Undergrad Bulletin – January 4th to 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
  • MCC Ottawa Student Seminar : Refuge. Asylum. Displacement. Canada’s Response


  • Waterloo Region Welcomes Refugees


  • SDS 388R – Globalization and Social Development
  • SDS 420 – Critical Encounter with Human Nature
  • ERS 275 – Gendering Environmental Politics
  • SPCOM 491 – Communication, Art and Culture


  • Peace Brigades International – Human Rights Accompaniment Field Volunteers (Columbia and Guatemala)
  • Call for Applications : Master of Arts in Human Rights (Mahidol University, Thailand)
  • 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.

MCC Ottawa Office Student Seminar – Refuge. Asylum. Displacement. Canada’s response.

When: February 18-20, 2016

Location: MCC Ottawa Office

Registration Deadline: Monday January 25th , 2016

Refuge. Asylum. Displacement. Canada’s response.

  • learn about MCC and faith-based advocacy
  • learn about the global refugee crisis and how you can respond
  • tour the Parliament Buildings; listen to Question Period
  • hear from Parliamentarians and civil society advocates
  • dialogue with students from across Canada
  • enjoy Ottawa’s famous Winterlude festival

On the registration form they are directed to contact their provincial office for information about travel subsidies. Regarding travel, in Ontario, MCC Ontario will pay for a van (of appropriate size), So students should contact Tim Schmucker (timschmucker@mcco.ca) by the end of January if they would like to be considered.

For more information email ottawa@mcccanada.ca or call 613-238-7224

Registration fee will consist of $70. Register online here


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

Winter 2016 Courses

These are not PACS Approved courses, but may be of interest to PACS Students. However, keep in mind that students may petition the PACS department to have a course approved

SDS 388R – Globalization and Social Development might appeal to students in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, and Environment. This course explores the rise of globalization, its impact on economics, politics, society and culture, and its implications for national development and social policies.

SDS 420 – Critical Encounter with Human Nature is a 400 level course for honours students, which may appeal to some of your students in Psychology, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science. This course explores human nature, issues fundamental to human life, and theories which have developed around these issues. The approach is interdisciplinary with emphasis on such themes as self knowledge, community, loneliness and anxiety, free will and purpose in human life, and the nature of human happiness.

ERS 275 – Gendering Environmental Politics

  • Gender roles might shape what type of agricultural labour you do.
  • Racialized minority communities may find themselves without access to clean drinking water
  • Gender, race, or class identities might limit (or enhance) your ability to speak out about environmental hazards or participate in political processes
  • Drawing on examples from around the world, this course looks at how gender, race and class differences shape access to resources, influence resource management and extraction, and create precarious working and living conditions. Questions include: Who benefits from “land grabbing”? Who can afford to adapt to climate change? Is gender on the global environmental agenda? This course may also be of interest to students in Political Science, International Development, Geography, Peace and Conflict Studies, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. For more information, email andrea.collins@uwaterloo.ca; to enroll beginning November 23, contact pmbester@uwaterloo.ca

SPCOM 491 – Communication, Art and Culture Memes, GIFs, Instagram and Vimeo. Adult colouring books, tattoos, comics and social media profile pics. All these are examples of how art communicates with us about the world, its cultures and what is valued at a given moment in time. Art is also a way for us to communicate something about ourselves to our communities. Bring your curiosity and creativity as we examine what art does and what impact it can make on the world around us. Become a culture-maker by building collaborative work with your classmates for the annual Pop-Up art event at the end of term!

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

Background 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 ground 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 (volunteer@pbicanada.org).

Visit the PBI Colombia website to learn more about the project and the human rights defenders its volunteers accompany: http://pbicolombia.org/ Visit the PBI Guatemala website to learn more about the project and the human rights defenders its volunteers accompany: http://www.pbi-guatemala.org/

Mahidol University

Call for Applications : Master in Human Rights
Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2016

The institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Master of Human Rights. As the longest running graduate programme in Human Rights in Asia, it has strong connections to human rights and other international organizations in the region.

To apply click here

 For further inquiries to our request and to instruct us on opportunities to inform students of these IHRP programs please contact MA: ihrpma@mahidol.ac.th

 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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