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Historians gather at York for a conference on WW1

Historians 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
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LA&PS awards showcase teaching and research excellence

Some 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
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Book explores apocalypse and alchemy of two cultural Canadian giants

Visionaries 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 temporariness

Liberating 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
Susan McGrath

LA&PS researcher a finalist for prestigious award

LA&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
Priscila Uppal

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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LA&PS prof awarded $2.5 million from SSHRC

Carla Lipsig-Mummé, professor of Work and Labour Studies has received more than $2.5 million over seven years through the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grants program. Lipsig-Mummé will lead a project entitled "Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change: Canada in International Perspective," Full Story
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New book looks at improving interactive learning environments

Computer simulation-based education and training is a multibillion-dollar industry, but research shows that when it comes to training for decision-making, people often perform poorly. A new book by Administrative Studies Professor Hassan Qudrat-Ullah looks at why that is and how to improve outcomes. Full Story
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History and geography prof wins three awards for book on Irish

LA&PS history and geography Professor William Jenkins' book Between Raid and Rebellion has picked up three awards this year – the Clio Prize, the Joseph Brant Award and the James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize. The trio of prizes were received for his book Between Raid and Rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916 Full Story
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New book explores intersection of prisons and disability

Disability Incarcerated, a new book co-edited by York social work Professor Chris Chapman, explores the intersection where prisons and disability meet. The book is a collection of interdisciplinary papers examining the incarceration and segregation of people with disabilities in North America. Full Story
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Two LA&PS Teaching Assistants win PUWTA award

Teaching assistants Yael Machtinger (left) and Rehanna Siew-Sarju received the President's University-Wide Teaching Awards (PUWTA) award in the Teaching Assistant (TA) category. Both are graduate students in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Machtinger and Siew-Sarju were honoured during convocation ceremonies on June 18. Full Story
Catherine Timms

New book explores two of Canada's great thinkers

Few authors have placed Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye side by side as LA&PS English Professor B.W. Powe, a student of them both, has done in his new book, Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy (University of Toronto Press). It is here that Powe explores not only their eruptions of conflict – intellectual, academic and personal – but also their similarities, harmonies and lasting influence. He examines the parallels, interweaving and disparateness of their work and personal lives. Full Story
Catherine Timms

Student wins academic prize in Canadian studies

LA&PS history student Catherine Timms won the Odessa Prize for 2013-14 for her essay, "Frederick G. Gardiner: An Exploration of High Modernism and the Metropolitan Toronto Council, 1953-1961. The Odessa Prize is given to the best essay completed by a fourth-year student on a topic related to the study of Canada. Her essay also won the Des Hart History Prize awarded by the Department of History. Full Story
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LA&PS graduate receives York's highest academic honour

While hundreds of graduate students received their degrees during Spring Convocation ceremonies last month, only one had the distinction of being top of their class. Aidan Moir, a recent MA graduate in Communication and Culture, received the Governor General's Gold Academic Medal at one of LA&PS's convocation ceremonies in June as the graduate student with the highest academic standing. "I really was overwhelmed with so many emotions, and it will always be a very special moment," she says." Full Story
Ananya Mukherjee-Reed

York appoints political science professor as new associate vice-president research

Robert Haché, Vice-President Research & Innovation, is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ananya Mukherjee-Reed as Associate Vice-President Research, effective November 1. In her new role, Mukherjee-Reed will provide leadership in promoting strategic research development at York, providing leadership and advice on the strategic development of the Organized Research Units (ORUs) and lead the development of research policy. Full Story
Robert Weisman

Book on remorse and the law receives honourable mention from American Sociological Association

A book by Richard Weisman, professor emeritus of social science, has been accorded significant recognition by the American Sociological Association. Weisman's book Showing Remorse: Law and the Social Control of Emotion, has received Honourable Mention from the Committee for the Distinguished Book Award for 2014 of the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association. Full Story
Bernard Lucht

Bernard Lucht talks about the important role of the liberal arts in his career

CBC Radio Executive Producer Bernie Lucht received an honorary doctor of laws degree for his life long at the public broadcaster. Lucht told the graduants that the liberal arts has been under great pressure of late due to the high demand for scientists and engineers. "We need more scientists and engineers, we're told. And we do! But we need everything else, too, in order to lead useful lives in our infinitely complex and changing world," he said. "I want to tell you about my own path to the liberal arts, which began in science." Full Story
Sylwia Chrostowska

Professor wins Humboldt Research Fellowship for work on nostalgia

York humanities Professor Sylwia Chrostowska has won a Humboldt Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to further pursue her research on nostalgia. The fellowship is an honour reserved for highly qualified scholars selected solely on the basis of their academic qualifications and evaluated in a peer-review process Full Story
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Students learning about children, village life in South Africa

What better way to learn about children from different parts of the world than to experience their culture first-hand? That's why 15 students taking the Children's Culture in Context course, part of the Children's Studies Program in LA&PS, are currently in South Africa participating in village life. Under the direction of Professor Andrea Emberly, the students have been soaking up much more than sunshine in Tshakhuma – the village that serves as their primary base – in Limpopo province Full Story
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Study shows Jamaican and Toronto youth share similar strategies in response to violence.

Humanities professor Andrea Davis presented her research findings in Jamaica at the Voices Across Borders symposium. Her study found that despite their differing social and national contexts, black youth in Jamaica, and Toronto share similar strategies in response to violence. In both countries, experiences of social alienation lead youth to adapt particular understandings of Jamaica and Jamaicannes. Full Story
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English Prof. wins Ann Saddlemeyer Award for his book

The Canadian Association for Theatre Research has awarded R. Darren Gobert, the 2014 Ann Saddlemyer Award for his book The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater. The book braids philosophical investigation together with theatre-historical research to provide an original picture of one of the most consequential and confusing periods in the histories of modern theatre and philosophy: the century after René Descartes’ death in 1649. Full Story
Live Without Death

Student's story collection shortlisted for Trillium Book Award

York grad student Peter Unwin likes to do things differently. While other authors were heading to Paris, he was roaming Canada's Arctic, getting to know the untold stories of its people. With several books published and well into his 50s, he decided it was time to return to university for graduate work. His unconventional approach has earned him a place on the 2014 Trillium Book Award shortlist for, Life Without Death and Other Stories. Full Story
Collection of essays considers the innovation that follows catastrophe

Collection of essays considers the innovation that follows catastrophe

What happens to public policy in the aftermath of an event such as the economic meltdown of 2008? Is there space for innovation between existing public policy and the devastation that comes with a major crisis? Linking Global Trade and Human Rights: New Policy Space in Hard Economic Times (2014) explores these questions and more. The book was edited by York Professor Emeritus of Political Science Daniel Drache, and Law & Society Professor Lesley Jacobs. Full Story
Professor Ananya Mukherjee-Reed

Professor appears before Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights

Professor Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, chair of the Department of Political Science, appeared by invitation before the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights on May 12 to talk about the condition of garment workers in the developing world and what role Canada can play. It is imperative that action be taken immediately on this issue, Mukherjee-Reed told the standing committee. Full Story
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'The Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality' gets updated and expanded

The dynamic ways in which women and men construct gendered and sexual identities through language is given a fresh look in the significantly expanded and updated second edition of The Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality, co-edited by York Professor Susan Ehrlich. It brings together a team of leading specialists in the field to create a comprehensive overview of key historical themes and issues, along with methodologies and cutting-edge research topics. Full story
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'Queer Bathroom Stories' has world premiere

A new play by a York professor will explore the secret sex life of bathrooms and gender politics in public washrooms, while exhibiting a refined sense of toilet humour. Queer Bathroom Stories will have its world premiere at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, from May 31 to June 15. The play is based on the award-winning book Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality and the Hygienic Imagination (2010), both written by York sociology Professor Sheila Cavanagh, coordinator of York's Sexuality Studies Program. Full Story
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LA&PS professors awarded University Professorships

Professors Susan Dimock and Martin Lockshin will be awarded 2014 University Professorships for their scholarship, teaching and participation in University life and the University community. Selected by York's Senate Committee on Awards, Professors Dimock and Lockshin will be given the honorific title at June convocation ceremonies. Professor Dimock's research interests span topics in ethical theory and practical ethics, while Professor Lockshin's area of scholarly expertise is the history of Jewish biblical interpretation. Full story
Outstanding LA&PS students receive Robert Tiffin Student Leadership Awards

Isabella Bakker named Distinguished Research Professor

York University is honouring Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies political science Professor Isabella Bakker with the title of Distinguished Research Professor. The title is given to active members of the academy in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the University through research. Prof. Bakker teaches International Political Economy, Women and Politics and Public Finance and is a leading global expert in her field. Full Story
Memory and migration: Display documents the history of Greeks in Toronto

Memory and migration: Display documents the history of Greeks in Toronto

The Greek Canadian History Project is marking 150 years of Greek immigrants in Toronto with "Memory and Migration: A history of Greeks in Toronto", an exhibition of hundreds of historical images and documents in the Rotunda at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. The exhibit, which was launched on May 12 with an evening reception, will remain on display until May 17. The event is free and open to the public. Full Story
Outstanding LA&PS students receive Robert Tiffin Student Leadership Awards

Outstanding LA&PS students receive Robert Tiffin Student Leadership Awards

Congratulations to LA&PS students Christmari Fernando in the Human Resource Management Program and Mikhaela Gray in English who recently won Robert Tiffin Student Leadership Awards. The fourth-year students were two of eight York students recognized as having made the greatest contributions to the development, growth and vitality of the University. Full Story
York to host international anthropology conference, #CASCA2014

York to host international anthropology conference, #CASCA2014

This week York will play host to the Canadian Anthropology Society's annual conference (CASCA), which will welcome anthropology scholars and researchers from around the world. Themed "Promising Uncertainties: Unsettling the Future of Anthropological Terrain," the 2014 conference will run from April 30 to May 3. CASCA's keynote speaker is Didier Fassin (pictured). Full Story
York to host international anthropology conference, #CASCA2014

Social justice conference attracts hundreds of students

Close to 1,000 secondary students will attend "And Social Justice for All: Student Voice – Student Action," a conference and fair that will explore fundamental social justice and human rights issues Wednesday at York. The free  conference will take place from 8:30am to 2:30pm in Vari Hall.. It is presented by York's Department of Equity Studies, the Toronto District School Board and the Halton District School Board with the support of York's Centre for Human Rights. Full Story
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Conference explores social media and its implications for politics, religion and gender

The International Conference on Social Media: Implications for Politics, Religion & Gender, will be held at York University May 8 and 9 in Accolade West 205 and is organized by Professors Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano and Jana Vizmuller-Zocco of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. . The second annual conference focuses on social media and its use, function and agency in politics, religion and gender causes. Full Story
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Department of History's Video Series on First World War

To mark the centennial of the start of the First World War, York University's Department of History has produced a documentary series, entitled The War to End All Wars: A Look Back at World War I. Comprised of six English-language episodes and one French-language episode, the series includes 14 of York's History professors discussing: The World at War, Canada at War, Women at War, Empires at War, Technologies at War, The Spoils of War and Les Canadiens français et la Première Guerre mondiale. View videos


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