Centre for Peace Advancement May e-newsletter

MAY 2019

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Celebrating New Fraktur in the Grebel Gallery

On May 9, 2019, the Grebel Gallery launched the exhibit New Fraktur by Grebel alummus Meg Harder. This exhibit reinterprets fraktur folk art to disrupt problematic narratives and create space for new histories and futures. Take a look at the photo gallery from the exhibit launch and come by the Grebel Gallery to see the exhibit!  

Epp Peace Incubator in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Stanford Social Innovation Review is a flagship publication that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. A recent article by Daniela Papi-Thornton and Joshua Cubista highlights why social entrepreneurship and innovation education needs to incorporate systems change concepts, and the Epp Peace Incubator was held up as a successful model that educators should consider.

Read the article here.

$50,000 closer to a landmine free world  

On May 17, 2019, Epp Peace Incubator participant Demine Robotics reached their goal of raising $50,000 on Kickstarter. They raised $50,045 from 303 backers around the world.

Thank you to all who supported them! 
Read more about their work here.

Epp Peace Incubator alumni: where are they now?

Success takes on many different meanings to alumni of the Epp Peace Incubator program. Some alumni are still working on their ventures, while others have taken their learnings to make a meaningful impact elsewhere. We caught up with Jessica Reesor Rempel of Pastors in Exile and Elle Crevits of Food Note Waste to reflect on their time in the Incubator program, and learn about where they are now.

Read their stories here.

The X-Page: A Storytelling Workshop

This weekend, over 250 people had the opportunity to hear stories of isolation and belonging, fear and love, loss and new beginnings.

For twelve weeks, 19 women who came to Canada as refugees or immigrants were connected with artists in the community who assisted and mentored them in writing and performing their own stories. The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop met each week in the Centre for Peace Advancement and used exercises based on Lynda Barry's teaching and philosophy. The X Page is the opposite of a blank page: it's the space where we enter into an image using all of our senses.

Read more about this workshop and performance.

Upcoming events

Critical Thinking in an Era of Alternative Facts
Communication Education Room (2202), Conrad Grebel University College 
June 4, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Project Ploughshares for an interactive discussion on the importance of digital literacy for ordinary citizens as well as practical ways to address the era of alternative facts. Project Ploughshares researchers and communications staff will share insights into ways that we evaluate information, determine validity of sources and navigate social media platforms. The event is free and lunch will be provided. Register here.

Employment & Engagement Opportunities

Peace Innovators Scholarship & Mentoring Program

The Peace Innovators Scholarship & Mentoring Program equips young leaders entering Grade 12 with skills to tackle a problem their passionate about in their community. Participants will network with other leaders in high schools across Ontario, and by the end of one year will launch an event or campaign to address their cause. 

Applications will be accepted until June 14, 2019.

Apply online.

Quote of the month

 "This is how we build peace, we listen and we learn from each other"

- Tasneem Jamal, The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop

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