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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
July 28, 2014
Canadian Excellence
Edmund Pries

Dr. Edmund Pries

Assistant Professor

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

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

2014-2015 Courses: 

Fall 2014

GS 331: Contemporary Global Conflicts
            Class Schedule / Location: Thursdays 7:00 – 9:50 pm in DAWB 2-104
GS 435: Disarming Conflict: Weapons of War and the Quest for Peace 
            Class Schedule / Location: Tuesdays 2:30 – 5:20 pm in DAWB 3-106

Winter 2015
GS 101: Introduction to Global Studies ("Finding Hope for the Planet") - SEE NOTE BELOW
            Class Schedule / Location: Tues & Thurs 1:00 – 2:20 pm in BA 201 plus Tutorials
AF 305: Semester in Community Engagement (Community Engagement Option)    
            Class Schedule: TBA (incl. some Fridays 9:00 – 11:50 am)

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.


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 a successful business, 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 (of North America) as Treasurer 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

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