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Why do 40% of Latino/a youth not complete high school in Toronto public schools? What can be done about it?

¿Por qué 40% de los estudiantes de habla hispana no terminan la escuela secundaria en Toronto? ¿Que se puede hacer al respecto?

Convocatoria 2008   Call for Submissions 2008

Convocatoria "Tendiendo Puentes/Building Bridges/Bâtir des Ponts"

The Transformative Learning Centre and Lared (Latin American Research and Education Network) of OISE/UT present

Sara seeks Simon: A tale of impunity, courage and human rights

A conversation with Uruguayan activist Sara Méndez

Uruguayan activist Sara Méndez is trying to bring attention to the impunity of the military forces in Uruguay following human rights abuses during the dictatorship of the 70s and 80s.

Her son Simon was taken from her shortly after birth in 1976 in Argentina, and she recently found him with an adoptive family after a 25-year search.

Sara seeks Simon: A tale of impunity, courage and human rights

Day: Wed., Sept. 15, 2004, 5.30 p.m
: Transformative Learning Centre
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. West
(subway: St. George)
7th floor, room 7-162


Recent Events

"Basta: Building a New Argentina"

CERLAC (Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University) and
Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/University of Toronto)

Invite you to the screening of "Basta: Building a New Argentina" A documentary video by Kathy Price Followed by a panel discussion

Day: Friday, February 13, 2004, 6 pm

Place: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto 252 Boor St. West (subway: St. George) 7th floor, room 162

Chile: Civil Democracy in Neoliberal Times
This event will consider civil democracy as a tool for liberation from neoliberalism, thirty years after a coup d'etat that halted Chile's progress along a peaceful road to socialism. Prospects for defeating authoritarian neoliberalism will also be debated, exploring new tendencies for social and economic transformation.

Day: Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29, 2003
OISE/UT 252 Bloor Street W. Second floor

Opening: Friday 28, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Workshops: Saturday 29, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

  1. Private education, municipal schools and social exclusion,
    Luz Bascuñan and Carlos Torchia
  2. Ruling Women in the Name of Women: The Contradictions of Institutionalized Feminism in Neoliberal Times
    Verónica Schild and Evelyn Encalada
  3. Workers Collectives; a workers tool for social transformation
    Rafael Agacino (in Spanish with interpretation to English)
  4. Social and political transformation under neoliberal order
    Martin Zansana, (in Spanish with interpretation to English)

Closing: Saturday 29, 12:30 pm

I am only the interpreter of your great yearnings for justice…Foreign capital, imperialism and reactionary forces created the conditions [we are facing today]. The march of history does not stop with crime or repression [inflicted upon us]. We will overcome this most difficult chapter. It is possible they will crush us but the future will belong to the people, it will belong to the workers [as]... humanity marches on towards better living conditions. Workers of my country: I have faith in Chile and its destiny; [we] will overcome this bitter, gray moment. Always keep in mind, that sooner rather than later, the grand avenues through which the free man passes will open up, to build a better society. Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers! Excerpts from Socialist President Salvador Allende's last speech to his people, Sept 11, 1973.

This event is sponsored by the Transformative Learning Center-OISE/UT-, CERLAC, the Socialist Project, and Solidarity and Action Chile.

Day: November 4th, 2003
Time: 7:00 p.m.
George Ignatieff
Theatre Trinity College, University of Toronto
15 Devonshire Place
Reception to follow at Massey College

Title of the Presentation:
Learn about the adventures of the feminist movement in the 21st Century when earthlings of all colors, classes and genders were finally successful in toppling the Patriarchal Empire. Hear about the strategies and choreographies that were utilized by these courageous rebels in their search for peace within and around themselves. Share their joy as their visions of a new society came into being.

Presenter Name:Alda Facio, Distinguished Visitor from Costa Rica.

Brief biography:Alda is a jurist, writer and international expert on women's human rights, violence against women and feminist analysis of the law.
In September 1996, Alda was awarded the first Women's Human Rights Award from International Women, Law and Development in Washington D.C.
As one of the founders of the Women's Caucus for Gender Justice in the International Criminal Court (ICC), she was its first Director from July 1997 to September 1999.
Since 1990, she has been the Director of the Women, Gender and Justice Program at the United Nations Latin American Institute for Crime Prevention (ILANUD) based in Costa Rica. The Program focuses its work around the elimination of gender inequality and violence against women from a criminal and human rights perspective. It does legal, social and political analysis and research; and trains judges, parliamentarians, police, lawyers and women. Alda has written widely on these issues and was one of the first women in Latin America to denounce the androcentric bias in Human Rights law and practices. For 14 years she was a correspondent for FEMPRESS, a Latin American Feminist Magazine.

Made possible through a grant from International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
For further information phone: (416) 923-6641 x2204

Email address: afacio@oise.utoronto.ca
Webpage address:


El Contrato
NFB Premiere Screening
Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor St W at Bathurst)
Wednesday September 24th, 2003
7:00 pm
Reservation Line: 416.952.8958
Admission $5.00  

 J4MW Special Invitation
The National Film Board of Canada presents
the Premiere Screening of

-A compelling documentary that chronicles the personal stories of a few of the thousands of Mexican migrant workers flown into Southern Ontario to pick tomatoes. Their lives are shaped by a little known government program that does not quite live up to its promise. The workers constantly find themselves caught in escalating tensions between governments and growers in the multimillion dollar greenhouse industry.
Director: Min Sook Lee
Producer: Karen King-Chigbo

Day: Wednesday June 11, 2003
4 p.m. 7 p.m.
Place: Centre for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS), 455 Spadina Avenue, 4th floor
Title of the Presentation: Colombian immigrants in Canada
Presenter Name:
Suzy Bermúdez
Brief biography: Suzy is a Colombian professor who works at the Andes University in Bogotá-Colombia. She was invited by the Canadian Government to get in contact with universities and research centres that work on international migration.
Email address: sbermude@uniandes.edu.co
Webpage address:

Day: TUESDAY MAY 20,2003
Time: 6 P.M.

6:00 Light supper - $10 or what you can afford (RSVP to jmarshall@uswa.ca)
6:45 Video footage from Lula's election campaign

7:00 Activists dialogue with Marcos Arruda and Toronto activists Debbie Field, FoodShare, John Dillon, Kairos/Common Frontiers and Daniel Schugurensky, OISE. Panel host: Judith Marshall, Steelworkers Humanity Fund.

Place: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education OISE/UT, ROOM 12 - 199

Presenter Name
: MARCOS ARRUDA, Brazilian economist, popular educator and activist sharing perspectives from Brazil on trade, development and sovereignty, participatory democracy and the significance of Lula's election victory.

Brief biography: Marcos Arruda is an economist, popular educator and activist who is currently associated with PACS (Policy Alternatives for the Southern Cone), Jubilee South debt network, REBRIP (Brazilian Network for a People's Integration, active in the No FTAA campaign) and with the PT - Workers Party where he sits on a foreign policy working group. Marcos spent the 1970s as a political exile based in Washington and Geneva. During this era, he collaborated closely with fellow-exile Paulo Freire and visited Toronto several times while Freire was teaching at OISE. He has written and spoken extensively on trade, debt and development, on global civil society and on economies of solidarity
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Day: Tuesday, February 4, 2003
Time: 4 P.M.

Place: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education OISE/UT, 7th floor
Title of the Presentation: University-community relationships: the case of Costa Rica A conversation between LARED members and Dra. Leda Muñoz
Presenter Name:
Dra Leda Muñoz, Vice Rector for Social Action at the University of Costa Rica
Brief biography:
Dr. Leda Muñoz, Vice Rector for Social Action of the University of Costa Rica, on the topic of university-community relationships, and particulary on the social action mandate of public universities in Costa Rica. Dra. Leda Muñoz , Vice Rector for Social Action at the University of Costa Rica, trained originally in community nutrition. Her Social Action portfolio focuses on the role of the university in the community and she is responsible, among other things , for facilitating policy advice from the academy to national and regional legislators, university relations with the community and a compulsory (undergraduate) student placement in the community.
Email address::
Webpage address: http://www.ucr.ac.cr