Monday 16 April 2012

Registration Deadline for Social Justice Conference

We have limited space for conference attendees and registrations are now filling quickly. For anyone who is still contemplating attending the conference, we encourage you to register in advance as soon as possible through the conference website The deadline for advance registration is Wed. April 25, provided that space remains available.

Alternately, for those not able to attend the conference, we hope you will join us for Nicholas Wolterstorff’s public lecture “Must Love and Justice Forever Be at Odds?” on Friday, April 27 at 8:00 pm. To be held at Northrop Frye Hall, 73 Queen’s Park Cres., a reception with refreshments will follow the lecture, providing an opportunity to meet the speaker. Admission to this event is only $10 (in advance). Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling Kathy at ICS reception, 416-979-2331 ext. 221 (or toll-free 1-888-326-5347).

Rabbi Michael Stroh Joins Social Justice Conference

Rabbi Michael Stroh Joins Social Justice Conference

The CPRSE is excited to announce that Rabbi Michael Stroh will now join the plenary panel "Religion and Human Rights in Canada: Judaism, Christianity and Islam" to take place on Friday morning, April 27 at the Social Justice and Human Rights Conference. Rabbi Stroh is Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Har Zion in Thornhill, Ont. and has served as president of the Toronto Board of Rabbis. He was a chair of the Reform Round Table of the Central Conference of American Rabbis which dealt with questions concerning the content of Reform Judaism. He teaches regularly at Kolel: A Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning. Rabbi Stroh replaces Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum who was regrettably unable to continue with his role on this panel due to serious health concerns.

Dr. Balanganani Samson Makhado Speaking in Oakville on May 11

On May 11 at 7:30 pm, the ICS and Edifide will be co-hosting a presentation by Dr. Balanganani Samson Makhado on the topic of “Transformational Education: An African Vision” at King’s Christian Collegiate, located at 528 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Oakville ON. Dr. Makhado has been involved in the Christian education movement for more than twenty years and is currently the Africa Director for the Association of Christian Schools International. He will be receiving an honorary doctorate from the ICS the following day. Come join us for what is sure to be an exciting and transformative evening!

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Social Justice and Human Rights Conference Updates

Marie Wilson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) will join the workshop panel "Restoration or Retribution? Tensions in the Adjudication of Justice" scheduled for the morning of April 28. Ms. Wilson is currently serving as a Commissioner with the TRC based in Yellowknife, NWT and comes from a 25-year career as a broadcaster with the CBC in radio and television as a regional and national reporter, television program host, and Regional Director for northern Quebec and the northern Territories.

The public lecture "Must Love and Justice Forever Be at Odds?" by Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff now has separate tickets available on the conference website's registration page. The lecture will take place in Northrop Frye Hall (University of Toronto) at 8:00 pm on Friday April 27. Dr. Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology Emeritus at Yale University and author of Justice: Rights and Wrongs.

A networking and discussion session oriented towards practitioners has been added to the schedule at 1:30 pm on Saturday April 28. The session will focus on how to engage and equip constituents on topics of social justice and human rights.

Conference tickets are nearly half sold. More information about the conference can be found on the conference website at


We are pleased to have published the February 2012 issue of PERSPECTIVE. Please click on to read or download this issue. Enjoy!

Shannon Hoff Presenting Papers

On Thursday, April 5, Senior Member Shannon Hoff will give a paper to the Hegel Society of America at the meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Seattle. The paper is called "Hegel and the Legal Conditions of Action."

On Saturday, April 14, Senior Member Shannon Hoff will give a paper called "From Principle to Feminist Practice" at the annual meeting of Philosophia, at Miami University in Ohio.

Public Outreach Grant

ICS’s Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics (CPRSE) has received a Public Outreach Grant worth nearly $32,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). CPRSE Director Lambert Zuidervaart says the grant will help pay a portion of travel expenses for panelists and speakers at the Social Justice and Human Rights conference on April 27-28. It also supports our making a professional conference video. ICS is very pleased with SSHRC’s endorsement of this important conference.