York University Scholars Hub returns Sept. 14

York University and Markham Public Library will partner to engage alumni, students and their families, and the public through the York University Scholars Hub, a series of talks and presentations.

This year, the series will focus on the theme “Change How You See The World – Academia for Modern Life.” Its first seminar, “From the Harper Frying Pan into the Trump Fire: Fighting for Science in a Fake News World,” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7pm at the Markham Village Library. It features guest speaker John Dupuis, a science and engineering librarian at York’s Steacie Library.

From muzzling scientists and drastic cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency to cutting science research funding and withdrawing from the Paris Accord, all the way to cancelling the protection of west coast whales, the story sounds frighteningly familiar to Canadians.

But as familiar as the story is, many of the same opportunities for resistance also present themselves. While not a decisive issue, science-related issues certainly played a part in the downfall of the Harper government in the 2015 election.

This session will examine the lessons learned from the Harper era and interactively explore some concrete strategies for resisting the Trump administration’s anti-science and anti-truth agenda.

The York University Scholars Hub will provide an opportunity for the community to learn something new, and will feature York U experts.

The series continues on Oct. 12 with “The New York U Markahm Campus: Opportunities for Innovation, Sustainability and Experiential Learning,” and on Nov. 9 with “Information, Search and Diversity.”

The series launched during the 2016-17 year, and featured five events.

For more, or to register for the event, visit eventbrite.ca/e/markham-yorku-scholars-hub-from-the-harper-frying-pan-into-the-trump-fire-fighting-for-science-in-a-tickets-35150827070?aff=es2.

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