MPACS Bulletin October 13th – October 27th


  • World Food Day Celebration
  • Humanitarian Intervention during the Clinton Presidency Talk
  • Cinema Politica Waterloo :YOU DON’T LIKE THE TRUTH – 4 Days Inside Guantanamo
  • The Stephen Lewis Concersations – The AIDS Pandemic: Nearly Over or Still taking a toll?


  • Call for Papers –  Missing and Marginalized: On Ending the Erasure of Women’s Lives and Experience 
  • Election


World Food Day Celebration
When: Thursday October 15, 2015, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Room 1-42
Location: 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ONWorld%20Food%20Day%20Oct%2015%202015

Come play the Food Trade Game with us! The Food Trade Game is a fun way of experiencing the realities of our global food system through role-playing and simulation.
Facilitated by Randall Coleman with special guest speaker Aabir Dey of the Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.
Register here
Humanitarian Intervention during the Clinton Presidency

When: Thursday October 15, 2015, 12:00PM – 1:30PM Room 1-43

Location: 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON

Registration Required

This lecture, using recently released documents from the Bill Clinton administration, explores the U.S. response to humanitarian crises of the 1990s, paying particular attention to the genocide in Rwanda. Specifically, this talk will address the Clinton Administration’s competing goals when it came to fashioning a response to the political violence in Rwanda.

About the speaker:

Robert. K. Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations, joined the Department of History, Vasser College in 1994. A specialist in U.S. foreign policy, Brigham teaches a range of courses covering diplomacy, human rights, international relations, as well as the history of the Vietnam War.

Brigham is author or co-author of nine books, including most recently U.S. Foreign Policy since 1945 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016); The Wars for Vietnam: An International History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), written with Mark P. Bradley; American Foreign Relations: A History, Volume I & Volume II, 8th Edition  [along with Thomas Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Michael Donoghue, and Kenneth Hagan] (Cengage, 2015); The United States and Iraq since 1990: A Brief History with Documents (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013); Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power (PublicAffairs, 2008); Is Iraq Another Vietnam (PublicAffairs, 2006); and Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy (PublicAffairs, 1999), written with former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara and James G. Blight of Brown University. His current book project examines humanitarian intervention during the Clinton presidency (Cambridge University Press).

Cinema Politica Waterloo :YOU DON’T LIKE THE TRUTH – 4 Days Inside Guantanamo

When: Wed, 21 October, 19:00 – 21:00

Location: Princess Twin Cinemas, 46 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 2W8, Canada

Cinema Politica Waterloo, WPIRG, and LSPIRG invite you to join us for the second film of our Fall 2015 Cinema Politica documentary series: YOU DON’T LIKE THE TRUTH — 4 Days Inside Guantanamo

TICKET INFO: 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.

SYNOPSIS: YOU DON’T LIKE THE TRUTH – 4 days inside Guantánamo is a documentary based on securityyoudontlikethetruth camera footage from the Guantánamo Bay prison. A poorly recorded video starts. The door of the interrogation room opens. Behind table a young prisoner in chains and dressed in orange sits waiting. Two men and a woman enter the cell: Man 1: How’s your English? Omar Khadr: Good. Man 1: It is good, eh? Omar Khadr: Yeah Man 1: Look the reason we’re down here, we’re wanted to talk to you for a couple of days Omar Khadr: OK Man 1: Talk to you about a bunch of things. Omar Khadr: No problem Man 1: You’re good with that? Omar Khadr: Yes. Man 1: So I guess we’re the first Canadians you’ve seen in a while? Omar Khad: Canadians? Man 1: Yeah Omar Khadr: Finally! (laughs) This encounter between a team of Canadian intelligence agents and Omar Khadr, a child detainee in Guantánamo, has never before been seen. Based on seven hours of video footage recently declassified by the Canadian courts this documentary delves into the unfolding high-stakes game of cat and mouse between captor and captive over a four day period. Maintaining the surveillance camera style this film analyzes the political, legal and scientific aspects of a forced dialogue.

The Stephen Lewis Conversations The AIDS Pandemic: Nearly Over, or Still Taking a Toll?

Respondent: Professor Jordan Tustin, School of Occupational & Public Health

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 7:00 – 9:00PM

Ted Rogers School of Management (TRS) Room 1-067 55 Dundas Street West

Light refreshments will be available at 6PM at TRS 2 (8th floor west hallway)  

Stephen Lewis in conversation with Dr. Alan Whiteside will explore the continuing controversies around HIV/AIDS: Will 2030 be the end of AIDS as advertised? Why is the money drying up? Why do adolescent girls have the highest death rate amongst all age categories? Why is UNAIDS so smug about success? Is ‘treatment as prevention’ the actual answer as claimed? Why is breast-feeding almost entirely neglected amongst HIV-positive women? Does HIV/AIDS mock gender equality? Have we gone overboard in medicalizing AIDS? What’s all the palaver about high-risk groups? How do we revitalize struggling grass-roots projects? Will there ever be a cure… does it matter?

All these, and other provocative questions, will be raised by Stephen Lewis and put under the analytic, laser-like cerebral intelligence of Dr. Whiteside.


Global Mennonite Peacebuilding A Conference and Festival

June 9-12, 2016 Conrad Grebel University College Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Mennonites are known across the globe for their historic peace positions and, more recently, for proactive conflict transformation and peacebuilding activity.  This conference and festival will bring together academics, practitioners, artists, and church workers from around the world, to dialogue and reflect on Mennonite peacebuilding accomplishments, failures, challenges, and opportunities in varied international settings, past and present. Its purpose is: to explore traditions and contemporary expressions of Anabaptist/Mennonite peace beliefs and practices; to bring together academics and practitioners to learn from each other; to give expression to peacebuilding ideals through the arts; to assess and re-envision Mennonite peacebuilding practise.

The planners encourage proposals that situate specific subjects within the framework of global Mennonite peacebuilding. Topics and themes might include: restorative justice; conscientious objection; women’s rights; biblical/theological perspectives; questions of power; nonviolent direct action; grassroots and other peacebuilding initiatives; inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue; indigenous and race relations; creation care; peace education; domestic and sexual violence; queering peace; historical case studies; peace in the arts; community-building; conflict sensitive economic development; or identity-based conflict. This list is meant to be exemplary and not exhaustive. Other topics or themes that foreground peacebuilding from a Mennonite perspective are also welcome.

WHAT TO SUBMIT: This Call invites submissions for the following:

Individual proposals: 20-minute paper presentations on topics relevant to the conference, which will be placed into thematic sessions by the organizers.

Paper panels: An organized session of 3-4 paper presentations on a theme relevant to the conference.

Artistic contributions: Proposals for the presentation of the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Workshops: Informal and interactive sessions of 1.5 hours that emphasize networking, brainstorming, conversation or training on a topic relevant to the conference.

Your submission should be a brief description (250 word per individual presenter) of your proposal, as well as a one-page (or less) CV or biographical detail.

WHO CAN SUBMIT: academics, artists, practitioners, church workers, students, activists, etc.

HOW: Please submit your proposal by email in PDF or Word to:

The priority deadline for submissions is October 1, 2015. The final deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015.

Funding: Some funding support may be available for participants. Individuals whose proposals are included on the program are encouraged to seek support from their church, community, or institutional constituencies. Information about financial support will be forthcoming.

Language: The primary language of the conference and festival will be English. Some translation/interpretation may be available.

Logistics: Conrad Grebel University College is located one hour from Canada’s largest airport, Toronto Pearson International, and is accessible by car, train, and bus. Limited accommodation is available at the College and on the University of Waterloo campus. Information regarding travel, accommodation, and registration will be on the conference website at a future date.

Conrad Grebel Organizing Committee: Marlene Epp, Reina Neufeldt, Jeremy Bergen, Derek Suderman, Paul Heidebrecht, Lowell Ewert, Trevor Bechtel, Fred Martin, Maisie Sum.

Advisory Group: Christina Asheervadam, Director of Center for Peace & Conflict Resolution Studies, Mennonite Brethren Centenary Bible College (India)

Ray Dirks, Curator, Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery (Canada)

Fernando Enns, Professor of Peace Theology and Ethics, VU University Amsterdam; University of Hamburg (Netherlands/Germany)

Alain Epp Weaver, Director of Strategic Planning, Mennonite Central Committee (U.S.)

John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding, University of Notre Dame (U.S.)

Lisa Schirch, Director of Human Security, Alliance for Peacebuilding (U.S.)

Jack Suderman, Past-Secretary, Mennonite World Conference Peace Commission (Canada)

Sarah Thompson, Executive Director, Christian Peacemaker Teams (U.S.)

Hildi Froese Tiessen, Professor Emerita, Conrad Grebel University College (Canada)

Paulus Widjaja, Past-Chair, Mennonite World Conference Peace Commission (Indonesia)

Conrad Grebel University College is a liberal arts college founded by the Mennonite church and affiliated with the University of Waterloo. The mission and programs of Grebel are rooted in and inspired by its Christian identity and its Anabaptist/Mennonite heritage. Conrad Grebel offers undergraduate, graduate, and community education programs in peace & conflict studies, music, theological and religious studies, and Mennonite studies. It hosts and directs the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement.

Questions can be directed to organizing committee co-chairs: Dr. Marlene Epp or Dr. Reina Neufeldt

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Call for Papers – Missing and Marginalized: On Ending the Erasure of Women’s Lives and Experience  When: June 14-17 2016 Where: Federation Hall, University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo in partnership with The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) presents Missing and Marginalized: On Ending the Erasure of Women’s Lives and Experiences. In collaboration with the ACU, this international, interdisciplinary conference focuses on the role that the Post Secondary Education (PSE) sector can play in ending the erasure of women’s lives and experiences. The conference brings together scholars from all disciplines and Commonwealth nations, as well as administrators, industry leaders, and policy-makers

Internationally renowned keynote speakers:
» Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director, UN Women
» Michèle Boutin, Executive Director, Canada Research Excellence Chairs
» Barbara Birungi, Founder/Director, Women in Technology, Uganda
The conference will include submitted papers organized into concurrent sessions, discussion panels and workshops, and a poster session

CALL FOR PAPERS: We invite submissions for 25 minute talks, 40 minute workshops, 40 minute panels, and poster presentations on the topic of missing and marginalized, broadly construed. Submissions that focus on one or more of our three pillars are especially encouraged. Please upload a 500 word abstract of your proposed presentation in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf format by no later than 12 p.m. (EST) on December 1, 2015. Please prepare your submission for anonymous review by removing any identifying information both from the content of the document from the document meta-properties.

Authors can expect to receive a decision by March 30, 2016.
Please visit the conference website for additional details on the conference, the bursary program, and the program committee.


When: 9:30 am – 9:30 pm in the SLC multi-purpose room, V1 Central Hall, and UWP Beck Hall The 2015 Federal Election on October 19 is fast approaching! Make sure you have the right IDs to vote. The Federation of Students wants to make sure YOU know where to vote, when to vote, and how to vote. Come to The Bombshelter Pub and watch the election unfold!


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