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2009 Past Events


Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday, December 18th - The Transformative Learning Centre (TLC) and Students on Seven (SOS) present "Nonviolent Action: The Struggle for a Piece of Land (Film and discussion)", OISE Room 7-162, 1pm

The movie presents the Struggle for a Piece of Land by landless people in India and the mobilization for Land Rights in India carried on by Ekta Parishad. In October 2007, Ekta Parishad organized a march in which about 25,000 poor marginalized landless people from different parts of the country walked 350 kilometers over a period of 1 month to the National Capital demanding their right to own a piece of land. Screening of "NONVIOLENT ACTION" will be followed by discussion with Jill-Carr Hill, a Canadian activist who has been closely associated  with this movement

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Archna Sahni at TLC Dialogue Circle, "Can we have transformative learning if we continue to perceive non-Western cultures through stereotypes?: A look at India, and Hindu-Vedic worldviews", OISE 7th Floor Peace Lounge, 4-5:30pm.

November 27, 2009 

The Transformative Martial Arts Film Series and the Transformative Lerning Centre present "Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films" 

Arthur Dong's riveting documentary, followed by discussion: www.greeneconomis.net/TMA_Film_Series.htm.

Friday, November 27, 2009, 3-5pm

Board Room (Rm 199), 12th Floor OISE/UT

252 Bloor St. W.

Free Admission

Host and Facilitator: Dr. Roxana Ng, OISE professor and tai chi/qigong teacher

For more details on the film and the TMA Film Series see www.greeneconomics.net/TMA_Film_Series.htl

November 26, 2009

Thursday, November 26th, 6-8pm - "El Salvador: Political Change Process and Freedom of Expression," with Eric Lemus, Francisco Rico-Martinez, and Marian Botsford Fraser, OISE 7th Floor Room 7-162. 

November 25, 2009

Transformative Learning, Meaningful Work, Community and Sustainability: A Holisitc Approach

Rupert Collister, Ph.D. (University of New England, Australia)

OISE, Peace Lounge
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rupert will be presenting on his recent doctoral dissertation which investigated a harmonious way of being which could facilitate the conditions for holistic, transformative ways of knowing within the structures of communities and organizations, with a view to creating a sustainable future for all beings.

His talk will provide an overview of his mode of inquiry and summary of his own story, which provided the grounding for his inquiry. He will also provide a summary of concepts of, and synergies between Community, Adult Learning, Meaningful Work, and Sustainability as they emerged from his inquiry. He will end his presentation by facilitating a brief discussion around these concepts and their role in society.
Rupert Collister (Ph.D. University of New England, Australia) has conducted teaching and research activities in a broad range of post-compulsory education contexts. He is particularly interested in holistic and transformative education, community building, meaningful work, and the insights of Indigenous cultures and Eastern traditions.

November 24, 2009

Tuesday, November 24th, 7:30pm - Mark Hathaway at OISE - Book event for "The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation"

Today, humanity stands at an historic crossroads. Deepening poverty and accelerating ecological destruction challenge us to act with wisdom and maturity: How can we move toward a future where meaning, hope, and beauty can truly flourish? Drawing on insights from economics, psychology, science, and spirituality, The Tao of Liberation seeks wisdom leading to authentic liberation a path toward ever-greater communion, diversity, and creativity for the Earth community. It describes this wisdom using the Chinese word Tao both a way leading to harmony and the unfolding process of the cosmos itself.

On Tuesday, November 24, the book's principle author, Mark Hathaway, will launch The Tao of Liveration: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation, written in collaboration with Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff. Come for an introductory talk and book signing. You may pre-purchase copies of the book online via credit card for $30 at www.taoofliberation.com or purchase copies on site for $35 (cash only).

November 21-22, 2009

InterChange GTA Symposium: Peacebuilding Show and Tell

November 21-22, 9:30am-5pm, OISE 7th Floor Peace Lounge

The two-day peacebuilding symposium will include sessions on artistic approaches to peacebuilding, nonviolent communication, theatre for peacebuilding, peace journalism, food security, and meditative practices. Local artists and peace practitioners will share their work and methods in a collaborative space hosted in the OISE 7th Floor Peace Lounge. There will also be a potluck on Sunday for lunch.

November 21, 2009

Saturday, November 21st, 12-1pm - Pyjama Walk for Peace and Non-Violence (part of the World March for Peace initiative), meeting at Bloor and Yonge at 12pm.  

November 19, 2009

The Canadian Department for Peace Initiative

Thursday, November 19th, 6-7:30pm, OISE 7th Floor, Room 7-162

With Guest Speakers:

Rob Acheson, Co-chair of the Toronto Chapter - Canadian Department for Peace Initiative

Roberto Verdecchia, Canadian Coordinator of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

November 13-15, 2009

November 13th-15th at McMaster University - 8th Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada - "Loving Teachers, Living Schools: Embracing Our Paths of Peace."

November 2, 2009

Monday, November 2nd, 7pm - Rob Acheson at Friend's House - Information session on the Canadian Department for Peace initiative.

October 31, 2009

Saturday, October 31st, 10am-5:30pm - Jeannette McCullough at The Distillery (Parliament and Front) Toronto - "The Work that Reconnects."

October 30, 2009

The Transformative Martial Arts Series

Dr. Jamie Magnusson

Friday, October 30th, 2009, 3-5pm

OISE Room 5-260

Sponsored by the Transformative Learning Centre, OISE, University of Toronto

October 28, 2009

Transforming Critical Pedagogy: Reflections on the Freire Conference Gathering in Spain

Eimear O'Neill, Ph.D

OISE 7th Floor, Room 7-162, 4-5:30pm

October 22, 2009

Vandana Shiva will be presenting "Earth Democracy" at Hart House.

September 21, 2009

UN International Day for Peace: From Social Justice to Poetic Justice 

Do you look at the world and think that things need to change? Then come join the Transformative Learning Centre at OISE in observance of the UN International Day of Peace as we read, exhibit, and compose poems for peace.

The Centre invites all those interested to come out and compose a peace poem or bring a poem/quote for peace from diverse traditions around the world.

Everyone is invited!

Hosted in the 7th Floor Peace Lounge at OISE, 252 Bloor St. West (at St. George) from 12:00 to 3pm.



June 18, 2009 

Taking Heart in Tough Times - A Public Talk by Joanna Macy
Economic meltdown, climate change, peak oil, social unrest…  

There is no doubt about it–these are challenging and uncertain times. In this interactive talk eco-philosopher Joanna Macy points the way out of despair, helplessness, or denial, and into vision, creativity and empowered action. You will come away with a sense of the bigger picture, a context for hope, and inspiration for navigating the challenges ahead.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 7:00 – 9:00 pm

OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Sponsored by the Transformative Learning Centre, OISE, University of Toronto

June 26 and 27, 2009 

The Way of the Universe, Wisdom for the Ecozoic Era

Brian Swimme, Ph.D.

Location: O.I.S.E Auditorium, 252 Bloor Street, Toronto

Whole Event: $149 includes lunch Whole Event Student/Senior: $99 includes lunch After June 16: Whole Event one price for all: $159.00 Friday only $39 Saturday only $119 one price for all

Program Description:
Friday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm The New Story For Shifting Times (Cosmology)

Saturday 9:15 am -11:15 am The Earth’s Imagination (Ecology and Spirituality)

Saturday 11:30 am - 1:00 pm The New Human and The Powers of the Universe

Saturday 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm Finding Our Place in the Great Work 

Choose from meditative arts, conversations and ceremonial programs. Excellent leaders will facilitate a place and time to help you do the inner work necessary to consider the implications of these important teachings. Address the question of our time, how does what we do, that is our paid or unpaid outer work, allow us consciously be a part of the unfolding Universe?

Saturday 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm The Way of the Universe Celebration 

About the Leader: The engaging and renowned scientist, and scholar Brian Swimme, is a professor on the graduate faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies. His books include The Universe Is A Green Dragon, The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos, and of course, he was co-author with Thomas Berry of The Universe Story, also of the video series, The Canticle of the Cosmos, and Earth’s Imagination.

For more information on this event, see the Gaia Centre website

Register Here

Speaker’s Website: www.brianswimme.org/ 

April 18, 2009

InterChange: International Institute for Community-Based Peacebuilding
2009 Annual General Meeting  and Storytelling as Healing Workshop

April 18, 2009
Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE (252 Bloor Street, Toronto, Canada)

11 a.m. Greetings for the day
11.30 a.m. Annual General Meeting
1:00 p.m. Pot-Luck lunch (bring food to share)
2:00 p.m. Presentation and workshop: “Storytelling as a Healing Art”

The afternoon will begin with a story by Regine King, InterChange member,
PhD candidate and survivor of the Rwandan genocide. It will be followed by
a participatory workshop on storytelling for healing. Down load the poster!

Everyone is welcome!!

InterChange is a project of the Transformative Learning
Centre: www.interchange4peace.org.

March 25, 2009

Re-imagining and Re-creating the ‘Public’ and the ‘Education’ in Public
Education: A Freirean Approach Using Digital Stories

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 12.00-1.30 pm
OISE Room 7-105
252 Bloor St West, Toronto

In this presentation, Ron Glass will discuss a project in a low-income community that is attempting to build a movement that links school and community transformation. Adapting Freire’s methods to the technologies available in the 21st century, the team project is using digital stories as the main tool for the ‘codification’ of peoples’ experiences, and building dialogues around these as an element of establishing a learning process that is also a political organizing and mobilization process. An overview of this project can be found on a community television program (What’s Happening in Education? Program #5) produced in 2008: http://www.communitytv.org/programs/videos.

BIO: Ron Glass is a philosopher of education whose work focuses on education as a practice of freedom, school reform in low-income, racially, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and the role of education in the struggle for a just, pluralistic democracy. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Education Department of the University of California Santa Cruz, where he chairs the Social Context and Policy Studies Ph.D. program, and also directs the Ed.D. in Collaborative Leadership program. Professor Glass has published extensively in a variety of journals. He has the forthcoming book (April 2009) Prioritizing Urban Children, Teachers, and Schools through Professional Development Schools (with colleague Pia Lindquist Wong).

Before joining the UC Santa Cruz faculty, Dr. Glass had taught at Stanford University, the University of California Berkeley, and Arizona State University. He has provided consultation on program development and evaluation, educational reform, and institutional strategic planning for community organizations, schools, districts, and universities. Prior to being on university faculties, he directed the San Francisco-based Adult Education Development Project, benefiting from the collaboration of Paulo Freire and Myles Horton, the world-renowned educators for democracy.

March 10, 2009


TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009, 12:00 NOON

PLACE: Room 5-280, OISE
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
(subway: St. George)

This film documents the march of 25,000 people to the seat of the Indian
government in October 2007. This large scale Ghandian action pressed the
Indian government to provide millions of landless peasants and farmers
with their land rights. The film is proof that non-violent action is
working. Another march is planned for 2012 with 100,000 people.

French filmaker Louis Campana will be at OISE at this session to promote
non-violence and celebrate the courageousness of the human spirit.

All are welcome.


March 10, 2009                 

Dr. Ekundayo J.D. Thompson, University of Sierra Leone

“Youth Marginalization in Post-conflict Sierra Leone:
Possibilities for Peace-building”
Tuesday March 10th
11:30 - 1:00pm
CIDE ‘Smart’ Room, # 7-105
Co-Sponsored by the Comparative, International and Development Education Centre  and the Transformative Learning Centre OISE/UT

About the speaker:
Dr. Ekundayo J.D. Thompson is Professor of Education at the Institute of Educational and Extra-Mural Studies and at the Institute of Public Administration and Management, Fourah Bay College, University of  Sierra Leone. He has extensive experience and expertise that spans literacy, adult education, formal and non-formal education, open learning communities, and project management. He is active as a consultant to UNESCO, UNICEF, and other international bodies, and too many African countries. He was instrumental in establishing a new Masters program in Peace Education at Njala University. In 2007 he concluded a major study of youth marginalization in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Thompson is conducting a study visit to Canada under the auspices of the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, with funding from the Charles Martyn Elliott and Kathleen Meed Elliott Travel Fellowship in Education. An important purpose of his visit is to advance plans for
bi-national collaboration in peace education in the schools, in teacher education, and in non-formal education. Dr. Thompson is available Monday late in the day and Tuesday after the seminar, and interested in meeting with people involved in special educational needs provision, e.g. those working in inner city projects, and for conversations on collaborative research in education management/international development studies

February 27, 2009

Body Spirit at the Transformative Learning Centre presents,
as part of the Transformative Martial Arts Film Series:


Best British Film of 2002
Asif Kapadia’s Powerful First Feature Film

Friday   Feb. 27, 2008   3-5pm
Board Room (Rm. 199), 12th Floor
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, U of Toronto
252 Bloor St. W. , Toronto (directly above St. George subway station)

THE WARRIOR is a poignant look at the choices people are forced
to make in order to survive.  A warlord’s top enforcer, whose
conscience is awakened, drops his sword and begins a journey to
find inner peace, while hunted by the warlords gangs.

“Part swordfighting epic, part spiritual quest, an Eastern Western
reminiscent of the films of Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone.”

After the film, join us for a wide-ranging discussion of the film and
relevant issues of social change and transformative martial arts.

For more information, including the film trailer, see

Contacts: Brian Milani (bmilani@web.ca) and Roxana Ng

January 30, 2009                      

Transformative Learning Centre presents

Transformative Martial Arts Movies SeriesThird Film and Discussion Session

Friday, January 30, 2009. 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Room 12-199 - 12/F, OISE Bldg., 252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON at St. George Subwayhttp://www.greeneconomics.net/TMA_Film_Series.htm


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