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Past Special Events
Missed John Ralson Saul's lecture? View it below.
A public lecture with John Ralston Saul
7:00 PM | Tuesday, June 14
Marpeck Commons, Canadian Mennonite University
2299 Grant Ave.
admission is free and all are welcome; donations will be accepted in support of CSOP bursaries
Living with Uncertainty: The Road to Peace
Canada is more and more isolated from its allies because, without exception, the United States and European countries are shaping themselves towards internal divisions and external fear. They remain caught up the in old 19th Century idea of how nations function. You can see this in Europe on their handling of the refugee crisis. One of the curiosities of the continent is that every year over the last 70 years it has received large numbers of immigrants, and yet it has never been able to admit that this would require massive changes in how they imagine themselves. In many ways, this crisis is all about an immigration continent which cannot admit that reality, and so, has no immigration policy. Only by embracing concepts of uncertainty can they find ways to live together, both within their countries and with their neighbours.
John Ralston Saul is an award winning essayist and novelist whose contributions have had a growing impact on political and economic thought in many countries. Declared a “prophet” by TIME magazine, he is included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. His 14 works have been translated into 28 languages in 37 countries. Some of his most important works include the philosophical trilogy, Voltaire´s Bastards, The Unconscious Civilization, and The Doubter’s Companion with its conclusion, On Equilibrium. His most recent work, The Comeback (Le Grand Retour)—an examination of the remarkable return to power of Aboriginal peoples in Canada—has greatly influenced the national conversation on Indigenous issues in the country. Saul is the former President of PEN International, co-Founder and co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. — johnralstonsaul.com
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Germinating Conversations: Agriculture in India and Global Implications
Sushant Agrawal is the director of a large agricultural development program in India. Come hear about some of the challenges of farming in the Indian context and converse about the implications for global agriculture.
2299 Grant Ave., Winnipeg
Germinating Conversations is hosted by Canadian Mennonite University (Canadian School of Peacebuilding), Mennonite Central Committee and A Rocha Canada.
Book Launch for Voices of Harmony and Dissent: How Peacebuilders are Transforming Their Worlds
If you are in the Winnipeg area, please join us for the launch of our new book.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd
In this book, co-editors Richard McCutcheon, Jarem Sawatsky and Valerie Smith invite you to explore the stories, theory and tools of sixteen peace leaders, trainers and activists from around the world. An intriguing mix of styles and perspectives, these peacebuilders describe how they have used their creativity, compassion and frustrations to learn how to peacefully engage and transform the world around them.
Authors include: Ovide Mercredi, Mubarak Awad, Stuart Clark, David Dyck, Martin Entz, Harry Huebner, Ouyporn Khuankaew, George Lakey, Ivo Markovic, Maxine Matilpi, Stan McKay, Piet Meiring, Sophia Murphy, Kay Pranis, and Karen Ridd.
Through inspiring stories, the book takes you on a journey of interrelated themes including women and peacebuilding, nonviolent action for social change, restorative justice, indigenous approaches to change, spirituality and creative arts, circle process, food security, mediation, inter-cultural peacebuilding, and truth and reconciliation.
“This volume teaches again and again one vital insight: peacebuilding in deeply divided communities requires a special combination of radical thinking, creative imagination and engaged action.”
—Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
To buy a copy of Voices of Harmony and Dissent, in print form or as an e-book, go to csop.cmu.ca/peacebook.
Peacebuilders Mindfulness Retreat – Cancelled
Due to external circumstances, we have had to cancel the Mindfulness Retreat, originally scheduled for June 10 -12. We are disappointed that we are not able to offer the retreat and hope that it will work for us to offer something similar in the future. I apologize for any inconvenience that this change may have caused.
If you are still looking for a chance to connect with Ouyporn and Ginger, you can still sign up for their Women and Peacebuilding course, June 15-19, 2015. If you have any questions, you can e-mail email@example.com or phone 204-487-3300 ext. 316.
Peacebuilder Banquets – Stories of Great Peacebuilders Series
Each week during the Canadian School of Peacebuilding we host a lunch banquet of great local food and inspiring speakers. Each speaker is asked to tell stories of people they think of as great peacebuilders. From 2009 – 2013, we invited the general public to join us, but due to the growth of the School, we no longer have space to open the banquets to the public.
Armand Volkas, with assistance from the Healing the Wounds: Peacebuilding through Transformative Theatre course
Ivo Markovic, with assistance from the Faith, Music and Inter-Ethnic Reconciliation course
A public lecture by Dr. Ali Aslam of Princeton University, January 22, 2013
Story + Song Evening, March 15, 2012
One-day Workshop on Truth & Reconciliation with Piet Meiring, March 14, 2012
Piet Meiring, former Commissioner of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, presented a one-day workshop entitled, "The Perennial Quest for Truth and Reconciliation: Learning from one another’s experiences." During the workshop Piet examined the complexities of truth and justice in the journey toward reconciliation. A comparison of the South African and Canadian experiences as well as insights from those experienced in the field were included in the workshop.