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July 25, 2014
Canadian Excellence
Edmund Pries

Dr. Edmund Pries

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
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Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.4593
Other Phone: 519-575-6866
Fax: 519-743-6490
Office Location: DAWB 4-105B
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM and by appointment
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

  • B.Th. (Theology) Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now: CMU), 1979
  • B.A. (History) University of Winnipeg, 1980
  • M.Div. Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 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 and Peace
Global Citizenship
Global Ethics
Religion and Political Structures

Teaching Interests:

Global Ethics
Global Citizenship
War and Peace
Religion and Conflict

2013-2014 Courses: 

Fall 2013

GS 340G: Religion and Peace
            Class Schedule / Location: Mondays 7:00 – 9:50 pm in Arts 2C16

GS 399: Post-Field Placement
            Class Schedule / Location: Tuesdays 2:30 – 5:20 pm in Bricker BA306
GS 435: Disarming Conflict: Weapons of War and the Quest for Peace 
            Class Schedule / Location: Fridays 8:30 – 11:20 am in DAWB 1-101B

Winter 2014
GS 221: Globalization and Cultures: The Cosmopolitan Village?
            Class Schedule / Location: Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:50 pm in Bricker BA101 plus Tutorials
GS 305: The Individualized World    
            Class Schedule / Location: Tuesdays 4:00 – 6:50 pm in DAWB 2-105


Edmund Pries was born into a refugee family. His parents were born in Ukraine, 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 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 a successful business, and as a university instructor and academic. His more recent focus has shifted back to academia. 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.)

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 Conference Chair for the Peace and Justice Studies Association (of North America) and is a member of several other academic research societies. 

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

Watch a video of Dr. Pries:

Student “Lend Your Leg” Event Notes – with Thanks:

Congratulations and thanks to all the students of GS 221 for your successful “Lend Your Leg” awareness-raising campaign (“Laurier Lend Your Leg 2013”) to mark International Day for Mine Awareness on April 4, 2013. This was Laurier’s Second Annual Lend Your Leg event. Special thanks to Niki Kermani, Caleb Okwubido-Williams, Jackie Laface, Lauren Freeman and Natasha Rhab for organizing and leading the planning and activities for that day. A special note of thanks also to Prince David Okebalama for his expert production of the following video of the Lend Your Leg rally:

For Photos of the event, see:

************Special Event in Fall 2013************

The Annual Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference to be held at Wilfrid Laurier University, October 17-19, 2013

The Peace and Justice Studies Association is the North American affiliate of the International Peace Research Association. See: Laurier students and faculty are also encouraged to contact the Department of Global Studies for more information or 

Register to hear keynote speakers and over 250 paper and workshop presentations on themes related to Peace and Justice and on the Conference Theme: "Peace Studies Between Tradition and Innovation." 

Three Conferences in one:

1. Main Academic Conference Keynote Speakers:

  • Jody Williams (1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for Anti-Landmines Campaign)
  • Sylvia McAdam (Co-founder of Idle No More)
  • James Orbinski (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate as President of Medicins sans Frontieres)
  • Rhoda Howard-Hassmann (Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights)
  • George Roter (Co-founder of Engineers without Borders) 
  • ALSO: Governor General's Award Winning Artist, Jamelie Hassan, to exhibit work in Robert Langen Gallery (next to Maureen Forrester Hall)

2. Teachers' Professional Development Strand

  • Deborah Ellis (Canadian Children's Author of over twenty books)

3. Student Conference (in the Turret: register early to beat the registration cap)

  • All the speakers from the Main Conference (see above) plus . . .
  • Brigette DePape (Student Activist)
  • Emmanuel Jal (War Child and Hip Hop Artist -- his story and performance)
  • Shannon Moroney (Author of "Through the Glass" -- her personal journey on restorative justice) 

4. PLUS: Two Pre-Conference Workshops on Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Restorative Justice and Mediation to be held at the Balsillie School on Thursday, October 17, 2013.

  • Howard Zehr (featured keynote speaker at Restorative Justice Workshop)

PJSA Annual Awards Banquet – Friday Evening, October 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM (additional registration required).

Saturday Evening, October 19, 2013 at 7:30 PM: Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem to be performed at Centre in the Square by the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra: available. Reduced price tickets available for those registered for the PJSA Conference by contacting