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Passing: Professor Emeritus J. David Wood

Passing: Professor Emeritus J. David Wood

The Geography and EUC community at York was saddened to learn of the death of our colleague David Wood on October 15th 2022. We are grateful to Glen Norcliffe for this account of David’s life and contributions. An obituary published in the Toronto Star is also available online. Beginnings matter: often they matter a lot. 

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Professor honours the citizen-taxpayer with enduring gesture

Professor honours the citizen-taxpayer with enduring gesture

Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change Professor L. Anders Sandberg has taken an unusual step to install a commemorative bench on York University’s Keele Campus as a way to highlight the important role of citizen-taxpayers in society. Sandberg says he was inspired to sponsor a bench that is situated on the Harry W. Arthurs Common at the

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Toronto greenspaces create structural, systemic barriers for racialized residents

Toronto greenspaces create structural, systemic barriers for racialized residents

Racialized residents could face structural and systemic barriers to accessing, using and navigating Toronto’s greenspaces, say the authors of a new report led by York University. The report, “Park Perceptions and Racialized Realities: Exploring the experiences of racialized residents in two Toronto neighbourhoods,” offers several recommendations toward making the city’s public greenspaces more welcoming to

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Call for Submissions: UnderCurrents volume 22

Call for Submissions: UnderCurrents volume 22

View this Call for Submissions as a PDF From the depths of Dante’s Inferno to Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, subterranean and subaquatic environments have often been depicted as repositories of primordial forces and abiding secrets in the Western tradition. The much-repeated (if somewhat misleading; e.g. Copley, 2014) claim that humans have “explored”

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Indigenous book launch and art exhibit feature links to York University

Indigenous book launch and art exhibit feature links to York University

Key participants at a recent book launch and art exhibit at the Crawford Lake Conservation Area have strong connections to York University. The Crawford Lake Conservation Area, located north of Milton, Ontario, harbours a reconstructed ancestral Wendat/Atawandaron village with three longhouses, Three Sisters farm fields, and displays and interpretative signs, all of which are very

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Associate Dean Jack Leong organizes 2022 Canadian Comparative Literature Conference

Associate Dean Jack Leong organizes 2022 Canadian Comparative Literature Conference

Together with the executive committee, Jack Leong, associate dean of research and open scholarship at York University Libraries organized the conference for the Canadian Comparative Literature Association/L’Association Canadienne de Littérature Comparée (CCLA/ACLC). The event featured presentations from York faculty and graduate students. This year’s theme was “Divergence and Convergence of Comparative Literature” and the event took place

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4REAL experiential learning opportunity to focus on local climate solutions

4REAL experiential learning opportunity to focus on local climate solutions

The Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) is supporting York University’s 4REAL (4th Renewable Energy & Agricultural Learning) project. CEWIL partners with post-secondary institutions, community members, employers, government and students to champion work-integrated learning. The 4REAL experiential learning opportunity will focus on local climate change solutions through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically

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Professor Andil Gosine is co-editor of the ‘Wasafiri’ summer 2022 issue

Professor Andil Gosine is co-editor of the ‘Wasafiri’ summer 2022 issue

Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) Professor Andil Gosine is the guest co-editor of Wasafiri Issue 110: Afterlives of Indenture – exploring the legacy of indentured workers across the Indo-Caribbean and the diasporic experience.   Among the contributors of the Summer 2022 issue is co-editor Nalini Mohabir, assistant professor at Concordia University; filmmaker Richard Fund; novelist-poet Ramabai Espinet; life

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Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change Dean, Alice Hovorka, reappointed

Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change Dean, Alice Hovorka, reappointed

The following is a message to the York University community from President & Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton and Provost & Vice-President Academic Lisa Philipps: We are pleased to inform the York community that, following a consultation process with staff and faculty in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change (EUC), Alice Hovorka has accepted our invitation to

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Honorary doctorate recipient Neil Shubin says humility is key ingredient to learning

Honorary doctorate recipient Neil Shubin says humility is key ingredient to learning

By Alysia Burdi Evolutionary biologist, paleontologist and popular science writer Neil Shubin received an honorary doctor of science at York University’s convocation ceremony for graduands from the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and the Faculty of Science.   Among graduating students, Shubin addressed convocation by stating that “we all stand on the shoulders of giants,”

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