The CPA hosts its annual student Opportunities Fair
On October 31, the CPA hosted its annual Opportunities Fair. The event brought together students from a variety of disciplines to explore engagement opportunities with CPA Core Collaborators and Incubator participants. From research internships with Project Ploughshares to classroom workshop facilitation positions with TREE, students learned about tangible peacebuilding opportunities available to them through the CPA.
"The Opportunities Fair was a great chance to meet peacebuilders, explore ways to get involved in social justice work in Waterloo, and learn more about the work being done in the CPA." -Margie McCloskey, 3rd year student
Peacebuilding in the Big Apple
At the end of October, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) hosted the annual Student Seminar at its UN Office in New York City. Along with students from both Canada and the United States, CPA Host Suyeon Kang and CPA Communications & Research Assistant Grace Wright attended this year's seminar, "North Korea: Towards Peace and A New Beginning." They heard from speakers who shared about the history of the Korean war, MCC's humanitarian work and advocacy efforts in the region, and hope for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Want to hear more about Grace and Suyeon's experience? Look out for an upcoming news item about their trip on the CPA news page.
Grebel announces Fall 2019 PeaceTech Live-Learn
This month, Conrad Grebel University College announced it will be launching a PeaceTech Living-Learning Community in the Fall of 2019. Open to students from every year of their undergraduate degree, this group will explore the intersection of peacebuilding and technology and what it means to create tech for good in a variety of disciplines. Find out more about PeaceTech Live-Learn at the University of Waterloo's Fall Open House on Saturday, November 3 from 10am-4pm.
Celebrating the new Grebel Gallery exhibit
This month, we celebrated the launch of the newest Grebel Gallery exhibit "Cultural Translation: Negotiated Third Spaces and Those Who Live There." At the official launch, guests heard from artist and cultural translator Soheila Esfahani about her inspiration behind the exhibit and the meaning behind each of the art pieces. Want to see this exhibit before its wraps up on December 20? Visit our website to learn more about the exhibit and to find gallery hours.
In October, Marlena Books competed in the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge in Vancouver, BC against seven other startups. Rachel Thompson, founder of the social enterprise, took home the first place prize for Marlena Books of $75,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Marlena Books plans to use the funding to accelerate growth of version two of its app. Read more about Rachel's experience at the conference in one of our latest news items.
Banning killer robots: A spotlight on Project Ploughshares
With rising concerns about the use of artificial intelligence for military purposes, civil society has been pressing for a ban on the use of lethal autonomous weapons systems. These "killer robots" are capable of taking human lives without any meaningful human control and challenge society with a host of ethical and humanitarian concerns. Branka Marijan, Program Officer at Project Ploughshares, along with the other members of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, has been an advocate for a ban on these weapons systems.
In our latest article, we shared about Branka's work and concerns she, along with many others in the international community, has about the current and future impact of artificial intelligence used in warfare. "We should worry that tech is outpacing the law. In our modern world, this is a common concern. With autonomous weapons the risks are acute." Read more about the work Project Ploughshares is doing in this area in one of our latest news item.
Join LAICOS Enterprise Hub partners for a screening of "The Social Shift," a documentary highlighting businesses across the country that are making an impact beyond their bottom line through helping build communities, protect the environment, supporting local people, and employing people of all abilities.
Join Project Ploughshares and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots for a free event on ethics and autonomous weapons and the role of tech for good. The event will feature remarks from Ryan Gariepy, Chief Technology Officer at Clearpath Robotics and Otto Motors.
Conrad Grebel and Mennonite Central Committee will be hosting Ray & Vi Donovan as guest speakers for the Restorative Justice Week in November. As parents of an 18 year old boy murdered 16 years ago, they work passionately to give voice to a restorative justice approach through education and creating system change in areas such as policing and probation.
Quote of the month
"Love and truth are the weapons we use. When we use them, there is no collateral damage." -Doug Hostetter, MCC UN Student Seminar
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