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September 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Edmund Pries

Dr. Edmund Pries

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.4593

Office Location: DAWB 5-132
Office Hours: Fall 2016: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and by appointment.
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

  • B.Th. (Theology) CMBC (now: CMU), 1979
  • B.A. (History) University of Winnipeg, 1980
  • M.Div. AMBS, 1984
  • M.A. (History), University of Waterloo, 1988
  • Ph.D. (History), University of Waterloo, 1995
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University / University of Toronto, 1995-1996

Research Interests:

Military Oaths and Conflict 
Citizenship Oaths and National Consciousness 
Religion and War/Peace
Global Citizenship 
Global Ethics 
Peace Pedagogy

Teaching Interests:

Social Entrepreneurship
Peace and Conflict (War)
Community Engagement / Leadership
Global Ethics
Religion and Peace / Conflict

2016-2017 Courses: 

Fall 2016

RE349Z – Human Sacrifice and War: Religious Doctrines and Images of Alienation and Reconciliation – TR 10-11:20 (BA 211)

GS435 – Disarming Conflicts: Weapons of War and the Quest for Peace – Wed 7-9:50 (DAWB 3-103)

SE400 – Capstone Course in Social Entrepreneurship - Thurs 7-9:50 (DAWB 3-106)

Winter 2017

RE632/GS405Y – Religion, Peace and Conflict – Wed 4-6:50 (DAWB 3-105)

SE400 – Capstone Course in Social Entrepreneurship - Thurs 7-9:50 (DAWB 3-106)

CMEG305 – CE Capstone – Semester in Community Engagement – Fri 9-11:50 (various downtown Kitchener locations)

CMEG305: Semester in Community Engagement

CMEG305 is the capstone course for the exciting Community Engagement (CE) Option –for students who wish to gain practical experience in the heart of the city. CMEG305 students will have taken CMEG300 and CMEG301 in the fall semester and will receive 1.0 course credits (the equivalent of two 0.5 credit courses) for successful completion of CMEG305.

CMEG305 students will be in a CE placement, coordinated by The Working Centre, throughout the semester and will be challenged to integrate the creative learning from CMEG300 and CMEG301 with the experiential learning component of the CE placement. Students will spend six hours per week (times 12 weeks) in a placement, for a total of 72 placement hours. 

Class meetings for CMEG305 will be held in a combination of arrangements: there will be two all-day retreats - one to begin the semester and one to end the course (complete with group presentations and a potluck meal together) - and on nine Friday mornings (9:00 - 11:50 am) between those two all-day retreats. One-on-one mentoring and some group meetings will also be included. Classes will meet in various downtown Kitchener locations (the exact location(s) to be announced), so that students get to experience the variety of spaces available in the community. 

Please visit the Community Engagement Website for more information: 


Edmund Pries was born into a refugee family. His parents were born in Ukraine/USSR, Edmund was born in Paraguay, and all six of his younger siblings were born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Being born into a globalized family environment helped him understand that education and knowledge (both classroom-learned and experientially acquired) are among the most transportable “assets” available to people and provide an opportunity to enter into global discourse wherever one settles. They also help a person to become a true global citizen. 

Edmund has worked several careers simultaneously or successively throughout his life, as a member of the clergy, as the founder / owner of successful businesses, and as a university instructor and academic. He continues to research, write and present papers at conferences -- and he enjoys teaching and being in a classroom with students.

In 2011, Edmund was awarded the Wilfrid Laurier University Award for Teaching Excellence. ( Response address begins at minute 26:38.)

In 2014, he was awarded the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award.

Edmund has also served as chair of a university college board and as consultant for the founding of a new university in Brantford (the future Laurier Brantford). Edmund currently serves as the co-chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association ( and on the board of the new Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada (PACS-Can) and is a member of several other academic research societies. He is also on the advisory board of Summit: The Sustainable Mountain Development and Conflict Transformation Database

Selected Recent Publications:

  • Amster, Randall, Laura Finley, Edmund Pries and Richard McCutcheon, eds. Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
  • Pries, Edmund. “A Soldier’s Right Not to Fight: Breaching the Insuperability of Military Oaths.” Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, Vol. 44, No. 2 (2012) & Vol. 45, No. 1 (2013): 31-87.
  • Pries, Edmund. “Leveraging Diversity: Teaching Peace in the Public University.” Conrad Grebel Review. (2014)

Selected Recent Conference Presentations:

“Restraining Warfare: Breaching the Insuperability of Military Oaths” at Peace Science Society-International Studies Association Conference, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary (June 27, 2013). 

“Proliferation of Sworn Promises: Environmental Oaths and Pledges” at Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (October 4-6, 2012).

“Refusal of Military Oaths from World War II to the Present: An Appraisal” at Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, Memphis, Tennessee (October 21-23, 2011).

“Gender Equality and a Global Citizenship Code of Ethics?” at Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba (October 1, 2010).

“Global Citizenship: From Ancient Oath (Refusal) to Code of Ethics” at Thinking With(Out) Borders II Conference: The St. Andrews International Political Theory Conference, St. Andrews, Scotland (July 1, 2010).

Selected Op-Ed Articles since 2008:

“Taxpayers vs. Citizens.” Toronto Star (September 15, 2011).

“Apocalyptic Crisis Budgeting.” Toronto Star (August 12, 2011).

“F-35 Jets Aren’t a Good Buy.” Waterloo Region Record (December 29, 2010).

“Laurier Brantford and south Colborne: A match made for history.” Brantford Expositor (February 13, 2010).

“Not All Stimulus is Created Equal.” Toronto Star (December 17, 2008).

“[Prime Minister] Harper’s Scofflaw Election Strategy.” Toronto Star (September 6, 2008).

Additional Information

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