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 (


International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities

October 16, 2015

Please join us for the next Faculty Seminar Series talk:

International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities

by:  Professor Marianne Larsen, Faculty of Education

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015

Time:  1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location:  Room 1010, Faculty of Education Building

International service learning (ISL) programs are growing more popular with university students looking to advance their skills and knowledge to become global citizens. While the benefits of these programs among students are well documented, little is known about the implications they have on the host communities themselves. In this presentation, Marianne Larsen will talk about the work in her newly edited book entitled International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities.  Drawing primarily upon the  introduction and concluding chapters of the book, she will review the main findings from the case studies presented in the volume about the impact of ISL programs on Global South host communities and findings from the second section  of the book about of how we can re-envision relationships between ISL students, faculty/program planners, and host communities to create mutually engaging learning experiences. In particular, she will focus on the paradigm shift that is required to develop a relational approach to ISL partnerships, drawing upon Emmanuel Levinas’ work on human subjectivity, the ethics of the ‘Other’ and notion of responsibility to [and with] the ‘Other’.

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

Please RSVP to

On the Front Line of Foster Care

October 16, 2015

The Faculty of Education is pleased to present a complimentary speaker series, “Let’s Talk About Education,” open to the general public to share research being conducted and facilitate discussion around important topics in education.

Please join us for the next presentation: On the Front Line of Foster Care

Presenters:              Dr. Alan Leschied, Professor, Faculty of Education; Patti Forrington, Supervisor for Recruitment,
Training & Homestudy; and Paula Szabo, Recruitment Worker, London and Middlesex Children’s Aid

Date & Time:            Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7:00—8:30 pm

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

Event Description: Ensuring that every child is safe and cared for has never been more paramount, especially for those who suffer violence or neglect that requires the community to provide alternate living accommodations through foster care. Yet, we now live in a time when many of our communities no longer can guarantee that such resources will be available. This presentation will focus on who and why do people foster? How were they recruited? Why do foster parents consider leaving? These questions will be addressed through research, as well as through the lived experiences of those who are on the front line of recruiting, retaining and providing foster care on a daily basis.

To register:

Let’s Talk About Education web page:

Please share with your networks and anyone you think may be interested. Registration is not mandatory, but appreciated to ensure adequate seating and refreshments.


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