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Broaden your mind with the Scholars' Hub @ Home Speaker Series

Do you enjoy hearing about the latest thought-provoking research? The Scholars’ Hub @ Home speaker series features discussions on a broad range of topics, with engaging lectures from some of York’s best minds. The Scholars’ Hub events are done in partnership with Vaughan Public Libraries, Markham Public Library, and Aurora Public Library. The Scholars' Hub @ Home series is brought to you by York Alumni Engagement. We invite students, alumni and all members of the community to join us. All sessions take place at 12pm ET.

Kean D. Birch, Director of the Institute for Technoscience & Society and Professor, Graduate Program in Science & Technology Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies

Today’s digital economy is radically different from the past, being increasingly dependent upon and driven by the mass collection and algorithmic use of digital data, especially personal data. Canada’s competition policy has yet to catch up with these changes. The recent federal government’s consultation on the future of competition policy represents an important opportunity to examine the implications of digital data for markets and to rethink the policy frameworks that underpin those markets in light of these implications.

Buddhika Bellana, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Glendon College

A good book is not only characterized by the reader's experience while in the midst of reading it. In fact, a good book is marked by its ability to shape the content of our thoughts for hours, sometimes days, after putting it down. This presentation will examine the idea that stories have a propensity to linger in your mind. We will look at how this phenomenon can be quantified in the laboratory and what it might reveal about how our memory system works.

Anna Zalik, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Investment in the North American energy infrastructure will have a major impact on our ability to protect the global ecosystem for decades to come. As such, North American pipeline projects have become particularly controversial among climate justice advocates given their implications for carbon emissions, Indigenous land use and notably the way they lock in particular ecological futures. Join us for this special Earth Day presentation, examining the disputes over Canadian pipelines delivering natural gas.