Undergrad Bulletin – February 23 – March 8


  • eSeminar: Climate Change, the Environment and Peacebuilding
  • Urbanized: New Frontiers of Development Conference
  • Beyond Borders Information Session
  • Girl Rising : Film Screening and Conversations
  • Field Study applications due
  • PACS Scholarships
  • C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest
  • 16th Annual ENGAGE Graduate Student Conference : Call for Abstracts



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.

ESeminar: Climate change, the Environment and Peacebuilding

When: Friday, February 26th  from 12:oo pm – 1:30pm
Online Seminar

Climate change poses a series of catastrophic threats to the planet, from rising sea levels that could swallow coastlines to the increasing prevalence of drought that could devastate agriculture and fresh water supplies. While these direct environmental challenges are clear and omnipresent, less attention is often paid to the secondary effects of climate change, such as its impact on peace and security dynamics. Climate change is already emerging as a major driver of conflict and insecurity in many parts of the world, and this phenomenon will only worsen in the future as the environmental impacts of the changing climate become more pronounced. This presents new challenges to the global peacebuilding architecture that have yet to be fully addressed by its key stakeholders. As we enter an era that could be marked by climate-driven war and instability, it is important to explore the potential impacts of climate change on global peace and security and how the existing peacebuilding agenda can be adapted to confront them? This will be the central question addressed at the fourth installment of the Centre for Security Governance’s eSeminar series on “Contemporary Debates on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding,” presented in collaboration with the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Global Studies.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.secgovcentre.org/eseminar–peacebuilding-and-climate-change/

Our distinguished panellists will each give brief introductory remarks, followed by an open Q&A period where participants will be able to engage the panel directly. The event will be open to the public and  free to attend.

The panellists for this event are:

  • Dr. Mark Sedra, Centre for Security Governance (CSG) (Moderator)
  • Dr. Simon Dalby, Balsillie School of international Affairs (BSIA)
  • Anna Brach, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
  • Dr. Richard Matthew, University of California Irvine (UCI)

Urbanized: New Frontiers of Development
When: Friday, February 26th  from 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) 67 Erb St. West

This year’s University of Waterloo’s International Development Conference is titled, Urbanized: New Frontiers of Development.Our mission is to explore the challenges and opportunities our developing cities face, while simultaneously confronting the way we think about, and approach these issues. This conference theme is timely – by 2030, more than 60% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. With such a rapid demographic shift, we must re-consider our conceptualizations of poverty, human and environmental health, food security, socio-economic wellbeing, and, of course, infrastructure demands like waste management or transportation services. We hope that these interdisciplinary themes will entice your participation, and inspire you to think differently and more critically about the role cities play in human development.

For more information and to register visit their website

Beyond Borders Information Session
Tuesday, March 1st from 1pm -2pm int the Student Life Centre
Wednesday, March 2nd from 3pm-4pm at St. Jerome’s

Beyond Borders is an academically centered international service-learning experience at St. Jerome’s University and they are accepting applications until March 11th for the 2016-2017 year. These international placements fit within the PACS 390 Field Study/Internship requirements and are a great option if you are looking for this type of experience. The program consists of two terms of on-campus course work and a 90-day placement abroad (these are recognized as a co-op placement).

Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 1st from 1pm-2pm (SLC) and Wednesday March 2nd from 3pm-4pm (SJU) if you want to find out more. You can also contact Bess Mitchell (Office of Student Experience at SJU) at jmmitchell@uwaterloo.ca or visit www.sju.ca/beyondborders

Girl Rising: Public Screening and Conversations
When: Saturday, march 12, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Kitchener Public Library

This powerful film is known throughout the world. It is collaborative in spirit, reaching out to both women and men.  The film connects global issues of literacy for girls with local concerns in our own community. What can each of us do to help?  How can we in Kitchener-Waterloo be ambassadors for the path of educating girls out of poverty and helplessness? And how does educating girls make a world that is more peaceful, more just, less riddled by conflict?


PACS Field Studies Proposals Due

Don’t forget that the deadline to your field studies proposal  is March 1, 2016. You can submit a hardcopy to the Peace and Conflict Studies Office (Room 2103) at Conrad Grebel University College or by email to Rachel Reist rreist@uwaterloo.ca.

Once approved, you will continue to work with the Rachel Reist who will help to clarify the academic work and will be available to you throughout their placement.

PACS Scholarships

Don’t forget that the deadline to apply for PACS Scholarships is March 1, 2016. You can submit a hardcopy to the Peace and Conflict Studies Office (Room 2103) at Conrad Grebel University College or by email to Rachel Reist rreist@uwaterloo.ca.


C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

The Peace Speech contest was established in order to foster continuing thought and dialogue about peace issues. Each year, Conrad Grebel University College has had several students participate in this event. These speeches will be judged and cash prizes will be awarded. Many of them have gone on to great success in the bi-national contest.

Who can present a speech?

  •  Any resident or associate of Conrad Grebel
  • Any student enrolled in a PACS plan
When will the contest be held?
  •  Wednesday, March 30th @ 4:30pm in the Chapel
  •  Submissions must be in by Friday, March 25th @ 4:00pm to:
Rachel Reist: rreist@uwaterloo.ca or the PACS Office
Ed Janzen: ejjanzen@uwaterloo.ca or the Student Services Office
(Conrad Grebel University College)
16th Annual ENGAGE Graduate Student Conference : Call for Abstracts
We invite all graduate and upper year undergraduate students from fields of the social and applied human sciences to participate in ENGAGE, the 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference at the University of Guelph. This event celebrates the diversity and vitality of student research by encouraging students from various social science backgrounds to come together and ENGAGE with peers over critical issues and cultural debates.
Our theme for this year’s conference is Community Engaged Scholarship. If you are working to develop relationships with your local, regional, national or global communities; already partnering with them for research that fosters positive social change; or, if you want to learn more about this kind of scholarship, send us
your abstracts!
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: Saturday, February 27th, 2016.
The goals for ENGAGE 2016 include:
● Provide students with a collegial environment in which to present and receive feedback on both completed works and/or projects in progress;
● Foster communication and engagement between scholars with diverse research interests and perspectives;
● Challenge and critically examine our understanding of the social and cultural worlds, as well as the impact our research has on the individuals and/or communities we partner with and/or study.
Abstract Submissions:
In fulfilling our mission to develop a supportive and inclusive environment for students to conduct and present their research, the ENGAGE conference accepts an array of topics within the social and applied human sciences. Moreover, both paper and poster proposals are welcome!
Topics of research may include, but are certainly not limited to:
● Community engaged scholarship
● Social justice and transformation
● Rural, community and development studies
● Work, gender and change in a global context
● Criminology and/or criminal justice
● Gender, diversity and social (in)equality
● Race, ethnicity and identity politics
● Family development, ageing and the life course
Abstracts for submission must be between 200-300 words in length, and must include the title of the project, the author and their affiliation, as well as indicate the presentation of a paper or poster. Please send all submissions to soanconf@uoguelph.ca by Saturday, February 27th, 2016.
Four monetary awards will be presented at the ENGAGE conference this year:
● ENGAGE Department of Sociology and Anthropology Best Student Presentation Award ($100)
● ENGAGE Department of Sociology and Anthropology Outstanding Original Research Award ($100)
● ENGAGE Department of Sociology and Anthropology Best Poster Presentation Award ($100)
● ENGAGE Department of Sociology and Anthropology Best Community Engaged Research Award ($100)
Conference Format:
Paper and poster presentations will be presented throughout the day. Information regarding the theme and time of each session, as well as the length of each presentation will be provided closer to the date of the conference. The keynote address will be delivered by University of Guelph’s community engaged scholar, Dr. Mavis Morton.
*Special Session to Honour University of Guelph Faculty, Dr. Kerry Preibisch*
At this year’s ENGAGE conference, a special session will be held to honour and celebrate the esteemed work and contributions of the University of Guelph’s Dr. Kerry Preibisch. The focus of this session will emphasize topics connected to Dr. Preibisch’s research, including:
● intersectionality within the context of globalization
● international migration
● migrant worker experiences in relation to social justice and (in)equality
If your research project draws on Dr. Preibisch’s work, or you would like to present a paper or poster that highlights these research themes, please specify your interest to be part of this session in your abstract submission.
Cost and Accommodation:
There is no fee to participate in this conference. Participants are responsible for all of their travel and accommodation expenses. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer funding for participants’ costs. However, this year some monetary awards will be presented for best paper and poster presentation. Limited billeting is available and can be arranged on an individual basis. We are also happy to provide information about local accommodation options. Inquiries can be sent to soanconf@uoguelph.ca.
Follow the link to register. Also, find us on Facebook.
We look forward to seeing you at ENGAGE 2016!

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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