Undergrad Bulletin – Mar. 10

March 10, 2015


  • Peace Speech – Mar. 11
  • 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
  • Youth and Militarism Conference – Apr. 24 – 26
  • Holistic Practices Conference – May 21 – 22


  • Beyond Borders Experience


  • 2015 Social Justice Activist Award


Peace Speech 
@ 4:30 PM, Mar. 11, Conrad Grebel Chapel
Applicants for the Peace Speech Contest will be presenting their speeches on Wednesday at 4:30 in the Chapel. Come out in support and hear about their ideas for promoting peace.

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.

For Today I Am a Boy – SJ Reading Series
KFu Author Photo@ 4:30 PM, Mar. 12 in STJ 3014
For Today I Am a Boy is Fu’s provocative debut novel. Its narrative follows the development of Peter, a Chinese boy, who identifies as a girl and wants desperately to become one. Contemplations of the pressures of gender identity abound within the pages of this beautifully written and powerful novel. St. Jerome’s is very pleased to welcome Fu, one of CBC’s 2014 Writers to Watch, as part of its ongoing Canada Council funded Reading Series.  This is a free event. All are welcome.

Knowledge Integration Seminar: Who speaks for Islam and Free Speech? Liberation or Systemic Oppression
idrisa_pandit_0-172x260@ 2:30 – 4 PM, Mar. 13, EV3 Room 1408

In 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.

Youth and Militarism Conference 
antimilitarism conference poster updated@ April 24 – 26, Peterborough, ON

The Canadian Quakers are hosting a Youth and Militarism Conference to discuss the presence of militarism in our lives and envision a future where war is no longer an answer. There will be workshops covering a variety of topics, from peacebuilding skills, to the militarization of police, to food as a form of resistance, and more. There is a $65 conference fee which covers food and housing for the weekend. For more information, visit the facebook page. Register here.

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. Deadline to register is April 29.


Beyond Borders Experience
Application deadline extended!
Beyond Borders is an academically centered international service-learning experience run through St. Jerome’s University. The program consists of two terms of on-campus course work and a 90-day placement abroad and takes upper year students out of their comfort zone and into the world. Students can use their Beyond Borders international volunteer placement as a PACS 390 Field Study credit, a co-op work term, or as their international experience for the Global Experience Certificate. For more info contact Bess Mitchell,  jmmitchell@uwaterloo.ca.


2015 Social Justice Activist Award
Deadline to apply: Mar. 25 @ 5 PM. 
This award is open to all UW and local community members who have been involved in issues such as fighting for social justice issues,  or promoting the welfare of humanity and the environment,and the elimination of pain and suffering. Award criteria is determined on the basis of impact of service, length and level of involvement / commitment, and dedication and courage of the nominee’s activism. If you know someone who meets the criteria, fill out a nomination form. For more information, contact Alex Diceanu at alex@wpirg.org.

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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