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PJSA2013:  Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation

October 17-19, 2013 - Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Campus

The enduring tension between tradition and innovation, and between continuity and change, will be the overarching theme of the 2013 meetings of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, to be jointly hosted in Waterloo by Laurier's Department of Global Studies, and the University of Waterloo’s Conrad Grebel University College.

Inspired by the broader Kitchener-Waterloo region -- where a long and distinguished history of Mennonite peacemaking exists alongside a growing reputation as one of Canada’s most dynamic high-technology hubs -- the 2013 PJSA conference theme honours the tradition, history and accomplishments of the peace and justice studies movement while simultaneously seeking to expand the movement’s frontiers in search of new and innovative ways to promote both the practice and the culture of peace in a divided world. The conference will include sessions from across a wide range of disciplines, professions and perspectives on issues such as the innovative use of social or communications technology in the promotion of peace, the use of unconventional or unorthodox peace promotion strategies by long-established actors in the field, or on the comparative accomplishments of ‘new’ vs. ‘old’ actors in the field of peace and justice studies.

There are three streams to this year's conference. In addition to the main conference, there will be a Student Conference for undergraduate and high school (Grade 11 & 12) students, as well as a Teachers' Professional Development Strand, which will highlight classroom strategies and case studies related to teaching peace and justice issues to students.

This year's plenary speakers include:

  • Brigette DePape (Canadian activist - Student Conference)
  • Deborah Ellis (Author - Teachers' Professional Development Strand)
  • Rhoda Howard-Hassmann (Canada Research Chair, International Human Rights)
  • Sylvia McAdam (Idle No More)
  • Shannon Moroney (Restorative Justice Advocate - Student Conference)
  • James Orbinski (Global Health Governance)
  • George Roter (Engineers Without Borders)
  • Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate (International Campaign to Ban Landmines)
  • Howard Zehr (Eastern Mennonite University)

The conference will conclude with a special presentation of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at Kitchener's Centre in the Square, October 19th at 7:30 p.m. The performance will feature the Grand Philharmonic Choir with the Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir, Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir, Laurier Singers, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and soloists: Russell Braun, baritone; Leslie Ann Bradley, soprano; and Thomas Cooley, tenor. Mark Vuorinen will conduct the performance.


Laurier Singers to sing Britten’s War Requiem with Grand Philharmonic Choir
(Campus Update - Oct 16)
Idle No More co-founder and Nobel Peace Prize winners among speakers at Peace and Justice conference at Laurier
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Why you need to hear Britten's 'War Requiem'
(Headline - Oct 16)
Conference to attract international peace and justice experts
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