Next Faculty Seminar Series talk: Thursday, Jan. 21

January 15, 2016

Please join us for the next Faculty Seminar Series presentation:

Identifying students at risk for self-injury: Informing school-based prevention efforts through research by: Dr. Chloe Hamza

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Location: Room 1010, Faculty of Education

 All are welcome. Bring your lunch and we will supply coffee and cookies.

Please RSVP to


Given that mental health issues often co-occur with academic difficulties, schools provide an important context for the early identification of student mental health needs. One serious and widespread mental health issue that has received increased attention in recent years is nonsuicidal self-injury (e.g., self-cutting without lethal intent). In particular, there has been mounting concern among parents, educators, and school practitioners that nonsuicidal self-injury may be associated with increased risk for suicidal behavior among students. In my presentation, I will explore findings on the link between these two forms of self-injurious behavior, and present research that I have done to assist schools in identifying students most at risk for suicidal behavior.

Upcoming talk: Learning together: A collaborative model of service delivery in schools

January 5, 2016

Presenter: Dr. Sheila Bennett, Professor, Faculty of Education,  Brock University

Date & Time:  Wednesday, January 13, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Location:  Faculty of Education Building, 1137 Western Road, Room 1139 (Community Room)

Event is free. Free parking provided.


Please share with your networks and anyone you think may be interested. RSVP is appreciated to ensure adequate seating and refreshments.

For more information:  CEC Poster for Jan 2016 EventFINAL

Presentation: Radicalization to violence: what do we know and why do we care?

November 25, 2015


November 27, 2015
SSC 5220
1:00-2:00 p.m.

Phillip Gurski – CEO, Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting

“Radicalization to violence:  what do we know and why do we care”

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting (

He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS from 2001‐2013, specializing in Al Qaeda‐inspired violent extremism and radicalization.  From 1983 to 2000 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment, specializing in the Middle East.  He has also served as senior special advisor in the National Security Directorate at Public Safety Canada.

Mr. Gurski has presented on Al Qaeda‐inspired violent extremism and radicalization across Canada and around the world.  He is the author of the soon to be published book “The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda‐inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West” (Rowman and Littlefield)

Contact if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make these events accessible to you.

Dr. Paul Tarc speaking as part of Western’s International Week 2015 activities

November 10, 2015

“International Education in Global Times”

Thursday, November 19, 2015
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Council Chambers, Room 315, University Community Centre

A unique Author & Critic Panel to discuss the complexities of engaging in international education across a “changing landscape” and the “educational effects of international encounters, experiences and lessons.” Discussion will be based on Paul Tarc’s 2013 book, International Education in Global Times: Engaging the Pedagogic.

Mark Franke, Director, Centre for Global Studies, Huron University College
Julie McMulin, Vice-Provost (International), Professor, Department of Sociology
Nanda Dimitrov, Associate Director, Teaching Support Centre

Aisha Haque, Language and Communication Instructor, Teaching Support Centre

Presented by Western International.

For more information about International Week:  #globalwesternu

Paul Tarc is Associate Professor in the Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies academic research cluster, Faculty of Education at Western. His main research interests in progressive and critical modes of education are articulated through ‘post’-informed theories of globalization, representation, subjectivity and pedagogy. His first book, Global dreams, enduring tensions: International Baccalaureate (IB) in a changing world (2009), uses the IB as the focal point to historicize the ‘international’ of international education under globalization. In his former profession as a school teacher, Paul taught in South America, South-East Asia and Ontario.



Upcoming RICE (Researching International and Contemporary Education) Events

November 9, 2015

Monday, Nov. 19th at 11 a.m., Room 1010:

Dr. Manuel Velázquez (University of Holguin, Cuba) will speak on “English-Speaking cultures in Cuba: theoretical underpinnings, objectives, systems of knowledge, means, and methodology.”

Wednesday, November 25th at 2 p.m in Room 1010:

Dr. Victoria Esses (Director, UWO Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations) and Dr. Isha DeCoito (Assistant Professor, UWO Faculty of Education) will participate on a panel on “Learning About Refugee Migration.”


November 9, 2015

November 20, 2015 – Melissa Milkie, University of Toronto

SSC 5220

1:00-2:00 p.m.

“Time Deficits with Children and Employed Mothers’ and Fathers’ Health”

Melissa Milkie is Professor and Graduate Chair of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her current research focuses on how work-family configurations and culture have implications for the mental health and well-being of parents, children and families.  She also examines changes within work and family life over recent decades, and in cultural constructions of mothering and fathering.

Contact if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make these events accessible to you.

Dr. Jan Hare (UBC) – Indigenous Pedagogies talk this Wednesday, Nov. 4

November 2, 2015

Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Jan Hare, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia: “Indigenous Pedagogies: Linking Aboriginal Family and Community Knowledge Traditions to Classroom Learning.”

Date:  Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Time:  1:30 – 2:30 pm

Location: Room 1139 (Community Room), Faculty of Education

RSVP:  Tina Beynen (



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