Social work professor launches two new books at Humanities and Social Sciences congress

York University social work Professor Nick Mulé will launch books that address LGBTQ issues and public policy advocacy at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The annual congress attracts leading experts from across Canada.

Mulé is co-editor of both books, Queering Social Work Education and The Shifting Terrain: Nonprofit Policy Advocacy in Canada.

Queering Social Work Education, co-edited with Trent University’s Susan Hillock, is the first book in North America to undertake a critical analysis of LGBTQ issues specifically within the academic social work community. It includes first-hand experiences of oppression, resistance and celebration.

“There is an array of intricate and nuanced themes taken up in Queering Social Work Education that will be of interest to social work and sexuality studies students, faculty and staff, that challenges all of us to improve our andragogy, curricula and relations with each other regarding LGBTQs in social work academe,” Mulé  said.

The Shifting Terrain, co-edited with the University of Regina’s Gloria C. DeSantis, is focused on social justice and reveals both successes and challenges of trying to do public policy advocacy as a charity or non-profit in Canada.

“The stories shared in The Shifting Terrain from coast to coast to coast in this country regarding the challenging work of public policy advocacy on the part of charities and non-profits adds further arguments for the need for serious reform to how advocacy is regulated in Canada’s non-profit sector,” said Mulé. “The book’s launch is timely as the federal government is currently reviewing its permissible political activity on the part of charities.”

Mulé’s books will be launched in Toronto at various events within the Congress and the community. Queering Social Work Education will launch on May 31, for congress attendees at noon and 2pm, and free for the public at 8 p.m. in 519 Church Street, Room 204.  The Shifting Terrain will launch for congress attendees on May 31 at 2 p.m. and on June 1 at 3:30 p.m.