Meet Ed

Edmund O’Sullivan is Founding Director of the Transformative Learning Centre at OISE / UT. His research interests include Transformative Learning, Environmental Education, Critical Pedagogy, Post-Colonial theory, Alternative Development, Indigenous Knowledge and Modern Knowledge, Hemispheric Peace and Social Justice and Spirituality and the Erotic. From 1983 to 1992 he was Professor of Applied Psychology at OISE and from 1993 to his retirement in 2004 he held the position of Professor of Adult Education at OISE. He is the author of numerous books including Transformative Learning: Educational Vision for the 21st Century and Critical Psychology: An Interpretation of the Personal World. He has also edited and contributed a large number of chapters to various volumes, as well as articles in scholarly journals. His Celtic roots in West Cork and the inspiration of his friend, mentor and elder Tom Berry have made his passion for the Earth and social justice much more than academic. He is the driving force behind the three Spirit Matters Gatherings sponsored by the Transformative Learning Centre in 2004, 2007 and 2010. It is his web of personal relationships with indigenous wisdom leaders and international scholars around the planet that enabled this. He was honoured in 2009 by being adopted as an Elder by the Anishnabe into the Loon Clan and given the spirit name of the Bear (Macqua). A similar honor took place in Africa when he was adopted as an Elder into the Kikuyu People and was given the African name of Njage. He is also the drummer in a band that goes under the name of “One Earth Spirit.



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