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.
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Book uncovers hidden histories of lives lived in 20th centuryWritten by many of Canada's leading historical researchers, The Dawn of Canada's Century demonstrates the wide-ranging and revealing social histories made possible by the new Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (CCRI). Edited by Professor Emeritus Gordon Darroch the book will launch Tuesday, April 22 Full Story
Student wins grant for youth mentorship programSocial Work student Soroush Fakhri is the latest recipient of a grant of up to $25,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to support his Afghan Mentorship Program, which provides programming support for Afghan youth in the Durham Region. Soroush came from Afghanistan when he was six years old and understands first-hand the struggles immigrant youth face. "A lot of them are smart and very family-oriented and they just need a little help. I feel fortunate for the people who helped me in the past and that's what motivates me." Full Story
SAS student places in top 10 in national competitionSchool of Administrative Studies marketing student Jacky Li (left, with LA&PS Dean Singer) has finished in the top 10 in Canada's Next Top Ad Exec competition. Sponsored by GM, the competition saw 231 submissions from 38 campuses across Canada, including the most from YorkU with 11 from SAS and 12 from Schulich. Jacky won a paid internship by Environics where he will work on projects in the car and pharmaceutical industries. Congratulations to all of the YorkU students who competed!
Prof receives award for contributions to labour relationsDepartment of Social Science and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Professor Emerita Linda Briskin recently received the Sefton Award for Contributions to Labour Relations. The award is meant to honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of labour relations and human rights. "It has been a privilege to engage in scholarly work as a union and feminist activist. And when my research has helped to support the struggles and organizing of union women, it has been deeply rewarding," said Briskin in her acceptance speech. Full Story
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LA&PS grad gives back to students, creates Christina L. Sgro entrance awardAfter earning her bachelor's and master's degrees at York University, Christina Sgro decided to give back to the York community and current York students. The Christina L. Sgro Entrance Award is a yearly prize of $500 given to an undergraduate student accepted into the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies or the Faculty of Environmental Studies, who intends to focus on geography or urban studies. "Students are struggling financially given ever-rising tuition fees in Ontario, so any assistance we can give, as alumni, is helpful," says Sgro (BA Hons. '08, MES '12). Now an urban planner, she sees the value in the lessons she learned as a student at York Full Story
New international politics journal launchesA new open-access, international politics journal will launch Thursday at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Toronto. The Journal of Narrative Politics is published by York University and funded primarily through a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Connection Grant to political science Professor Elizabeth Dauphinee. The launch event is designed to connect researchers and students working with narrative approaches, autoethnography, and experimental forms of scholarship with local writers, artists, and activists. Full Story
History professor Marcel Martel's new book explores Canada's attitudes toward vicesCanada the Good: A Short History of Vice since 1500 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) by Marcel Martel, Avie Bennett Historica Dominion Institute Chair in Canadian History at York, details the swing in attitudes about such vices as sexuality, alcohol, gambling and smoking in the past 500 years. It looks at debates and regulations that have conditioned these attitudes up to the present day. Full Story
Lost in Translation: The Challenge of Publishing Scientific Writing in Foreign LanguagesInternational scholars face obstacles disseminating their research in English-language journals as scientific writing is often challenged by writing style and even bias when translated. In her new book, Writing and Publishing Science Research Papers in English: A Global Perspective, Karen Englander, a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University, finds that while publishing in English is "crucial" for disseminating scientific research, many scientists struggle with the structural complexities of the English language. Full Story
Olivia Chow To Speak at International Women's Day EventOlivia Chow (MP Trinity–Spadina) will be the keynote speaker for this year's International Women's Day celebration at York, the theme of which is "Inspiring Change". The event will take place Thursday, March 6, from 12:30 to 2:30pm in the Senate Chambers, 940N Ross. She will be joined by aboriginal elder Laureen Waters, with remarks by Rhonda Lenton, vice-president academic & provost, and Professor Enakshi Dua . To register please contact Lorraine Myrie. Full Story
York Prof Inducted to the Motherhood Hall of FameProfessor Andrea O'Reilly of the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, will be one of the first three Women of Excellence, motherhood activists and scholars, to be inducted into the Motherhood Hall of Fame in New York City. The induction ceremony will take place March 6 during the Museum of Motherhood conference. Professor O'Reilly is co-editor/editor of 12 books on Motherhood. One of her recent books is Twenty-first Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency explores motherhood's current representation and practice in the post 9/11 era. Full Story
LA&PS Researchers Celebrated at York EventYork University celebrated its leading researchers recently for their outstanding achievements and leadership during the second annual York U Research Leaders celebration. Among those honoured from LA&PS were Bettina Bradbury, Department of History and School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies; James Carley, Department of English; Qiuming Cheng, Department of Geography; Adrian Shubert, Department of History; and Leah Vosko (pictured), Department of Political Science. Full Story
Political Science professor heads to WashingtonPolitical Science Professor Jacqueline Krikorian has been appointed a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-US Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center. "The Fulbright allows me a wonderful opportunity to continue my research into international trade law, which is centered in Washington," she said. Full Story
Professor Authors New Book That Rethinks EducationThe basic structure of universities and colleges in Ontario -- one focused primarily on expansion and greater access -- is outdated. In Rethinking Higher Education, University Professor George Fallis argues that policy makers should shift their attention away from growth and toward improving and diversifying the range of programs available and creating new means of program delivery. Full Story
School of HRM launches new "HR Edge" issueYork's School of Human Resource Management has released the latest issue of their industry magazine, HR Edge. Written by faculty members, other leading experts in the HR field and alumni, the magazine – both in print and on the web – brings research, news and updates to HR professionals around the country. "Researchers in the School of HRM are on the cutting edge of research in our field. HR Edge gives us a platform for sharing some of this work with a wider audience," says Prof. Marie-Heléne Budworth. Full Story
Professor receives best article award from Business HorizonsAdministrative Studies professor Mark Schwartz has received the 2013 "Best Article Award" from the management journal Business Horizons for his paper titled, "Developing and Sustaining an Ethical Corporate Culture: the Core Elements", which appeared in the January-February issue. Full Story
Filmmaker to speak about polar expeditions
Gemini Award-winning filmmaker and explorer Mark Terry will discuss his expedition to Antarctica and the findings that led to new policy being written at the UN climate summits in Copenhagen and Cancun as part of the Geography Alumni Speaker Series Jan. 28. Full Story
Sociology student wins prestigious Lincoln M. Alexander award for community-building
Talisha Ramsaroop, a fourth-year Sociology student in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, has won the prestigious Lincoln M. Alexander Award for her work as a mentor for students battling racial stereotypes in Toronto's urban core.
Ramsaroop was presented with her certificate and award for the community category by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, David Onley, at an awards presentation at Queen's Park yesterday. Full Story
Prof's debut novel chosen as a book of the year by Quill and Quire
York Humanities Professor Sylwia Chrostowska's debut novel Permission was chosen as one of five books of the year for 2013 by Quill and Quire review editor Steven W. Beattie.
"One of the most intellectually bracing, technically fascinating Canadian-authored novels of the year was actually published in the U.S. by the indie press Dalkey Archive," he wrote. Full Story
International and DLLL students share culture in 'buddy' project
Travelling to a new country to attend school can be an equally exciting and daunting experience.
The Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (DLLL) in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies has launched a new program to ensure the York experience is rewarding for international students by connecting them with Canadian students. Full Story
Essay collection honours pre-eminent Canadian medical anthropologist
Anthropology Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Naomi Adelson, has co-edited a book honouring the tradition of Margaret Lock, one of the pre-eminent medical anthropologists of our time.
Troubling Natural Categories: Engaging the Medical Anthropology of Margaret Lock is a collection of essays on Lock's enduring project to question our deeply held assumptions about biology, medicine and culture. Full Story
English prof launches website to explore, debate world views of US
York English Professor Geoff Hamilton has created a website inviting scholars and lay people alike to debate issues that impact how the US is perceived. The website Their America: America in the Eyes of the World aims to explore historical opinions of, and contribute to evolving debates about, the United States. Full Story
Documentary Premiere - The Inmates Are Running the Asylum
"The Inmates Are Running the Asylum", a new documentary short by Professor Megan Davies of York's Health & Society Program, will make its local premiere on Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 2.30 to 4.00 pm in 103 Life Science Building. The screening of the film, produced with assistance from the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the Department of Social Science and the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, will be followed by a panel discussion including Professor Davies, political scientist Miriam Smith and critical disabilities studies scholar Geoffrey Reaume.
Philippines typhoon relief at LA&PS
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in early November, Unaizah Vedad knew she had to do whatever she could to help. Vedad, an assistant for the Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals in LA&PS, was born and raised on Cebu Island and Bantayan Island respectively, and understands first-hand the struggle the people of the Philippines are facing.
Her relief initiative, The Third Cup, aims to raise funds for the people of Bantayan Island, who are among those hit hardest by the typhoon. For more information and to donate, visit The Third Cup website.
LA&PS Top Student Vision
Cognitive Science student Andrew Lauzon's vision was chosen as the top vision for LA&PS in the 2013 'This is My Time' Free Tuition Contest. Andrew, pictured here with Dean Martin Singer, was awarded a York U hoodie sweatshirt from the new collection for his vision, 2025: My research into music-based therapies leads to breakthroughs in treatments for Autism, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. This year's vision contest saw close to a 50 per cent jump in entries. Read more about the contest.
Research event to celebrate digital culture
Humanities Professor David Cecchetto will discuss "Sound, Affect and Digital Communities" at the Digital Cultures Research Celebration on Friday, December 6.
Co-hosted by six of York's Faculties in
collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, the event will feature the work of five York professors, a University
Librarian and a former graduate student. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Full Story
History Professor Nicholas Rogers wins John Ben Snow Prize
Professor Nicholas Rogers, distinguished research professor in history, has won the 2013 John Ben Snow Prize for his book Mayhem: Post-War Crime and Violence in Britain, 1748–53.
Sponsored by the North American Conference on British Studies, the prize is awarded annually for the best book by a North American scholar of British Studies for the period from the Middle Ages through the 18th century. Full Story
History Professor Receives Governor General's Award
History Professor William Wicken was honoured on November 19, 2013 with the Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Research (The Sir John A. Macdonald Prize) for The Colonization of Mi'kmaw Memory and History 1794-1928: The King v. Gabriel Sylliboy.
Working backwards in time from the Gabriel Sylliboy court case of 1928, the book uncovers how successive generations o f Mi'kmaq remembered a treaty signed in the 18th century. "This is a great honour," said Professor Wicken, "but is really a reflection of the superb teaching and research environment which my colleagues in the History Department have created." Professor Wicken was presented with a medal by Governor General David Johnston at a ceremony at Rideau Hall. Watch Ceremony | Full Story
LA&PS Profs Honoured by RSC
English Professor James Carley (right) was awarded the prestigious Pierre Chauveau Medal from the Royal Society of
Canada (RSC), while History Professors Bettina Bradbury and Adrian Shubert were inducted as Fellows during the RSC's
Annual General Meeting held in Banff, AB on the weekend.
LA&PS Grads Win Alumni Awards
Two LA&PS graduates are recipients of York's 2013 Bryden Alumni Awards.
Carolyn Acker (BAS '87), founding CEO of Pathways to Education Canada,
has won the Redefine the Possible Award while Guy Burry (BA '82), CEO of WhiteHat Inc.
and owner of Tenth Power Group, has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award.
Inaugural Joshua Yasay scholarship presented to Gillian Maharaj
Joshua Yasay's family returned to York recently to witness the presentation of a scholarship in honour of their son and brother.
The inaugural Joshua Yasay Memorial Scholarship was given to LA&PS student Gillian Maharaj (centre, with the Yasay family)
as part of the Departments of Social Science and Communication Studies Student Awards ceremony.
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LA&PS philosophy MA student wins international essay competition
Karolina Wisniewski – the first student in the combined Juris Doctor (JD)/ Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy program at Osgoode Hall Law School and LA&PS's Department of Philosophy – is the winner of the 2013 ESSAY competition organized by the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) at Queen Mary University of London.
Social Science launches book to commemorate 50th anniversary
The Department of Social Science will celebrate its 50th anniversary with two days of festivities that include a student awards ceremony, alumni event, book launch and anniversary gala.
The celebration is an opportunity for the department, which houses 12 interdisciplinary programs and two graduate programs, to share its successes and milestones with the York community. Full Story
Sociology Grad Student Wins Urban Hero Award
Doctoral candidate in Sociology Sam Tecle has been honoured with North York Mirror's Urban Hero Award, for his notable contribution to education and for being a role model in the Jane and Finch community. This summer, Tecle taught Grade 9 students from the Jane and Finch community attending a six-week program, Success Beyond Limits.
The program is a joint initiative of York University and Jays Care Foundation, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board.
"I am thrilled that Sam is a recipient of this respected award which honours grassroots level heroes for their efforts, sacrifices and contributions, having positive impact on our communities," said Professor Carl James, who is Tecle's PhD supervisor and nominator for the award.
"Sam is an example of the many students doing exemplary work through involvement in neighbourhood community initiatives at York University." Full Story
The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions
Co-edited by Professor Patrick Taylor of the Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies was launched at York on Nov. 8. A new award - the David and Grace Taylor Graduate Scholarship in Caribbean Studies - also announced its first recipient, Rachel O'Donnell, a PhD candidate in Political Science. "It is exciting to have my research recognized in this way," said O'Donnell, "especially because CERLAC (Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean) is so well known for eing at the forefront of social change in the Caribbean and Latin America."
Representing the culmination of more than a decade of work by the associates of the Caribbean Religions Project, an international collaborative project directed by Taylor, The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions is the prime outcome. It covers the religions of the world as they manifest themselves and are transformed in the Caribbean context and helps to foster a greater understanding of the role of religion in Caribbean life and society, in the Caribbean diaspora, and in wider national and transnational spaces. Full Story
SSHRC launches student contest to promote liberal arts research
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched a contest that challenges university students to show Canadians how liberal arts research is "affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity."
SSHRC is accepting submissions from November 1 to January 15 in the form of a 3-minute pitch via podcast, op-ed, video, or infographic. The
top 25 finalists will receive $3,000, registration and accommodation at SSHRC's Congress 2014 conference in May.
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Book looks at significance of Irish immigrants in Buffalo and Toronto
In a new book by York geography and history Professor William Jenkins – Between Raid and Rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916 – the lives and allegiances of Irish immigrants and their descendants in one American city are compared with those in a Canadian city between the era of the Fenian raids and the 1916 Easter Rising.
The book highlights the significance of immigrants from Ulster to Toronto and from Munster to Buffalo. Professor Jenkins distinguishes what it meant to be Irish in a loyal dominion within Britain's empire and in a republic whose self-confidence knew no bounds. Full Story
Iran's Diplomatic Thaw
Political Science Professor Saeed Rahnema discusses Iran's recent diplomatic thaw with the West in an interview on TVO's The Agenda.
After years of international isolation and economic sanctions, Iran appears to want to engage seriously in diplomatic negotiations over its nuclear program. Professor Rahnema examines this shift.
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Retirement in Canada
Retirement in Canada (Oxford University Press), a new book by Political Science Professor Thomas R. Klassen, brings together the shifts in retirement already taking place and predictions for the years ahead.
A century ago, the average Canadian lifespan was 60 – today, people can expect to live 20 years longer than that. In addition, not only has the influence of the baby boom generation transformed society, so too will it transform the choices and challenges associated with retirement. Full Story | Watch the Video
Nine books released this month in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies were celebrated at a collective book launch on October 29. Presenting their respective books were the authors pictured here. From left, Professor Kamala Kempadoo and Darja Davydova, editors of From Bleeding Hearts to Critical Thinking: Exploring the Issue of Human Trafficking; Professor Sonya Scott, author of Architectures of Economic Subjectivity; and Professor Stephanie Ross, co-author of Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity. Full Story
Latin America and Caribbean Studies Students Release Book of Oral Histories
A classroom project has resulted in the publication of a unique book co-authored by York University students and edited by Professor Judith Adler Hellman of the Departments of Political Science and Social Science.
Contributors to the book Changing Times and Changing Lives in the Caribbean and Latin America. From left, Richard Lanns, Kevin Edmonds, Ashleigh Phillips, McLean Ayearst, Professor Judy Hellman, Marshall Bech, Juan Manuel Vidal, Miguel Gonzalez.
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The book, Changing Times and Changing Lives in the Caribbean and Latin America recounts 10 oral histories provided by students and graduates of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.
The stories were collected over a five-year period in the capstone course in Latin America and Caribbean Studies.
From Trinidad, Grenada, St. Lucia, and the Dominican Republic to Columbia, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico, the stories showcase individuals whose lives reflect the history and immense changes currently underway in these countries.
The impact of war and peace, independence struggles, natural disaster, economic upheavals and other forces of change are presented through narratives representing a broad range of Latin American and Caribbean people.
Professor Hellman hosted a book launch at Founders College October 28, 2013. The event was sponsored by Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean (CERLAC), Founders College, Latin American and Caribbean studies and International Development studies.
In attendance were several of the book’s student authors, including Richard Lanns who discussed his contribution: From Plantation to Tourist ‘Paradise’ in St. Lucia. In this story, Richard tells of his “homecoming” to the country his parents left, but that he has returned to frequently since his birth in Canada. After a three-year absence, he returns and is shocked to learn that his family’s plantations have been sold giving way to a flourishing tourism industry.
“In what represents an ironic turn of events,” said Richard, “the tourist sector has breathed new life into the very plantations that were once the heart of the rural economy.”
Other contributors who spoke of their stories at the launch included Kevin Edmonds: Green Gold and Dark Days: The Life of a St. Lucian Banana Farmer; Ashleigh Phillips: Race, Class, Revolution and the US Invasion in Grenada; and Juan Manuel Vidal: Civil War and Peace in El Salvador.
Professor Priscila Uppal's book shortlisted for Governor General Award
English Professor Priscila Uppal's Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother has been shortlisted for a Governor General Literary Award in the non-fiction category. This is the second honour given Professor Uppal for her memoir. Last month, she was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Full story.
Jackman family presents $1-million gift to the Department of Philosophy
On September 30, President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri announced a new gift from the Jackman family in support of the University's Department of Philosophy. The gift, totalling $1 million, will be divided between the Philosophy Graduate Awards Endowment and the Philosophy Department Conference Fund. Full story