Grad Bulletin – January 4th – January 19th

Welcome back from the holidays! We hope it was restful and relaxing. Here are some events to help kick-off the new year!



  • Conflicted? The World of War – Guest lecture with Dr. Samantha Nutt
  • Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations
  • MTS Noontime Prayers Invitation
  • Waterloo Region Welcomes Refugees
  • New Berghahn Journal: Conflict and Society – Advances in Research
  • Peace Brigades International – Human Rights Accompaniment Field Volunteers (Columbia and Guatemala)
  • Regional Activism Coordinator – Amnesty International
  • International Summer Program: Identity-Based Conflict Resolution



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.


Conflicted? The World of War – Guest Lecture with Samantha Nutt

Date: Friday, January 15, 2016 – 7:30pm

Location: C. L. Siegfried Hall. St. Jerome’s University

Free of Charge | Free Parking | Wheelchair Accessible | No Registration Required

This lecture takes a compelling look at the impact of war – the truth, the lies, and the reality on the ground – and the major events currently shaping our world. Drawing on over fifteen years of being at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises, Dr. Nutt explores the meaning of social justice and community in the context of our growing global economic and security inter-dependence.

Samantha Nutt is a medical doctor and the Founder/Executive Director of War Child Canada. For fifteen years, she has been at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises — from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan. Her 2011 book, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid, is an uncompromising account of Dr. Nutt’s work in some of the world’s most devastated regions.

Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, and is on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation. In 2011, Dr. Nutt was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to improving the plight of young people in the world’s worse conflict zones

Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations
When: Thursday, Januay 14th, 2016 @ 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Room 1-43 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo ON

Phillip Y. Lipscy (Stanford University) is Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Thomas Rohlen Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.  His fields of research include international and comparative political economy, international security, and the politics of East Asia, particularly Japan.  Lipscy’s forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press, Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations, examines how countries seek greater international influence by reforming or creating international organizations.  His research addresses a wide range of substantive topics such as international cooperation, the politics of energy, the politics of financial crises, the use of secrecy in international policy making, and the effect of domestic politics on trade.  He has also published extensively on Japanese politics and foreign policy

Register online here

MTS Noontime Prayers Invitation

The Masters of Theology Studies program is hosting noontime prayers every Tuesday from 12:10-12:30 in the Chapel, with an open invitation to share lunch in the Grebel Cafeteria afterwords each week.

These prayer times are designed to be accessible for newcomers and give us a chance to develop our Grebel community as we pray with and for one another, and our world.

We look forward to see you then!

Reminders and Information

Waterloo Region Welcomes Refuges

The local refugee/immigrant supporting agencies have created a ‘hub’ to welcome refugees to Waterloo Region, with info about how to help. Check out their website to see how you can get involved and volunteer

Visit their website here

Berghahn Journals is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new journal, 
Publishing peer-reviewed articles by international scholars, it expands the field of conflict studies by using ethnographic inquiry to establish new fields of research and interdisciplinary collaboration. With special attention paid to ongoing debates on the politics and ethics of conflict studies research, Conflict and Society will be an essential forum for scholars, researchers, and policy makers.
The current issue features two topical sections, one on the experience and dilemmas of studying perpetrators of organized violence, another on how state and non-state sovereignties are enforced, in particular in Latin America. These sections are followed by book reviews.
Please click here to visit the Berghahn website for more information
about the journal



Peace Brigades International – Human Rights Accompaniment Field Volunteers (Columbia and Guatemala)

PBI Colombia Deadline to Apply: January 17, 2016
PBI Guatemala Deadline to Apply: January 25, 2016


Peace Brigades International PBI is a global non-governmental organization that has promoted non-violence at protected at-risk human rights defenders since 1981. In response to the needs of human rights defenders, we provide unarmed protective accompaniment and other support on the gorunf through trained field volunteers and a broad network of international support. Protective accompaniment deters attacks against human rights defenders by sending a powerful message that the world is watching and prepared to act.

PBI Field Volunteers

To become a PBI field volunteer is an incredible, career-making opportunity to provide protective physical and political accompaniment to at-risk human rights defenders (HRDs) and communities. By doing so you will help to deter violence and create space for defenders to continue their critically important work toward peace, justice and human rights.
PBI volunteers acquire a broad range of experience, from engaging directly with human rights defenders, to providing capacity-strengthening training on HRD protections and digital security, undertaking research and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, writing communications materials, project management, and advocacy with the diplomatic corps, national authorities and others.
Specialized training, return flights, room and board, medical insurance, monthly stipends and a repatriation grant are provided to volunteers.
Please review the requirements and application procedures for the country to which you wish to apply, and contact the project in that country directly with any questions. If you are selected for training, please contact PBI-Canada. PBI-Canada may be able to offer some travel support and assistance with fundraising to attend training (

Visit the PBI Colombia website to learn more about the project and the human rights defenders its volunteers accompany:

Visit the PBI Guatemala website to learn more about the project and the human rights defenders its volunteers accompany:

Amnesty International is a world wide movement of 7 million people in more that 150 countries who come together to achieve extraordinary results in defending and promoting human rights. Amnesty international is seeking a Regional Activism Coordinator to recruit, train and enable activists and volunteer leaders working in support of Amnesty International’s human rights objectives. Strong candidates will be upbeat, energetic and resourceful, and have strong oral, written and digital communications skills. They will have experience designing and delivering training for various audiences. They will understand how to use the internet and social media tools to build communities, and have knowledge of effective grassroots organizing and campaigning strategies. We’re looking for someone who can work independently, who is well-organized and is attentive to details.

Overall Responsibilities:

To develop and implement strategies to mobilize Amnesty’s activist base in Ontario outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Develop and implement plans to recruit new supporters. Deliver leadership development plans and programs for activist leaders. Work with online organizing tools and new media to support deeply engaged activism and networked leadership. Maintain and interpret activism information and update this information in our databases.


  • A deep commitment to our mission to empower our supporters to help us carry out successful campaigns
  • Experience building grassroots movements and/or grassroots support (e.g. experience in political, environmental or labour organizing)
  • Experience designing and delivering capacity building for activists
  • Solid understanding of social change and the power of story-telling, collaboration, and networked leadership
  • Strong grasp of politics and how to work with the media to make social issues visible
  • Experience identifying opportunities for coordination with allies and motivating supporters and spokespeople
  • Knowledge of other social/activist organizations in the region
  • Good judgment and initiative
  • Good written, oral, and digital communications skills, including public speaking
  • Experience using digital organizing tools and supporter databases (e.g. Nationbuilder)
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well independently and in cooperation with volunteers
  • Proven problem-solving skills
  • Proficient with computers, and proficient with databases and data management, with good attention to detail
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel and Internet Explorer
  • Experience with CRM or other database software

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Compensation: $61,612 – $63,388 with benefits

Application Deadline:  January 15, 2016

Starting Date:  on or after February 2, 2016

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

International Summer Program: Identity-Based Conflict Resolution
When: June 30th to July 28, 2016
Location: Bar-IIan Univeristy, Israel

This interdisciplinary four-week program  offers 10 academic credits (five courses, taught in English, including an internship in NGOs and think tanks). Students receive a certificate of participation upon completion of all five courses (issued by the University’s Program on Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation). The M.A. level academic credits can be recognized in conjunction with the policy of the students’ home universities. The program provides – through on-site experiential and traditional learning – theoretical insights and practical training. Individual courses can also be taken. Admission is open to holders of undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as current advanced undergraduate students and current graduate students. Our participants come from all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities (including conflict resolution practitioners, as well as the general public). The Summer Program is operated by the Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation Graduate Program at Bar-Ilan University.

Registration for the 2016 summer program is now open. For inquiries contact us.


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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