Selected Conference Videos

Friday, September 30, 2011

Keynote Session: How Can Education Influence the Causation and Prevention of Violence? Dr. James Gilligan, New York University

For 30 years, Dr. Gilligan was a member of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School, where he directed the mental health services for the Massachusetts prison system. Dr. Gilligan is recognized worldwide for his promotion of a shift in our perspective on violence from punishment to prevention. He discusses the role of shame and humiliation in causing violent behaviour.

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Plenary Session A Field Guide to Bullying on Campus: How to Spot It and How to Tame It

Workshop: Marilyn Noble, Adult Educator at the University of New Brunswick.

This video by an expert on bullying in both our workplaces and schools provides a thorough look at what we can do to confront this problem.

Plenary Session Where is the Love? Building a Curriculum of Care in our Schools

Workshop: Christine Klaassen-St. Pierre, Vice Principal, École FH Collins Secondary, Whitehorse, Yukon

This video presents an inspiring look at how a violent school culture can be transformed into one marked by care and inclusiveness.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Keynote Panel: Integrating Violence Prevention into Higher Education

  • Dr. Lyne Arcand is a medical expert in the promotion of health in educational institutions at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. She discusses how violence is a public health issue and examine the social and emotional competencies that need to be developed through education to promote nonviolent communities. (In French)
    Dr. Elizabeth Meyer, a professor in the School of Education at California State Polytechnic University and author of numerous books and articles on gender and bullying, examines the problems of sexism and homophobia and looks at how these serious problems can be addressed by transforming both school cultures and our pedagogy.
  • Dr. Jerzy Nowak is the founding director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech, established in the aftermath of their horrible tragedy of April 2007. Dr. Nowak discusses the founding of this Center, as well as its initiatives to promote peace and nonviolence through education.
  • Karen Ridd is an educator in nonviolence and conflict resolution at the University of Winnipeg and has done peace work in such countries as El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Thailand and Cambodia. In an uplifting talk, she examines how nonviolent practices can be incorporated into the classroom to promote a participatory learning community.

Plenary Session Introduction to Nonviolent Communication for Teachers: How to Create a Classroom Climate where Respect and Honesty are the Norm

Workshop: Jean-Philippe Bouchard et Valérie Lanctôt-Bédard, consultants in Nonviolent Communication, Montréal, Québec

This session offers an introduction to how the practice of nonviolent communication in the classroom can promote a positive learning environment for both teachers and students.

Plenary Session From Social Control to Social Engagement; Negotiating the Implementation of Restorative Practices in Education

Workshop: Brenda Morrison, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia

This talk by the Co-Director of SFU’s Centre for Restorative Justice examines how this perspective challenges our assumptions about punishment and justice and offers a healthier response to harm and conflict within schools.

Plenary Session Toward the Peaceful Campus: Practicing the Gentle Art of Inclusion

Workshop: Marilyn Noble, Adult Educator at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

This video examines how certain groups can be marginalized and excluded in a school environment, while offering practical measures to create a safe, respectful, and inclusive climate in both our classrooms and institutions as a whole.

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