Grad Bulletin – Mar. 24

March 24, 2015


  • “Animals as peers, as persons and peacebuilders” – Mar. 26
  • “Overseas and Home Again: Experiences of Canadian Soldiers” – Mar. 26
  • PACS Meets MPACS Pub Night – Mar. 26
  • “The Widow” Play – Mar. 31
  • “Global Health Challenges” Panel Discussion – Apr. 1


  • Migration and Late Capitalism Conference – June 11 – 13, 2015
  • Summer Peacebuilding Institute
  • Canadian Mennonite University Peace and Conflict Studies Conference
  • Essay Competition for the Third Hague Peace Conference
  • Satyagraha Summer Institute
  • WSFPC Peace Essay Contest

Call for Papers

  • International Scientific Forum on “Education, Climate Change and Economic Development”
  • 16th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations


  • The Rabin Scholarship Fund for the Advancement of Peace and Tolerance


  • EMLS (English for Multilingual Speakers) Credit Courses


“Animals as peers, as persons and peacebuilders” 
Bechtel talk 2015@ 3:30 PM, Mar. 26, AL 211
In this talk, Trevor Bechtel, the Dean of Conrad Grebel considers some of the changes that have developed in human understanding of animal life over the last 20 years. In three circles of increasing particularity he probes the ways humans and animals relate and the lessons that humans can take from animal life. Drawing on insights from geography, theology, and ethology, Bechtel develops an ethics of human-animal relationships focused on the flourishing of the species.

Overseas and Home Again: Experiences of Canadian Soldiers 
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7 PM, Mar. 26, Community Education Room, Conrad Grebel 
The Waterloo Regional Branch of the CIC is hosting a panel discussion featuring the experiences of Canadian Soldiers. Panelists include Capt. Jeff Clark, who spent over 20 years with the Canadian Forces as a military engineer, Prof. Terry Copp, a Canadian military historian and professor at Wilfred Laurier, and Cpl Ryan Pagnacco, a veteran wounded in Afghanistan. It will be moderated by Lt.-Col. Gordon Greavette. This is a free event. Unreserved seating. Parking is available in Conrad Grebel and free after 7 PM.

PACS Meets MPACS Pub Night
@ 9 PM, Mar. 26, McMullan’s (in Uptown)
Join us at McMullan’s on Thursday night (Mar. 26) for an evening of drinks, mingling, and pool with MPACS and PACS Students! Free appetizers will be provided. Hope to see you there!

“The Widow”
@ 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Mar. 31 in the Theatre of the Arts
The Widow poster“The Widow” tells the story of Nour, a widow from the 2003 Iraq War who initiates an affair with Samir, an outspoken teacher. After receiving threats from a religious militia group, Samir flees Iraq, leaving Nour to deal with all of the consequences. As a jobless refugee in Canada, Samir returns to Nour in Iraq despite his family’s warnings. Tickets are $12 for the general public or free for students and can be purchased by contacting the Humanities Theatre box office at 519-888-4908 or at the door.

“Global Health challenges” Panel Discussion 
7 PM – 9 PM, Apr. 1 in the CIGI Auditorium (67 Erb St. W., Waterloo)
Join distinguished scholars for a panel presentation and discussion on their cross-cutting research and partnerships aimed to inform solutions to pressing issues to the year 2030 and beyond. Panelists include Dr. Jonathon Crush, Dr. Simon Dalby, Dr. James Orbinski, and Dr. Alan Whiteside. This event is free but advance registration is required.


Migration and Late Capitalism Conference
June 11 – 13, 2015. University of Victoria, BC.
Registration is now open for the University of Victoria’s conference on Migration and Late Capitalism. The student fee is $50.00 ($100.00 Regular Early Bird Admission). Key themes to be explored in the conference include policy advocacy, border security, colonialisms, indigenous displacement, environmental degradation, migration flows, and religion. Visit their website for more information.

Summer Peacebuilding Institute 
@ May 4 – June 12, Eastern Mennonite University
SPICourses are still available at SPI for the 2015 term. Available courses include: restorative practices for organizations, building civil society movements, documentary film-making for social change, trauma-informed organizations, and more. Apply online before the courses fill up!

Inaugural Canadian Peace and Conflict Studies Conference 
@ June 18 – 20. Winnipeg, MB.CMU PACS conference

The Canadian Mennonite University is hosting the first annual Canadian conference on peace and conflict studies. View the full conference schedule here and register online. The student price is $75.

Essay Competition for the Third Hague Peace Conference
peace hague posterSubmission deadline: April 19, 2015.
The Third Hague Peace Conference has organized an essay competition for essays on strengthening humanitarian laws or on maintaining peace more effectively by the UN Security Council and regional organizations.  More details are available here (PDF).

Satyagraha Summer Institute 
@ Aug. 2 – 22, 2015. Black Hills of South Dakota

This summer program is designed to provide leaders interested in nonviolent social change an opportunity to deepen their understanding, skills, commitment, and community. Training on nonviolence, indigenous spirituality and traditions, as well as conflict prevention and resolution will be provided. The application deadline is May 31, 2015.  For more information view the  flyer (PDF).

WSFPC Peace Essay Contest 
Deadline to submit: April 15, 2015
WSFPC peace essay winnersThe WSFPC is seeking submissions for their annual peace essay contest. Applicants must write an essay in 800 words or less, answering the question: “How Can We Obey the Law Against War?” Essays are to be directed to a person who can help promote knowledge of the Kellogg-Briand Pact (KBP) and, from whom a response is expected. Essays are judged on quality as well as on the impact of the response. For complete submission details, visit their website.

 Call for papers

International Scientific Forum on “Education, Climate Change and Economic Development”
The University of Oxford is seeking submissions related to developments in today’s global societal challenges. Details are available here. The full paper submission deadline is August 15, 2015.

16th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations
Submission deadline: April 19, 2015. 
The University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, USA is seeking submissions on the following themes: Management Education, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Organizational Cultures, and Climates of Change: Organizations in a Time of Ecological and Social Vulnerability. Visit their website for complete submission and conference details.


The Rabin Scholarship Fund for the Advancement of Peace and Tolerance 
2015_Rabin_Scholarship_Fund-8.5x11_02Deadline to apply: May 1, 2015

Applications are being accepted for the Rabin Scholarship Fund, awarded to a Canadian citizen enrolled in an accredited doctoral or post-doctoral program focusing on areas related to peace. Award is valued at $15,000 US and involves the opportunity to spend one academic year in Jerusalem at The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.


EMLS (English for Multilingual Speakers) Credit Courses
C006506-Renison-Grad-flyer-loresBeginning Fall 2015, the ESL code will change to EMLS. Waterloo graduate students are invited to register in EMLS credit courses to improve their English language skills and academic performance. Take a look at this video about the new courses. Enrol during open class enrolment in July 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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