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Telling the stories of climate, farm distress, inequality and justice

Telling the stories of climate, farm distress, inequality and justice

From March 4-8 renowned journalist and author P Sainath visited York for a week as a scholar-in-residence. He delivered two separate seminars about climate, farm distress, inequality and justice in rural India and discussed his latest book on the foot soldiers of Indian freedom. Both talks were co-organized by EUC and the York Centre for

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Geopolitics of mining and dispossession: Brazil and Canada

Geopolitics of mining and dispossession: Brazil and Canada

This January, Thaís Henriques Dias, doctoral researcher in Sociology and Law at Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, started her 10-month visiting scholarship at York. EUC work-study student, Xinyu Mei, interviewed her on her plans for engagement and research at EUC. Why did you decide to pursue a visiting scholarship at York University? My

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Learning from “humanimals”: Exploring diverse rabbit-human relationships in animal care settings

Learning from “humanimals”: Exploring diverse rabbit-human relationships in animal care settings

by Melvin Chan Research on human-animal interactions has grown dramatically in recent decades, and educators and researchers alike are increasingly interested in how animals might enhance learning and teaching. Examples of such “animal-assisted education” include reading to dogs to improve reading performance, and performing tasks in the presence of dogs to foster development of cognitive

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Getting to know Africa and its people: Confronting popular stereotypes

Getting to know Africa and its people: Confronting popular stereotypes

by Joseph Mensah This January, Professor Joseph Mensah presented a lecture at the Scholars’ Hub on Getting to know Africa and its people: Confronting popular stereotypes. In this lecture, Mensah discusses prevailing negative stereotypes about Africa and challenges them by shedding light on the continent's diversity and confronting the dehumanizing effects of these stereotypes. Mensah

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Ecosystem productivity responses in the Bruce Peninsula over the past 20 years

Ecosystem productivity responses in the Bruce Peninsula over the past 20 years

by Lord-Emmanuel Achidago and Richard Bello IntroductionThe Bruce Peninsula, renowned for its expansive forest and UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve designation, faced a significant setback with a major wildfire in 1908. Since then, vegetation regrowth has produced trees of up to 114 years old. Concerns about the Peninsula's ability to sequester CO2 amid climate change highlight

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Exploring the intersection of public space planning and the neoliberal thrust of tourism development in the Caribbean

Exploring the intersection of public space planning and the neoliberal thrust of tourism development in the Caribbean

by Nastassia Pratt My major research paper, “Placemaking as a Public Space Planning Tool in New Providence, Bahamas,” critically explores the intersection of public space planning and the neoliberal thrust of tourism development in the Caribbean region. Small island developing states (SIDS) in the Caribbean, like The Bahamas, have the added challenge of colonial histories

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Exploring pathways to decarbonization and sustainability in Canadian energy systems

Exploring pathways to decarbonization and sustainability in Canadian energy systems

Mark Winfield has a new co-edited book on Sustainable Energy Transitions in Canada (UBC Press, 2023), examining decarbonization and sustainability in Canadian energy systems. EUC work-study student Xinyu Mei interviews him on the importance of the book and of the need to pay attention to wider sustainability goals in the process of decarbonizing the Canadian

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Re-examining the relationship between the urban and its cultures

Re-examining the relationship between the urban and its cultures

Professor Alison L. Bain and Julie A. Podmore edited a new book titled "The Cultural Infrastructure of Cities"  (Agenda Publishing, 2023). EUC work-study student, Lorraine Wong, interviews them on their new edited book and its value to students and scholars of urban studies, as well as to policymakers planning and creating cultural infrastructures. Q: What motivated you to

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Making With Place: Community arts as critical pedagogies of place

Making With Place: Community arts as critical pedagogies of place

by Phyllis Novak and Charlotte Lombardo, with contributions from Making With Place artists and support from Sarah Flicker and Lisa Myers             Making With Place is a participatory arts initiative exploring the relationship between community, culture, place and public space from the perspective of diverse young artist-researchers. With the mentorship of adult artists, QT/BIPOC (Queer,

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