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.
Students can study abroad this summerThe Department of Political Science will offer a "study abroad" six credit York University course during the summer term. The course – open to any York undergraduate student with at least 60 credits – will take place in Seoul, South Korea, during May and June. The course is on contemporary South Korea with a focus on population aging in the context of rapid social change.
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New story collection lights emotional fireEnglish Professor Priscila Uppal’s new collection of 13 short stories, Cover Before Striking, spans two decades and a range of styles, from realistic to sci-fi to horror, where the characters are all searching for alternative ways to communicate and to be heard. Cover Before Striking (Dundurn Press) is launching Monday, Feb. 2. Everyone is welcome. Full Story
New collection of science fiction and fantasy to launchEnglish Professor Allan Weiss has gathered together some of the best papers from eight years of the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy into a new collection. The Canadian Fantastic in Focus: New Perspectives (McFarland, 2014), edited by Weiss, will launch Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 3 to 5pm, at Stong College, Keele campus.
LA&PS Profs are co-investigators on Southeast Asia Climate Change ProjectSocial Science Professors Lisa Drummond and Douglas Young are co-investigators on The Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership. The new multimillion-dollar research partnership will address vulnerabilities to climate change in urbanizing areas of Southeast Asia with the goal of enhancing resilience as well as economic and social well-being. Full Story
Three LA&PS Profs appointed York Research ChairsIsabella Bakker, Political Science, Christopher Innes, English, and Fuyuki Kurasawa, Sociology, have been appointed York Research Chairs. The appointments are the first in a new program established to build, support and intensify the world-renowned research under way at the University. Full Story
Canadian employers underprepared to leverage Express Entry skilled immigrants: HRM ProfCitizenship and Immigration Canada introduced a fast-track entry for skilled immigrants, promising their arrival within six months of applying under an electronic system. But will the new system succeed? That's not imminent in the near future, suggests a recent York University study "Skilled migrants' career capital as a source of competitive advantage: implications for strategic HRM" by School of Human Resource Management Professor Jelana Zikic Full Story
Three LA&PS Professors appointed to Order of CanadaSusan McGrath, Edgar J. Dosman and Robert Cox are among the 95 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Prof. McGrath (Social Work) has been appointed for her contributions to research and policy on refugee rights, Prof. Dosman (Political Science) for his role in advancing academic and cultural ties within our hemisphere, and Prof. Emeritus Cox for his contributions to the field of international relations as one of Canada's foremost scholars in the area of political economy. Full Story
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School of Public Policy & Administration hosts annual awards ceremonyThe School of Public Policy and Administration held its annual Alumni and Student Recognition Awards Dinner on Nov. 27. Each year, SPPA recognizes its outstanding students and alumni for their contributions to advancing its undergraduate and graduate programs. This year two special awards of appreciation were presented to Anisa Vangjeli and Koosha Assadzadeh-Totonchi, who have made exceptional contributions to the school's ongoing development. Full Story
Social Science and Communications Studies students win awardsThe departments of social science and communication studies held their 10th annual Awards Ceremony recently to honour their top students. A total of 40 awards were handed out.These included the Arthur Siegel Award, the Jerry Durlak Award, the Ellen Baar Award and the Gina Feldberg Award. Full Story
'The Lost Gospel' reveals groundbreaking revelations about JesusWhen religious studies Professor Barrie Wilson and documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici went looking for answers to the 30-year gap in the life of Jesus in the New Testament, they didn't expect to find a hidden message in an ancient, coded and forgotten manuscript in the British Library. Full Story
New book explores the legal themes in 'Antigone'Antigone v. Creon: Sophocles's Antigone as a Courtroom Drama is a new book by Humanities Professor Roger S. Fisher. Published by Irwin Law, this groundbreaking new English translation of this ancient Greek tragedy offers an authoritative reading of the play as a work of legal literature. Full Story
New program will help organizations provide better services to youthYork is launching a new program, The Youth Research and Evaluation Exchange, which will provide the youth sector with resources and opportunities to share and use research on positive youth development in their work with young people. The Ontario government is providing $3.75 million in funding for the initiative, which is being led by Social Work Professor Uzo Anucha. Full Story
English professor earns second book award for contributions to theatre history researchEnglish Professor Darren Gobert has been awarded the American Society for Theater Research's Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History for his book The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater. Full Story
Book explores colonial state and Buddhist worldview at turn of 20th centuryHumanities Professor Alicia Turner scoured thousands of rarely used sources in researching her new book, Saving Buddhism: The Impermanence of Religion in Colonial Burma. The book explores the dissonance between the goals of the colonial state and the Buddhist worldview that animated Burmese Buddhism at the turn of the 20th century. Full Story
Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies celebrates 25 yearsThe Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a two-day international symposium delving into the state of Jewish studies. The State of Jewish Studies: Perspectives on Premodern Periods will take place on Sunday, Dec. 7, and Monday, Dec. 8. Everyone is welcome to attend. Full Story
Professor Emeritus Ian Greene launches new bookThe Charter of Canadian Rights and Freedoms: 30 Years of Decisions that Shape Canadian Life, written by Ian Greene, professor emeritus of public policy and law investigates how Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms has transformed Canadian life since it was adopted as part of the Canadian Constitution in 1982. Greene's book provides examples to describe the many significant ways the charter shapes Canadian life on a wide range of issues. Full Story
New book exploring intersection of prisons and disability launchesA new book Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada, exploring the incarceration of those with disabilities, co-edited by York social work Professor Chris Chapman, will launch will launch Friday Nov. 21, from 6 to 8pm, at OISE Library, 252 Bloor St. W., Toronto. Full Story
Children's Studies Program asks how are Canadian children doing?On Nov. 20, National Child Day, the Children's Studies program will host an information session asking how Canadian children are faring in relation to the rights contained in the UNCRC. The information session will take place from noon to 3pm in the Senior Common Room, 010 Vanier College, Full Story
LA&PS professor receives world-renowned awardPolitical Science Professor Heather MacRae has been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration, a teaching post sponsored by the European Union (EU) that celebrates excellence in research and teaching on the EU throughout the world. MacRae, who is also the co-director of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York, will use the funding from the award to increase the European Studies curriculum offered to York University undergraduate and graduate students. Full Story
York U to celebrate foreign-trained bridging program graduatesMore than 40 graduates of the Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) will receive their certificates at York University's Celebrate Success event on Nov. 13 at 7pm. Funded by the provincial and federal governments, the program has assisted IEPs from more than 35 countries to break the barriers to employment in Ontario and land positions that best match their foreign education, credentials and work experience. Full Story
LA&PS Researcher awarded prestigious Banting FellowshipJesus Bermejo Tirado is the recipient of a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for his project "Household Living Standards during the Severan Period." He will develop a detailed social and economic portrait of households in six western provinces of the Roman Empire during the Severan period. Full Story
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
LA&PS prof awarded $2.5 million from SSHRCCarla 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
New book looks at improving interactive learning environmentsComputer 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
History and geography prof wins three awards for book on IrishLA&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
New book explores intersection of prisons and disabilityDisability 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
Two LA&PS Teaching Assistants win PUWTA awardTeaching 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
New book explores two of Canada's great thinkersFew 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
Student wins academic prize in Canadian studiesLA&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
LA&PS graduate receives York's highest academic honourWhile 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
York appoints political science professor as new associate vice-president researchRobert 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
Book on remorse and the law receives honourable mention from American Sociological AssociationA 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 talks about the important role of the liberal arts in his careerCBC 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
Professor wins Humboldt Research Fellowship for work on nostalgiaYork 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
Students learning about children, village life in South AfricaWhat 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
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
English Prof. wins Ann Saddlemeyer Award for his bookThe 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
Student's story collection shortlisted for Trillium Book AwardYork 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 catastropheWhat 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 appears before Senate Standing Committee on Human RightsProfessor 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
'The Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality' gets updated and expandedThe 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
'Queer Bathroom Stories' has world premiereA 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
LA&PS professors awarded University ProfessorshipsProfessors 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
Isabella Bakker named Distinguished Research ProfessorYork 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 TorontoThe 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 AwardsCongratulations 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, #CASCA2014This 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
Social justice conference attracts hundreds of studentsClose 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
Conference explores social media and its implications for politics, religion and genderThe 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
Department of History's Video Series on First World WarTo 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
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
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