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Institutions out of sync: pressure points for change

March 14, 2011

TORONTO, ON – It is time to take a cold, hard look at our institutions of education. Our panelists will engage in a critical discussion exploring some of the pressure points currently facing educators in Toronto schools. Bringing socio-spatial and pedagogical research to the problems of discrimination widely experienced by many new immigrant groups in Toronto, our panelists will provide empirical illustrations of the current realities facing the Roma and Somali communities, two groups that bring with them histories and contemporary realities of war and persecution.


What:    “Institutions out of Sync: Pressure Points for Change”
Public lecture presented by the Centre for Urban Schooling at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, made possible through the generous support of Phyllis and William Waters

Who:    Gina Csanyi, is the Executive Director of the Roma Community Centre in Toronto,
Fouzia Warsame, is currently a PhD candidate in OISE’s Department of Sociology and  Equity Studies in Education (SESE)
Professor Jim Cummins, is a Canada Research Chair in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE
Professor David Hulchanski, Associate Director for Research at UofT’s Cities Centre and a professor of housing community development in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

When:    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: The Hart House Theatre,  7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto.

For more information: Centre for Urban Schooling: Karen Murray, at 416-978-0181 or or OISE: Janice Spencer at 416-978-1127 or

About OISE:
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto is an international leader in the research, teaching and study of issues that matter in education. As Canada’s largest faculty of education, OISE operates a broad range of innovative academic programs and research initiatives.