Visiting Speaker – Dr. Max Stephens

April 4, 2014

Please mark your calendars for a Visiting Speaker Presentation:

 Using 21st Century Competencies to Analyze Math Curriculum Reform in China

 Dr. Max Stephens
University of Melbourne, Australia

2:00 pm
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

Abstract: This presentation will discuss: what are 21stcentury competencies, and how and why are they informing educational practices, thinking and curriculum development globally? 21stCentury competencies have been widely promoted by international agencies such as OECD, the European Union and UNESCO, and by other agencies within the USA, in order to ensure that school education is responsive to social, cultural and economic conditions in member countries. The impact of these various policy frameworks on curriculum design in the USA and Australia is to be expected. Less obvious is how and why they should have a major bearing on China’s revised (2011) Standards for Basic Education in Mathematics.

Poster-Dr. Max Stephens

Researching International and Contemporary Education (RICE) Talk

March 14, 2014

 Dr. Kumari Beck
Simon Fraser University
will present:

 Everyday Experiences of Internalization: Continuing Conversations on Research and Practice

 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Faculty of Education Building
Room 1010

All welcome!

Poster -Dr Kumari Beck
Abstract of Talk and Biography

Alter-Globalism in Higher Education

February 14, 2014

Alter-Globalism in Higher Education: Paradoxes of Ethics, Justice and Internationalization

Presented by:

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti
Canada Research Chair
Race, Inequalities, and Global Change

1:00 pm
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Community Room (1139)
Faculty of Education Building

 Please RSVP to Alyson Watson ( by
Monday, February 24th if you are planning to attend.

Contact Paul Tarc ( for more information.

Abstract: Alter-globalism in Higher Education: Paradoxes of Ethics, Justice and Internationalization
This presentation examines shifting perceptions of the public role of (higher) education, with particular emphasis on questions of ethics, justice and internationalization that arise at the inter-sections of current economic, cultural, political and social forces. It puts forward a call to protect the role of the university as a critic and conscience of society, and as a space where critically informed, multi-voiced, globally accountable and independent academic discussions of consequence about alternative futures can and should take place.

Bio: Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti is Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change. Her research examines political economies of knowledge production, discusses the ethics of international development and of ideals of globalism and internationalization in education and in global activism, with an emphasis on representations of and relationships with marginalized communities. Her teaching scholarship engages with the use of social cartographies in curriculum and pedagogy and with the interface between political and existential approaches to questions of justice and conviviality. Dr. Andreotti is a research fellow at the University of Oulu, where she had a research chair in global education from 2010 to 2013.

Visiting Speaker – Dr. Richard Kiely

January 21, 2014

 A Transformative Approach to Global Service-Learning: Lessons Learned from the Field

Dr. Richard Kiely
Center for Engaged Learning + Research
Cornell University

10:00 am
Friday, January 31, 2014
Community Room (1139)
Faculty of Education.

RSVP to Alyson Watson ( if you plan to attend.

Please see attached posterabstract and biography for more details.

International Research Connections

January 8, 2014

The Teaching Support Centre

International Research Connections

Friday, January 24, 2014
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Teaching Support Centre
Room 122, The D.B. Weldon Library

Register at:

International collaboration may help you achieve your goals in research and teaching. How can you access the international community of scholars? What are some strategies for success in promoting your research? How best can you involve graduate or undergraduate students in international programs? Our panelists have different kinds of experience in international research and teaching. We invite you to hear their reports and engage them in conversation about these important and challenging connections.

Bipasha Baruah, Canada Research Chair, Global Women’s Issues
Arja Vainio-Mattila, Centre for Global Studies, Huron University College
Elizabeth Greene, Department of Classical Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Irena Creed, Canada Research Chair, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
Charles Trick, Ivey Chair, Interfaculty Program in Public Health

Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Faculty Research Exchange

November 11, 2013

The Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Program invites applications from researchers at participating Ontario universities for the 2014-15 Faculty Research Exchange. Full information is available at

The application deadline for the 2014-15 competition is December 20, 2013.

This initiative, which is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training,Colleges and Universities, offers grants to faculty researchers in all disciplines at Ontario universities to support research stays at universities in Ontario’s partner region of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Information on the Ontario researchers and projects supported in 2014-14 can be found at

Similar opportunities exist, thanks to the support of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, to bring university researchers from there to participating universities in Ontario.

Rethinking Global Education for an Indigenist Anti-Colonial Perspective

November 4, 2013

Rethinking Global Education for an Indigenist Anti-Colonial Perspective

Dr. George Sefa Dei
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE),
University of Toronto

1:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Community Room (1139)
Faculty of Education Building

Refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to by Mon, Nov 18, 4:00 pm.

Abstract: George Dei’s talk will trouble dominant ways of pursuing of “global education” while pointing to the redemptive qualities and the possibilities of such education using an Indigenist anti-colonial lens  A learning objective is to present inclusive global education as a ‘right’, i.e., a right to education beyond borders as a component of ‘global education’.  A key question is: how do we frame an inclusive anti-racist future and what is the nature of the work required to collectively arrive at that future?  Using case material from a 3-year Social Science Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) study on African Indigenous philosophies, the paper points to both the “small acts” and “major acts” of rethinking education. It is enthused that such new rethinking can help subvert the conventional understandings and approaches to global [citizenship] education thereby also challenging the coloniality of the global (Grosfuguel, 2007). It is enthused that global education must echo values that underpin democratic education and society and challenge the harsh competitive individualist models of learning and success that have been instituted through neoliberal value systems of productivity, consumerism, and efficiency. Such education should also help subvert and re-imagine the internalized colonial hierarchies of conventional schooling by promoting Indigenous teachings that focus specifically on social values and community education. Global education must promote a much- needed multi-centric/polycentric education model that recognizes different types of learners, their knowledges and experiences and challenges the Eurocentric model of humanism.

Conference – Intercultural vs. Multicultural: The end of rivalries?

October 28, 2013

A multi-sited international conference in conjunction with the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Taylor’s University, Malaysia will be hosted at the Faculty of Education, Western University.  The conference, Intercultural vs. Multicultural: The end of rivalries? will take place  February 27-28, 2014. This exciting event promises to be an intellectually stimulating and highly engaging endeavour for both researchers and practitioners.

The organizers are currently accepting proposals in the form of abstracts of 200-300 words (maximum) until December 10, 2013 (extended deadline).  

All acceptance notifications will be sent out by January 10, 2014.

Please see below as well as the conference website for more information.



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