2015 Keynote Speakers

Budd Hall

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Dr. Hall is Co-Director, UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and Professor of Adult Education, Community Development and Community-Based Research at the University of Victoria

For more than 40 years, Budd Hall has devoted his professional career to mobilizing the international adult education movement worldwide. He has devoted his professional life to the creation and nurturing of organizations, networks, and structures of adult education in the international arena. He is currently working on building networks linking local, regional, national and international persons using community-campus partnerships for community well-being and sustainable development. Born in the United States, Dr. Hall served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria from 1965-1968, as head of Research for the Institute of Adult Education in Tanzania 1970-75, and then moved to Canada.

In Toronto, Dr. Hall served as secretary-general of the International Council for Adult Education and served as chair of the Adult Education Department at the University of Toronto, and served as Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Over the years he has worked closely with adult educators in more than forty countries from every continent.

Dr. Hall has either founded or led a variety of organizations and networks, including the International Participatory Research Network, The North American Alliance for Popular and Adult Education, The Tanzanian Adult Education Association, African Association for Adult Education, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, Canadian Network for Democratic Learning, Latin American Council for Adult Education, and the International Task Force on Literacy. From 1997 through 2002, he served as chair of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization working group on University Based Lifelong Learning.

Dr. Hall is a living archive for international adult education and action research. In both scholarly and practical endeavors Dr. Hall has modeled respect and eagerness to learn from multiple perspectives and epistemologies, honoring and valuing the various forms of knowledge and ways of knowing. As administrator, researcher, professor, and grass-roots activist he has played multiple roles in ensuring the vitality and solidarity of educational practice and inquiry in the global community.

(Keynote: Saturday, May 9, 2015)


Emily Ozer

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Dr. Ozer is Professor of Community Health and Human Development at the UC-Berkeley School of Public Health and Faculty Director of the Health and Social Behavior MPH program. She is a clinical-community psychologist by training and has been at UC-Berkeley as a faculty member since 2003, following post-doctoral training at UCSF in Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology with a focus on serving immigrant Latino and Chinese American populations.

Dr. Ozer first learning experience with participatory research was as a college student intern with grassroots rural development organizations in Northern and Eastern India; this was followed by a post-graduate fellowship with the Central American Human Rights Commission (CODEHUCA) and a job coordinating a cooperative grounded in popular education based in East Palo Alto, CA. These direct experiences prior to graduate school were formative in inspiring Dr. Ozer’s career and research program with dual foci on youth-led participatory research and psychological resiliency in the face of extreme stress and trauma. 

Dr. Ozer’s primary research on youth-led participatory research (YPAR) was a 7-year study that investigated the impact of YPAR on young people and on their school settings. In conducting this research, she spent considerable effort to use research designs and develop measures of participatory action processes and empowered outcomes intended to be as systematic and “rigorous” as possible while reflecting the spirit of YPAR and the shared social justice values of her community partners. She is also working to broaden the audience for YPAR and other participatory processes by publishing in developmental journals and submitting to funders not typically associated with championing action research.     

In this and other projects, Dr. Ozer seeks to use her position and training in “traditional” research to develop equitable and sustained collaborations with community partners to challenge rigid notions of evidence and to highlight the key role of multiple methods and insider expertise in understanding and changing the conditions for the positive development of marginalized adolescents and their communities. She is currently is working with multiple colleagues and groups to consider how to maximize the impact of YPAR more broadly in North America and beyond, and the role of technology in helping to scaffold YPAR processes and connect YPAR groups to inform and inspire each other and influence policies and practices that affect their lives. She is honored to be part of the ARNA meeting and is looking forward to meeting more of the ARNA membership in Toronto.        

Keynote: Friday, May 8, 2015


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