FOURTH ANNUAL PEACE EDUCATION CONFERENCE IN CANADA - “Advancing a Peace Education Strategy: What Is Needed To Support and Help Peace Educators In All Walks Of Life”

NOVEMBER 24 - 28, 2005 McMaster University

McMASTER UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA

DETAILED AGENDA & CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGSWelcome!

Rotary Club of Okotoks

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Prospective Conference Participants,

We have a number of events planned to coincide with the International Day for Children (November 20).  Our Detailed Agenda follows this letter (below).

With respect to the Fourth Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario November 24 – 28, 2005, our Planning Committee discussions highlighted the following plans:

Your consideration and suggestions would be appreciated:  

  1. on topics for the ‘World Cafés’, with the Theme “Advancing a Peace Education Strategy: What Is Needed To Support and Help Peace Educators In All Walks Of Life” in mind,
  2. on any of the above plans for the Conference

I hope you will plan on joining us in Hamilton for this important Conference.

See you in November,
Bob Stewart, Conference Coordinator              and                Rob Porter
email: stewartr[at]peace.ca                                                   porterrg[at]mcmaster.ca
http://www.peace.ca

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 DETAILED AGENDA   (Draft - November 20, 2005):

2004 CONFERENCE SUMMARY click here - this is an important page: it has our Report of Proceedings for Peace Education in Canada that came out of the November 2004 Conference.  Please also refer to the Background Papers below.

Thursday, November 24 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm [Location: Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall] - "The elders look back toward the young and help them find a future that the elders do not see." - Parker Palmer
This is in celebration of the International Day for Children (which is November 20).  We will have a full day workshop dedicated to "A World Fit For Children": co-designed and led by area youth for youth, the workshop will explore "Building a Culture of Peace, the issues and opportunities for youth"....  There will be lots of time for dialogue among young people.  
  Note: while the workshop is primarily focussed on youth, "older people who are young at heart" are welcome to join in the fun ;-)  INVITATION LETTER TO TEACHERS & STUDENTS (See our poster attached.) A REPORT OF THE 2004 YOUTH DAY PROCEEDINGS - 5 STAR MUST READING

Thursday, November 18 - 4:00 - 5:00 pm [Location: Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall] - A social/cultural event  celebrating "A World Fit For Children".  Entertainment: various songs and dance of different cultures related to peace.  Youth are invited to bring and display their peace related art, music and projects.


Friday, November 25 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm [Location: Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall] - Concurrent Sessions of ‘Best Cases/Practices’ in peace education.  This (and the Trade Fair Saturday and Sunday) will provide opportunity for people to disseminate information on innovative new and best practices in peace education, and will provide the opportunity for the audience to learn new methods, obtain new materials and ask questions, trade notes, etc.

Participants who ask for time slots to make their presentation will be asked to provide a summary and time required.  We plan on offering a large selection of choices, and conference participants can choose which sessions they want to attend.  Currently, the attached presentations are being offered.  Topics may be suggested right up to Friday morning.

9:00   - 9:30   - Session begins with Welcome by Nasrin Rahimieh, Dean of Humanities, McMaster University; Opening Remarks, times and locations of presentations 
9:30   - 10:30 - Session #1
     Michael Williams, Cross-Party Group on Creating a Culture of Peace in Scotland, Waldorf experience and  the Juniper Programme
     Amanda Byron, Restorative Justice as a means for building Peace Education in K-12 Education.
      
Elaheh Sari, Virtues Village International, will present a half day, interactive workshop
      
Bob Stewart will lead a discussion on The International Peace Research Association 2006 Conference, Calgary, the future of peace research and a Report from the Provinces on the Status, Progress and Future of Peace Education (as available). 
     Author Carolyn Pogue will describe her experience as Peace Writer in Residence in Provost, Alberta in 1994.
10:30 - 11:00 - coffee break
11:00 - 12:00 - Session #2
       Elaheh Sari, Virtues Village International, will present a half day, interactive workshop (cont.)
      
Khalida Syed, "Sharing cultural narratives promoting Peace".
       Teaching Peace to Patriots and Nationalists, by
Rajmohan Ramanathapillai
       Simon De abreu presenting: Liberation Theatre (Theatre of Liberation) a.k.a. Theatre of the Oppressed  
      
Bob Stewart will lead a discussion on The Canadian Peace Education Foundation and building resources for peace education

12:00 - 1:30   - lunch break
1:30   - 2:30   - Session #3
      Speaking Peace: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication, a half-day workshop by Rachelle Lamb.
     
The role of the school library media program in education for peace, by Pamela Anderson
        Tom Rippon will lead a discussion on "The Culture of Peace News Network - Canada"
        Simon Monbaron, Peacetocome.com, offers a spiritual training aimed at calming human passions and inner turmoil.
       
Bob Stewart, Chair of the Rotary Club of Okotoks Peace Plus Committee and Conference Chair, is pleased to invite Rotarians to a half day workshop intended to help Rotarians help Rotary to achieve its Peace Mission.
2:30   - 3:00   - coffee break
3:00   - 4:30   - Session #4
       Speaking Peace: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication, a half-day workshop by Rachelle Lamb. (cont.)
       Bob Stewart, Chair of the Rotary Club of Okotoks Peace Plus Committee and Conference Chair, is pleased to invite Rotarians to a half day workshop intended to help Rotarians help Rotary to achieve its Peace Mission. (cont.)
        
Kathy Bickmore, Ph.D., Associate Professor Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Department, OISE/University of Toronto, presents
"Gentle peacekeeping, or foundations for democratic peacebuilding? --Representation of conflict in Canadian public school curricula." 
        William Payne, Rotary World Peace Scholar, Argentina, to present on the Rotary Peace Fellowship and on his thesis research, "Human rights violations of sexual minorities in the Colombian armed conflict."
4:30   - 5:00   - Wrap up

Friday evening Social Events being planned for those who are in Hamilton:

5:00 - 6:15 pm informal get together at on-Campus Restaurant, for dinner (pay as you go).  

6:30 - 7:30 pm [Location: Robinson Memorial Theatre, Chester New Hall Room 103] - Lecture: "The Rhetoric of War: Staging Shakespeare's Henry V", presented by Dr. Peter Cockett, professor of Theatre & Film Studies at McMaster University.

8:00 pm [Location: Robinson Memorial Theatre, Chester New Hall Room 103] - Theatrical Performance: "Henry V", produced by McMaster School of the Arts. A radical reworking of Shakespeare's play that explores recent and current warfare occurring in our time. Tickets: $20 general / $10 student/senior. See http://www.henry-v.ca/ for more details.


Saturday, November 26 morning: (Location: Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall)

8:00 am - 9:00 am  Registration and coffee/Trade Fair opens
9:00 - Conference begins with Opening Remarks by McMaster University Centre for Peace Studies http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~peace/ 
9:10 - Opening Speaker:  Robert Stewart, Director of the Canadian Culture of Peace Program - "Leadership in the Transformation of the Peace Profession" - an update of the Canadian Peace Education Strategy, Canadian Culture of Peace Program, and the significance to peace leaders, educators and actionists as they strive to build a Culture of Peace and Non-violence in Canada and the world. Click here for copy of Powerpoint Presentation.
10:00 - 10:30 - coffee break/Trade Fair
10:30 - 12:00 -  ‘World Café’ Round Tables #1 - break out topics are solicited from all participants (in advance and at conference - list attached)
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch/Trade Fair 
 
Saturday, November 26 afternoon:
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm  -  ‘World Café’ Round Tables #2 - break out topics are solicited from all participants (in advance and at conference - list attached)
2:30 - 3:00 - coffee break/Trade Fair
3:00 - 4:00 -  ‘World Café’ Round Tables #3 - break out topics are solicited from all participants (in advance and at conference - list attached) 
4:00 - 5:00 
- presentation of highlights from the ‘World Café’ Round Tables #1 - 3

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Saturday Evening Social Event planned - informal get together at a local Restaurant, near McMaster for dinner (pay as you go).  Target time to get together: 6:15 to 6:30 pm.


 
Sunday, November 27 morning: (Location: Student Union Centre, 3rd Floor, CIBC Banquet Hall)

8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee/Trade Fair
9:00 - 10:00 -  Keynote Speakers -
"E-Learning: Developing an Interactive Module on Peace Through Health" - Content Development Team and Presenters: Megan Arthur, Heather Farrell, Ryan Marks, Nikhil Pai, Avita Sooknanan.  The purpose of this presentation is to present and elicit critical feedback from an audience of peace-oriented educators, students and citizens for a newly developed e-module on the topic of Peace through Health.  This website looks to present an e-learning module for use by a broad range of learners, enabling them to gain an elementary idea of how to contribute to peace through work from the health sector. There is considerable curiosity from many health professionals and peace workers about Peace through Health, and the development of courses and electives on this topic.  This module aims to enable a learner to efficiently grasp the essentials of the topic, in order to decide whether to pursue further learning in Peace through Health.  Conference participants will be asked to engage with the material in an interactive format, where feedback, criticism and questions will be greatly appreciated for reviewing the applicability and clarity of the e-module. [This will be followed up with one of the Round Table #4 discussions to individually elicit feedback on the module.]
10:00 - 11:00 -  ‘World Café’ Round Tables #4 - break out topics are solicited from all participants (in advance and at conference - list attached)
11:00 - 11:30 coffee break/Trade Fair
11:30 - 12:30 - 
‘World Café’ Round Tables #5 - break out topics are solicited from all participants (in advance and at conference - list attached)
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch/Trade Fair 
 
Sunday, November 21 afternoon:
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm  -  ‘World Café’ Round Tables #6 - break out topics are solicited from all participants (in advance and at conference - list attached)
2:30 - 3:30 - presentation of highlights from the ‘World Café’ Round Tables #4 - 6

3:30 - 4:00 - coffee break/Trade Fair
4:00 - 4:45 -
What Do We Want To Do Now To Advance Peace Education in Canada? The results of this discussion will guide our collective actions over the next year and years. 

4:45 pm - Conference Wrap-up and Closing Remarks by Bob Stewart (Conference Coordinator http://www.peace.ca )

Monday, November 28 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Location: Togo Salmon Hall, Room 719) - we always conclude the Peace Education conference with a one day workshop (debriefing session) on "Advancing the Peace Education Action Plan: Who, What, Where, When and How?"    We will pick up from the Vision and Action Plan initiated at the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Conferences  (linked in background reading below) , and by the end of the Workshop we will enhance it for all that we have learned in the past year, and the past four day Conference.  We will also discuss what we can do better for future Conferences.  Participants that can stay are invited to stay on for this.

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BACKGROUND/ISSUES PAPERS

Participants at the Conference are invited to submit articles and papers addressing our Conference Theme - “Advancing a Peace Education Strategy: What Is Needed To Support and Help Peace Educators In All Walks Of Life”.  The desired outcome is the enhancement of a vision and action (initiated in 2002) to advance peace education in Canada, to help build a world fit for children, and/or ‘World Café’ themes.  It is recommended that you read these articles prior to the Conference.

1. Peace and Social Justice: Pedagogy and Practice, the curricula notes for a course taught by Dr. Sue McGregor, Mount Saint Vincent University

2.  "Modelling Education in a Culture of Peace" Background References

3.  "Advancing the Peace Education Action Plan: Who, What, Where, When and How?" Background References The Executive Summary Vision and Action Plan from our 2002 Conference.

4. Evolving Canadian Model for Culture of Peace Program and Peace Education 2005

 

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CPIDISCUSSION EMAIL LISTSERVER SUBSCRIBE:

A CPIdiscussion email listserver has been set up to facilitate communications, networking and information dissemination with respect to peace education and the Culture of Peace and Non-violence Program.  If anyone would like to participate in the Canadian Peace Institute/Initiative ("CPI") discussion and developments, then from the email account they wish to have on the listserve, send an empty letter to CPIdiscussion-subscribe@yahoogroups.com . Once sent, then Yahoo will send a welcome letter, and ask that you confirm that you wish to join the listserve.  The confirmation is simply to hit the reply button and send the welcome letter right back to Yahoo.  If you change your mind and decide not to join after all, then simply do  not reply, or you can send an empty letter to CPIdiscussion-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com .  For more information, visit the CPIdiscussion webpage at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CPIdiscussion  .  If you have any problems, contact the list moderator Bob Stewart at stewartr
[at]peace.ca .  You can also read past correspondence on the CPIdiscussion site, once registered.

Join us on CPIdiscussion email listserver for the next round of discussion on peace education in Canada.

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LANGUAGE CONSIDERATIONS:

We recognize how important it is to conduct peace education discussion like this in both of Canada's Official Languages.  Unfortunately, unless we are successful in acquiring funding for interpretation and translation between French and English languages, this discussion will be conducted in English for the most part.  We regret leaving anyone out and will plan to correct this .  (We would love to hear from anyone who would like to sponsor this initiative.)

 

For more information, you may visit our website at http://www.peace.ca/CanadaAgenda2005.htm . You may contact the conference coordinator Robert (Bob) Stewart by e-mail at stewartr[at]peace.ca or visit the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace website at http://www.peace.ca .