
  • Rotary Peace Fellowships
  • Centre for Teaching Excellence Certificate Program
  • Job Opportunity with Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Job Opportunity with American Friends Service Committee


  • IODE Gladys Raiter Bursary

Call for Papers

  • Engaging Boredom CFP
  • U of T Conference “To Discipline, Punish, or Deter? Typologies of Violence in the Global South”


Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival 
rainbow reels poster@ Mar. 12 – 15, Waterloo (UW, WLU, Princess Twin) 
From homegrown to international works, the 15th year of Rainbow Reels packs Waterloo Region with four days of film, art, talent and eye opening expression. See the festival schedule here. Tickets are $5 (Pay What You Can) for Wage-earners or free for students / unwaged.

Knowledge Integration Seminar: Who speaks for Islam and Free Speech? Liberation or Systemic Oppression
@ 2:30 – 4 PM, Mar. 13, EV3 Room 1408

idrisa_pandit_0-172x260In this talk, Idrisa Pandit, Director of Studies in Islam at Renison, will examine the evolution of the dichotomous relationship of Islam and free speech as presented in the academia and the media. Who gets to tell the story of Islam and Muslims? And which story are we ready to listen to, and why? See the event page here.

The Secret Trial 5 Film Screening
secret trial 5
@ 6:30 PM, Mar. 19, Princess Cinemas
A film about the human impact of the “War on Terror,” The Secret Trial 5 is a sobering examination of the Canadian government’s use of security certificates, a Kafkaesque tool that allows for indefinite detention without charges, based on evidence not revealed to the accused or their lawyers. Following the screening, there will be a Q + A with the filmmaking team and WPIRG. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here. Check out the facebook event for more details.

“What is ISIS? Why Do Canadians Join?” Public Lecture
WhatisISIS@ 3:30 – 5:00 PM, Mar. 19, AL 211

Dr. Lorne Dawson, a professor in Sociology and Legal studies at the University of Waterloo and a Co-Director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society, and Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University, will be presenting on the stories of foreign fighters to explore what makes them do it. Refreshments will be provided.

World Water Day Graduate Fair and Water Celebration 
world water day@ 10 AM – 5 PM, March 23, Paul Martin  Centre, WLU 

Join us for a day-long celebration highlighting university water research and raising awareness of local and global water issues. The event includes: keynote speakers; research posters; networking opportunities with local community, government and business; photo contest; film screening; career fair; and a buffet lunch. Visit the event page for more details.

Holistic Practices Conference 
Holistic Practices Conference_Poster@ 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, May 21 – 22, Halton Region Museum, Milton
Wilfred Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work Professional Development Program is hosting a Holistic Practices Conference to explore the innovative and growing field of holistic practices from theoretical, practical and research perspectives. The cost is $350, including coffee breaks and lunch. Register online at Deadline to register is April 29.


Writing Centre Grad Tutorial
Registration open March 20. 
The writing centre will be offering another 4-week tutorial session from March 30 to April 24 to help graduate students develop their writing and communication skills. Register here starting March 20th.

Rotary Peace Fellowships
The Rotary Foundation is accepting applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship, which provides academic and practical training for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centres around the world. For more details, see the attached flyer. If you’d like more information on their programs and the application process, email Kelly Brown (

Centre for Teaching Excellence Certificate Program
@ April 7 – 17th. Deadline to register: March 12. 
The Fundamentals of University Teaching block program is a two week long program taking place from April 7th to 17th. During this two week program, you will complete six teaching workshops and participate in three microteaching sessions. For more details, please visit the Centre for Teaching Excellence website. If you are interested in attending this program, please fill out the online registration form.  Registration will end on March 12th, and only 16 students will be accepted into the program. Note that only students who have not taken past Fundamentals workshops can participate in this program. For more details, please contact Eric Van Halteren at

Job Opportunity with Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Application deadline: March  20
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is hiring a Program Manager, Trade, Investment, Innovation, and Canada-China Relations. A complete job description is available here. Deadline to apply is March 20.

Job Opportunity with American Friends Service Committee
Application deadline: March 20
The American Friends Service Committee is hiring a Program Coordinator for the Wage Peace Program in San Francisco, California. The Program Coordinator is responsible for implementing the youth and militarism components of a peace education program and coordinating community events, campaigns, and activities for social justice and peace. See the complete job description here. You can apply online or e-mail your resume to


The IODE Gladys Raiter Bursary
Deadline: April 30
The Iode Gladys Raiter Bursary of $5000 is awarded on the basis of academic standing and financial need to a post-graduate student at the University of Waterloo or Wilfred Laurier University. Apply online or see the flyer for more details.

call for papers

Engaging Boredom CFP
Engaging Boredom Queen's April 26Submission deadline: April 1, 2015
Queen’s University is seeking submissions for their symposium exploring the dangers and potentials of boredom. Proposals can be for the following: academic papers (10-20 minutes), presentations from community organizations (10-20 minutes), workshops or activities (30-75 minutes) or performances (10-30 minutes). Send proosals to by April 1. More information is available here.

“To Discipline, Punish, or Deter? Typologies of Violence in the Global South” 
Submission deadline: Mar. 16
This academic conference invites presentations  that explore themes of violence in the Global South in order to create a positive, unprejudiced space for the exchange of opinions, perspectives, and world-views over issues that crosscut regional politics.  Submit a 250-word proposal by Sunday March 16 to


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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