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2011 Past Events


Hi Everyone!

For those of you who are interested, come check out the following event!

Event:        Political Prisoners Beyond the Wall, the World, the Art
Time:         December 10th 2011  
Location:   Innis Town Hall  (University of Toronto)

Shahla Talebi
Ghosts of Revolution: Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran
Chowra Makaremi
Aziz’s Notebook: at the Heart of the Iranian Revolution (Le cahier d’Aziz : au coeur de la révolution iranienne)
Roshanak Jaberi
Behind the Stained Walls
Shadi Amin
Documented Cases of the Rape and Sexual Abuse of Female Political Prisoners in the 1980s

This event is sponsored by:
Dr. Shahrzad Mojab and Bethany J. Osborne
Memories, Memoirs and the Arts: Women Political Prisoners


Free tickets need to be picked up beforehand at the Wonderworks bookstore.

You are invited to a private screening of the incredible documentary film, The Peace Village. This feature length documentary is a wake up call delivered by indigenous  Elders  from throughout the Americas about  the need for deep reflection and radical change in our relationship with the environment and each other.  At the heart of The Peace Village story, are messages from the hearts of indigenous Elders to the heart of the Earth and her people.

Narrator Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo has been teaching the profound spiritual practice of peacemaking for over three decades. This documentary provides a rare opportunity to witness Native Elders from North, Central, and South America practicing peaceful mediation and sustainable living in a world overrun with corruption and environmental devastation.

"We are in crisis," says Algonquin Elder Mike Bastine.  And yet, with incredible humor and skill, he and other Elders continue to clarify the urgent issues we all face and to offer simple yet profound tools for catalyzing positive change. The Elders explore and defuse media-fed fears about 2012-their message is that the opportunity for enlightened transformation is upon us. The Elders remind us that we are all co-creators of our agreed upon dream/ reality and challenge us to change our global dream, ultimately calling for every citizen of this Earth to practice compassion-in-action in our daily lives. It is only by working together, moment to moment, that we co-create and energize a future of peace.

Indigenous Elders and their ancient practices of caring for the Earth have never been so crucial.  "They know how to do this; they have lived in balance with nature for centuries; and we as a species have to return to these practices to save our planet," urges Senator Hinda Miller of Vermont.

The Peace Village is a compelling catalyst for spiritual and social transformation. The documentary speaks to the importance of keeping indigenous wisdom alive, and of passing the flame to the world's youth, the Elders of tomorrow. As such, the Elders in Peace Village aim to awaken each individual and invite each person on this Earth to remember-we are here to make a difference. May the film be a template, a pathway of light to usher in a most Great Peace for the next 500 years, unto seven generations and beyond.

THE ELDERS: For several of the featured Elders, this is the first time they have allowed themselves or their teachings to be filmed.  They do so due to the urgency of the times and their commitment to share prophecies and teachings with those who would normally have no access to the wisdom of their traditions. Their messages are told through interviews and storytelling, intermixed with traditional songs and ceremony.

Date: Thursday December 15th

Time: 7 PM

Place: Royal Cinema at 608 College Street. (west of Bathurst). Doors open at 6:30pm.

Tickets: Are free and are available to be picked up at Wonderworks, 79 Havourd St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G4 (it's important to have the ticket with you for entrance).



The Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE) Presents:

Brown Bag Lecture

(Step) Mothering as a Transformative Spiritual Journey

with Jasjit Sangha

Jasjit Sangha will use the form of art-informed auto-ethnography to illuminate the complexity of (step) mothering a bi-racial stepfamily. In her presentation she will explore how the experience of (step) mothering can lead to a loss of agency and a decline in health as a woman seeks to fulfill societal expectations to be a “good (step) mother”.  Jasjit contends that this experience can also be a source of empowerment as it can be the catalyst for personal and spiritual transformation.

She will read from her doctoral dissertation Meri Kahanee Sono (Listen to my story): A Stepmother’s Journey of Healing and Renewal as well as facilitate a discussion on mothering, stepmothering, and the use of arts-informed research methods. Her doctoral work is available on T-space at http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29945

Thursday, Nov 24, 2011


Free, bring your lunch!

Room 2-227, CWSE, 252 Bloor St W

Jasjit Sangha is currently a visiting scholar with the CWSE. She strives to make linkages between academic theory and lived experience by infusing arts-informed research methods and auto-ethnography into her work. Her current research is centered on adult learning and spirituality, transformative learning and mothering / stepmothering. She is currently co-editing a book on South Asian Mothering to be published by Demeter Press in 2012.

Email cwse@utoronto.ca for information




Monday November 21   Revised  6pm  -7:30               Room 7-162, 7th Floor, OISE

TLC Film Series presents...

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As young married artists in the 1970s, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge faced a dilemma — they were in competition with each other. Instead of breaking them apart their conflict politicized them — sparking a pioneering collaboration that continues today.

PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE witnesses Condé & Beveridge in action as they create provocative staged photographs about the environment, the rights of workers and the current global financial crisis. An intimate view of subjects who shun celebrity, PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE is about two artists who challenge the way we see our world.

DATE: Monday November 21
LOCATION: Room 7-162, 7th Floor,

OISE, 252 Bloor Street West (at St. George subway station)


Monday November 14, 5.30-7.30 pm                       Room 7-162, 7th Floor, OISE

TLC Film Series presents...

pray the devil


The TLC has shown great movies before, but we’ve now decided to launch a regular series!


First up is the wonderfully inspiring film Pray the Devil Back to Hell-- the remarkable story of a group of courageous Liberian women, Christian and Muslim, who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Their efforts also culminated in the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female head of state, and marked the vanguard of a new wave of women taking control of their political destiny around the world.

Leymah Gbowee, one of the leaders of the protest, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf are both recipients of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.


Joining us to share her ideas and give context to the film is U of T Political Science Masters student, Korryn Bodner, who was so inspired by the efforts of the Liberian women that she has made this the focus of her studies.

 DATE: Monday November 14
TIME: 5.30- 8.30 PM
LOCATION: Room 7-162, 7th Floor,

OISE, 252 Bloor Street West (at St. George subway station)



Monday July 11, 7:00 - 9:00 pm                                                       Peace Lounge

The Transformative Learning Centre Presents...


Teaching and Learning for Social Justice:
Transformative Learning in Indigenous Australian Studies

 seminar and workshop

facilitated by Liz Mackinlay and Katelyn Barney

This event is free, but we ask that you please pre-register so we have any idea of numbers

For tertiary educators of Indigenous Australian studies, finding teaching and learning approaches that make space for the diversity of Indigenous Australian peoples to be included, accessed, understood, discussed and engaged with in meaningful ways is important. Problem-Based Learning (PBL), because of its emphasis on transformation through dialogic learning, is a pedagogical tool used by teachers in many Indigenous Australian studies classrooms at tertiary level. It is used in preference to other methods because the dialogic nature of PBL provides an opportunity for students and lecturers to raise and discuss with each other the kinds of emotional and intellectual discomforts they are experiencing when learning about Indigenous peoples and histories. Drawing on findings from an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) funded project, this seminar explores the ways in which PBL pedagogy in Indigenous Australian studies can act as transformative learning to achieve critical equity goals in tertiary education. The presenters will also run a short workshop using a condensed PBL session so that participants can experience and reflect on the transformative aspects of this teaching and learning approach.

Please email tlcentre.oise@utoronto.ca to register


DATE: Monday July 11, 2011
TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 PM, please arrive 15 minutes early
PLACE: Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
PRICE: Free!



TLC Circles

We are please to announce the launch of a new series of bi-monthly circles. These circles will be informal gatherings that will take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Each circle will have a particular topic, concern or video for discussion. The full schedule for the circles for 2010 and 2011 are listed below. The first circle on October 6 went very well. We got to see some new faces, and hear some creative and exciting ideas for the upcoming year. Thanks to everyone who came out! 


Location: Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE                                                                      
Time: 4-6pm




Monday May 30, 7:30 - 10:30 pm                                                      OISE Auditorium

The Transformative Learning Centre Presents...


Nature, Heart and Wisdom in the Shamanic Tradition
 a talk with Eliot Cowan

Times of change succeed in getting our attention. They elicit from us strong reactions. Whether we react from fear or from the heart determines our point of view, our stance. Will our stance be one of fear and confusion, or one of wisdom and awakening? Shamanic traditions are uniquely positioned to help guide us in times of change. They recognize that beyond the din there is a depth, a voice, a hum, a heartbeat, connected to nature, to truth, to the natural world. There is an internal place, an ancient wisdom, deeply generous and filled with nourishment. Their guidance shows us how to live, how to be, how to find purpose, how to thrive and how to rediscover what is truly important.



DATE: Monday May 30
TIME: Doors open 7:30 PM, talk begins at 8 PM 
PLACE: OISE Auditorium, Main Floor, 252 Bloor Street West
PRICE: PWYC (Suggested donation $20 per person, $10 for students and unwaged)



Contact Mai Duong, psmontario@gmail.com, 416-238-9924

REGISTER EARLY! Online: psmontario.eventbrite.com

Thursday April 21, 7 - 10 pm                                                           OISE Auditorium

Older Than America
Special Screening and Q&A with director Georgina Lightning

The award-winning film comes to OISE!

$10/Ticket or By Donation
Proceeds go to Seven Generations Healing Network and the "Walk for Nations"


Wednesday April 20, 4 - 6 pm                                    Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE

TLC Circles Series Presents...

A Conversation About Space

facilitated by Naomi Tessler and Jennifer Chan


Come join Naomi Tessler and Jennifer Chan on April 20th from 4 – 6 pm in the first of a new series of TLC Learning Circles designed to bring together people and ideas. This series leads up to the TLC Summer Institute 2011(June 12 – July 2). In these unique circles, we will be bringing different facilitators from the Institute together, to create new dialogues and engage the community.

In interactive workshop, participants will be exposed to ideas from two dynamic individuals with exciting and inspirational notions of how we think about space.

Jennifer will focus on design thinking and community and social impacts of space, including how to integrate learning tools and activities to promote focused question asking, visual analysis, lateral thinking, rapid ideation and implementation with effective evaluation.

Naomi will explore how theatre can enliven our relationship to our environments and our environment can inspire the creation of theatre. Participants will be invited to consider the symbiotic relationship between nature and creativity and discuss nature as performance space.

DATE: Wednesday April 20th
TIME: 4 - 6 PM
LOCATION: Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
PRICE: Free!!

Both Naomi and Jennifer are running courses
as part of the TLC Summer Institute.



Thursday April 14, 6 - 9 pm                                      Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE

What is the Connection Between Nature, Culture, and Resiliency? 
A talk with Mark Morey

Mark Morey, international education and cultural engineer, is coming to Ontario to speak on the role of natura in creating culture, and sharing methods to consciously create a strong culture of nature connection in education, the home environment, or in the local community.

Mark is the founder of the Vermount Wilderness School, and the Institute for Natural Learning. He is a leader in a groundbreaking international movement that connects people, culture, community and nature; called the Art of Mentoring.

Join us, as Mark covers topics including:

  • differences in nature connection vs. nature education
  • tools to empower future generations to understand and care for the environment
  • the power of cultural tools such as storytelling, rites of passage and ceremony
  • what 'Cultural Mentoring' is and the power it has to create change
  • international success stories

  DATE: Thursday April 14
  TIME: 6 - 9 PM
  LOCATION: Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE

  PWYC (Suggested $10)


To book your space please visit www.pineproject.org or call 647 991 7463


Wednesday March 30, 4 - 6 pm                                            7-162, 7th Floor, OISE

TLC Circle Series presents...

Contemplative Pedagogy
with Dr. Rupert Collister

In this circle, Dr. Rupert Collister will explore an approach to contemplative pedagogy developed through his time as a graduate professor at the University of Western Ontario.

His pedagogy is focused around three main elements:

  1. Making the course relevant to the ‘lived experience’ of the students
  2.  Using the medium of the course to enable the students to begin to develop their own holistic way of being and way of knowing
  3.  Encouraging the students to be able to interpret their daily experiences of the subject matter, their specific professional context, and their engagement with both from this emergent holistic point of view

Rupert’s pedagogical practices include the experiential teaching of contemplative practice, deep reflection and journaling, reflective questioning, ‘circles of trust’ inspired by the work of Palmer (2004) and Crowell, Caine and Caine (1998), collaborative conversations, and Appreciative Inquiry (Cooperrider & Whitney, 2005). These elements are supported by engagement in texts from traditional, modern, and ‘pioneer’ sources from both within and outside of the Western worldview. The Journal of Transformative Education is publishing a paper he co-wrote with one of his students about their experience engaging in these practices.


  DATE: Wednesday March 30
  TIME: 4 - 6 PM
  LOCATION: Seminar room 7-162, 7th Floor, OISE

Dr. Rupert Collister is also running a workshop with the

TLC’s Summer Institute 2011.

Check it out here: 2011 TLC Summer Institute






InterChange and the Transformative Learning Centre present  

TOWARD SUSTAINABLE PEACE IN KENYA:Applying a peacebuilding model



After the 2007 election in Kenya erupted into violence, Kenyans at all levels worked together to restore peace. These efforts culminated with a largely peaceful referendum in 2009 in which a comprehensive and progressive new constitution was adopted by a large majority.


However, recognizing that much remains to be done to build sustainable peace in Kenya and also in neighbouring Uganda, InterChange organized a Facilitators’ workshop in Nairobi last October.  25 peacebuilders from Kenya, Uganda and Canada came together to develop ideas and strategies to take back to their communities.


Members of the Canadian contingent will be talking about the workshop and describing how a peacebuilding model, Lederach’s Expanded Framework, was applied. We will also discuss how the model could be used in other peacebuilding situations.


Please join us!


Date: Saturday February 5

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Place: Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE, 252 Bloor St. W (at St. George)





TLC Circle Series presents... 

From endangered peoples to endangered worldviews: the place of indigenous being in restoring ecological health

Facilitated by Dr Lewis Williams, founder and chair of KIN


How and why is the recovery and re-visioning of indigenous being relevant to all peoples and the planet today?

What does the work of ecological alliance mean in a time of intergenerational trauma and significant disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people?

What are the dreams that you hold for ecological well being?

This learning circle introduces the Koru International Network (K.I.N.) a growing international community of practice whose aim is human cultural diversity for bio-diversity through the revitalization of indigenous wisdoms within all cultures. Our activities include applied research, transformative learning and social action. To date K.I.N. is concentrating its activities in Canada, Aotearoa and Australia. Come and learn about the work of KIN, tap your inner wisdom, learn from others, and explore the possibility of being part of a growing international ecological movement.

Lewis Williams, is an eco-activist, social innovator, academic and community developer. She is the Founder and Chair of KIN. Born in Aotearoa, New Zealand, Lewis is of Ngai Te Rangi (Maori) and Scottish origins. Lewis has researched, published and taught on a variety of issues relating to ecological well-being and has worked with a wide range of cultural groups internationally.

DATE: Wednesday February 2nd, 2011
TIME: 4 – 6 PM
PLACE: Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West





TLC Circle Series presents...

Community-Engaged Arts and Arts-Based Change in Toronto: how do we get there?  

Facilitated by Skye Louis, Neighbourhood Arts Network Coordinator  

This learning circle will introduce the Neighbourhood Arts Network (NAN), an association dedicated to building capacity for community-engaged artists and organizations, collecting and sharing research, and connecting every Toronto neighbourhood with the transformative power of artistic activity.

Skye Louis, NAN Coordinator, will lead us in a workshop and discussion exploring community-engaged arts and arts-based change in Toronto. Some of the questions that may be considered include:

  • What is community-engaged arts? Who are community engaged artists and groups in Toronto? What are some of the challenges these artists are facing?

  • What is your connection to arts and community engagement?

  • How have the arts influenced your life? Have they contributed to your empowerment or learning? Do they shape the places in which you live/work/play?

  • Why are the arts important to you? What value do they add to your life?

  • How can we work together for arts-based change?



Date: Wednesday February 16

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Place: Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE, 252 Bloor St. W (at St. George)






InterChange presents...

Training for Trainers: Peace Begins at Home


 “Peace begins at Home” is a series of 5 workshops to take the concept of peace and how people can get involved into schools and communities. To learn how to be a facilitator,  come to our Training of Trainers workshop!


Date: Thursday February 17

Time: 5 - 7:30 PM

Place: Room 5-250, OISE, 252 Bloor St. W 


To confirm your attendance and/or for more info, contact info@interchange4peace.org

 Co-sponsored by Rexdale Women’s Centre   




InterChange presents...

The InterChange GTA Local Center Meeting


Dear Friends,

I am pleased to invite you to our monthly InterChange GTA Local Center
meeting Tuesday February 22nd at 5:30 pm.

The meeting will take place at in the Peace Lounge at OISE (University
of Toronto) as usual, on the 7th Floor.

For those of you taking the TTC, the nearest subway station is
St-George station. Go towards the Bedford exit, there is an entrance
to OISE right inside the subway station.

I've also posted pictures of our Dec 14th Christmas Party, which took lieu
of our December monthly meeting, on our Facebook page:


Best regards and looking forward to seeing you there,

Education and Training Program Coordinator

InterChange 4 Peace Building
A growing, united & diverse community of community-based peacebuilders
around the world





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