Hot Lunch! Brownbag seminars serve up food for thought


York resumed its ninth annual Brownbag Research Seminar series, January through to April, when it kicked off with a lively talk by researcher Nancy Olivieri. A sampling of winter seminars follows. For a complete listing of the seminars, speakers and available abstracts visit:

“Intellectual Property and the Entrepreneurial Academe”, Jan. 21, presented by Vincent di Norcia (Philosophy, University of Sudbury) – the growing debate over intellectual property rights resulting from close ties between university researchers and commercial interests.

“Financial Manias and Panics: A Socio-Economic Perspective”, Feb. 4, with Brenda Spotton Visano (Economics, York University) – sociological aspects of financial instability caused by economic speculation, manias and panics.

“Prosthetics in World War I”, Feb. 25, with Matthew Price (History, University of Toronto) – social attitudes towards disabled soldiers in France and Germany, the maimed body and its repair, relations between mind, body and machine.

“The Impact of the Use of Social Science and Historical Evidence on Supreme Court of Canada Decisions”, April 8, with Ian Greene (Political Science, York University) – an examination of cases in which the Supreme Court of Canada relied heavily on social science or historical evidence in its decision-making process.

All seminars, except where noted, are held Tuesdays, 12-2 pm, in the Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies building .