Undergrad Bulletin – October 27th – November 10th


  • Social justice conference, protest, and nonviolent vigil to close the School of the Americas (SOA)
  • Restorative Justice Week : the Elmira Case screening
  • Veterans at the Library


  • Waterloo important dates

Winter 2016 Courses

  • PACS 301 LEC 001 : Refugees and Forced Migration
  • PACS 301 LEC 002 : Music & Peace, Music & War
  • PACS 302 : Peace through Tourism
  • ERS 475/675 : Introduction to Indigenous Knowledge for Environmental Studies

Internship Opportunities

  • Project Ploughshares
  • German Mennonite Peace Office


Social Justice Conference, protest, and nonviolent vigil to close the School of the Americas (SOA)

Join thousands of activists from across the Americas to participate in the social justice conference, protest, and nonviolent vigil to close the School of the Americas (SOA). The SOA/WHINSEC is a military training base located at Ft. Benning that has trained over 65,000 Latin American soldiers in counter-insurgency, interrogation, and torture. Graduates then return to their hom1-soa-watch (2)e countries and have been linked to some of the worst human rights abuses in the region (such as the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador), targeting student leaders, union organizers, community defenders, and others who are working for the rights of the poor. It is a unique experience to be in solidarity with victims of oppression, to be inspired by speakers and musicians, to be educated via workshops, films and discussions, to be one with a large number of like-minded people who are also against violence and war. Students from KW have been participating in this trip for years and have consistently described it as a transformative and exceptional experience.

The bus will leave on Thursday, November 19 at 9:00am from Grebel and return on Monday, November 23 around 1:00pm.

The trip will cost approximately $280, which includes transportation, accommodation and some meals.

The deadline to sign up is Monday, November 9th by contacting Rachel Reist by email at rreist@uwaterloo.ca or in the PACS office. For more information, visit soaw.org/november or come by and chat with Rachel.

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Restorative Justice Week : The Elmira Case screening

Location: Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome’s

Time/date: 4:30 PM Friday November 20

Its free of charge, and there will be food!

On November 20, the CPA is partnering with St. Jerome’s on a Restorative Justice week event.

We will be holding a screening of “The Elmira Case” film (about 17 minutes long), followed by a panel discussion (with audience participation) featuring the probation officers in the film (Mark Yantzi and Russ Kelly), as well as an ‘intro/overview’ of Restorative Justice by Chris Cowie, Executive Director of CJI.  Light refreshments will be served.

Veterans in the Library
When:Tuesday, November 10 @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Dana Porter Library

Veterans will be coming to the library and participating in an “living Library” where students can sign up to hear them speak and ask questions. We are hoping to get veterans from a number of different conflicts which Canada has taken part in.

Students will sign up on the day of the event with a maximum group size of 6 students per veteran for each discussion. The discussions will last 30 minutes.


Drop, penalty 1 period ends: WD (Withdrew, no credit granted) grade assigned for course(s) dropped November 20th

Winter 2016 Courses

Below are some upcoming courses for Winter 2016 offered by PACS, MUSIC and ERS that may be of interest. The add/drop period for Winter term starts on November 24.

PACS 301 LEC 001 : Refugees and Forced Migration

A new course titled “Refugees and Forced Migration” to be offered in Winter 2016 will assist students in understanding and responding to the current global refugee crisis. The course will be taught by Marlene Epp, a professor in the Peace & Conflict Studies department at Conrad Grebel University College. Because of her own scholarly expertise and also community involvement in refugee issues, Epp has been wanting to offer this course for some time already. Given the global attention right now to the thousands of Syrians and others in the Middle East and Africa seeking asylum in Europe and elsewhere, the course is timely. The third-year undergraduate course will draw on case studies from past and present to understand why people flee their homelands to seek refuge elsewhere. It will examine the policies and practices of government and non-governmental agencies in facilitating or blocking such movements of people. The course will also analyze the attitudes, values, and language embedded in civil society as well as the state, which shape local and global responses to refugee movements. Students in the course will become acquainted with organizations that work with refugees in Waterloo Region and will gain a critical understanding of Canada’s role in refugee reception. It is fitting that such a course be offered by PACS at University of Waterloo, a program that is motivated by a holistic understanding of peace as a “healthy society where communities and individuals flourish.”

PACS 301 LEC 002 : Music & Peace, Music & War
Throughout history composers and musicians have used their craft to react to times of war, to call for times of peace, and to mourn with those who are left.  This course examines composers’ responses to the devastating effects of war within their artistic, social and political contexts.  Music will be drawn from the 16th to the 21st centuries, with a focus on the extensive repertoire of music that has been created in response to the conflicts of the past 100 years. Through listening, reading, investigation of musical examples, and a final written project students will begin to draw conclusions about common artistic themes and how they relate to perceptions of war from one era to another.

PACS 302 : Peace through Tourism

Tourism has the potential to either exploit or affirm the dignity of the sites, places and peoples visited by tourists.  As a result, this course will provide a trans-disciplinary approach to outlining the potential of tourism as a vehicle for peace.  Through examining the continuum of tourism typologies and the interaction gradient between hosts and guests, students will enhance their understanding of the potential that sustainable tourism initiatives have for developing local communities and building a new paradigm for peace.  Course work will include case studies, assigned readings, simulation exercises, written papers, and tests.

Peace through Tourism defines the various forms of tourism by analyzing the benefits and consequences caused by tourism, while presenting a view that tourism can be about bringing people together, learning about each other, and embracing the connectedness of all peoples and things.  By doing so, peace can be built through an enhanced understanding and appreciation of diverse cultural beliefs, art, music, foods, stories, and ceremonies; as well as through connection with the natural environment.  A review of the literature on the social aspects of tourism – whether for business or pleasure – indicates two common approaches to the subject.  Although the economic approach has traditionally been the predominant factor in the decision-making process, other disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, geography, political science, and theology have been encouraged to address the complex issues associated with the concept.  As a result, even though it is often assumed that benefits from tourism usually outweigh the costs – primarily through job creation and the economic input into host communities – tourism critics advocate that tourism creates more problems than benefits, and is directly responsible for many societal ills.

ERS 475/675 : Introduction to Indigenous Knowledge for Environmental Studies
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.  Small group discussions will address themes such as Traditional Medicine, understanding our relations, invasive species, different conceptions of time as well as the nature of knowledge.


Project Ploughshares Internships

Project Ploughshares, an internationally recognized NGO that focuses on international peace and conflict issues, is looking for interns for the Winter 2016 semester. A Ploughshares internship is a unique opportunity to work on the front lines of contemporary peace and conflict research and providing students with the opportunity to work on developing the Armed Conflicts Report. Project Ploughshares has been monitoring armed conflicts worldwide since 1987 and publishing an Armed Conflicts Report annually.

Students are expected to commit eight hours per week over the semester conducting research on current armed conflicts, as well as to gather data on related issues, such as refugees and peacekeeping initiatives.  Excellent research and writing skills are a requirement of the internship, which will look great on any resumé once you graduate.

The internship will begin the week of January 11, 2016 with an orientation session at the Project Ploughshares offices. It is important that applicants make note of the time commitment required for this internship. Regular time commitment during the weeks leading up to the mid-term reading week is especially critical in ensuring that interns gain experience early and are able to easily complete the work by the end of term.

If you have particular questions about this opportunity, please feel free to contact the PACS Field Studies/Internships Coordinator Rachel Reist (rreist@uwaterloo.ca or 519-885-0220 ext. 24269).

In order to apply, you will need to submit an application package to Rachel Reist (CGUC Rm. 2103B)

by 4 p.m. on Monday, NOVEMBER 16, 2015.  The packages received will then be forwarded on to Project Ploughshares. Ploughshares will make the final decision based on an interview and a short test.

The application will consist of the following:

  • Brief (no more than one page) written application outlining your suitability for the internship. Please highlight any research skills you bring
  • Resumé
  • Name and contact information for ONE academic referee (normally, a professor with whom you have completed a course) who can vouch for you

If you are interested in the opportunity, please complete the application package and drop it off for Rachel Reist by the date shown.

For more information on the Armed Conflicts Report, visit http://www.ploughshares.ca

PACS 390: This opportunity may potentially qualify as a modified Field Studies Course (PACS 390) for the Winter term. The arrangement described above currently does not fulfill the work hours required, for example. Project Ploughshares may consider taking fewer interns to allow for more hours per intern. But this decision will only be made after the interview/test selection process. If you are interested in discussing how you might use this opportunity for a Field Studies Course credit, please contact Rachel Reist before completing the application process.

German Mennonite Peace Office (DMFK) Opportunity

The German Mennonite Peace Office (DMFK) seeks an intern/volunteer with a passion for peace theology to support the mission of the DMFK. The position is available as of January 2016 with a duration of one to two years. Primary duties include visiting congregations and assisting in the preparation and leading of seminars and youth events. The intern will engage German Mennonites (and non-Mennonites!) in dialogue on such topics as violence and non-violence; war and peace; conflict and conflict transformation; and the work of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Europe and around the world.

The ideal intern will

  • be energetic and enjoy working with people
  • be at least 18 years old and have completed some post-secondary studies in a relevant discipline such as Theology, Religious Studies, Peace and Conflict studies, or Communications; or have relevant work experience
  • have a good command of the German language or be willing to learn German
  • be comfortable with standard software programs (Microsoft Word, etc.), basic website maintenance (WordPress) and using social media (Facebook, Twitter)
  • be committed to following Jesus’ example of non-violence and his path of reconciliation.

We offer:

  •  a supportive working environment under the direct supervision of a fluently English/German bilingual peace worker
  • a beautiful living environment in the small town of Bammental, located in Germany’s Rhein-Neckar region and home to an active Mennonite congregation
  • opportunities for travel around Germany and Europe
  • accomodation, local transit pass, and a modest allowance
  • opportunities for further education
  • not least, the opportunity to work towards the realization of God’s peaceable kingdom

Interested? Contact Jakob Fehr at fehr(at)dmfk.de for more information or to apply.

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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