Undergrad Bulletin – November 10th – November 24th



  • James Loney discussion: “My Nonviolence: What is it? Why do I need it? How do I use it everyday?”
  • The Syrian crisis: What is a small player to do?
  • The Elmira Case Film Screening
  • Make a Difference Market


  • Waterloo important dates
  • Reduce Your Stress To Find Everyday Balance

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



  • ESL Tutor

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.

James Loney discussion:  “My Nonviolence: What is it? Why do I need it? How do I use it everyday?”

When: Tuesday, November 10th @7:30 pm
Location: Sweeney Hall, St. Jeromes

James Loney worked as a peace activist in both Iraq and Palestine. On November 6th 2005, Loney was kidnapped and held hostage for 118 days before being rescued by British Special Forces. James Loney brings with him a wealth of wisdom and experience, promising an insightful presentation with discussion to follow afterwards.

Please join us in the Fireplace Lounge in Sweeney Hall at 7:30pm for soup and conversation lead by James Loney. We are really looking forward to having you there with us!

Thomas King Lecture : “Love in the time of Cholera: Canadian Edition”

When: Tuesday, November 17 @ 8pm

Location: Federation Hall, University of Waterloo

Free and open to the public.

Thomas King is the recipient of the 2014 Governor General’s Award for fiction. Among his most recent award-winning works of fiction and non-fiction are: The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North AmericaThe Back of the TurtleGreen Grass, Running Water; and The Red Power Murders: A Dreadful Water Mystery

For more information: https://uwaterloo.ca/hagey-lectures/2015-hagey-lecture

The Syrian crisis: What is a small player to do?

When: November 16th @ 7:00 pm
Location: Great Hall (Rm 1111) Conrad Grebel University college

Join Rami Shamma, Program Manager in the Lebanese NGO “Development for People and Nature Association”, MCC’s peace specialist Krista Johnson Weicksel, and Kaylee Perez, Refugee Sponsorship Associate at MCC Ontario to learn about the ongoing humanitarian and peacebuilding presponse to the Syria and Iraq crisis. Kaylee Perez is also a MPACS Alumni!

This event has no cost but please register for seating here

Restorative Justice Week : The Elmira Case screeningRestorative Justice Event -st.j

Location: Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome’s

Time/date: 4:30 PM Friday November 20

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, 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 Community Justice Initiatives

Make a Difference 12186384_1390096891289057_7945338505960709730_oMarket
When: November 28th, 2015 from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Conrad Grebel University College, Upper Atrium

Every year Conrad Grebel’s Peace Society holds a market to give back to our community by supporting local and fair trade vendors as well as raising money for charity. This year Peace Society will donate to a charity that will support refugees.

For more information contact: Peace@Grebelife.com
Follow updates of market details on their Facebook event


Deadline to drop classes with a “WD” grade is November 23rd

See the UWaterloo Important Dates page for other deadlines

Questions or concerns about courses? Email Rachel Reist, PACS Academic Advisor at rreist@uwaterloo.ca to make an appointment

Reduce Your Stress To Find Everyday Balance  


When: Every Thursday from 3:30-4:20pm
Location: Counseling Services,  Needles Hall  (new building), Group room

This drop-in program is designed to help you reduce stress and learn ways to find balance and enhance your productivity and well-being. Facilitators will introduce you to a variety of experiential practices each week to help you find relief from stress, These practices will be something you can learn to do yourself to prevent and reduce the negative impact of stress.
Wear comfortable clothing and bring a note pad and pen.

For more information please visit the counseling services website

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 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.
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.

ERS 475/675 : Introduction to Indigenous Knowledge for Environmental
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 is 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.

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.

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.


ESL Tutors needed
The Linwood Family English School’s ULearn program is looking for volunteers to help teach English to Low German Mennonite teens who have recently moved here from Mexico.
This opportunity would likely count under the cross-cultural volunteer component for the Global Experience Certificate! Please see Rachel Reist for more questions rreist@uwaterloo.ca

Time Commitment:  Every Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Location:  Linwood Public School (about a half hour drive away from UW)    ** Transportation could be provided.

Other volunteer positions could include helping to provide support for students working to improve literacy and numeracy skills. No TESL certification required, just an interest in working with young people and helping them to learn English.

For more information, please contact Linda Ruby

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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