Undergrad Bulletin – September 15th – September 29nd


Hello everyone! We hope that you all had a wonderful summer! We are all looking forward to seeing you back at school. Here are somethings to look out for in this up-coming week!


  • Waterloo Region Welcomes Refugee’s
  • Book launch: Working Centre’s Book
  • Book launch: Canada in Africa, 300 years of Aid and Exploitation (With Author Ives Engler!)
  • Peace Week
  • Film: Cinema Politica AYOTZINAPA, Chonicle of a State Crime
  • WPIRGs September Slam


  • SPCOM 490 – International communication Fall 2015
  • DRAMA 374 – Sustainability in Performance Fall 2015
  • ERS 475/675: Introduction to Indigenous Knowledge for Environmental Studies Students


  • Last day to add classes is September 25!
  • For more information keep scrolling below! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


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Date: Tuesday September 15th @5:30
Where: Kitchener City Hall

Join us to make a stand for the rights of Refugees in Canada and around the world.
#proudtoprotectrefugees #WRwelcomesRefugees
Meeting at the town square in front of the City of Kitchener, please email cap.mcrs@gmail.com if you need more information.
Organised by community organisations serving refugees and immigrants in Waterloo Region

The Working Centre’s Book launch – Transition to Common Work

Date: Thursday, September 17th, 2015 @7:00 pm

Location: St. John’s Kitchen – Victoria St.N, Kitchener, ON

Free Admission and Refreshments provided

Contact Info: Jenny Adamthwaite jadamthw@uwaterloo.ca. For more about the working centre, See http://www.theworkingcentre.org/

Join us for the official release of the working Centre’s book, Transition to Common Work, written by Joe and Stephanie Mancini, founders of the working Centre. SJU alumni, Joe and Stephanie Mancini, will share stories on the growth of the Working Centre’s integrated community, focusing on how the virtures can reinvigorate cultural development.

The event will be hosted by Dr. Kathering Hergman, President of St. Jerome’s University and Dr. David Seljak

Canada in Africa Book Launch
Date: Friday, September 18, 3PM
Location: RCH 301, University of Waterloo11200787_10152872262996572_2016032971926205155_n

ABOUT THE BOOK: Yves Engler, the author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, and other works that challenge the myth of Canadian benevolence, documents Canadian involvement in the

transatlantic slave trade, the “scramble for Africa” and European colonialism. The book reveals Ottawa’s opposition to anticolonial struggles, its support for apartheid South Africa and Idi Amin’s coup, and its role in ousting independence leaders Patrice Lumumba and Kwame Nkrumah


Saturday, September 19th to Saturday, September 26th
Location: Conrad Grebel University College

In celebration of the International Day of Peace (September 21), Conrad Grebel University College is please to be organizing Peace Week – a week of events to acknowledge and raise awareness for peace related issues.

Film Screening: Resistencia – the fight for the Aguan Valley
Resistencia tells the story of campesinos in the Aguan Valley of Honduras and their response to the 2009 military coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya on the eve of an election that would have included a vote on whether or not to re-write the constitution. One of the many groups that stood to gain from a democratically elected government and new constitution was the country’s hundreds of thousands of landless farmers, who planned to enshrine their right to soil in the new constitution.The film follows farmers of the fertile Aguan Valley, who responded to the coup by taking over 10,000 acres of palm oil plantations under illegal control of the most powerful man in the country, Miguel Facussé. The farmers established co-ops on the land in the face of horrifically violent responses from Facussé and his paramilitary security guards. The film follows this story, and profiles some of the leaders who have resisted this violence and continued to fight for their right to land, safety, security and peace.Join us for a screening of the film followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Jesse Freeston, that will be led by PACS students.Watch the film trailer: http://resistenciathefilm.com/trailer

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Great Hall (1111), Conrad Grebel University College

Book Introduction and Coffee Break: Landmark Speeches on U.S. Pacifism by Susan Schultz Huxman
Join Susan and the Grebel community at a coffee break to celebrate her newest book, Landmark Speeches on U.S. Pacifism.
Panel: Making a Killing? Canada and the Global Arms Trade: How weapons exports may fuel human rights violations and armed conflict
This panel discussion, facilitated by Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director of Project Ploughshares, will be co-sponsored by the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement and St. Jerome’s University.

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: Community Education Room (2202), Conrad Grebel University College

Play: This Will Lead to Dancing
Theatre of the Beat will present a new play about wholeness and belonging. Free registration required, with pay what you can donation at the door. After the show there will be a short presentation to Johnny Wideman, for the receipt of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Great Hall (1111), Conrad Grebel University College 

These events are all part of Conrad Grebel’s Peace Week. So see more details click this link https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/events/peace-week-2015

Cinema Politica – AYOTZINAPA, Chronicle of a state Crime

Wednesday, September 23 @7:00pm
46 King Street North, Uptown Waterloo


SYNOPSIS:  !Vivos se los llevaron, vivos los queremos!

“They took them alive, we want them back alive” (the chant in Spanish above) is the cry of the families, friends, and supporters of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa, who were attacked and disappeared by police in the state of Guerrero, Mexico on September 26, 2014.

This is a story, testimonial, and documentary about the armed kidnappings and disappearances of 43 students, which exposes the involvement and complicity of the police and military authorities in the crime, as well as the role of the Mexican political and economic elite, who seem to be different sectors but in fact serve the same interests.


Tickets are available at the door only. Admission to Cinema Politica Waterloo screenings are by donation, with a sliding scale suggestion of $5-10, though everyone is welcome and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

WPIRGs September Slam
Thursday Sept 24 @7:00 pm
Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall
University of Waterloo


It has become a WPIRG tradition to kick off a new academic year with a showcase event featuring rising artists whose creative work, critical lens on society and commitment to social change inspires us to roll up our sleeves again (or for the first time!) and get ready for another year of social and environmental justice organizing on campus and in the local community. This year’s event line up is sure to be no different. We hope you’ll join us for an evening of hip hop, poetry and performance and, while you’re at it, get to know WPIRG and our community of campus and community activists.


SPCOM 490 International communication
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 am -11:20 am
Instructor: Kim Nguyen kim.h.nguyen@uwaterloo.ca
This course examines the processes and implications of communication that crosses national borders, literally and figuratively. Students will analyse representations of different national cultures, political, economic, and ideological systems, and peoples, and the impact of those representations on communicative practices. The course will develop knowledge and skills necessary to engage global audiences and share meaning across differences. During the course of the semester, we will turn our attention to at least four sites of international communication: interpersonal relationships, media, at borders, and in conflicts.

DRAMA 374: Sustainability in Performance
Thursday 3:30- 6:30
Instructor: Paul Cegys pcegys@uwaterloo.ca
In this course we will study past and present theatre, visual and installation artists groups, who have used their art for a politically engaged cause. We will also look at the idea of activism as a form of performance. We will examine the environmental challenges facing us today and we will critically examine the social and economic paradigms which maintain them. As the world inches closer to another UN super-summit on climate change this December in Paris, Students in Drama 374 will preform their own mock climate negotiation. We will use the act of performance to explore and demonstrate the complexities of international governance.

ERS 475/675: Introduction to Indigenous Knowledge for Environmental Studies StudentsIf you wish to enroll:
Undergrad Students: Contact Patti Bester – pmbester@uwaterloo.ca during Winter enrollment period in October
This unique course, co-taught with Traditional Knowledge Holder/Elder Peter Schuler from the Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nation, will provide students in the Faculty of Environment and across campus an introduction to First Nations issues in Canada and to Traditional Knowledge and Practice.  The course introduces students to academic literature that documents historic and current Indigenous issues in Canada as well as decolonizing and critical Indigenous methodologies but more importantly, the course gives students the opportunity to learn directly from a Traditional Knowledge Holder in both classroom and experiential contexts.


  • The last day to add classes is September 25th!

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a shout!
I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Maia Fujimoto
PACS Communications Assistant
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