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Past Events 2014-2015


The Centre for Women Studies in Education (CWSE)

invites you to its 2016 Open House.


Come and join us for an evening of performance & engaged dialogue,

“Fighting Back Charging Forward”: Responding to Violence Against Women


November 28th, 2016

7:00pm to 9:00pm

CWSE, University of Toronto, Room 2-225,

OISE Building, 252 Bloor St. West (St. George  Subway Station)

(Light Refreshments will be served)






OISE Library Presents,


November 23rd, 2016, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
OISE Library, Ground Floor, 252 Bloor St. West (St. George Subway Station)


This event celebrates the launch of this now accesible digital resource. The OISE Pop-Fem Oral History Project is a unique digital collection of lectures and presentations from the 80’s to 2000’s. The project features lectures and presentations from OISE scholars and activists Dorothy Smith, Mary O’Brien, Alison Prentice, Roxana Ng, Sherene Razack, Sunera Thobani, Winnie Ng, and numerous other feminist scholars and activists.



Pat Serafini, Reference Librarian, OISE Library

Jamie Magnusson, CWSE Head

Lorena M. Gajardo, RFR/DRF Journal Editor & CWSE Coordinator

Bridgette Kelly, Media Librarian

Check out more about the Pop-Fem Oral History Project at : uoft.me/popfem



The Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association at University of Toronto, the Centre for Women's Studies in Education and the Indigenous Education Network are proud to present:

Indigenous Spirituality and Islam: A Dialogue Between Two Sisters

Towards Peace, Harmony and Healing

What is Indigenous spirituality and what does it say about the Creator, peace, harmony and healing? Are there similarities between the teachings of Islam and Indigenous spirituality? How can Muslims, based on the teachings of the Quran, stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples struggle for justice in Canada?  Furthermore, in an increasing climate of racism, discrimination and gendered violence against Muslim women who wear the hijab or those who “look Muslim” and Indigenous women (as demonstrated by the case of the thousands of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women), how can these two faith traditions inspire healing and unity?

Featuring: Elder Ojibwe Kokomis Jacqui Lavalley 

Thursday December 10th 2015

Time: 11am-12pm

Location: OISE Building Room OI 2-296 (2nd floor)

252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

St George Subway

RSVP: to Tammara Soma : tammara.soma@utoronto.ca

We are holding this event on December 10th, which is International Human Rights DayHuman Rights Day commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the spirit of International Human Rights Day, we would like to promote harmony and  raise awareness of our struggles to ensure human rights for Indigenous communities globally, as well as Ahmadi Muslims who are currently still being persecuted in many countries, and who are unable to practice their faith in peace. We would be honoured to have your presence at this event. Refreshments included.

***Free event, but please RSVP with your name and affiliation as attendance is limited to 40.



Fair Trade and Community Networking Fair

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015


Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor, OISE

252 Bloor St W., Toronto


We are excited to host a variety of feminist, fair trade and social-justice oriented community groups and projects at our first annual Fair Trade and Community Networking Fair. This event is free to all and we hope it will inspire connection and solidarity between those attending, vending and otherwise supporting the fair. There will be workshops and short demonstrations provided by some of the vendors throughout the afternoon. 

Expect to see these and many more great community groups and vendors:
Amrit Brar Illustration
Anarres Natural Health
Sistering: A Women's Place
The Bee Shop: Honey and Apitherapy Products
Project North 44

To sign up as a vendor, email us at cwse@utoronto.

For updates, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/995002977225867/

Click here to view the event poster.  




Wonderful Women Writers Series

A new reading series showcasing some of Toronto's finest women writers & their feminist & women-centred fiction

Wednesday November 4, 2015, 5:15-6:30pm

Room 2-214,OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., Toronto

Free, no pre-registration required

Come hear Susan Glickman, C. Safia Fazlul, & Andrea Thompson

Susan Glickman, teacher and editor Susan Glickman is the author of six collections of poetry, three novels, three children's books and one work of literary criticism. 

Safia Fazlul is the author of The Harem, a novel inspired by her being a Muslim Bangladeshi and trying to fit into Canadian culture.

Andrea Thompson is co-editor of Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out, the author ofOver Our Heads, and a teacher at OCADU.


Nora Gold

Co-ordinated and hosted by Nora Gold, a writer, editor, scholar and activist, and the Writer-in-Residence at the CWSE.  Her new novel, Fields of Exile, won the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and was praised by Cynthia Ozick, who called it "brave and luminous." Gold's previous book, Marrow and Other Stories, won a Canadian Jewish Book Award, and was praised by Alice Munro.  Dr. Nora Gold is also the creator and editor of the prestigious online literary journal, Jewish Fiction .net.  Her website is noragold.com.

Download the flyer (PDF) here

Facebook event page here

More information about CWSE's Writer-in-Residence Nora Gold here.


Holocaust Education Week




engendering transnational voices



The Renaissance Woman:

Engendering Transnational Voices

Studies in Family, Work, and Identity

Guida Man and Rina Cohen, editors

 Friday, October 2, 2015

4 to 6 pm at Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor, OISE,

252 Bloor St. W.

(at St. George subway station)   

Conversations with the editors (Guida Man and Rina Cohen) and contributors (Tania Das Gupta, Nancy Mandell, Lina Samuel) followed by refreshments and book signing

Engendering Transnational Voices examines the transnational practices and identities of immigrant women, youth, and children in an era of global migration and neoliberalism, and addresses such topics as family relations, gender and work, schooling, remittances, cultural identities, caring for children and the elderly, inter- and multi-generational relationships, activism, and refugee determination.

In both theoretical and empirical essays , the contributors explore expressions of power, resistance, agency, and accommodation in relation to the changing concepts of home, family, and citizenship. Specifically, the essays critically analyze transnational experiences, discourses, cultural identities, and social spaces of women, youth, and children who come from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; are either first- or second-generation transmigrants; are considered legal or undocumented; and who enter their adopted country as trafficked workers, domestic workers, skilled professionals, or students.

Guida Man is an associate professor and a member of the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. She is also a research associate at the York Centre for Feminist Research and the York Centre for Asian Research. Her research intersects im/migration and transnationalisms, families, and women and work in the context of global economic restructuring.

Rina Cohen is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and a member of the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies at York University. Her areas of interest include diaspora engagement, transnationalisms, immigrant women, the sociology of families, cultural identities, and qualitative research methods.

Sponsored by York Centre for Feminist Research; York Centre for Asian Research; Centre for Refugee Studies, York University; Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, OISE; and WLU Press

For more information, please contact cwse@utoronto.ca

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An Evening Celebrating the Toronto Launch of


bonnie's poster

When: September 18th, 2015


Where: Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor, OISE, 252 Bloor West, Toronto (St. George subway station) 

Co-hosts Bonnie Burstow, Palgrave Macmillan, the Centre for Women's Studies in Education, Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault, the Transformative Learning Centre, and the Adult Education and Community Development Program at OISE/UT are all pleased to invite you to the Toronto book launch of her revolutionary new book - Psychiatry and the Business of Madness: An Ethical and Epistemological Accounting.

Why is everyone so excited about this book? Because it is the most hard-hitting and comprehensive critique of institutional psychiatry that has come out in decades. Speakers at the launch include the author herself, Robert Whitaker, David Cohen, Cheri DiNovo, and Anita Szigeti. The launch will culminate in a survivor speak-out.*

Bonnie Burstow is one of the world¿s leading psychiatry abolition theorists, a philosopher, an activist, a feminist therapist, a prolific author, and a faculty member at University of Toronto. Her other books include: Psychiatry Disrupted; Radical Feminist Therapy; and Shrink-Resistant. Please visit bizomadness.blogspot.ca for updates on Bonnie's research.

Robert Whitaker is a reporter, the guiding light behind the blog Mad in America, an outspoken critic of psychiatry, and a researcher. His books include Mad in America and Psychiatry Under the Influence.

David Cohen is Professor, School of Social Welfare, UCLA; and he is co-author of the widely read book Your Drug May Be Your Problem.

Rev. Cheri DiNovo is the Member of the Provincial Parliament representing Parkdale - High Park. She is currently the NDP critic of LGBTQ issues and Urban Transportation. She authored the groundbreaking bill 77 (2015) which would ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth, also 2010's Bill 67, to de-list electroshock therapy from OHIP. 

Anita Szigeti is the chair, Mental Disorder Portfolio, Criminal Lawyers¿ Association and senior counsel at Anita Szigeti Advocates. She practices mental health law, representing vulnerable clients with ¿mental health¿ issues in civil and criminal justice proceedings and public interveners at inquests involving mental health issues or the law.

*If you are interested in being a part of the speak-out, please contact Bonnie Burstow at bonnie.burstow@utoronto.ca or simply speak during the speak-out portion. 

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