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Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Community-Based Peacebuilding Across Borders and Boundaries

In November 2007, InterChange: International Institute for Community-Based Peacebuilding, held a peacebuilding symposium in Rwanda. Join Toronto-area participants, including Dr. Anne Goodman, co-Director of the TLC, and several OISE students and graduates, to hear about their experiences and future plans.

Wednesday January 16, 2008
4.00-6.00 pm
Place: Seminar Room 7-162, OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto (at St. George subway)

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PAST Events


Tuesday 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 25-27, 2007
OISE/University of Toronto


Interested in social justice? Want to learn new skills to be a better advocate for social change? Care to meet others working on global issues?

The Global Citizens Forum 2007 (GCF) is a two and a half day event taking place in Toronto from October 25-27, 2007 focused on building the capacity of OCIC members as well as youth leaders and other relevant organizations to be engaged and act as advocates for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals through the use of arts and technology. The GCF will provide an important space for networking, skill-sharing and cross cultural understanding.

Who can participate?

  • OCIC member organizations
  • Youth between the ages of 16-25 who have a proven commitment to social justice and community/international development as well as experience in social activism
  • Relevant organizations who work in community/international development

When and how do I register/apply?
  • OCIC members and all other relevant organizations must fill out and submit a Registration Form. Cheques should be sent to OCIC by the registration deadline. As space is limited, each organization can only register up to two representatives.
  • Youth between the ages of 16-25 must fill out and submit a Youth Application Form. Selected applicants will be contacted by Tuesday October 16, and will be asked to confirm their attendance within 24 hours. As an equity seeking group, OCIC encourages First Nations and aboriginal youth, as well as other visible, ethno-cultural and socio-economic minorities to apply and self identify.

Who can I contact for more information?

Kris Orantes Migoya
Public Engagement Coordinator
Ontario Council for International Cooperation
344 Bloor St. West, Suite 405
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3A7
Phone: 416 972 6303

Monday, October 15th, 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, 2007
7-9pm OISE Auditorium
252 Bloor Street West

Local Autonomous Media Fair

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

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.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Deena Metzger
From Grief Into Vision
Exploring the radiant possibilities of vision in dark times

Wednesday October 3, 2007
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 25, 2007

The Transformative Learning Circle presents A Summertime Transformative Learning Circle

Bricolage, social research and critical pedagogy: A dialogue with Joe Kincheloe

This circle will provide a unique opportunity to engage in conversation with Joe Kincheloe, accomplished academic in the area of critical pedagogy. Professor Kincheloe will share his experience with bricolage, a research approach that offers insight into new forms of rigor and complexity in social research.

June 25, 2007
5.00-6.30 pm
Peace Lounge, 7th floor, OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West. Toronto, Canada

Professor Joe Kincheloe is Canada Research Chair of Critical Pedagogy, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University. Among his most recent publications are On to the Next Level: Continuing the Conceptualization of the Bricolage (2005) , Critical constructivism (2005), Critical pedagogy (2004), The Power of the Bricolage: Expanding Research Methods (2004),Teachers as researchers: Qualitative paths to empowerment. (2002), and The sign of the burger: McDonald's and the culture of control (2002).

Friday, 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 limited

Contact Person: Lang Liu

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

Sunday April 22, 2007
Water and Women of Action
A Teach-In on the Sacred Rights of Water

Overwhelmed 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

Sunday, April 22, 2007 (3-5pm)
Ontario Insitute for Studies in Eduation - Auditorium, Ground Floor
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Tickets: 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.

See the advert

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)

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

 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, USA

Prof. 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 19th, 2007
12.00-1.30 pm

OISE/UT 252 Bloor ST. West, Toronto
Room 7-162

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




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).

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

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

Rachelle Ricotta*

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!"

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.

Monday, February 19, 2007

The Transformative Learning Centre,
Canadian Hispanic Congress and Factor Hispano presented

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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Transformative Learning Circle presented :

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.


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

Friday, 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 

thors 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


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Transformative Learning Centre, OISE/UT

In 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�.


TLC Circle

Wednesday, 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

Saturday 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.


Thursday, November 23,2006

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


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!)


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

Thursday, November 23, 2006

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


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.

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, October 3, 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 3, 2006
7.00-9.00 pm
OISE/UT, South Peace Lounge
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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. For course descriptions and enrollment details click here ...

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

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)

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

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
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)
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:

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:

The Transformative Learning Centre presents...

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 and Global Advisory Board of More information on homepage:

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

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: 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 / 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:

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-12.00

Room 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.

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

Rusa Jeremic
Program Coordinator
Global Economic Justice
Kairos Canada

Alfredo Marroquin
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:, 416-690-2892


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

Co-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)

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"One Earth: Wisdom Diversities and Earth Literacies" will take place in Toronto on April 20th to 22nd 2007. Read further ...

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

Memory, Truth and Justice: Remembering Argentina 1976 - 2006
Week of awareness and remembrance on occassion of the
30th 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

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

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

TLC March Circle


Wednesday March 22, 2006
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.

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, PhD

Lee 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.