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2006 Past Events


December 13, 2006

“Knowledge is the Beginning”: The Subversive Power of Music

Screening the inspiring documentary, “Knowledge is the Beginning” (2005), the story of the Divan West-East Orchestra founded by Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said, and involving Jewish and Arab young people from across the Middle East. The film shows how music is used to create bridges, push back barriers, and work toward peace. A discussion facilitated by Bonnie Burstow followed.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006
4.00-6.00 pm
OISE/UT, South Peace Lounge
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

December 2, 2006

InterChange (International Institute for Community-Based Peacebuilding)

From Forgotten Wars to Building Peace

In conflict areas abroad and diaspora communities here in Toronto there are wars that have been forgotten—and people building peace. We presented a fascinating multimedia presentation dealing with the violent conflicts in Northern Uganda and the horn of Africa and how these impact diaspora communities in Toronto. We also looked at how local diaspora communities can contribute to peacebuilding back home.

Saturday December 2, 2006
OISE/UT, South Peace Lounge
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

1. The Forgotten Crises in the Northern Uganda. Photographic display and video presented by internationally known photojournalist, Mike Odongkara
2. Peacebuilding Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Eritrean Diaspora. Research findings presented by Kisanet Tezare of the Selam Peacebuilding Network.

November 23, 2006

The Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/University of Toronto) hosts:


Students, staff and friends brought an array of items to swap with others (clothing, kitchen items, books, a favourite recipe, a service, tools, food, whatever people wished to offer!)NO CASH, NO CREDIT, NO DEBIT IT WAS JUST ABOUT BUYING NOTHING!

Thursday, November 23
10:30am -1pm
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
7th Floor, Peace Lounge

November 23, 2006

The Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/University of Toronto) and
The Community Development Collaborative Program of the University of Toronto Presents:

University-community partnerships: The Case of the University of Toronto

Ben Liu, Coordinator, Service-Learning Programmes, Centre for Community Partnerships, University of Toronto;

Tony Chambers, Associate Vice-Provost, Students and Assistant Professor, Theory and Policy Studies, OISE/UT

Thursday, November 23, 2006
5:00-7:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto,Room 7-162

In the past few years, there has been a convergence of the Universitys Stepping Up Plan, the National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE), and the efforts of the City of Toronto and United Way to build strong and safe communities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Guided by Stepping UP, the Poverty by Postal Code document, and the report of the Strong Neighborhoods Taskforce, the University of Toronto responded by creating the Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP). As part of the portfolio of the Deputy Provost/Vice-Provost, Students, the CCP is playing an increasingly important role in enhancing student engagement, advancing pedagogical innovation, strengthening university-community relations, and developing cross-disciplinary learning opportunities. This presentation presented some of the recent initiatives of the CCP and Vice-Provosts Office, with a particular focus on community-based learning and research, and community development and capacity-building.

October 31, 2006

The Transformative Learning Centre and The Social Economy Centre (OISE/University of Toronto) present

Engaging Organic Intellectuals:Transformative Learning and Farmers’ Transition to Sustainable Agriculture

Karsten Mndel, University of Alberta

Based on a research recently completed as part of his doctoral dissertation at OISE/UT, Karsten Mundel will explore farmers learning that resulted from their transition to sustainable and counterhegemonic agriculture in Alberta. Most farmers have serious questions about the extensive use of chemical products and industrial processes endemic to North American agriculture today, yet they continue these practices. However, there are a few farmers who have decided to farm in ways that are environmentally and socially sustainable. Understanding these farmers transformative learning can help broaden our understanding of how people learn and act to make change in the world.Karsten Mundel is affiliated with the University of Alberta, where he works with the Mexico-Prairies Rural Development Exchange and the Community Service Learning program. Karsten has been involved in research on international youth exchanges and on the informal learning of volunteers. Karsten also tries to farm organically in his back-yard garden in his spare time.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
4:00 to 5:30 pm
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 7-162

October 31, 2006

TLC Circle

Wisdom, Peacemaking, Healing and Love:Life Lessons from a Bantu Shaman

Mandaza (Augustine) Kandemwa, Zimbabwe

Nganga (Bantu shaman or medicine man) in the Shona and Ndebele traditions Mandaza is a warm and generous teacher and healer who carries with great heart the Central African tradition of healing and peacemaking. He will talk about the powerful contribution that traditional spiritual wisdom can make to solving the many problems facing Zimbabweans today: hunger, HIV/AIDS, drought and political instability.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
7.00-9.00 pm
OISE/UT, South Peace Lounge
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

September 11, 2006

The Collaborative Program in Community Development, The Transformative Learning Centre, the Indigenous Education Network and Asociacion Pachamama present

EL PUEBLO KUNA-PANAMA : Health, democracy and pseudo-development

The governance system of the Pueblos Kuna of Panama is based on a system of participatory democracy. The highest authority is the Kuna General Council, which is formed by community representatives (s�ilas principales). The Kuna approach to health is based on a traditional cosmovision that pays attention to the spiritual dimension. The indigenous communities of Panama have been historically marginalized by the government at the time resource allocations, and have suffered discrimination and displacement to the extent of being considered foreigners in their own land. After outlining tthis context, Ignacio Kunala will address the differences between pseudo-development and authentic development, and the implications of this distinction for the future of Pueblo Kuna-Panama.

Ignacio Kunala, Secretary of the indigenous organizacion Kuna-Panama

Monday, September 11, 600-7.30 pm
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St. West (subway: St. George)
Room 7-162

August 23, 2006


Healing Wounds and Connecting People. through Theatre, Soccer and Community Action

Dr. Tor Joe Iorapuu, Nigeria
Professor, Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, University of Jos,
Director, Youth Adolescent Reflection & Action Centre (YARAC)

Dr. Tor Iorapuu is a grassroots activist with a Ph.D in Theatre. He teaches at the university level and has over 16 years experience mobilizing and building grassroots youth networks in Nigeria. He uses Community Organizing and Theatre for Development (TfD) and Sport (mainly soccer) as tools of empowerment and change.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
5.00-6.30 pm
OISE/UT, Room 7-162
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
TLC Summer Institute 2006

The Transformative Learning Centre’s 2006 Summer Institute is part of the ongoing tradition over the past several years. The Summer Institute courses are designed to appeal to people in the community as well as in the university; practitioners as well as academics. The diversity of student perspectives makes for a very rich learning experience. Courses are twenty hours each.

July 26, 2007

The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/UT) present

an Justicia por los cr�ines cometidos durante la ltima dictadura en la Argentina: Las respuestas judiciales recientes

Diego Morales, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) Diego Morales es abogado, egresado de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Docente en las facultades de Derecho de la Universidad de Buenos Aires y Tucuman, actualmente funge como Director de Litigio y Defensa Legal del Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS).

Jueves 27 de julio del 2006, 5.00-6.30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, OISE/UT, Sala 7-162
252 Bloor St. West (subway: St. George)(La sesi� se realizar�en espa�l)

June 20th, 2006

The Spanish Speaking Education Network (SSEN) and the Transformative Learning Centre (TLC) present

A cohort analysis of dropout rates in Toronto public high schools: The case of Spanish Speaking Students

Dr. Robert Brown, Toronto District School Board

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
10.00a.m. -12:00 p.m.
OISE/UT, Room # 7-162
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

June 22, 2006

What’s Behind the Secret Negotiation of the Canada-Central America Free
Trade Agreement (CA4FTA)?

A Panel Discussion with: Ral Moreno, Sinti Techan Citzens’ Action Network, El Salvador Suzanne Rumsey, co-chair Americas Policy Group, CCIC / PWRDF, Anglican
Church of Canada

Thursday, June 22nd
7PM, Room 4-422
OISE at the University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West

For the last 5 years, the government of Canada has been secretly negotiating a free trade agreement with four Central American countries modelled on the NAFTA and FTAA. During that time, the Canadian government has refused to release the draft text of the agreement, now in the last stages of negotiation. This agreement comes on the heels of the recently approved US-Central America Free Trade Agreement, which has been described as NAFTA on steroids. Come find out more about this secret agreement and what you can do about it.

Event sponsored by: The Transformative Learning Centre at OISE/UT, Americas Policy Group, Canadian Council for International Co-operation, Canada-El Salvador Action Network (CELSAN),KAIROS Canada, Guatemala Community Network (GCN), Salvaide Toronto, Salvadorian-Canadian Association (ASALCA), Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)

For more information, send an email to: info@celsan.org

June 12th, 2006

The Transformative Learning Centre, Justicia for Migrant Farm Workers and the
Toronto-Atenco Solidarity Committee presents

An Evening of Testimonies, Poetry and Film

as part of the International Day of Action in Art, Culture and Communication called by the “Other Campaign” for the liberation of the Atenco political prisoners. Erika Del Carmen Fuchs, witness to the attacks on San Salvador Atenco will give her testimony and analysis of the current context of Mexico and the Other Campaign: “Atenco: The Other Face of Mexico. Criminalization and Repression of the Struggle for Dignity, Land and An “Other” Mexico”. Erika is a participant in the Other Campaign in Mexico, as a member of the Committee Truth, Justice and Freedom Jacobo and Gloria, and Justicia for Migrant Workers (BC). Maka, an independent media journalist and activist from Mexico City will also present her testimony, images and film of the attacks in Atenco. The R.H.Y.M.E Poetry collective will share their spoken word in solidarity with Atenco.

Monday June 12th, 2006
Time: 18:30-21:30
Seminar Room 4-414
OISE UT, 252 Bloor Street West (St. George Subway Station, Bedford Street exit)

Donations to the legal fund of Atenco political prisoners are appreciated.

For more information contact: j4mw@justicia4migrantworkers.org

June 13, 2006

Peace learning in conflict transformation

Magnus Haavelsrud, Professor of Education, University of Science and Technology, Norway

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
2.00-3.30 pm
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 7-162

Magnus Haavelsrud is Professor of Education at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. His work deals with the critique of the reproductive role of education and the possibilities for transcendence of this reproduction in light of the traditions of educational sociology and peace research. He took part in the creation of the Peace Education Commission of the International Peace Research Association at the beginning of the 70’s and served as the Commissions 2nd Executive Secretary 1975-79. He was the Program Chairperson of the World Conference on Education in 1974 and edited its proceedings entitled Education for Peace: Reflection and Action. 1978-79 he served as Carl-von-Ossietzky Guest Professor of the German Council for Peace and Conflict Research and in 1984-85 chair of UNESCO expert group to produce a Handbook on Disarmament Education. 2000 -2002 he was member of IPRA committee for the founding of Journal of Peace Education and has since its publication served on its editorial board. Publications include: Education in Developments (1996), Perspektiv i utdanningssosiologi (Perspectives in the Sociology of Education (1997, 2nd edition), Education Within the Archipelago of Peace Research 1945 - 1964, (co-authored with Mario Borrelli, 1993), Disarming: Discourse on Violence and Peace (ed. 1993) and Approaching Disarmament Education (ed. 1982). He is a member of www.transcend.org and Global Advisory Board of www.humiliationstudies.org. More information on homepage: www.sv.ntnu.no/ped/Magnus.Haavelsrud

June 2, 2006

The Transformative Learning Centre, the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, the Centre for the Study of Education and Work and the Social Economy Centre present

Job creation without a boss? The case of Argentina’s recovered companies

Film screening of The Take, directed by Avi Lewis, written by Naomi Klein
National Film Board, 2004 (duration: 85 minutes)
Keynote Address: Eduardo Murua, President of the Movimiento Nacional de Empresas Recuperadas

Friday, June 2, 2006, 6.30 pm
OISE/UT Auditorium
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Canada
Subway: St. George

June 3, 2006

The Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/UT), the Polaris Institute and the
Council of Canadians present

Human right or commodity? The struggle against water privatization in Latin America and around the world

Ana Ella Gomez, Centro para la Defensa del Consumidor (CDC), El Salvador,
Maria Luisa Torregrosa, University FLACSO, Mexico City
Tony Clarke, Polaris Institute, Ottawa
Anil Naidoo, Water Campaigner with the Council of Canadians

Saturday, June 3, 2006, 7-9 pm,
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (OISE/UT), room 2213
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Subway station: St. George

Please join us for this event at OISE/UT featuring Ana Ella Gomez of the Centro para la Defensa del Consumidor (CDC), El Salvador, Maria Luisa Torregrosa of the University FLACSO, Mexico City, Tony Clarke, director of the Polaris Institute in Ottawa, and Anil Naidoo, Water Campaigner with the Council of Canadians. In the wake of the recent World Water Forum in Mexico City, social movements continue to mount a global effort to enshrine water as a fundamental human right and to resist the corporatization and privatization of water. Hear from key actors in this global struggle, including leading Canadian activists as well as dynamic social movement actors from Latin America. How are social movements, governments, international agencies and transnational corporations shaping this struggle? How will we define water as a commodity or as a human right? Join the debate, discussion and action! For more information, please contact Adam Davidson-Harden: adavidsonharden@wlu.ca

May 19-20, 2006

Assistant Professor, Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University.
Body and Spirit: A Symposium on Embodied Knowing
May 19-20, 2006

A gathering with participatory workshops and discussions focusing on embodied knowing. More information … Contact: Lang Liu langliu@oise.utoronto.ca

May 13, 2006

Register Now “TLC Revitalization and Renewal”

May 13, 2006, Fergus, Ontario.

A creative day-long retreat focusing on how we can bring the mission and vision of the TLC to life.(Contact: Dr. Anne Goodman at: agoodman@oise.utoronto.ca)

April 28, 2006

The Comparative and International Development and Education Centre (CIDEC) and the Transformative Learning Centre (TLC), OISE/UT

Active citizenship, immigration and learning: Sweden in Comparative Perspective

Agnieszka Bron and Nicola Magnusson, University of Stockholm, Sweden

Friday, April 28, 2006
10.30 am-12.00Room 7-105, OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Agnieszka Bron holds the Chair of Education at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. From 1998 to 2002 she was a Professor of Adult Education at the Ruhr-Universtit� Bochum, Germany. Since 2003 she has worked as an adjunct professor at the Department of Leadership and Management at the Swedish National Defence University College, Stockholm. She has international experience in teaching and research, has been visiting professor at SUNY Stony Brook, USA (1981), at OISE in Toronto, Canada (1982), and at the University of Warwick, UK (1995). She has published extensively on subjects such as biographical studies (ethnicity, gender, informal learning and work), and comparative studies (blue-collar workers’ access to post-secondary education, and non-traditional students in Sweden). Her research includes engagement in several European projects concerning mature students in higher education among others the EU TSER IV project University adult access policies and practices across the European Union and their consequences for the participation of non-traditional adults. She was the editor of the Bochum Studies in International Adult Education with four volumes (2000-2003). She is a co-founder of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults, a convener of ESREA’s Active democratic citizenship and adult learning network, and a member of the international advisory board for Studies in the Education of Adults, UK.Nicola Magnusson is a doctoral student at the department of Education, Stockholm University. Her research focus is comparative, biographical studies in multicultural societies and adult learning in trying contexts. For her PhD research she is studying the concept of democracy in multicultural, democratic societies from the perspective of political refugees from authoritarian contexts that are now living in a democratic society. She is currently working as a research assistant at the department of leadership and management, at the Swedish National Defence University College, where she contributes with her knowledge of adult learning in trying conditions. Nicola Magnusson has previously studied behaviour and learning in organisation at the university of Liverpool, England before moving to Sweden in 1997. Today she carries out comparative research between England and Sweden for the purpose of her PhD.

April 25, 2006

The Canada-El Salvador Action Network (CELSAN) and the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University and The Transformative Learning Centre present

From Civil War to Neoliberalism: El Salvador since the Peace Accords

A panel discussion with

Dr. Lisa Kowalchuk,Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Guelph, CERLAC Fellow, Rusa Jeremic, Program Coordinator, Global Economic Justice, Kairos Canada
Alfredo Marroquin, Coordinator, Salvaide Toronto

After twelve years of civil war, the 1992 Chapultepec Peace Accords put an end to El Salvador’s armed conflict. Many people around the world had hoped that the negotiated settlement would go a long way to achieving greater social justice in El Salvador, and with this new peace, the world gradually stopped watching. However, over the last 14 years strict adherence to neoliberal policies by successive right-wing governments in El Salvador have had disastrous effects for the majority of Salvadoreans. Inequality has risen, the economy was dollarized, and 60% of Salvadoreans live on less than $2 per day. Deteriorating conditions in the country increasingly drive Salvadoreans primarily to the United States, from where they send remittances that keep the economy afloat. Even the Peace Accords themselves are under attack, leading many to suggest that a major crisis is brewing.Join us for a “re-introduction” to El Salvador through an overview and discussion of some of the most salient developments in the country since the signing of the 1992 Peace Accords.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
7:00 PM
OISE at University of Toronto 252 Bloor Street West
Room 2-211

For more information: email: info@celsan.org, 416-690-2892

April 21, 2006


WETBACK: The Undocumented Documentary
Directed by Arturo Perez Torres, 87 mins.

Join us on April 21st (the evening before a community rally in downtown Toronto calling for an end to deportations & status for all) to see this film and participate in a discussion on the recent im/migration crackdown in Canada and the US Speakers Include: Director of the film, Arturo Perez Torres, Francisco Rico-Martinez of the FCJ Refugee Centre and more.

Friday April 21, 2006
OISE at U of T, 252 Bloor Street West
Room 2-214

WETBACK -The Undocumented Documentary is a feature length, award-winning documentary that follows several immigrants from Central America and Mexico on an extraordinary and extremely dangerous journey to North America. More than 3,000 Latin Americans a day embark upon this journey. Less than 300 make it to their destination. Nayo, Milton, Luis, Oscar and Ana are just some of the thousands of people that will join one of the largest migration movements in history. Their motivation is a life with dignity. Their disadvantage is that none of them have legal travelling documents. For more info, see the film web site at www.opencityworks.com/wetbackCo-sponsors include: The Transformative Learning Centre-OISE U/T, Mosaico 21, OLAS, Canada-El Salvador Action Network, KAIROS, Guatemala Community Network (GCN), Bohemia, Centre for Research on Work and Society-York University, Words Action Resistance, Salvadorian-Canadian Association (ASALCA) <hr size=2 width=”100%” noshade color=”#ff6600″ align=center> “One Earth: Wisdom Diversities and Earth Literacies” will take place in Toronto on April 20th to 22nd 2007.

Thursday, April 6

A novel by Bonnie Burstow, a core member of the TLC

Come listen to Bonnie read from the novel, eat some food, celebrate with us, schmooze!

Where: Peace Lounge, Dept. Of Adult Education & Counseling Psychology, 7th Floor, OISE/UT 252 Bloor St West

When: Thursday, April 6, At 6:00 P.M.

Embedded in Canadian and world history and set in downtown Toronto between 1947 and the turn of the century, The House on Lippincott is a Jewish family saga which weaves together family caring, Holocaust trauma, abuse, aging, betrayal, anti-Semitism, and resistance.

Bonnie Burstow is faculty at OISE/UT, a feminist psychotherapist, and a well known author and activist.

Sponsored by Inanna Press and the House on Lippincott Committee. For info, email bburstow@oise.utoronto.ca

March 24th to April 1st, 2006

Memory, Truth and Justice: Remembering Argentina 1976 - 2006

Week of awareness and remembrance on occassion of the30th Anniversary of the coup d’�at of March 24, 1976

March 24th to April 1st, 2006

In collaboration with the COMISION 30 A�S. For schedule of events please vist http://www.treintaaniversario.ca/

March 27, 2006

Chiapas Indigenous Women’s Fair Trade Weaving Tour with Pascuala Patishtan & Yolanda Castro

Monday, March 27, 2006
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Faculty of Social Work,
AMNI Centre, 246 Bloor Street West
at Bedford Avenue, Rm.100
Thursday March 30, 2006

Nancy Todd author of a Safe and Sustainable World, and Jack Todd Ecological Designer and University of Vermont Research professor and distinguished lecturer, will be speaking in the OISE Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday March 30, 2006

Sponsored by The Transformative Learning Centre-OISE, Women’s Healthy Environments Network, Green Enterprise Toronto, Coalition for a Green Economy, York U FES Business and Environment, Grassroots Store, Toronto Food Policy Council

March 22, 2006

TLC March Circle

4-5.30 p.m.
Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE/UT Building

This month’s circle on Dialogue will be animated by 3 short presentations:Marilyn Laiken, a professor in Adult Education at OISE, will talk about her work using dialogue in the World Conference on Religion and Peace; Ed O’Sullivan, Professor Emeritus, will discuss the “deep dialogue” project the TLC is planning with Mpambo, the African multiversity in Uganda; Melissa Abramovitz will tell us about the first Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) which took place this fall in Ottawa and what has happened since.

February 16, 2006.

The Indigenous Education Network and the Transformative Learning Centre Present:

Making the Classroom a Healthy Place: The Development of Affective Competency in Aboriginal Pedagogy and its role in Transforming Learning

Thursday, February 16, 2006.
12 - 2:00 p.m. OISE - Rm. 7-162

This presentation will discuss the history of affective learning as a form of colonialism and document its impact on the schooling and learning of indigenous peoples in North America. It will then present a transformational view of learning within a cultural pedagogy that builds on a concept of affective development based in Aboriginal philosophy. Six principles of emotional competency are discussed in relation to the development of an emotionally inclusive curricula. Dr. Lee Brown, PhDLee is a member of the Cherokee Nation and the Wolf Clan. Lee is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Faculty of Curriculum Studies at UBC. He is the co-author of the The Sacred Tree, a curriculum of development based in Aboriginal values and epistemology. Lee has also contributed to the Round Lake Native Healing Centre during the last twenty-six years in a number of capacities including clinical supervisor and as a cultural resource to the centre. He has been the keynote speaker at many Aboriginal conferences including the Awassis Education Conference in Saskatoon, Alberta. He has been an invited to share his knowledge of culture and healing in many indigenous communities in North America.


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