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Saturday, May 27, 7-9pm
Peace Lounge

CASAE/ACEEA Preconference Activities at OISE

For Conference Registration and Full Program: http://www.casae-aceea.ca/?q=node/30

Welcome Reception
Please join us May 27th 7:00-9:00pm in the 7th Floor Peace Lounge, OISE/UT
This event is co-sponsored by OISE/UT Department of Adult Education and Community Development and CASAE/ACEEA.

Adult Literacy Networking
Convener: Annie Luk (Festival of Literacies)
Time & Location: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm; OISE/UT   Rm 5-250
No Charge: All literacy researchers and practitioners welcome
You are invited to join others interested in literacy research and practice
-to meet, share stories, expand our networks and explore possibilities
-to discuss opportunities for participatory research and community development projects.

Toronto’s “Old Town:” Labour History Walking Tour
Tour led by:  Maureen Hynes, David Kidd and Sue Smith
Time & Location: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
Meet at the north-west corner of Victoria and Gould Streets, Ryerson University.
No charge for those registered for the 2017 CASAE/ACEEA conference
Donations to Toronto’s Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts are welcome
Tour ends at The King Street Subway to take the transit to TTC St. George for the 5:00 pm Forum at OISE.
Explore the oldest section of Toronto, our “Old Town,” with its vibrant and turbulent past. Learn about significant people who shaped early Toronto and the texture of daily life from the 1830s onward. We’ll hear about uprisings and hangings and the massive demonstrations of the 1870s to support workers when unions were still illegal – as well as an infamous site of the current “imperious clout of corporate Canada.” This walk starts at Ryerson and proceeds to several sites with hidden labour history.

Forum: Freire and Buen Vivir: 
Indigenous and Popular struggle in a neo-liberal world
Time and Location:  5:00 – 7:00 pm OISE/UT   Rm 5-250
Speakers:  Pramila Aggarwal, Sheila Gruner, Jean-Paul Restoule, Marcelo Vieta
Facilitator:  Angela Miles
No charge. This event is sponsored by OISE/UT Department of Adult Education and Community Development with organizers for the 2017 CASAE/ACEEA Conference in Toronto.  

The twenty years since Paola Freire’s death in 1997 have brought intensifying inequality, exploitation and enclosure, with accompanying economic crises, social and environmental devastation, militarism, and mass displacement in our communities and around the world. These threats are increasingly being met by inspiring resistance on many fronts, a leading role being played by Indigenous peoples in all regions.
In honour of Freire’s work and in recognition and support of popular and Indigenous resistance, this Forum will explore what we can learn from these linked struggles and what their very different animating worldviews might bring to each other in these times.


Youth, War & Migration
Saturday May 27th, 2017
University of Toronto
OISE Library-Main Floor
252 Bloor St. West

For full schedule and to register please visit www.ywm-ca.com
Registeration is free but mandatory

Registration & Coffee



Chair: Kiran Mirchandani, Adult Education and Community Development, LHAE, OISE/UT

Canada's Refugee Policy Context: The Security and Privatization Nexus
Sajedeh Zahraei, COSTI

Patterns of Dispossession in Canada’s Reception of Refugees Youth
Philip Ackerman, FCJ Refugee Centre

The Politics of Recognition: Refugee Learners and Educational Policy
Neda Asadi, University of Alberta

Countering violent extremism through education: The experience of Britain’s Prevent Program
Paul Thomas, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Lunch (Registration Required)

Chair: Soheila Pashang, Immigrant & Refugee Program, Seneca College

Refugee Youth as GARs, PSRs, and Power Brokers in Canada
Jennifer Hyndman, York University

The Art of Transition
Erin Howley, YIT Research Member

Youth Consciousness Across Borders
Genevieve Ritchie, OISE/University of Toronto

Racialized Youth’s Practices of Resistance: Implications for Educational Policy
Thashika Pillay, University of Alberta

Coffee Break

Chair: Chandni Desai

Philip Taucher & Youth Participants, Association of Vienna Youth Centres


Chair: June Larkin, Equity Studies (New College) & Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto

Migrant and Refugee Justice in Toronto: Activism, Advocacy and Solidarity
Ghadeer Malek, YIT Research Member

Queer and Trans Migration: Canadian Border Imperialism
Kusha Dadui, Supporting Our Youth

Research Informed Performance Art: "Aranee" a Short Performance to Provoke and Challenge our Emotional Landscapes
Doris Rajan & Roshanak Jaberi



Co-op Housing Workshop: Montreal’s Milton-Parc Housing Co-ops
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 6:00 – 8:00 pm
OISE 252 Bloor St W, 7th floor Peace Lounge (fully accessible space)

Please join us for an engaging evening on the history of the Communauté Milton-Parc presented by community organizer Dimitrios Roussopoulos. His workshop on establishing grassroots housing co-ops will be followed by a public discussion.

In the 1960s, developers bought 90% of the buildings in a downtown Montreal neighbourhood. For over ten years, residents of the Milton-Parc neighbourhood fought back with direct action. They squatted empty residences, occupied the developers’ offices, went door-to-door and blocked traffic. The community won, and the largest urban land trust in North America, known as the Communauté Milton-Parc, was created. Today, 21 non-profit housing organizations, of which 15 are cooperatives, collectively own six whole downtown city blocks. There can be
no buying and selling of property in this neighbourhood of over 1,000 people. Members from Milton-Parc have presented on their accomplishments around the world, but this will be the first presentation in Canada outside of Quebec!

Dimitrios Roussopoulos is the publisher of Black Rose Books and a long time community organizer in Montreal.


Thursday November 10, 

Rm 7-162   
Research as critique: Methodological choices in policy analysis

This session brings together two articulate and experienced adult educators and researchers who explore the growing disciplinary character of contemporary policy processes.  Both have done research in the adult literacy sector, examining on-the-ground frustrations from the standpoint of practitioners. And both are interested in an "activist" role for research. But their theoretical and methodological choices have led to research shedding light on quite different pieces of the policy puzzle.

Dr. Christine Pinsent Johnson will discuss her analysis of standardized testing programs used internationally in adult literacy, and now being proposed for Ontario colleges and universities. Her work shows how the aims of such testing, to spur competitiveness and identify “capable” economic contributors vs. those in need of “intervention,” are carried forward into managerial and curricular technologies that profoundly reshape education. 
Dr. Pincent-Johnson is a 2014 graduate of the University of Ottawa and is currently and Independent Researcher and Part-time Educator at Queen's University and the University of New Brunswick.

Dr. Tannis Atkinson will describe how her methodological choices have allowed her to explore what recent adult literacy policies in Ontario share with efforts to govern other social domains. In particular, she asks how the disciplinary character of such policies carry forward patterns of colonial dominance. 
Dr. Atkinson is a 2013 graduate of the University of Toronto (OISE) and a 2014-16 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo


LHAE Fall Open House for Future Students - Mark your Calendars:

The 2017-2018 application cycle is open and we are excited to announce that the LHAE Fall Open House for future students is scheduled for:

Thursday, October 20, 2016 5:30-8:00pm here at OISE

Open House Schedule:
5:00-5:30 Registration/Information
5:30—6:00  Welcome +  Admission Information – OISE Auditorium
6:00—7:30  Breakout sessions by graduate program
• AECD (Peace Lounge, 7th floor)
• Ed Leadership & Policy (Room 5-210)
• Higher Education (OISE Library)
7:30—8:00  Info desks: OISE Office of the Registrar and Student Services – OISE Library
Location: OISE Building, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

RSVP and get ready to apply!


Monday, October 17, 2016 1:30-2:30pm
CEPP and ELP Seminar
OISE, Room 6-122

This Educational Moment in Alberta
Speaker: Jim Brandon

In the wake of the first ideological governmental shift in 80 years, educational policy adjustments in orange Alberta, have for the most part, been thoughtfully, and collaboratively undertaken. In contrast to the transformational agenda envisioned but not enacted through the Stelmach, Redford, and Prentice years, Rachel Notley’s New Democrats are incrementally moving forward with the education partners in a number of areas. This presentation will focus on three of these initiatives: inclusive education, indigenous education, and new professional practice standards for teachers, principals, and superintendents.

Jim Brandon is the Associate Dean of Professional and Community Engagement at the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education. Dr. Brandon’s research, teaching, and workshops focus on instructional leadership, school and system improvement, educational assessment, and quality teaching. Jim served 23 years in the superintendency in two school districts, worked as a principal for nine years, a vice-principal for four, and began his career as a secondary social studies teacher. He is a past president of the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) and served as its Director of Leadership Learning from 2009 until he joined the U of C in 2011.


Friday, October 7, 12:00 noon
OISE, Rm 5-260

Adult Education and Community Development invites you to a lecture:
“Contesting Law’s Monopoly on Violence: Human Rights and Absolute Prohibition on Forced  Psychiatric Intervention”  
By Australian lawyer, Dr. Linda Steele
Watch the Video

For those unfamiliar with this area, the United Nations has officially interpreted its Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) as mandating an absolute prohibition on involuntary psychiatric intervention, which, to be in compliance, states would have to get rid of at once nonconsensual treatment, involuntary committal, and the existence of locked psychiatric wards. Correspondingly, an international movement to encourage states to forthwith  bring their laws and practices into compliance is now under way—a movement in which Dr. Steele is one of the legal luminaries.

As people concerned with human rights and social justice, I  do hope that you can join us for this important lecture.


Thursday October 6, 4-6pm
OISE Building, 6th floor Lounge
LHAE Welcome (Back) Party

It’s a party time!!! LHAE Departmental Student Association invites you to come out for great food, conversations, and beats. All students, staff and faculty are welcome.
Please RSVP by October 3,  to vesna.bajic@utoronto.ca


Wednesday September 28, 4-6pm
OISE Building, Peace Lounge, 7th floor
Solveiga's Memorial

Please join us as we celebrate and remember our colleague and friend Professor Emerita Solveiga Miezitis. Memorial service will be held on September 28, at 4pm in the Peace Lounge. Come share your memories with members of the OISE community and members of Solveiga's family.


Thursday September 8, 6pm
LHAE New Student Orientation - Welcome New Students!
Location: OISE Building, 5th floor, 252 Bloor St. West

See the Presentation

5:45 Check the info desks in the Student Lounge, 5th floor – next to the elevators
6:00 Welcome by the LHAE Chair, Associate Chair, and Program Coordinators, Room 5-280
6:30 Program Breakouts

  •    Adult Education and Community Development, Room 5-260
  •    Educational Leadership & Policy, Room 5-250
  •    Higher Education, Room 5-280

Meet and mingle at 5:45pm - LHAE/OISE info will be available. A short series of introductions of faculty and staff is scheduled for 6:00pm, followed by breakout sessions of the three LHAE programs. Please plan to arrive early to attend OISE Orientation in the Auditorium, starting at 5:00pm. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other new and returning students, the faculty across the Department and in your respective program, as well as the LHAE staff. Faculty members will talk about their teaching and research interests. At 7:30pm The AECD incoming students will meet with their faculty advisors. Also, you will have an opportunity to ask questions.


Friday September 23, 4-6pm
OISE Library
Book Launch: Canadian Universities in China’s Transformation: An Untold Story
Edited by: Edited by Ruth Hayhoe, Julia Pan, and Qiang Zha

Canada was one of the first Western countries to sign an agreement to provide development aid to China in 1983, and the Canadian International Development Agency invited universities to cooperate in ways that would facilitate “the multiplication of contacts at the thinking level.”

In Canadian Universities in China’s Transformation, leading scholars from Canadian and Chinese universities elaborate on the historical experience of collaboration in areas as different as environmental sciences, marine science, engineering, management, law, agriculture, medicine, education, minority cultures, and women’s studies. Contributors use theoretical frames such as dependency theory, human capital, the knowledge economy, and Habermas’s theory of communicative action, to facilitate a striking dialogue between Canadian and Chinese perspectives as common questions are addressed. They provide key insights into factors that ensured the long-term success of some partnerships, as well as barriers that hindered others, and vivid lessons for current collaboration. Case studies include a project that began with the training of Chinese judges developing into reciprocal programs in legal education in China, Canada, and Latin America, and an examination of how joint environmental research has had policy impacts at national and international levels.

Presenting the story of universities working together shortly after the devastating Cultural Revolution, Canadian Universities in China’s Transformation is a unique account of partnerships in knowledge production and application and their resulting impacts.

Participants Bios

Jing M. Chen is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
He served as project director for “Confronting Global Warming: Enhancing China’s Capacity for Carbon Sequestration (2002-6)”. He is currently a senior consultant to China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, advising on key national research programs.

Bernie Michael Frolic is Professor Emeritus, Political Science, York University and Senior Researcher at the Munk School for Global Affairs University of Toronto. He is the author/editor of Mao’s People (Harvard University); Reluctant Adversaries, Canada and the PRC, 1949-1970 (University of Toronto); Civil Society in China(M.E.Sharpe); Civil Society and Human Rights in Southeast Asia.(University of Toronto/York University). Currently Director of the York Asian Business Management Programme that has trained over 4000 Chinese Party and government officials, executives, and educators in Canada and China. He is completing a book on 50 years of Canada-China relations.

Ruth Hayhoe is a Professor of Comparative Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her most recent book, China Through the Lens of Comparative Education came out with Routledge’s World Library of Educationalists in 2015.

Ping-chun Hsiung is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research areas include gender roles and family relations in Chinese societies; feminist methodologies and epistemologies; and practices and the development of critical qualitative research in the Global South. She has collaborated with Chinese feminist scholars to establish curricula and women’s studies programs in key Chinese universities.

Guy Lefebvre served as the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal from April 2012 to October 2014, when he was appointed Vice-Rector, International Relations and à la Francophonie. He is the author of numerous publications in French, English, Chinese, and Portuguese. Lefebvre teaches at several universities, including the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), the East China University of Political Science and Law. In 1997, he founded the Centre for the Law of Business and International Commerce of his faculty. Lefebvre has received several distinctions during his career, including the Canadian Bar Association’s Paul-André-Crépeau Medal and the Medal of Merit from CUPL. He is also Fellow of the Centre for Public Law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Julia Pan is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education of OISE/UT. Over the last two decades, Julia has directed and managed Canadian government sponsored Canada-China University Linkage Programs in the areas of higher education and environmental studies, collaborating with many Canadian and Chinese leading institutions nationwide.

Joseph Whitney, FRGS is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Department of Geography and Past-Chair. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Chicago, respectively. He was Director, Joint York/Toronto Centre on Asia-Pacific Studies and has directed several major environmental projects in Asia and Africa.
Qiang Zha is an associate professor at Faculty of Education, York University, Canada. His recent books include Portraits of 21st Century Chinese Universities (co-author, 2011), Education and Global Cultural Dialogue (co-editor, 2012), Education in China: Educational History, Models, and Initiatives (editor, 2013), and Canadian Universities in China’s Transformation: An Untold Story (co-editor, 2016).

The Munk School for Global Affairs, University of Toronto, OISE
Asian Institute, UofT and York Centre for Asian Research


SUMMER TERM 2015-2016

Tuesday, July 12th 6:30 PM
Peace Lounge
OISE 7th Floor

CLSEW presents Kieran Keohane (Sociology, University College Cork, Ireland)

"Dementia: A Social Pathology of Contemporary Civilization"

My hypothesis is that what has come to be known as “Alzheimer’s disease” arises from the unfulfilled deep need for life to be coherent and meaningful. Alzheimer’s disease and the dementia reputed to it are formulated in terms of transformations of late modern society, the dis-integration of individual consciousness from the conscience collective and fragmentation of the symbolic order resulting in generalized asymbolia(loss of meaningfulness). I develop the analysis by re-examining the findings of the ‘Nun Study’, the most famous longitudinal epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease to date. Data from the Nun Study are reformulated & analyzed in terms of classical and contemporary social theory, notably Weber (on the centrality of beruf – fulfilling a life task in pursuit of a vocation; which is echoed in Antonovsky’s (1987) identification of the importance of ‘sense of coherence’ to a general theory of ‘salutogenesis’); Dany-Robert Dufour (on the symbolic orders of postmodernism and neoliberalism); Charles Taylor (on changing sources of the self); Hartmut Rosa (on the experience of social acceleration), to argue that Alzheimer’s disease and the dementia reputed to it should be understood as a social pathology of contemporary civilization arising from desymbolization andloss of stable foundations from which coherent, meaningful life-projects can be conducted.

Kieran Keohane is co-founding director of the Centre for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Economy & Society, UCC & WIT, Ireland. http://www.moraleconomy.eu


Tuesday, June 21
OISE Peace Lounge, 7th floor
Open House for AECD/ELP prospective students

5:30-6:00pm Welcome + Admission Information, Peace Lounge
6:00-7:00pm Program Info by graduate program
                    AECD: MEd Degree, full-time and part-time, Room 7-162
                    ELP: EdD Degree, Room 6-122

Please RSVP for the Open House and Apply by July 4, 2016

Are you interested in obtaining MEd or EdD degrees at OISE? Attend the Open House to find out more about the Adult Education and Community Development, and Educational Leadership and Policy programs. Starting September 2016. Deadline to apply is July 4.

Friday, May 13th

OISE Room 12-199
A Conversation with Peter Linebaugh
Adult Education Radical Reading Group
Moderator: Professor Shahrzad Mojab

Sponsored by Adult Education and Community Development Program



Friday April 8, 2016
9am - 5pm
Location: OISE, Room 5-210

Canadian Association for Studies in Adult Education 2016 Regional Conference

Check the Conference Program, Abstracts, and Presenters' Bios

Read the interview with Professor Shahrzad Mojab, Learning for Change: The role of education in the refugee crisis in Canada by Vesna Bajic

Adult learning continues to occur within the ongoing crises of capitalism, visible in part through the heightening realities of austerity, precariousness, racism, settler-colonialism, hetero-patriarchy, and dispossession and displacement. This learning is also emerging in the contexts of wide-scale struggle and resistance by individuals and communities. These realities present various entry points to understanding the possibilities and limits of learning for social change, solidarity, and anti-capitalist, anti-colonial, and anti-racist work. Join the 2016 CASAE regional conference to engage with researchers, educators, and activists on understanding, analyzing, and envisioning adult learning during these times of struggle.

Conference Organizers and Contact: 
If you have any questions, please email the conference organizers at CASAE.ONTARIO@gmail.com
Paula Elias, Stephanie MacKinnon, Shahrzad Mojab, Genevieve Ritchie, and Dulani Suraweera.

This event is sponsored by:
Canadian Association for Studies in Adult Education; The Adult Education & Community Development Program, OISE/University of Toronto; Community Worker Programme, George Brown College

Please join us immediately after the conference for a University of Toronto Refugee Issues Teach-In Event at 5 pm, Refugee Crisis 2016 and Beyond, which will include speaker Sarah Green (University of Helsinki) on the Refugee Crisis from Europe and Lesbos and a roundtable discussion on Refugee Issues in the GTA and Beyond. The event is hosted by the Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group on Mobilities & Circulation, the University of Toronto’s Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, the Institute of Islamic Studies, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
For more information, please contact Monica Espaillat Lizardo at monica.espaillatlizardo@mail.utoronto.ca


Monday April 4, 7pm
Location: Peace Lounge, 7th floor
"The Mad, the Bad, the Sad"

As faculty, students, activists, artists, and other allies, you are cordially invited to the class Creative Empowerment Work with the Disenfranchized's 14th annual evening of  entertainment and consciousness-raising called “The Mad, the Bad, and the Sad”. We dearly hope that you are able to make it.  This is an opportunity to see live performance, comic books, videos, and in the process to learn more about people who are psychiatrized, people who are homeless, sex workers, undocumented people, people who have been criminalized and imprisoned, and illicit drug users and the communities and resistance of which they are a part.

A not-to-be-missed, one of a kind event! Time:  Monday April 4 at 7:00 p.m. Peace Lounge, OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, 7th floor. 


Wednesday March 16, 2016, 5-7pm
Location: OISE Room 12-199

The Centre for the Study of Canadian & International Higher Education at OISE invites you to a seminar by Associate Professor Volker Wedekind:
Barricades, barriers, boundaries and borders: reforming the post-school system in South Africa


At a time when university students successfully brought the higher education system to a standstill with their #FeesMustFall Campaign, and levels of youth unemployment hover between 45-60%, South Africa is reimagining the post-school education and training system. A central feature of the proposed system is a radical expansion of the TVET (technical and vocational education and training) college system, and a breaking down of the boundaries between the different parts of the system. This seminar will examine the policy proposals as articulated in the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training and the National Development Plan in the light of the development of the system to date. It will trace some of the key influences on the policy process and examine the current state of the system of universities and colleges. The seminar will explore the implications of inserting a major TVET thrust into a system dominated by academic institutions, exploring some of the barriers need to be overcome in order to achieve the integration that is envisaged. A key challenge is the preparation of new vocational teachers and the professional development of existing teachers in the system and the implications of this for universities is discussed.

Volker Wedekind holds the Research Chair in Vocational Education and Pedagogy at the Centre for Researching Education and Labour (REAL) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has written on education policy broadly, and recently focused specifically on the vocational system. Current projects are focused on vocational pedagogy for teacher education programmes, and ongoing work on employability and curriculum responsiveness. He has been a member of three ministerial committees, is a member of the National Reviews Committee of the Higher Education Quality Council and a member of the Technical Task Team on TVET Colleges drawing up the National Plan for the Post-school Education and Training System.

Correspondence: volker.wedekind@wits.ac.za


Friday, January 29, 2016 
OISE Building, Room 6-122

Higher Ed Speaker Series
Educating for civic-mindedness: Nurturing authentic professional identities through transformative higher education
Presenter: Professor Carolin Kreber

Imagined at their best, how might professions contribute most effectively to their local and global communities, and how could higher education support graduates/future professionals in making this contribution? The answer proposed is to educate students for ?civic-mindedness?, an overarching professional capability grounded in certain dispositions and qualities, ideals, types of knowledge and political emotions. ?Civic-mindedness?, and its internal counterpart, the practitioner?s self-cultivation, give rise to an engagement with professional practice that is authentic, civic and democratic.

Carolin Kreber is Professor of Higher Education at Edinburgh University and also Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Cape Breton University. Her presentation, drawing on theorists including Sullivan, Dzur, Arendt and Nussbaum, offers an overview of a book recently completed on the above theme (Routledge, June 2016).


Monday, February 1, 2016
OISE Building, Room 7-105

Activism, social movements, learning and knowledge production
A public seminar by Aziz Choudry

What do organizers and activists know and how do they know it? This seminar will draw on Aziz Choudry’s new book, Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements (University of Toronto Press, 2015). Activist spaces can be rich sites of learning, knowledge production and theorizing, and these struggles for change can best be understood if we engage with the intellectual work that goes on within them. Learning Activism is primarily about the intellectual labour – the learning, knowledge production and research – which takes place in the course of organizing and activism. Choudry suggests that some of the most radical critiques, understandings and theories about the world we live in, its power structures and dominant ideologies, and the fragility of the environment – and indeed the most powerful visions for social change – emerge from ordinary people coming together and working for such change. Examples include migrant and immigrant worker struggles in Canada, anti-colonial currents within global justice organizing in the Asia-Pacific, activist research and education in social movements and people’s organizations in the Philippines, and the Quebec student strike of 2012.

Aziz Choudry is Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University and a visiting professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, where he is affiliated to the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation. He is author of Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements (University of Toronto Press, 2015), co-author of Fight Back: Workplace Justice for Immigrants (Fernwood, 2009), and co-editor of Learning from the Ground Up: Global Perspectives on Social Movements and Knowledge Production (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Organize! Building from the Local for Global Justice (PM Press, 2012), NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects (Zed Books, 2013), Just Work? Migrant Workers’ Struggles Today (Pluto Press, 2015) and Unfree Labour? Struggles of Migrant and Immigrant Workers in Canada (forthcoming, PM Press). With a long history as a social and political activist, educator and researcher, he serves on the boards of the Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal and the Global Justice Ecology Project.

Sponsored by the Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW)  and Adult Education and Community Development  Program.

February 25, 2016
Location: Nexus Lounge

Book Launch 
Centre for Leadership & Diversity, and Leadership, Higher and Adult Education Department invite you to a reception and celebration of 4 new books: 
Key Questions for Educational Leaders
The Democratic Gulag
Working (with/out) the System
Teacher Unions in Public Education

Come and meet authors of four amazing books exploring issues of policy, social diversity, change, ethics and values in public education. Darrin Griffiths, John Portelli, Robert Bahlieda, Jim Ryan, Denise Armstrong and Nina Bascia examine key questions affecting educational leadership and policy. Signed copies will be available for purchase.

Please RSVP by February 20, 2016 to: Alimamy Bangura at alimamy.bangura@mail.utoronto.ca

September 30, 9am

Policy Symposium
Research in Colleges: Challenges and Opportunities
Location: OISE LIbrary

The Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education at OISE will be hosting “Research in Colleges: Challenges and Opportunities" a half-day policy research symposium co-sponsored by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The symposium will be held in the ground floor library at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (252 Bloor Street West) from 9 a.m. to 2 pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.  For more info and to register visit:

This is a free public event, but please note that advance registration is required through the website. The event will also be webcast for those unable to attend the event in Toronto.

This symposium will explore the development of research in colleges in Canada, Australia and England. It will enable institutional leaders and practitioners, policy makers, funding bodies and government agencies to share experiences and learn from each other about how to develop and implement applied research. Each panel will consist of speakers from Canada, Australia and England.

Speakers include: Mary Butler, Norman Gray AM, Dr. John Lea, Stella Mbubaegbu CBE, Jodie Schmidt, Dr. Otte Rosenkrantz, Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, Dr. Richard Wiggers

September 30, 5pm
The Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW)
Launch Event with refreshments
Economic Literacy: Getting Beyond ‘Supply and Demand’ with Jim Stanford
Location: Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE Building

Jim Stanford is an economist with Unifor, the union formed in 2013 from the merger of Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communication Energy and Paperworkers (CEP). Jim received his PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York, and also holds degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Calgary. He is the author of Economics for Everyone, which has been translated into 6 languages, and has just been issued in a second edition by Pluto Books.

The Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW) is a hub for academics, community practitioners, labour, nonprofit, and co-operative educators and researchers. CLSEW’s education and research activities foster a greater understanding of the often under-recognized contributions of the social economy and the dynamics of work and learning in Canadian society and internationally.


October 5, 5pm
The Centre for the Study of Canadian & International Higher Education and
the Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW) at OISE
invite you to a seminar:

Is the German VET system still a “model” for other countries? Facts and problem issues
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Deissinger
Professor, Universität Konstanz, Germany

Monday, October 5, 5pm – 6.30pm
Location: OISE Building, Room 5-210
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
RSVP:  vesna.bajic@utoronto.ca by September 30, 2015


The German Dual System has attracted considerable attention in recent years, with a number of countries, above all in Southern Europe, trying to introduce similar concepts of structured apprenticeships leading to initial vocational qualifications. Quite manifestly, there is an expectation among politicians in particular that such a system could help cope with problems integrating school leavers into the VET (vocational education and training) sector and help combat youth unemployment. Focusing on the two “learning venues” (the workplace and vocational school), however, seems short-sighted as the German VET system has more elements than just the dual learning setting. It certainly is more complex than it seems, with a still weighty “transition system” and full-time courses in VET alongside apprenticeships. While the dual system seems to be gradually losing attractiveness among school leavers, the “transition system” firmly remains one of the crucial “construction sites” in the German education system. At the same time, academic pathways are becoming more relevant and tertiarisation as a whole seems to put VET under strain. The presentation will focus on current trends in the German VET system by putting it in the context of these diverse framework conditions.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Deissinger, University of Konstanz, Germany

Thomas Deissinger is a University Professor of Business and Economics Education at the University of Konstanz. He has specialized in vocational training policy and comparative research activities in the area of VET. Research interests also include didactical issues and the history of VET as well as school-based VET and practice firms in vocational schools. Several among his publications are devoted to the nature and development of the VET systems in the UK and Australia from a comparative perspective.

October 6, 5pm

The Centre for the Study of Canadian & International Higher Education invites you to a seminar by
Dr John Lea: Building the scholarship of teaching and learning in colleges: lessons from England

Tuesday October 6, 2015 5pm
Location: OISE Building, Rm 12-199
RSVP to vesna.bajic@utoronto.ca by October 1

This seminar will explore the scholarship of teaching and learning in further education colleges in England, and participants will be invited to discuss and explore the implications for colleges of applied arts and technology in Ontario. There are many parallels between English further education colleges and Ontario’s colleges: both exist to offer vocationally oriented post-school provision; both are increasingly offering baccalaureate degrees and other provision usually associated with universities; and both face challenges from their respective accreditation and regulatory bodies on the nature of this provision, its academic rigour and quality assurance.

This seminar will report on a major, three year English project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) that is exploring how forms of scholarly activity in English college based higher education can enhance student learning. It focuses on provision that contributes to baccalaureate degrees. The project is conceptually underpinned by Boyer’s (1990) notion of the four scholarships (of integration, of application, of discovery, and of teaching and learning), and the project will use this as a springboard for looking how these wider notions of scholarly activity are able to enhance student learning, particularly in technical and professional degree (and sub-degree) courses that English colleges tend to specialise in. The project is also exploring explore how UK professional bodies and quality agencies will be involved in this process.

Dr John Lea is leading the project on enhancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in further education colleges on behalf of the Association of Colleges, which is the peak body that represents colleges in England. John has worked in a number of roles throughout UK adult, further and higher education over the last thirty years. Until recently he was Head of Academic Professional Development at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

His main research interest is in developments at the further education/higher education interface and he has written widely on this subject, including two recent research reports for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and most recently Supporting Higher Education in College Settings (SEDA, 2014). He is also the author of Working in Post-Compulsory Education (Open UP, 2003), Political Correctness and Higher Education: British and American perspectives (Routledge, 2009), and 77 Things to think about…teaching and learning in higher education (CCCU, 2012).  His latest book, Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: engaging with the dimensions of practice (Open UP, 2015), will be published in August 2015.

October 23, 5:15pm
LHAE Fall Open House for Prospective Students

LHAE Fall Open House for Prospective Students - Mark your Calendars:
The 2016-2017 application cycle is open and we are excited to announce that the LHAE Fall Open House for prospective students is scheduled for:

Friday, October 23, 2015 5:15-8pm here at OISE

Open House Schedule:
5:15—6:00  Welcome +  Admission Information – OISE Library
6:00—7:20  Breakout sessions by graduate program
• AECD (Peace Lounge, 7th floor)
• Ed Leadership & Policy (Room 5-210)
• Higher Education (OISE Library)
7:30—8:00  Info desks: OISE RO and Student Services – OISE Library
Location: OISE Building, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
RSVP for the LHAE Open House and get ready to Apply!

Visit the Department, find out more about our programs, and meet faculty and staff.


Past Events


September 10, 6pm
Orientation Schedule:

LHAE New Student Orientation
Thursday, September 10
Location: OISE Building, 5th floor, 252 Bloor St. West 
Rooms 250, 260, 280, and the Nexus Lounge, 12th floor
5:45 Check the info desks in the Student Lounge, 5th floor – next to the elevators
6:00 Program Information sessions
Adult Education and Community Development, Room 5-280
Educational Leadership & Policy, Room 5-250
Higher Education, Room 5-260
7:30 Departmental Social, Nexus Lounge 12th floor
Welcome by the LHAE Chair, Associate Chair, and Program Coordinators

We will be holding our annual LHAE New Student Orientation on Thursday September 10, 6:00pm – 8:30pm. We would very much like to see you there and hope you can attend.  Please plan to arrive early to attend OISE Orientation in the Auditorium, starting at 4:45pm. After the OISE Orientation please come to the 5th floor to register for the Departmental Orientation. We will be holding program information sessions at 6:00pm sharp, followed by a social with really good food in the Nexus Lounge, on the 12th floor. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other new and returning students, LHAE Student Association Executive, faculty across the Department and in your respective program, as well as the LHAE staff.  Faculty members will talk about their teaching and research interests. Also, you will have an opportunity to pick up an info kit, to ask questions and meet current students.


September 18, 5:30pm
Book Launch
Dr. Bonnie Burstow: Psychiatry and the Business of Madness
Location: OISE Building, Nexus Lounge

Come join us and meet Dr. Bonnie Burstow, AECD Professor. An interview with Dr. Bonnie Burstow about her new book Psychiatry and the Business of Madness has just come out in Rabble. The interview was conducted by adult education doctoral student Lauren Spring and is in itself an insightful look at psychiatry.  Read the article...




May 20, 2pm
Location:  Room 6-122

Educational Leadership & Policy Program invites you to a seminar:

Teacher basic professional knowledge and sub organizational transformation processes of external pressure

Guest Speaker: Dr Jens Hansen Lund
Department of Education
Via University College
Aarhus, Denmark

Dr. Lund's research interests include applying theoretical and philosophical knowledge to the understanding of organizational processes in schools and understanding its role in the teaching profession. Inspired by work on the sociology of knowledge (e.g. Berger & Luckman, 1966) and neo-institutional theory, Dr. Lund also explores educational beliefs and assumptions in teacher education, tracking educational competences (in-service training) in school practice, and the internal processes of marginalization in schools. His work is largely qualitative, involving action research, interviews and observations.
All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

April 27, 5pm

Steven Brint Event Guest Speaker, Vice Provost, Undergrad Education

Higher Education Program is pleased to present


April 27, 5-7pm
Location: OISE Library

See the Talk
Check the Q&A
See the PowerPoint Presentation


College graduation rates are high among students whose families are in the top quartile of family income and low among students in the bottom quartiles.  Decades of work on student success have shown that it is possible to increase the graduation rates of low-income students.  The talk will focus on the following influences on retention and graduation of low-income students: advising and advising tools, mindset interventions, adaptive learning technologies, Summer Bridge programs, learning communities, and academic support programs such as tutoring and Supplemental Instruction.  Programs that are successful include common design elements and are regularly evaluated with evaluations used for purposes of program improvement.  The University Innovations Alliance. a consortium of 11 public research universities in the US, offers a valuable guide to scaling interventions that work to improve retention and graduation of low-income students.

Steven Brint Bio

Steven Brint is the author or editor of six books and has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. His book on community colleges, The Diverted Dream (with Jerome Karabel), won the American Education Research Association's Outstanding Book award of 1991 and the Council of Colleges and Universities' Outstanding Research Publication award the same year. His article, “Socialization Messages in Primary Schools: An Organizational Analysis” (with Mary F. Contreras and Michael T. Matthews) won the American Sociological Association's Willard Waller Award for the best article on education in 2001. His work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Brint’s research group, Colleges & Universities 2000, was funded for 12 years by the National Science Foundation and two philanthropies.  The project has produced two widely-used data bases, the Institutional Data Archive on American Higher Education and the College Catalog Study database, as well as two dozen published papers and dissertations.  Since 2006, Brint has served as co-PI of the SERU Survey and Consortium, a research and policy organization of major public research universities, and he is a project manager for the 11-campuis University Innovations Alliance, a consortium of public research universities devoted to raising graduation rates for low-income students.  Steven Brint received his B.A. in sociology with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. He currently serves as vice provost for undergraduate education at UC Riverside and holds faculty appointments in sociology, public policy and education.  He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008.  He is working on a new book, The Ends of Knowledge: Organizational and Cultural Change in American Colleges and Universities, 1980-2015.

Please RSVP to http://tinyurl.com/Apr27Event by April 22


April 9, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The Adult Education and Community Development Program & the Collaborative Program In Workplace Learning and Social Change are pleased to present:
Veiled Remarks: Identity Contests, Gender Dynamics and the Discourse of the Islamic Headscarf in the Scandinavian Workplace

Guest Speaker: Pushkala Prasad, Ph.D is the Zankel Chair Professor of Management and Liberal Arts, Skidmore College, USA

Pushkala Prasad has published widely in leading journals including the Human Relations, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, MIS Quarterly, Organizational Science and the
Journal of Management Studies. Dr. Prasad is also the author of Crafting Qualitative Research and a co- editor of Managing the Organizational Melting Pot and the Handbook of Workplace Diversity. Professor Prasad's scholarly interests have included the symbolism of technological change, workplace resistance, the practice of organizational ethnography, and diversity management. Her current research focuses on the acquisition of social legitimacy by “illegitimate” industries such as tobacco, beef, gun and legalized brothels, and the changing nature of religious discrimination in the West. Dr. Prasad teaches courses in Diversity and Discrimination in the American Workplace, International Business and Faces of Capitalism.
Drawing on the findings of a multi-sited ethnography, this presentation will unpack some of the cultural resistance to the hiring of qualified immigrants from the Middle East in Denmark and Sweden. Close attention will be paid to the complex ways in which the discourse of the Islamic veil legitimized exclusionary practices and served as a constant reminder of the exteriority of certain identity groups. Connections to, and departures from, an older Orientalist discourse will also be discussed.

OISE Room 12-199 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto


November 22, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Working to Live? Living to Work?: What if you knew the truth behind your phone service?

A Special Screening of “Sanda” with Filmmaker MI RE KIM, HAE-GWAN LEE, a main subject of the film + Toronto scholars & activists. Opening performance by a Korean traditional drumming (PUNGMUL) performance by Bichwejune and Sori-Mori.
Location: North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
5100 Yonge St., Toronto

Poster: Working to Live? Living to Work?

Organized by the AECD Program and Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change (WLSC)


October 25, 6:00-8:30pm
Memoirs Imaginations & Sounds of Prison: There is a Garden

A film by Massoud Raouf
Location: Room 240, 5th floor, OISE

Contact Professor Shahrzad Mojab for more information (shahrzad.mojab@utoronto.ca)


October 23, 5:30-8:00pm
Memoirs Imaginations & Sounds of Prison: Opening Dialogue, Imagining Possibilities

Shahrzad Arshadi & Farnoosh Moshiri
Location: Nexus Lounge, 12th floor, OISE

Contact Professor Shahrzad Mojab for more information (shahrzad.mojab@utoronto.ca)


September 12, 5:30pm
The Centre for Women's Studies in Education (OISE), The Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault, and McGill-Queen’s University Press

invite you to the launch of Psychiatry Disrupted: Theorizing Resistance and Crafting the (R)evolution

edited by
Dr. Bonnie Burstow

Location: Nexus Lounge, OISE Building, 12th floor

September 17, 7-8:30pm

Youth and Society Conversation Series
Ferguson: Militarization and the Criminalization of Youth
Panel and Discussion with Rinaldo Walcott and Shahrzad Mojab
Location: Peace Lounge, OISE Building, 7th floor

Shahrzad Mojab, professor of Adult Education and Community Development at OISE/UT and Women and Gender Studies, is internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement and violence on women’s learning and education. Her extensive empirical research in diasporic communities in Canada and Europe and the conflict zones of the Middle East has deepened our understanding of gender relations, racism, patriarchy, culture and capitalism. A unique feature of her work is making knowledge accessible to public through the use of arts such as story-telling, dance, drama, visual art and film.

Rinaldo Walcott is the Director of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, and a Broadbent Institute Fellow. His research and teaching is in the area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies with an emphasis on queer sexualities, masculinity and cultural politics. All of Rinaldo’s research is founded in a philosophical orientation that is concerned with the ways in which coloniality shapes human relations across social and cultural time.


September 24, 4-6pm
LHAE Welcome (back) party
Location: Nexus Lounge, OISE Building, 12th floor
All current and new students, staff and faculty are welcome. Come out for great food, conversations, and beats!



September 4, 5pm
LHAE New Student Orientation - Welcome new students!

Thursday, September 4, 5:30-7pm
Location: OISE Building, 5th floor, Room 5-280

5:00 Meet and Mingle, Room 5-280
5:30 Welcome and Introductions, Room 5-280
6:00 Program Breakouts
        Adult Education and Community Development - 5-260
        Educational Leadership & Policy, Room 5-230
        Higher Education, Room 5-280
Meet and mingle at 5:00pm - LHAE/OISE info will be available. A short series of introductions of faculty and staff is scheduled for 5:30pm, followed by breakout sessions of the three LHAE programs. Please plan to arrive early, as this is an excellent opportunity to meet other new and returning students, the faculty across the Department and in your respective program, as well as the LHAE staff. Faculty members will talk about their teaching and research interests. Also, you will have an opportunity to ask questions.