Wed, Oct 21, 2015: Democratic Peace-Building in Schools: Connecting with Students’ Experience in Communities Facing Violence

Please join us for a free public lecture on Wednesday October 21st from 7-9pm in Room UC 144 of University College ( 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7 ) at the University of Toronto’s St George campus:

Democratic Peace-Building in Schools: Connecting with Students’ Experience in Communities Facing Violence


Kathy Bickmore

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Kathy Bickmore (Ph.D. Stanford University 1991) is Professor in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development and Comparative International and Development Education programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She teaches graduate and initial teacher education courses in comparative international democratic citizenship education, peacebuilding education and managing conflict in schools and classrooms, and critical curriculum studies. Kathy’s current research examines young people’s lived experiences of citizen agency and public school citizenship education in urban neighborhoods experiencing violence in Canada and Mexico.

Publications include chapters in Restorative Approaches in Schools, Debates in Citizenship Education, Critical Issues in Peace and Education, Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers (also co-editor), and The Sage Handbook on Education for Citizenship and Democracy, and articles in Educational Policy, Social Education, Journal of Teaching and Learning, and Interamerican Journal of Education for Democracy. She is Guest Editor of a theme issue of Curriculum Inquiry (in progress, 2014) on Peace-building (in) Education: Democratic Approaches to Conflict in Schools and Classrooms. Dr. Bickmore received the 2010 OISE Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, and the 2012 William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Conflict Resolution Education (Association for Conflict Resolution). She is currently Chair of the Peace Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, and serves on the editorial boards of Theory and Research in Social Education and Canadian and International Education. International work has included the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica, a rural Jamaican high school, a Japan-Canada anti-bullying initiative, and democratic civic education in Tula, Russia. Toronto activities include the Safe and Caring Schools Advisory Committee of the Toronto District School Board and the annual Educating for Peace and Justice professional development conference.

This event is part of a weekly series of talks entitled: “Vital Discussions of Human Security”. Please see for details on all of our upcoming events. Please see our YouTube channel