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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
May 25, 2016
Canadian Excellence
Edmund Pries

Dr. Edmund Pries

Assistant Professor

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

Office Location: DAWB 5-132
Office Hours: Winter 2016: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, 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 / Peace
Global Citizenship 
Global Ethics 
Peace Pedagogy

Teaching Interests:

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

2015-2016 Courses: 

Fall 2015

SE200: How to Change the World: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
	    Section B: Class Schedule/Location: Wednesdays 4:00 – 6:50 pm in DAWB 2-104
            Section A: Class Schedule/Location: Mondays 7:00 – 9:50 pm in DAWB 2-106

Winter 2016

SE300: Social Entrepreneurship: Developing a Social Venture 
	    Class Schedule/Location: Wednesdays 7:00 – 9:50 pm in DAWB 2-104  

GS101: Introduction to Global Studies ("Finding Hope for the Planet") - SEE NOTE BELOW
            Class Schedule/Location: Tues & Thurs 8:30 – 9:50 am in BA201 plus PASS Tutorials

AF305: Semester in Community Engagement (Community Engagement Option Capstone Course)   
           Class Schedule: TBA / 

GS 101: Introduction to Global Studies: "Finding Hope for the Planet"

Some people argue that living in a connected world brings us together in ways that promote human prosperity, harmony and social innovation. Others suggest that the processes of globalization have led to wars, pandemics and environmental threats. What do you think? In this course, we study the processes of globalization from the perspectives of economics, politics, health, culture and the environment. Using contemporary case studies, you will learn about the forces and actors that shape our modern world and the challenges for global citizenship. How should humans respond to the many challenges facing our planet? Join us in GS101 and find out where you stand.

AF 305: Semester in Community Engagement

AF 305 is the capstone course for the exciting new Community Engagement (CE) Option –for students who wish to gain practical experience in the heart of the city. AF 305 students will have taken AF 300 and AF 301 in the fall semester and will receive 1.0 course credits (the equivalent of two 0.5 credit courses) for successful completion of AF 305.

AF 305 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 AF 300 and AF 301 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 AF 305 will be held in a combination of arrangements: there will be two all-day retreats - one on Saturday, January 9 to begin the semester and one on Friday, April 1, to end the course (complete with group presentations and a potluck meal together) - and on nine Friday mornings 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. 


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.)

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 on the executive of the Peace and Justice Studies Association ( as Treasurer 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 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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