The annual award is given to a fourth-year Criminology student who has made a positive impact on their community through civic engagement and stewardship. Yasay, an LA&PS Criminology graduate, was known for his community involvement, particularly his contribution to S.T.Y.L.E. (Skills Training for Youth through Learning and Education) program. In July 2012, Yasay was one of two bystanders killed in a gang-related shooting at a community barbeque on Danzig St. in Toronto.
Vivienne Poy urges grads to pursue success through community serviceVivienne Poy, now retired from the Senate of Canada, was at York University on Oct. 16 to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree during Fall Convocation ceremonies. She was honoured for her work as a volunteer and success as a business leader. She told graduands of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies that throughout her life she has been guided by hard work and a desire to excel, both of which she said are important qualities in success. Full Story
York's Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities rank in Canada's top fourYork University has ranked among the top four universities in Canada and in the top 100 universities in the world in the Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities categories in the 2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. "Our researchers are recognized as being among the top in the world. That expertise in research and scholarship fuels our teaching, with faculty bringing their innovative ideas directly into the classroom," says Dean Martin Singer. Full Story
International editorial project secures major SSHRC fundingLesley Higgins and David Latham of the Department of English have assembled a particularly rigorous, international team of editors to edit the 10-volume edition of The Collected Works of Walter Pater. Pater was a Victorian classicist, art critic and fiction writer. The project will be supported by a $170,982 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Full Story
LA&PS lecturer honoured with Pioneer in Education AwardPastor Valle-Garay of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics is the recipient of this year's Pioneer in Education Award by the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council. The award was given to Valle-Garay for his valuable and extensive contributions in the field of education. "It is wonderful to be recognized for something I have always loved doing," said Valle-Garay. Full Story
History experts document stories of First World War at pop-up museumsHistory professors and graduate students will join staff at the City of Toronto Museum and Heritage Services in documenting and providing insight into First World War stories and artifacts. It is the idea behind Toronto's Great War Attic, a series of pop-up style museums happening across the city until Nov. 28. Full Story
Professor receives 'Master Teacher in Ethics' awardMark Schwartz, professor of management and business ethics in the School of Administrative Studies taught a "Master Class in Business Ethics" during the fourth Teaching Ethics at Universities Conference. The distinction included the presentation of a Master Teacher in Ethics Award to Schwartz. Faculty selected for this award are considered to be among the best ethics faculty in North America. Full Story
One third of Torontonians think taxes should increaseAlmost one in three Torontonians think taxes should increase, compared with only nine per cent of their counterparts in the rest of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), according to survey results published by York University and the Toronto Star. "We were surprised that citizens seem open to paying more for what they get; almost half support more user fees for services and toll roads, for example," says Lesley Jacobs, director, Institute for Social Research. Full Story
Those who believe in guardian angels more risk averse"Risk Perception and Belief in Guardian Spirits," a new study by lead author David Etkin was published this week in SAGE Open. It examines the link between belief and risk-taking behaviour. Etkin and a team of graduate students in the Disaster and Emergency Management program interviewed 198 people for the study, noting how interviewees viewed risk, what sort of risky behaviour they participated in and why they chose to do so. Full Story
Historians gather at York for a conference on WW1Historians from around the world are gathering Sept. 18 at York University to reflect on this and other historic topics as part of a commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, will offer the annual Avie Bennett Public Lecture – the highlight of the conference.The public lecture will take place from 7 to 8:45pm in Room 001, Accolade East Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.Full Story
LA&PS awards showcase teaching and research excellenceSome of York's brightest minds were recently honoured with top awards for teaching and research. Among them are five faculty members from a broad range of disciplines and a teaching assistant whose efforts also earned her a President's University-Wide Teaching Award. The recipients of the LA&PS teaching and research awards. From left: Elizabeth Brulé, Yael Machtinger, Michael A. Gilbert, Lisa Violo, Linda Peake and Lesley Wood. Full Story
Book explores apocalypse and alchemy of two cultural Canadian giantsVisionaries Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye are the subject of a new book by English Professor B.W. Powe. Powe, a poet, novelist, essayist and philosopher who studied with both of these formidable and influential intellectuals, presents an exploration of their lives and work. Full Story
New book explores institutionalization of temporarinessLiberating Temporariness? Migration, Work, and Citizenship in an Age of Insecurity explores the institutionalization of temporariness as a condition of life for a growing number of people worldwide. The editors, political science Professor Leah F. Vosko, geography Professor Valerie Preston and political science Professor Robert Latham, consider the growing complexities surrounding the legal status of migrants and refugees, deepening precariousness in employment and mounting limitations on social rights.. Full Story
LA&PS researcher a finalist for prestigious awardLA&PS researcher Susan McGrath, a professor in the School of Social Work has been selected by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) as one of three finalists for a prestigious SSHRC Impact Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach to research. Full Story
Prof named Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)Dubbed "Canada's coolest poet", English Professor Priscila Uppal has received one of the country's highest forms of recognition – election as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). She has published 10 collections of poetry, two novels, a memoir, a play, an academic monograph and several anthologies. Her poetry includes Traumatology (2010), and Ontological Necessities, which was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Full Press Release
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