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"The Underground Railroad, Next Stop, Toronto!" February 14, 2022

"The Underground Railroad, Next Stop, Toronto!" February 14, 2022

Join us for an interesting discussion of Toronto's 19th century Black history with historians Adrienne Shadd, Afua Cooper and Karolyn Smardz Frost, authors of the classic work, The Underground Railroad, Next Stop: Toronto! Beautifully illustrated, this new and updated edition is both accessible and engaging. The first edition published in 2002 remains the only volume […]

Bioethics and The Very Concept of Disability - February 3, 2022

Bioethics and The Very Concept of Disability - February 3, 2022

Testimony by disabled people concerning the relationship between their experiences and overall well-being has long been an object of social scientific and humanistic study. Often discussed in terms of “the disability paradox,” these studies contrast the intuitive horribleness of certain impaired states against the testimonial evidence suggesting that people in such states do not in […]

Building on Mandela’s Legacy: Public Policy Leadership Capacity Building in sub-Saharan Africa - January 28, 2022

Building on Mandela’s Legacy: Public Policy Leadership Capacity Building in sub-Saharan Africa - January 28, 2022

To commemorate the late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equity, the African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program supported young African professionals to become leaders in public policy and administration. The program granted scholarships based on merit to women and men from sub-Saharan Africa to pursue a one or two year Master’s degree in […]

Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Education in Jordan - January 27, 2022

Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Education in Jordan - January 27, 2022

Education has the potential to meaningfully transform individual lives and communities globally.  What does this practically look like in a unique country context; and, what are the opportunities and challenges that present themselves on the ground? Join us for a session to learn about how an education program focused upon women’s economic empowerment in Jordan, […]

International Education: a national security risk in a world of new geopolitics? January 26, 2022

International Education: a national security risk in a world of new geopolitics? January 26, 2022

This presentation will engage concepts of international education, public diplomacy and national security in the context of new geopolitics and specifically explore three research questions: 1) What is the relationship between national security and public diplomacy when it comes to international education? 2) How is the new geopolitical context shifting this relationship? 3) What are […]

Disambiguating “online” education: Language, mediation and learning - January 25, 2022

Disambiguating “online” education: Language, mediation and learning - January 25, 2022

Two years ago, public schooling was moved “online” virtually overnight in response to the onset of a global pandemic that has kept populations in varied states of social isolation for nearly two years. In Ontario, face-to-face classroom protocols, heavy on industrial era assembly-line batch processing and standardized testing models were transplanted to digital platforms, exposing […]

Sharing Land Acknowledgement: Respecting Indigeneity within Learning Journeys - January 19, 2022

Sharing Land Acknowledgement: Respecting Indigeneity within Learning Journeys - January 19, 2022

Presented by Daniol Clair Coles To build mainstream awareness as an early step on the forever journey of learning andIndigenous reconciliation, this interactive presentation will review and enhance understandingof the Land Acknowledgement, and discuss how broader acknowledgements respectingIndigeneity and each other may be situated authentically. We will also converse on basicterminology and definitions from an […]

Are the Depressed Capable of Rational Suicide? - January 20, 2022

Are the Depressed Capable of Rational Suicide? - January 20, 2022

Presented by Ariane Bakhtiar In this paper, I argue that some of the suicidally depressed have decision-making capacity and can commit what is known as “rational suicide”. Rational suicide, while having different definitions, generally means that a person makes a decision about dying while not impaired by a psychiatric disorder. There is some consensus in […]

Ethics: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Courts in Canada - January 18, 2021

Ethics: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Courts in Canada - January 18, 2021

Presented by Bruce Preston Canadian courts have struggled with delay for decades. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic added to an already difficult situation. Courts were required to take swift action, which they did. Despite this, they have faced criticism concerning the approach taken. I find that this criticism is not warranted and has more […]

UN International Day of Human Rights Commemoration and Special Panel Presentation - December 10, 2021

UN International Day of Human Rights Commemoration and Special Panel Presentation - December 10, 2021

2021 Theme: EQUALITY - Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to 'Equality' and Article 1 of the UDHR – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” The principles of equality and non-discrimination are at the heart of human rights. Equality is aligned with the 2030 Agenda and with […]