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Agricultural Workers Support Centre Excursion Details

Greet the People Who Grow your Food!

An Information Tour and Barbeque at the Virgil Agricultural Workers Support Centre

Join us for a bus trip to the village of Virgil, Ontario on Wednesday, May 28 to get to know Niagara’s migrant farm workers, their friends and allies.

CASID members are invited to hear presentations by Stan Raper, National Coordinator of the Agricultural Workers Alliance, and members of the Niagara Migrant Workers Interest Group, a coalition of service agencies and individuals who support migrant workers in this region.  We will have the opportunity to meet farm workers and enjoy an evening barbeque together.

About the Centre:  Since 2004, the Agricultural Workers Support Centre has provided advocacy and support services for migrant workers.  Created through a partnership of the Agriculture Workers Alliance and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the Virgil Centre offers ESL classes, translation services, help with benefits claims, and transportation to medical appointments.  The Centre is open during the eight-month season of agricultural work, May through October.

The BBQ is organized by Niagara Migrant Workers Interest group as a fundraiser for an annual Health Fair in June.  Part of the cost of the trip includes a donation. Additional donations will be gratefully accepted.

Departure time from Brock University: 6:00 p.m.
Return to campus: 10:00 p.m.
Maximum number of participants:  46 (bus capacity)

Cost (including bus, food and donation): $30 or $20 (students and unwaged)

Advance notice is required to secure your space at this event. Please reply to let us know if you would like to reserve your seat by Friday, April 4th. If you have questions or require additional information please do not hesitate to contact us.

2014 Call for Paper and Panel Proposals

*** Extension of CASID Conference Submissions Until DECEMBER 10th ***

Borders Without Boundaries

Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
May 28th to May 30th, 2014

The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) invites you to participate at its 2014 meeting, as part of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, at Brock University. Academics (faculty and students), practitioners, the policy making community, NGOs, social movements and community groups are all welcome to attend and participate actively. We especially acknowledge the Six Nations Confederacy, upon whose traditional territory our event will be held.

We are excited this year to be partnering with the Social Justice & Equity Studies Program, at Brock University, for our conference. Given this partnership, it is appropriate that this year’s conference interpret Congress’ theme, Borders Without Boundaries, through a social justice lens. After all, just a short distance away from Brock University is one of Ontario’s key agricultural areas, labored on by numerous foreign temporary agricultural workers, whose presence, rights and wage structure should lead to questions about how they would interpret the theme, Borders Without Boundaries. At the same time, this conference also provides room to interrogate what social justice means in the midst of continued global financial tensions, increasing global and local gaps between those who have and those who have not, and borders that are not boundaries to corporate interests, state-sponsored conflicts, or terrorist activities. What role does international development have to play in asking how unbounded borders connect with a more socially just world?

It is with these questions and tensions in mind that the CASID conference organizing committee invites all who wish to attend to submit paper and panel proposals that engage with the question and/or the role of social justice in borders without boundaries.

From Development to Transformation: Citizen Engagement for Social and Cognitive Justice

Remarks by John Gaventa, CASAE/CASID Conference - University of Victoria, June 5 2013

Many thanks for the invitation to be here and to the organizers. I am particularly pleased to be asked to speak at a joint meeting of Canadian Society for Adult Education (CASAE) and the Canadian Society for International Development (CASID). Despite the fact that adult education and international development share some common concerns with human and social development, the opportunities for us to come together to share these concerns are rare.

Like others in the room, my career has straddled these two fields. I was based for 19 years at the Highlander Center in Tennessee, which those of you in adult education will know has a long history as a popular education center for social justice in the American South.  For a number of years after that, I was based at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK, focusing my work on citizen engagement, power and participation in the field of international development. 

Now I find myself at the Coady International Institute, a great Canadian institution which, like Highlander, has a long history of education for economic and social change, within Canada and internationally.  Having straddled two fields and two continents, I am delighted to find this space where those in adult education and international development come together, and where rather than having a foot in two different worlds, we can stand tall on both feet together!

Speaking to such a diverse group also has its challenges, as there is such a range of expertise in the room on such a wide range of topics.  Rather than go deeply into a very specific theme, I want to reflect with you on some very broad questions about development and transformation, and about the role of citizen engagement and citizen agency in achieving both.

Over the next few minutes, I will: