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History students travel to Spain for archaeological dig

This summer, students enrolled in a History Department study abroad course participated in an archaeological dig while living in Spain for a month. LA&PS offers a variety of study abroad courses for students to add an international perspective to their education. Full Story
Larissa Crawford

Student volunteer wins Terry Fox Humanitarian Award

Larissa Crawford, a double major in International Development Studies and Communication Studies, has won a 2015 Terry Fox Humanitarian Award. Full Story
History student Jesse Thistle

Students win academic prizes in Canadian Studies

History student Jesse Thistle has won the 2014-15 Odessa Prize for his paper, "We are children of the river: Toronto's lost Métis History." School of Social Work PhD candidate Ameil Joseph won the Barbara Goddard Prize for his dissertation, "Authorities on the Subject: Deportation and the confluence of violence within forensic mental health and immigration systems."
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LA&PS profs investigate issues surrounding proposed pipelines

Environmental history Professor Sean Kheraj and disaster and emergency management Professor David Etkin were commissioned by the city of Vancouver to contribute to the risk assessment of the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline extension.
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Sprinter Khamica Bingham to represent Canada at 2015 Pan Am Games

Third-year LA&PS student Khamica Bingham, York's female athlete of the year in 2014, will run in the women's 100-metre and the 4 by 100-metre relay.
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LA&PS student to represent Canada at Pan Am Games

Communication studies student Melissa Humana-Paredes has been selected to represent Canada in beach volleyball at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Humana-Paredes and partner Taylor Pischke are currently ranked number 10 in the world. Full Story
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LA&PS student graduates alongside her service dog

Devon MacPherson was accompanied by her mental health service dog Barkley when she crossed convocation stage this week. MacPherson, who received her degree in individualized studies with a focus in the human/animal bond and communication studies, credits her poodle with helping her succeed in her studies. Full Story

New study links corporate social responsibility to reduced employee stress

A new study co-authored by School of Human Resource Management Professor Paul Fairlie shows that employees' perceptions of corporate social responsibility help mitigate employee stress and associated factors. Full Story
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Sociology graduate celebrated with Governor General's Gold Medal

David Moffette, a PhD graduate in sociology, is a recipient of this year's Governor General's Gold Medal, awarded to graduate students with the highest academic standing. Full Story
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York U students complete summer studies in South Korea

York University students studying in Seoul, South Korea, this summer are coming home with an international perspective on their education. Full Story
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Emergency and disaster management research receives $1.45 million from province

Administrative studies Professor Ali Asgary is one of nine York researchers to receive part of the Ministry of Research and Innovation's $9 million funding commitment to the university. Asgary and his co-principal investigators are working on the Advanced Disaster Emergency, Rapid Response Simulation Program. Full Story
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History professor wins medal for in-depth look into the lives of 19th century widows

The Canadian Historical Association has awarded history Professor Emerita Bettina Bradbury with the prestigious François-Xavier Garneau Medal for her book Wife to Widow. Lives, Laws and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Montreal. Full Story
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LA&PS student is a 2015 Pan Am hopeful in beach volleyball

Melissa Humana-Paredes wants to represent Canada at this year's Pan Am Games. The communication studies major is one of the top beach volleyball players in the world. She says she is excited to see "how the Games electrify Toronto this summer" Full Story
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History prof appointed to panel seeking public input on open pit mine

The New Brunswick government has appointed history Professor William Wicken to a four-member Environmental Assessment panel. Panel members will listen to public concerns regarding a proposed tungsten and molybdenum open pit mine. Full Story

LA&PS sponsors symposium on globalization and intensified inequality

Four departments from the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies will be represented at the international Resisting Inequality/Enabling Inclusion: An India-Canada Comparison Symposium at York University's Keele campus on June 8 and 9. Full Story

Five honorary degrees to be conferred during LA&PS spring convocation

Human rights advocate and former politician Lloyd Axworthy, philanthropist Salah Bachir, musician and environmentalist Manuel Obregón, lawyer Samuel Schwartz and novelist Alberto Manguel will receive honorary degrees at the LA&PS 2015 convocations this spring. Full Story
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History prof awarded 2015 University Professorship

Professor Adrian Shubert, a Spanish history scholar, has been awarded the title University Professor for his scholarship, teaching and contribution to the University as a community. Full Story
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Annual Experiential Education Celebration highlights practical learning

The third annual Experiential Education Celebration honoured faculty members, students, businesses and community partners who participated in collaborative experiential education projects during the 2014-15 academic year. Full Story
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Students' originality and creativity celebrated at the 2015 Creative Writing Awards

A dozen students were recognized for their work in poetry, short fiction, screenwriting and stage writing at the 2015 President's Creative Writing Awards and the LA&PS Creative Writing Program Awards ceremony.
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Prof awarded NSERC grant to enhance emergency management

Information technology Professor Jimmy Huang has received $1,650,000 over six years to lead the Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid Response Simulation.
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Professor examines the turbulent culture of Germany after the First World War

In "Degeneration and Revolution: Radical Cultural Politics and the Body in Weimar Germany" (2015), communication studies Professor Robert Heynen explores 1914 to 1933, the period between the start of the First World War and when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany.
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Pink Floyd's music also a social critique: new book

Communication studies Professor Phil Rose explores the deeper meaning behind art rock band Pink Floyd's psychedelic music in his new book, Roger Waters and Pink Floyd: The Concept Albums.
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York students on their way to South Korea for summer course

Students enrolled in political science Professor Thomas Klassen's third-year study abroad course, South Korea: The Politics of Youth and Old Age, depart Toronto to spend a month in Seoul, South Korea.
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Kathryn McPherson honoured with FGS Teaching Award

The Faculty of Graduate Studies honoured Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and history Professor Kathryn McPherson for excellence in graduate teaching and mentoring with the Faculty's Teaching Award on May 7.
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PhD student reflects on his Three Minute Thesis experience

Philosophy PhD candidate Joshua Mugg represented York at the provincial Three Minute Thesis finals on April 23. His research explores human rationality and the nature of belief.
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Sprinter hopes to compete at Pan Am Games

LA&PS student Khamica Bingham wants to shine at this year's Pan Am Games. The YorkU sprinter has already set a number of international world records and looks to make history this summer on home soil.
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Can Canada's infrastructure withstand climate change's extreme weather?

A new book, co-edited by labour studies Professor Carla Lipsig-Mumme, looks at how climate change is affecting the way we work and how we can work differently to reduce our impact on the environment.
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SCOLAPS Chair Sayjon Ariyarathnam named 2015 President for a Day

President of the Student Council of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Sayjon Ariyarathnam will exchange roles with York University President Mamdouh Shoukri for a day. Ariyarathnam is a third-year student double majoring in criminology and human rights and equity studies. Full Story
 Retirement in Japan and South Korea: The past, the present and the future of mandatory retirement

Mandatory retirement is bad public policy: new book

Political science Professor Thomas Klassen's Retirement in Japan and South Korea: The past, the present and the future of mandatory retirement (2015) looks at the social, economic and political conflicts that surround involuntary retirement of employees at relatively young ages. Full Story
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Symposium continues exploration of women's status in Canada

Academics and community-based researchers gathered at York University in mid-April to explore the impact of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women on Canadian society and to prepare for its 50th anniversary in five years. Full Story
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New dean appointed to the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Professor Ananya Mukherjee-Reed has been appointed to the position of dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, effective July 1, 2015 for a five-year term. Full Story
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Killam awards York history prof for poverty-to-power tale of famous Spaniard

History Professor Adrian Shubert is the first York prof in almost a decade to win a Killam Research Fellowship. Shubert was awarded the fellowship for his research on Baldomero Espartero, a Spaniard who went from poverty and obscurity to being offered the Spanish throne. Full Story
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Department of Anthropology turns 40

York University's Department of Anthropology has turned 40 years old. As one of Canada's largest and foremost anthropology departments, it has grown to offer four broad areas of study: gender, health and the body; power, politics and development; studies in culture and performance; and nature, science and religion. Full Story
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Student wins first prize at National Japanese Speech Contest

Student Laina Tsurusaki has won first prize in the Open category at the 26th National Japanese Speech Contest at the University of Calgary on March 28. Tsurusaki, who is enrolled in Advanced Modern Standard Japanese, won with a speech on how her birthday coincides with Japan's Kobe earthquakes in 1995. Full Story
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Anthropology prof awarded fellowship in medieval studies

Anthropology Professor Zulfikar Hirji's research on Islam and Muslim societies has secured him this year's York Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Hirji will write chapters for a book he hopes will shed light on the diversity within Muslim communities and what they share in common with each other and with Jews and Christians. Full Story
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New book reveals Hudson's Bay Company accounting is a lesson in survival

Administrative Studies Professor Gary Spraakman is the author of Management Accounting at the Hudson's Bay Company: From Quill Pen to Digitization (2015). The book is a study of over three centuries of business at the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) – the longest-surviving commercial company in the world. It reveals that the evolution of management accounting supports a company's survival strategy. Full Story
Jon Ednomdson

Inscription guide lights path through Roman world

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Epigraphy, co-edited by history and classical studies Professor Jonathan Edmondson, is the most complete collection of scholarship on the study of Roman inscriptions from c. 500 BCE to 500 CE and beyond.
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New poetry collection exposes life's dark absurdity

English Professor and poet Priscila Uppal's latest collection of poems, Sabotage, explores the absurdity of life through violations of culture, the human body, family or nation. The book will launch on March 23.
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MPPAL Case Winners

Public Policy & Administration students rank high at annual competition

The School of Public Policy & Administration moved up the ranks in the 2015 IPAC/CAPPA Case Competition held in Halifax. The team of four students in the MPPAL program was coached by Professors Naomi Couto and John Wilkins.
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Student Research Winners

Undergrads win top awards at research fair

LA&PS students took home three first place awards and one second place award for their entries into the York University Undergraduate Research Fair. "I was really energized by the enthusiasm of our undergraduate researchers," said Dean Martin Singer, "and by the diverse and imaginative projects described in their impressive poster presentations."
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Two-day conference explores themes of media, technology and politics

The York-Ryerson Joint Communication and Culture program will host the 14th annual Intersection/Cross Section conference on March 13-14 at Ryerson University. The event will showcase graduate research in North America and will feature keynote speaker Louie Palu, an acclaimed Canadian documentary photographer.
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LA&PS profs celebrated at York research event

Nine LA&PS researchers were recognized at the third annual York U Research Leaders celebration. The event also celebrated three LA&PS faculty who were recently named as York Research Chairs.
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