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On this page we list upcoming events that may be of interest to our members. The page will be updated as new events come to our attention.


We all encounter stress in our daily lives that at times can be difficult to manage. This is especially important as we navigate the many challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Help is available for Stress Busting. We are offering these 30 minute online practical programs weekdays from 12:00 - 12:30pm for enhancing wellness and managing stress.

This 8-week online program, offered by Prof. Harvey Skinner, former Dean of the York's Faculty of Health, commences April 25. Registration is required.

Qi Gong Mind-Body Movement practices, led by Dr. Harvey Skinner: 16 sessions on Mondays and Fridays at 12 noon (30 minute sessions) -- followed by optional Q&A discussion, April 25 to June 17.

To register, click here.

Mindfulness Meditation practices, led by Susan Harris: 8 sessions on Wednesdays at 12 noon (30 minute sessions) -- followed by optional Q&A discussion from April 27 to June 15.

To register, click here.

Further details about Stress Busting, including background about Qi Gong-Tai Chi and Mindfulness Meditation and videos of past sessions, are available by clicking here.


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.

Presented by York's Alumni Engagement Office, the Scholars’ Hub events are offered in partnership with Vaughan Public Libraries, Markham Public Library, and Aurora Public Library.  Alumni, students, staff, faculty and retirees are welcome to participate.

Pandemic Possibilities: Sexuality, Gender and Youth in the time of COVID

Jen Gilbert, Professor, Faculty of Education

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 12:00 noon

How will stay at home orders, virtual schooling, canceled proms, viral TikTok dances, boredom, and omnipresent doom inspire, or perhaps constrain, new sexual and gender formations? This presentation explores how the experience of living with and through the pandemic has shaped young people’s sense of their genders and sexualities.

For more information and to register, please click here.


Since 2009, the York Circle has hosted Saturday morning and lunchtime lectures for the wider York community, including retirees, alumni and other "friends" from the outside world.  The topics come from a broad range of York University’s Faculties, and have been presented by distinguished York University researchers.

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the York Circle now offers a "virtual" lecture series that showcases York's leading faculty members, from policy makers to molecular scientists, to engage in lively panel discussions and Q&A sessions on key themes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Hosted by Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell, Academic Chair of The York Circle, the series offers four sessions throughout the year.

The final offering in the four-session 2021-2022 academic cycle will be:

Session 4: Indigenous Experiences of Parenthood in the Contemporary World

Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 10 a.m.

Participants have the option of attending this session virtually via Zoom or in-person at York's Keele campus. Masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus, therefore those attending in-person must wear a mask and will be offered a complimentary box-lunch-to-go).

Hosted by Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell, Academic Chair of the York Circle, panelists will include:

Dr. Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice;

Dr. Angele Alook, Assistant Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies;

Dr. Nicole Muir, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health.

The program begins at 10 a.m. Sessions are open to all York alumni and retirees. For more information and to register for either the online or in-person option, please click here.

For more information and to register, please click here.


YU-CARE members and supporters, draw your attention to a webinar series produced by The Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre at Ryerson University, “Pandemic in an Aging World.” If you would like to view the webinars, you can do so on the Ryerson University MLC website.


The College has hosted a series of lunch talks via Zoom in 2022 on a variety of topics, including, "The Use and Abuse Of Refugees and Other Forced Migrants as Weapons of War," "Serious International Crimes, Human Rights, and Forced Migration," "A Peak Behind the Curtain of Diplomatic Life," "Last Stop: the Underground Railroad in St. Catharines," "The Underground Railroad, Next Stop, Toronto," "Bioethics and The Very Concept of Disability," "Building on Mandela’s Legacy: Public Policy Leadership Capacity Building in sub-Saharan Africa," and "Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Education in Jordan."

To access these talks and other events, go to

Also available is The 2022 McLaughlin College lecture, "The Importance of Understanding Anti-Black Racism in Canada," with renowned scholar Dr. Lorne Foster, Professor of Public Policy and Human Rights. He is the Director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at York,;past Academic Director, Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC); and the inaugural Faculty Chair, Race Inclusion and Supportive Environments (RISE). To watch this outstanding talk, please click here.


The choir is open to all members of the York Community, including retirees. Two members of YURA are already choir members. During COVID times, the choir meets via Zoom (with everyone except the Director muted), and we individually record our contributions to the production that the Director assembles. When the pandemic ends, we will meet in-person in McLaughlin College on the Keele campus. Practices are Wednesday afternoons, 4:30 to 5:45. For more information, click on the link below.

McLaughlin College Community Choir

To listen to virtual choir performances, click here:

Recordings of Virtual Choir