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Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada

New book exploring intersection of prisons and disability launches

A 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
National Child Day

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
Heather McCrae

LA&PS professor receives world-renowned award

Political 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
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York U to celebrate foreign-trained bridging program graduates

More 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
Jesusu Bermejo Tirado

LA&PS Researcher awarded prestigious Banting Fellowship

Jesus 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
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Vivienne Poy urges grads to pursue success through community service

Vivienne 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
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York's Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities rank in Canada's top four

York 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
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International editorial project secures major SSHRC funding

Lesley 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
Pastor Valle-Garay

LA&PS lecturer honoured with Pioneer in Education Award

Pastor 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
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History experts document stories of First World War at pop-up museums

History 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
Mark Schwartz

Professor receives 'Master Teacher in Ethics' award

Mark 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
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One third of Torontonians think taxes should increase

Almost 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
 david etkin

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
 WW1 Conference -- nurses around bed

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
 Powe book cover

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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