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2007 Past Events


November 27, 2007

The Transformative Learning Centre, Horizons of Friendship and CERLAC present

Youth Violence Prevention in Post-War El Salvador

Tuesday November 27
OISE – 252 Bloor Street W
Room 2-214

Transito Ruano, Director of the PASSOS Education and Training Centre.

Social violence is directly related to high levels of poverty and inadequate social programs. Over half of the five million inhabitants of El Salvador live in poverty, with persistent problems of malnutrition, lack of health and education services, escalating unemployment, insecurity and violence. El Salvador is classified as the most violent country in Latin America with an average of 10 murders per day. It is estimated that some 30,000 youth belong to gangs which control entire neighbourhoods and are directly involved in drug trafficking cartels.

Soyapango, one of PASSOS target areas, is located within the metropolitan area of the capital San Salvador. It has a total population of over one-half million and is the most densely populated municipality of the country with an average of 9,500 inhabitants per square kilometre. This is considered a high risk zone for violence with a combination of extremely concentrated population, high levels of poverty, overcrowding and inadequate housing, and hugely deficient public services of water, electricity, education and health.

Community organizations and government entities are trying to address the problem of social exclusion and violence; however they often lack trained personnel who can offer a constructive and integrated approach to violence prevention among youth. PASSOS’ work specifically addresses this gap with the establishment of a School for Youth Violence Prevention that train community outreach workers and increase awareness of viable solutions among local leaders.

Transito Ruano is the director of the PASSOS Education and Training Centre in San Salvador, El Salvador. A social worker, she has worked for the last 10 years in the training and accompaniment of outreach workers around youth violence prevention. Throughout her career, she has tackled different forms of “social suffering”: working with displaced relocated, and refugee people – particularly children affected by the armed conflict, and predominantly with women on community work in Post-war El Salvador.

October 15, 2007

Resurgent Voices: a post-hurricane benefit for BilwiVision and autonomous media in Nicaragua

BilwiVision, based out of URACCAN University, is a community-based TV station run by Indigenous, Creole and Mestizo youth on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and is a partner in the VIVA! Project, a transnational community arts exchange. On Sept 4, Hurricane Felix struck the coastal region, devastating communities and damaging basic infrastructure. The benefit will support their autonomous media work, involving communities in the reconstruction and self-determination of the region. Local community media will also be featured as part of this exchange.

The program includes screening of videos from The VIVA! Project, BilwiVision, The Story Project, and Regent Park Focus.
Monday, October 15th
7-9pm OISE Auditorium
252 Bloor Street WestLocal Autonomous Media Fair

Pay what you make in an hour. Further donations welcome!
Childcare provided
For more information contact: qnp@yorku.ca

Co-Sponsored by:

The VIVA! Project and Community Arts Practice Program (York University),
Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC),
The Story Project (Central Neighbourhood House),
Transformative Learning Centre (OISE),
Media Lab,
Regent Park Focus
Casa Canadiense.

October 3, 2007

Deena Metzger

Wednesday October 3, 2000
7 - 9 p.m.
OISE Auditorium

No. RSVP requird. Suggested Offering is $20-30 per person.

Deena Metzger is a writer, storyteller and healer who has taught and counseled for over thirty-five years, in the process of which she has developed therapies (Healing Stories) which creatively address life threatening diseases, spiritual and emotional crises, as well as community and political disintegration.

She is the author of many books, including most recently, From Grief into Vision: A Council; Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing; the novels Doors: A Fiction for Jazz Horn and The Other Hand; and the non-fiction books Tree: Essays and Pieces and Writing For Your Life. Her books of poetry include Looking for the Faces of God, A Sabbath Among the Ruins, Dark Milk, The Axis Mundi Poems and Skin:Shadows/Silence.

This event is sponsored by:
The Transformative Learning Center OISE/UT
The Indigenous Education Network OISE/UT
The Toronto Daré Conveners

June 15, 2007

Teachings of the Elders:
Mind, Body and Spirit Traditions from the Four Corners

Friday, June 15, 2007
3:00 - 9:00 pm
The International Student Centre
33 St. George St. (just north of College)
See the poster$15 - includes Feast
Registration Form (Word)spaces are limitedContact Person: Lang Liu

May 2, 2007

Remembering Freire, Reinventing Freire:A half-day conference and dialogue on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the death of Paulo Freire

May 2, 2007
1.30-7.00 pm (followed by reception)
OISE/University of Toronto
252 Bloor ST. West, Toronto
7th floor, Peace Lounge

Organizers and sponsors:
Ontario Region of the Canadian Association for the Studies of Adult Education (CASAE), Program of Adult Education and Community Development (OISE/UT), George Brown College, CUPE Literacy Program and Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/UT)Preliminary Program

April 22, 2007

Water and Women of Action

A Teach-In on the Sacred Rights of WaterOverwhelmed by the broad implications of massive forces that are devastating our planet, the public is beginning to ask what practical steps can be taken to ensure a sustainable and manageable way of living. Responding to this concern, The Transformative Learning Centre at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the Phoenix Community Works Foundation, is proud to bring together four of the most powerful and articulate woman activists in the world today:
Maude Barlow
Vanada Shiva
Moema Viezzer

April 22, 2007

Ontario Insitute for Studies in Eduation - Auditorium, Ground Floor
252 Bloor St. West, TorontoTickets: 15$ Available at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, 73 Harbord St, or at the door - space permitting.

This is the Closing Event for Spirit Matters 2007: One Earth Community. April 20-22, 2007. The Gathering registration ends April 13th

April 17, 2007

Autogesti� in Argentina:
Self-Management, Recovering Work, Recovering Life

Mario Alberto Barrios
General Secretary of the National Association of Self-Managed Workers of the Industrial Federation, Argentina Workers Central Office / Secretario General de la Asociaci� Nacional de Trabajadores Autogestionados (ANTA), Federaci� Industrial, Central de Trabajadores Argentina (CTA)

Moderator and discussant: Marcelo Vieta
PhD Student in Social and Political Thought, York University
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Room 7-162, OISE/UT
252 Bloor St West

In Spanish, autogesti� means to self-manage work cooperatively. More specifically, it is to self-constitute social and productive lives while minimizing the intrusive mediation of traditional bureaucracies, hierarchical organization, or the state. In Argentina, especially since the socio-economic crisis of 2001 and 2002, countless grassroots groupsthe piqueteros, worker-recovered factories, microenterprises, human rights groups, environmental and rural groupshave been experimenting with and concretely practicing forms of autogesti� that both contest the neoliberal enclosures of life and, at the same time, move beyond them.Since December 2005, the Argentina Workers Central (CTA) has embarked on a project of organizing Argentine workers involved in self-managing their workspaces and jobs under the auspices of the National Association of Self-Managed Workers (ANTA). This was a response to the reality of the state and traditional unions turning their backs on the plight of the cooperatively employed, underemployed, and the unemployed. Initially made up of 83 organizations and over 800 members, ANTA lobbies for and assists self-managed workers in their struggle to secure pensions, fight for just work conditions, and access favourable loans, all the while attempting to give political voice to the voiceless via collective organizing.In this presentation, Mario Alberto Barrios will discuss his work in the struggle for the rights of self-managed workers in Argentina. Involved in labour education and union leadership since 1986, Mario has been ANTAs general secretary since its first days in late-2005. With Mario we ask three fundamental questions: How viable is self-management (autogesti�) today? Can self-managed work relations lead to a better way of life? Can self-management work in Canada?Seminar organized by Di�ogo Argentina-Canada, CERLAC (York University), Social Economy Centre and Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/UT)

April 10, 2007

The Community Development Collaborative Program (UT), the Transformative Learning Centre, the Social Economy Centre and the Adult Education and Community Development Program (OISE/UT) present:

Part of the Solution: The role of community-based green co-operatives in advancing sustainable development and energy literacy.

Fiona Duguid**, WindShare Co-operative and doctoral candidate, University of Toronto

Tuesday, April 10, 2007
12.00-1.30 pm
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St West, Room 7-162

After five years of development, WindShare Co-operative in Toronto, Ontario became the first urban wind turbine in North America and the first co-operatively owned and operated wind turbine in Canada. The development of WindShare Co-operative has spurred the growth of a green energy co-operative sector in Ontario. This presentation, which draws on 27 interviews and a focus group with members of WindShare Co-operative, focuses on the roles of community-based green energy co-operatives in advancing sustainable energy development and energy literacy. Members of WindShare expressed resounding feelings of pride, efficacy and understanding of WindShares role in sustainable energy. WindShare Co-operative provided the structure whereby members felt a part of the solution in terms of sustainable energy development. From this study it was found that policies and practices at all levels of government should encourage the advancement of green energy co-operatives to support Canadas efforts at public involvement in addressing climate change.

**Fiona Duguid is completing her doctorate in the Adult Education department at the Ontario Institute for the Study of Education at the University of Toronto. Her research looks at sustainable energy development through green energy co-operatives. She is working with WindShare Co-operative and with the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative

March 19th, 2007

HIV-AIDS, Religions, Traditions and Gender Issues

Resident Research Scholar: Literature, Languages, Religion, Oral History
W.E.Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
Harvard University Cambridge, MA, USAProf. Felix Kaputu, a professor of literature and religion at the University of

Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, was imprisoned without charge as a political prisoner for 3 months in 2005. He and other detainees were freed as the result of an international campaign by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations. He is currently conducting research on the interrelationship of religion, tradition and gender issues in HIV-AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

March 22, 2007

Philosophy (Theory & Policy Studies), Sociology & Equity Studies, and Transformative Learning Centre, OISE, University of TorontoPresent


Fred Dallmayr,University of Notre Dame

March 22, 2007
4:00-5:30 pm
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St. West
Room. 12-199

This lecture addresses the issue of whether it is possible to promote something like “global democracy”. The starting point is the assumption, largely guiding current American foreign policy, that it is possible to spread democracy globally through unilateral and sometimes military action. Calling this assumption into question, the lecture explores the possibility of spreading democracy through processes of mutual learning (”canons”) rather than military control (”cannons”). Attention is drawn to great historical encounters between the West and the East, where cross-cultural learning was typically not an effort of foisting a doctrine or policy on alien populations but to find resources or resonances for transmitted ideas in indigenous traditions. The conclusion drawn is that the attempt to impose democracy on other peoples violates precisely the mutual respect which is required in democracy. What can and needs to be done is not the unilateral export of Western democracy, but rather the creation of a space where learning about democracy can happen and where democracy can take roots in a democratic way.

Fred R. Dallmayr (Ph.D. Duke, 1960) is a political theorist specializing in modern and contemporary European thought who also has a growing interest in comparative philosophy, particularly non-Western political thought (focusing on Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism), cross-cultural dialogue, and global human rights. In addition to his many articles, he has authored 12 books, including, most recently, Beyond Orientalism: Essays on Cross-cultural Encounter (Rowman and Littlefield, l996) and Alternative Visions: Paths in The Global Village (Rowman and Littlefield, l998).

March 23, 2007

Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/UT) and Collaborative Masters’ Program in Community Development, University of Toronto present:

Youth participation in municipal decision-making:Lessons for the Toronto Youth Cabinet

Friday, March 23, 2007
4.00-5.30 pm
OISE/UT, Room 7-162

Throughout Canada, Youth Cabinets have been established as a way for youth to participate within municipal decision-making processes. In this presentation, Rachelle will present the main finding of her recent study on the Toronto Youth Cabinet, which included surveys and interviews with Toronto Youth Cabinet members and representatives of youth cabinets throughout Canada. The presentation will be organized in three parts. First, it will provide a general overview of key issues around youth participation and will describe the role of youth cabinets in municipal governance. Secondly, it will examine the main achievements and challenges faced by Toronto Youth Cabinet, with a focus on one of the main challenges noted by participants in this study: how to connect better to local youth associations across the city. Finally, it will submit a set of recommendations for the Toronto Youth Cabinet to become a more effective facilitator of youth participation. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion on youth participation and on the suggested recommendations.

Rachelle Ricotta is originally from Dunkirk, NY. She has a BA in Sociology as well as a BA in Urban & Public Policy from the University of Buffalo, NY. A graduate student in the collaborative program in community development at the University of Toronto, Rachelle is in the final stages of her Masters in Science in Planning with a specialization in Social Planning. She has a special interest in the field of public participation and its relation to planning. Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/UT) and Collaborative Masters’ Program in Community Development, University of Toronto “Finally a place to share my stories and recognize that violence is not just in my home!”

February, 23, 2007

Conflict resolution interventions to address personal and structural violence in Ecuador

Friday, February, 23, 2007
12.00-1.30 pm
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 7-162

In 2006, Katharina Pfeifer* undertook a four month field project in marginalized areas of Guayaquil (Ecuador) working with teachers, parents and students for the implementation of conflict resolution program in their schools to prevent personal violence. In this presentation, she will talk about the connections between personal and structural violence in everyday life, and about the limits and possibilities of the participatory approach that she used in her community work.

Katharina Pfeifer is an international student from Germany currently completing a Masters in Education at York University. She holds a teacher education degree and a MA in Intercultural and bilingual education from the University of Freiburg, Germany. She has been involved in educational projects in school and community settings in Ecuador every summer since 2000.

February 19, 2007

The Transformative Learning Centre,Canadian Hispanic Congress and Factor Hispano present:

Exercising Professional and Civic Rights:The Hispanic community in the Greater Toronto Area

Featuring the Hon. Mike Colle, Ontario Minister of Citizenship & Immigration
Monday, February 19, 2007
5:30 pm 9:30 pm
OISE/University of Toronto,
252 Bloor St. West (Room 2214)

For many years, Canada has attracted young professionals from other countries, and many have experienced difficulty gaining entry to their professions. New laws that help foreign-born professionals obtain their accreditation in Ontario have recently passed, which will benefit workers from 34 different sectors. The first part of the forum features the Hon. Mike Colle, Ontario Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, who will discuss Bill 124, the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act, and the opening of the first one-stop access and resource centre to help internationally trained professionals break down barriers to licensing and accreditation in Ontario. Joining him will be Ms. Linda P. Lamoureux, Chair of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) and Felix Mora, Member and Community Liaison of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. The second part of the forum discusses issues related to the participation of Latin American immigrants in the political process. Among confirmed presenters for this part are Mauricio Ospina, Jorge Ginieniewicz, Daniel Schugurensky, Eduardo Garay, Sangeeta Subramanian, Duberlis Ramos, Alejandra Bravo, Luz Bascu�n, and Vilma Filici.

February 14, 2007

Life, Money & Illusion: A Discussion About Reclaiming the Future

Continuing on the current path of expansion promoted by business and government will end civilization if we do not alter course and aim for sustainability. Mike Nickerson and his partner, Donna, of the Sustainability Project, led a discussion of how our present economic system can be altered to support the goal of sustainability, both individually, through reclaiming our ability to enjoy living, and collectively by including social and environmental factors.

email: sustain5@web.ca;

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
4.00-6.00 pm
OISE/UT, South Peace Lounge
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

January 26, 2007


The Transformative Learning Centre held a celebration to:~celebrate the book launch of Circles of Transformation*
~warm our spirits through the gifts of community &
~ look ahead to the promise of spring

Authors from the recently released Circles of Transformation attended and shared excerpts from the book. We also shared a preview of things to come at the upcoming ‘ONE EARTH COMMUNITY’, with refreshments, conversation, community & rejuvenation of spirit. Artistic Contributions by:

~ Drummer & Chief Co-inspirer Edmond O’Sullivan
~ Poet & Author Ellen Jaffe
~ Singer-songwriter Larry Nusbaum
~ Story-teller & Author Michelle Tocher
~ Master speaker Peter Ostrowski

*”These essays… awaken anew my hope that the twenty-first century will evoke a new, mutually beneficial period in our human-Earth presence to each other.” ( ~ from the preface by Thomas Berry)

7-10 pm, Friday January 26th
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 7th Floor Peace Lounge
252 Bloor Street Toronto

January 17, 2007

The Transformative Learning Centre, OISE/UTIn partnership with the Adult Education and Community Development Program and the Collaborative Masters’ Program in Community Development


Wednesday, January 17, 2007
12.00-1.30 pm
OISE/UT, Room 7-162

In this seminar, Katie Hinnenkamp* shared insights from a participatory, arts-informed study that examined the experiences of Mexican workers who live and work in the Niagara-on-the-Lake region of Ontario, Canada under the Commonwealth Caribbean and Mexican Seasonal Agricultural Workers program (SAWP). Whereas previous research on the experiences of SAWP workers has relied on researcher-driven interviews and observations, this study allowed the workers themselves to choose to way to tell their stories using collage and drama in a series of interactive workshops. After she summarized prior research findings on guest worker programs, locating them in the context of the global economy, and presented the main findings of the study, Katie focused on the participatory workshop methodology utilized in this research, while discussing the possibilities and limits of the methodology, along with recommendations for further research and community organizing with foreign farm workers.

* Katie Hinnenkamp (BA, Spanish, Willamette University; MA, Adult Education and Community Development, OISE/UT) has worked for over 10 years with communities in the US, Canada, and Latin America to promote education and social justice through such groups as Justicia for Migrant Workers, Latino Issues Forum, Defensa de Mujeres, Aldea Salamandra, and various educational institutions. She currently teaches English at the Santa Cruz Adult School in California. Katie and her partner Gabriel are the proud parents of 18-month-old Adela Luc�.


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