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Centre of Inquiry on Liberal Education and Social Justice

The work of the Centre takes place within a Catholic context that mines rich seams of educational philosophy and social teaching. This context is also, by definition, multi-cultural and ecumenical, and aspires to a vision of liberal education that is enriched by alternative and rival perspectives. Thus it is both catholic and Catholic.

The approach will be inter-disciplinary: recognizing where two or more intellectual disciplines are in comfortable debt to each other. The Centre will support research across the whole realm of social justice and education; this will include, but not be limited to, religious education—which is but one, albeit vital, part of a Catholic vision of liberal education.

February 28th, 2014, 12 noon (beginning with lunch)
Venue: Charbonnel Lounge, 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto, ON

This inaugural seminar will lay the foundations for the work of the newly-founded Centre of Inquiry on Liberal Education and Social Justice at USMC (CILESJ). The Centre has been established to be a forum for research on all our teaching activities at USMC. It will provide opportunities for St Mike’s faculty, fellows, as well as many alumni/ae and friends who are educators, to reflect systematically on questions of curriculum and pedagogy at all levels.

This seminar will be an occasion for members of the St Michael’s community to spend time together in consideration of matters of fundamental importance to us all.

See our symposium schedule

Please RSVP by Thursday, February 20th to:




12.00  Lunch and Introduction

1.00    Foundations for Liberal Education
    Giulio Silano, University of St. Michael's College
    John Portelli, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

2.15    Foundations for Social Justice
    Stan Chu Ilo, Executive Director, Canadian Samaritans for Africa
    Terezia Zoric, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

3.30    Panel: Next steps
    Fr. Mario D'Souza, Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael's College
    Fr. Andriy Chirovsky, Sheptytsky Institute

4.30    Closing remarks