Students earn Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award

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In honour of Robert Everett, a distinguished senior assistant secretary of York University, who made extraordinary contributions supporting University governance for nearly three decades, President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton established in 2018 the Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award to recognize and celebrate students and their impact on governance at York University.

The University secretariat has announced that three students are recipients of this award for the 2022-23 academic year.

The students are:

Ana Kraljević, Glendon College/Collège universitaire Glendon, BA, bilingual (Hon.), double major in Canadian studies and études françaises/French studies, was selected for her significant and lasting contributions to York governance. Her contributions have included roles as president of the Glendon College Student Union (GCSU), vice-president academic affairs for the GCSU, member of Glendon’s Faculty Council and student senator.

“Faculty members were struck by your dedication to governance, not only by you actively serving in Faculty and Senate roles but by your truly impressive levels of leadership at Glendon and York University,” reads a letter from University Secretariat Pascal Robichaud.

The letter goes on to say a fellow student commended Kraljević for her work in being an advocate for student needs by critically looking at issues from different perspectives and acting as a liaison between students and governing

Ariana Mah, Glendon College/Collège universitaire Glendon, BA, bilingual (Hon.), political science (international bachelor of arts), was selected for her contributions to the York University Board of Governors, leadership
roles on the Glendon College Student Union and membership of collegial bodies at departmental and Faculty levels.

A letter informing Mah of the award, from Robichaud, says the award recognizes Mah’s dedication to governance in Faculty roles, but also in fostering active student participation. “(Senior members of the faculty administration) were in high praise of your exceptional dedication to Glendon College, notably with your involvement in changes to the grading system and academic honesty policies through your service work, as well as your collegial leadership.”

Mah was commended for her input, diligence, collegiality and genuine interest in these roles and contributions.

Yashna Manek, Faculty of Science, BA (Hon.), double major in mathematics for education and French studies, was chosen as a recipient for significant contributions to governance in the Faculty of Science, Senate and the University as a whole.

Senior members of the faculty administration noted Manek’s “utter dedication to governance, evidenced by your service as a member of the Science Student Caucus, student senator and member of the Senate Appeals Committee,” according to a letter from Robichaud.

Additionally, the letter outlines Manek’s steadfast support to incoming students and prospective students, and was noted for having a profound impact on fellow students.

More about Robert Everett

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Robert Everett

The award was established in honour of the late Robert Everett, a distinguished senior assistant secretary of the University who made extraordinary contributions supporting University governance for nearly three decades. President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton established the Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award in 2018 to recognize and celebrate students and their impact on governance at York University.

To learn more about the Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership Award in Student Governance, visit the Senate of York University award webpage.

York takes academic leadership role at Congress 2023 

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By Ashley Goodfellow Craig, editor, YFile

Upwards of 250 York University faculty members and scholars are among the presenters during the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, where they take an academic leadership role in sharing their research with colleagues from across the nation. 

The flagship event of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences – taking place May 27 to June 2 at York University’s Keele Campus – returns to an in-person format this year, following a hiatus in 2020 and the subsequent virtual format in 2021 and 2022. Congress is the largest academic gathering in Canada, with at least 10,000 participants attending this year. The event was last hosted at York University in 2006. 

Congress 2023 provides a platform for critical conversations, including diverse voices and perspectives to create collaborations that help drive the future of post-secondary education. This year’s theme “Reckonings and Re-Imaginings” will guide the direction of discussions and knowledge sharing in presentations, panels, workshops and more.

Andrea Davis
Andrea Davis

“I am excited by this theme because it’s a call to reflection on where we (as scholars, activists, artists and thinkers) are and how we got here,” said York University Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Professor Andrea Davis, who is serving as academic convenor for Congress 2023, when the theme was announced. “Rather than simply centering the problems, this theme insists that we imagine otherwise – that we consider what a different set of possibilities might look like and that we come together collectively to create the kind of world we want to live in.” 

York faculty and scholars will contribute their humanities and social sciences research and expertise through more than 250 different events scheduled in a variety of programming streams, such as the Big Thinking Lecture Series, Career Corner, Black and racialized programming, Indigenous programming, scholarly presentations and more. 

Contributions come from all 11 York Faculties, three Organized Research Units, two divisions and other units, such as the Teaching Commons and York International. 

“We took the opportunity to apply York’s strengths as an institution that is known for supporting social justice and social responsibility. At Congress 2023, the University is playing an active role in igniting and sustaining positive change through scholarship, creative practice and conversations that generate new perspectives,” said Lisa Philipps, provost and vice-president academic.

Philipps is also a member of the Scholarly Planning Committee for Congress, which is comprised of York faculty, staff, graduate students and senior leadership, who together have helped to guide and shape the themes and programming for this year’s event through broad consultation with the York community. Learn more about the Scholarly Planning Committee here

York programming at Congress 2023 

The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design will feature work from faculty and graduate students with topics exploring culturally relevant pedagogy, accessible tech for Canadian artists, film screenings and more. 

Diverse programming from the Faculty of Education – which contributes to more than 60 events – includes re-imagining teacher education, book launch events, the risks of queer lives during the pandemic, findings from a Black feminist qualitative study and more from faculty and graduate students. 

Both faculty and graduate students from the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change will participate and explore topics such as the intersectional feminist approach to gathering and analyzing stories that reconsider risk, and a look at ceremonies of mourning, remembrance and care in the context of violence and more.

Glendon College faculty members will consider the ascent of right-wing populism in Canada, the politics of refusal in the Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette novel Suzanne, and more. 

Research by graduate students will be the focus of contributions from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, with a variety of presentations on diverse topics, including the impact of the pandemic on intimate partner violence in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, a focus on mental health and the suicide of Black men, female activists and their relationships with their mothers, and more. 

From the Faculty of Health, faculty members will explore how academic nursing leaders addressed the complexities of sustaining quality nursing education programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, participate in a roundtable on transnational Black communities and overcoming epidemics and a panel on promising practices that support aging with equity. Faculty will also present research on Indian immigrant fatherhood in the perinatal period, the experiences of immigrant Pakistani youths, and Asian Canadian exclusionary experiences in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to research contributions, a graduate program assistant will perform at the Swag Stage.

Lassonde School of Engineering will have contributions from faculty and an undergraduate student that focuses on designing a more equitable science curricula and York’s Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom (C4), which will be presented in partnership with a student from the Schulich School of Business.

Knowledge sharing from the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies will come from undergraduate students, graduate students, teaching and research assistants and faculty, with participation in upwards of 80 different events at Congress. Some of the research will cover racial profiling among Canadian university professors of Chinese descent, re-imagining criminal justice, activism and inclusion, decolonizing transnational human rights engagements and partnerships in Africa, queer rural teacher activists and more. 

Osgoode Hall Law School faculty members and a visiting Fellow will present their research on girls and Young Women before the Cour du bienêtre social of Montréal, conflicting interpretations of women in Canada’s thalidomide tragedy and Indigenous laws and jurisdiction for addressing harm. 

Faculty members representing the Faculty of Science will share their research on geological fantasies, the stark effect, and offer perspectives during a roundtable on overcoming epidemics and the transnational Black communities’ response. 

Find more information about open programming events at Congress here:  

York community digs in at Keele, Glendon to create greener campus

Tree planting on campus

York University community members converged at both Glendon (April 12) and Keele (April 13) campuses to plant trees in celebration of Earth Month. The event was organized to help drive positive change by creating a greener campus with restored ecosystems to help mitigate climate change.

The event, sponsored by the UNFCCC’s Youth Climate Report, was held in partnership with Regenesis and York’s Property Management Grounds, Facilities Services with grant funding provided by the City of Toronto.

“In this time of climate change and the biodiversity crisis, we are engaging the York community in Earth Month activities to raise environmental awareness and work on minimizing our footprint,” says Mike Layton, York’s chief sustainability officer. “It’s the perfect opportunity to come together to take action on campus and in our everyday lives, as we continue to work on system level change.”

A total of 214 trees were planted across both campuses, with the addition of a variety of native species such as sugar maples, red maples, black cherry, red oak, dogwood, hackberry, serviceberry, white spruce, white cedar, winterberry and more.

Another opportunity to celebrate Earth Month will take place on April 19 at the Keele Campus when the York community is invited to participate in a 20-minute campus clean-up.

View a photo gallery of the tree planting events below.

Keele Campus Tree Planting April 2023

Watch the video below to see how York community members are committing to sustainability.

Professor provides GNL experiences with Latin American partners

Students working together

Marlon Valencia, an assistant professor in the Department of English at Glendon College, is using remote course delivery to ensure students can benefit from experiential learning opportunities with academic partners across Latin America.

Valencia had always incorporated experiential education into his courses, but it was the necessity for remote course delivery that really sold him on the value of Globally Networked Learning (GNL).

GNL is an approach to teaching, learning and research that enables students, faculty and non-academic researchers from different locations around the world to participate in, and collaborate on, knowledge-making processes and concrete research projects. 

Today, Valencia, who is also director of the English as a Second Language program and coordinator for the Certificate in the Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language, incorporates GNL into all of his courses.

Marlon Valencia
Marlon Valencia

“I had no option but to incorporate GNL, because I was teaching a practicum course,” said Valencia. “Our students traditionally go to Cuba for three weeks to observe classes and teach, but we weren’t able to do that in 2021 and 2022, so I saw this challenge as an opportunity to build strong relationships with international partners and provide students with good experiential opportunities via Zoom and Webex.”

As a native of Colombia, Valencia already had ties to faculty there, and his work as a member of the scientific committee for the Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal fostered connections with faculty elsewhere in Latin America. Today, his partners include faculty from five universities in three countries: Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas and Universidad ECCI in Colombia; Universidade Estadual Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil; and Universidad Técnica Nacional de Costa Rica in Costa Rica.  

“I love collaborating,” said Valencia. “It’s part of my nature.”

Each term, his students learn to enjoy collaborating with their overseas counterparts, although it can be a bumpy ride for them at first.

“I let my students know that working with international partners requires a lot of flexibility and negotiation,” he said. “It’s not always something we appreciate in Canada; students expect everything to go according to the course outline, and if it doesn’t, they may experience a great deal of anxiety. However, sometimes, for instance, the school calendars of our international partners don’t match ours, so it requires patience to work out a solution.

“It’s a good opportunity for life lessons. They will get insight into other cultures and learn that time can be malleable.”

Valencia’s first-year course entitled English in the World; The World in English, which looks at how English developed worldwide from a broad historical and political perspective. As part of the course, his students were paired online with students from ECCI in Colombia for informal conversations about why they were learning English and what English means to them. It was a way of bringing their course readings to life.

“I wanted them to understand what teaching English internationally would be like and what English means to others,” he said. “It was an eye-opener. As first-year students, it might have been the first time they engaged in conversation with someone who spoke English as an additional language. It was a rich experience. They often got together for longer than was required and some of them became friends. Some of the students told me it was the best part of the course.”

As part of the course The Nuts and Bolts of English: Grammar for Teaching and Learning this semester, Valencia’s students worked in partnership with students at Universidad Autónoma de Occidente to create a program for one of the university’s student radio shows, UAO Speaks English, which is broadcast on YouTube.

The students will be guest hosts on Thursday, April 13 at 5 p.m., discussing key concepts such as language contact, plurilingualism, Canadian English, and living with more than two languages.

“I’ve appeared on the show myself and I had stage fright in the booth, but the Colombian students producing the show were naturals,” Valencia said.

In addition, Valencia incorporates GNL into Teaching English as an International Language practicum course. The students observe professors at partner universities in Latin America teaching prospective English teachers there and then have the opportunity to deliver lessons to those students online.

“I definitely want to include GNL in all teacher education courses,” Valencia says. “GNL is one way for students to see what’s out there in the world and it’s affordable and easy to make happen. It allows students to explore the world’s possibilities and its limitations. It’s all about enriching their educational opportunities.”

The Glendon-hosted episode of UAO Speaks English will air April 13 at 5 p.m. Check out the trailer, Things Only Canadians Can Understand.

Silver medal finish for Glendon at case competition

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A silver medal finish at the 2023 National Public Administration Case Competition positions York University’s Glendon College as second in Canada for excellence in Canadian public administration programs.

Organized by the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), the annual competition asked students to modernize transactions through a Central Bank digital currency, provide an assessment of the challenges and outline what their advice would be for decision-makers.

Teams presented their case to a panel of judges, spending 30 minutes sharing their research, analysis and outcomes of the scenario. The team was coached by Glendon Associate Professor Francis Garon, director of the Graduate Program in Public & International Affairs, along with Glendon instructor Andrew Mackey, senior policy and issues advisor, Deputy Minister’s Office, Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.

The team of students included: Ruben Barragan Garay, Alicia Gordy, Vanessa Fecteau, Klausky Mathurin, Mathis Nouvelle, Taheera Sarker and Perry Sutton.

“Participating in the CAPPA Case Competition was an invaluable experience, not only because it provided me with the opportunity to hone key research, writing and presentation skills, but also because of the gratifying moments of collaboration shared with teammates and coaches during the intense week of preparation leading up to the competition,” said Sutton.

Barragan Garay said the experience was challenging but enjoyable, offering lessons about collaboration, teamwork and research skills.

“The experience also provided me with the opportunity to better understand how decisions are made,” said Barragan Garay. “It was very stressful at times with the tight time constraints and countless Zoom meetings, but our efforts were rewarded in the end. We had an amazing team and excellent coaches, and I am proud of our work.”

See a video of the Glendon team’s presentation:

Glendon remporte la médaille d’argent au concours national annuel d’études de cas en administration publique

La médaille d’argent au concours national d’études de cas en administration publique 2023 place le Collège Glendon de l’Université York au deuxième rang au Canada en excellence de programmes d’administration publique.

Organisé annuellement par l’Association canadienne des programmes en administration publique (ACPAP), le concours de cette année demandait aux étudiantes et étudiants de moderniser les transactions financières au moyen d’une monnaie numérique d’une banque centrale, d’évaluer les défis et de donner des conseils aux décisionnaires.

Les équipes ont présenté leur dossier à un panel de juges, consacré 30 minutes à l’exposé de leurs recherches, analyses et recommandations, et répondu aux questions. L’équipe de Glendon a été entraînée par : Francis Garon, professeur agrégé à Glendon et directeur du programme de Maîtrise en affaires publiques et internationales; Andrew Mackey, instructeur à Glendon et conseiller principal en politiques et en question d’intérêt au bureau de la sous-ministre du ministère des Services aux aînés et de l’Accessibilité (Ontario).

L’équipe d’étudiantes et étudiants comprenait : Ruben Barragan Garay, Alicia Gordy, Venesa Fecteau, Klausky Mathurin, Mathis Nouvelle, Taheera Sarker et Perry Sutton.

« Le concours de cas de l’ACPAP a été une expérience précieuse, non seulement pour l’occasion d’approfondir des compétences clés en matière de recherche, de rédaction et de présentation, mais aussi pour les moments de satisfaction avec les membres de mon équipe et mes entraîneurs au cours de l’intense semaine de préparation qui a précédé le concours », a déclaré M. Sutton.

M. Barragan Garay a dit que l’expérience était stimulante, mais agréable; qu’elle offrait des leçons sur la collaboration, le travail d’équipe et les compétences en matière de recherche.

« Cette expérience m’a également permis de mieux comprendre comment se prennent les décisions », a-t-il ajouté. « Malgré le stress généré par les contraintes de temps et les innombrables réunions Zoom, nos efforts ont été récompensés à la fin. Nous avions une équipe formidable et d’excellents entraîneurs, et je suis fier de notre travail », a-t-il continué.

Vidéo de la présentation de l’équipe de Glendon :

Glendon Research Festival celebrates work of faculty, students

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The annual Research Festival at Glendon Campus returns April 4 to 6 to celebrate the research achievements of faculty and students.

Hosted by the Research Office at Glendon, the three-day event aims to showcase the research achievements of the community through conferences, book launches, student exhibits, presenations, awards and more.

Glendon Research Festival 2023

See an outline of events below.

April 4

The Research Festival’s first day will celebrate the research out of Glendon’s Centre for Research on Linguistic and Cultural Contact (CRLCC), beginning with conferences from senior scholar and Professor Brian Morgan (Curve of the Earth: Album Reflections, Pedagogical Connections); Associate Professor Muriel Péguret and graduate student Eric Keunne (Leçons apprises d’une expérience télécollaborative (ARI / GNL) au niveau universitaire en français); and Professors María Constanza Guzmán and Alejandro Zamora (Community Narratives and Making the Humanities Public).

The day continues with a book launch event, celebrating the work of Associate Professor Joshua Price, Translation and Epistemicide: Racialization of Languages in the Americas (The University of Arizona Press, 2023) and Associate Professor Tarek Shamma, (coeditor with Myriam Salama-Carr) Anthology of Arabic Discourse on Translation (Routledge, 2022).

April 5

Glendon students will be in the spotlight on day two of the Research Festival, with a full day dedicated to oral presentations of their research at the Student Exhibition. Included in this showcase are: Rebecca Sarchese (Identity-first and Person-first Language: An analysis of self-identification preferences among students in York University’s Disability community); Isabelle Lepage (Comment les enfants sourds apprennent-ils leur seconde langue (L2)? Un aperçu…); Ryley Nathaniel (Does music jog associative memory?); Jagruti Pershad (Future Thinking, After death beliefs and Wellbeing); Christiane Marie Canillo (Detecting rumination in the dynamics of spontaneous though); William Fisher (Quantifying memory transformation with scrambled narratives); Maria Moncaleano (Developing and Validating the “Question Generation Task” to Measure Deep Processing of Stories); and Aylin Adsalan (Attitudes Towards Women College Students Who Faced Sexual Harassment at Work).

April 6

On the final day of the Research Festival, faculty will be in the spotlight. The day will include Glendon professors presenting their research and the impact that research has had on the community. Speakers include Associate Professor Gillian McGillivray, History Department; Professor Josée Rivest, Psychology Department; and Associate Professor Marie-Hélène Larochelle, French Studies Department.

The day will continue with the announcement of the Principal’s Awards for Research Excellence recipients, which are awarded annually to recognize Glendon researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to research over the past five years.

An exciting new event will wrap up the three-day festival, when students from the Masters in Public & International Affairs program turn the tables, and present back to the distinguished speakers from the 2022-23 academic year. Short presentations will be followed by a Q-and-A period.

For more on the Glendon Research Festival, including schedules, visit the event website. To register to attend, RSVP here.

Le Festival de la recherche de Glendon célèbre le travail du corps professoral et de la communauté étudiante

Le Festival annuel de la recherche au campus Glendon est de retour du 4 au 6 avril pour souligner les réalisations du corps professoral et de la communauté étudiante dans le domaine de la recherche.

Organisé par le Bureau de la recherche de Glendon, cet événement de trois jours vise à mettre en valeur les réalisations de la communauté en matière de recherche par le biais de conférences, de lancements de livres, de la vitrine étudiante, de présentations, de récompenses et bien plus encore.

Glendon Research Festival 2023 (French)

Vous trouverez ci-dessous un aperçu des événements.

4 avril

La première journée du Festival de la recherche célébrera les travaux du Centre de recherche sur le contact des langues et des cultures (CRLCC) de Glendon, et débutera par des conférences du chercheur principal et professeur Brian Morgan (Curve of the Earth: Album Reflections, Pedagogical Connections); de la professeure agrégée Muriel Péguret et de l’étudiant de cycle supérieur Eric Keunne (Leçons apprises d’une expérience télécollaborative [ARI/GNL] au niveau universitaire en français); et des professeurs María Constanza Guzmán et Alejandro Zamora (Community Narratives and Making the Humanities Public).

La journée se poursuivra avec le lancement d’un ouvrage saluant le travail du professeur agrégé Joshua Price : Translation and Epistemicide: Racialization of Languages in the Americas (The University of Arizona Press 2023) et du professeur agrégé Tarek Shamma (coéditeur avec Myriam Salama-Carr) : Anthology of Arabic Discourse on Translation (Routledge 2022).

5 avril

Les étudiantes et étudiants de Glendon seront sous les feux de la rampe lors du deuxième jour du Festival de la recherche, cette journée entière étant consacrée aux présentations orales de leurs recherches dans le cadre de la vitrine étudiante, qui comprend les éléments suivants : Rebecca Sarchese (Identity-first and Person-first Language: An analysis of self-identification preferences among students in York University’s Disability community); Isabelle Lepage (Comment les enfants sourds apprennent-ils leur seconde langue [L2]? Un aperçu…); Ryley Nathaniel (Does music jog associative memory?); Jagruti Pershad (Future Thinking, After death beliefs and Wellbeing); Christiane Marie Canillo (Detecting rumination in the dynamics of spontaneous though); William Fisher (Quantifying memory transformation with scrambled narratives); Maria Moncaleano (Developing and Validating the “Question Generation Task” to Measure Deep Processing of Stories); et Aylin Adsalan (Attitudes Towards Women College Students Who Faced Sexual Harassment at Work).

6 avril

Le dernier jour du Festival de la recherche verra le corps professoral à l’honneur. Au cours de cette journée, les professeurs de Glendon présenteront leurs recherches et leurs incidences sur la communauté. Les conférencières sont Gillian McGillivray, professeure agrégée au département d’Histoire, Josée Rivest, professeure au département de Psychologie, et Marie-Hélène Larochelle, professeure agrégée au département d’Études françaises.

La journée se poursuivra avec l’annonce des lauréats du Prix du Principal pour l’excellence en recherche décerné chaque année pour récompenser les chercheuses et chercheurs de Glendon qui ont apporté une contribution exceptionnelle à la recherche au cours des cinq dernières années.

Un nouvel événement passionnant clôturera le festival de trois jours, lorsque les étudiantes et étudiants du programme de Maîtrise en affaires publiques et internationales inverseront les rôles et présenteront les conférenciers distingués de l’année universitaire 2022-2023. Ces courtes présentations seront suivies d’une période de questions.

Pour en savoir plus sur le Festival de recherche de la Glendon, y compris les horaires, consultez le site Web de l’événement. RSVP ici pour vous inscrire.

Ontario’s lieutenant governor to moderate discussion on democracy


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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell will moderate a discussion titled “Is democracy broken?” as part of The Glendon Global Debates series, April 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at York’s Glendon Campus.

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowd
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Dowdeswell will be joined by a panel of expert speakers, including: Clare Hutchinson, a Fellow at Glendon, and a former senior gender advisor with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping & Power Corp Fellow; Susan Pond, a BMO senior Fellow at Glendon, and former NATO executive; and, Emily Laxer, associate professor of sociology and Research Chair in Populism, Rights and Legality at York.

The discussion will consider how different phenomena are currently affecting faith in the functioning of democracies. What role do growing inequalities (and the failure of reforms to address them), the rise of social media and their detrimental effects on public discourse, and the growing tendency of political parties across the spectrum to exploit divisions, play in shifting the stability of democracy? Do these contemporary shifts in political activity and discourse suggest that democracy is truly broken or just frayed? What can be done to restore widespread faith in democracy?

The upcoming panel is the latest entry in The Glendon Global Debates series which began in 2016 with the mission of promoting dialogue between experts from all sectors – government, academics, media, private and more – to identify critical national and foreign policy issues relevant to Canada’s future. Previous topics discussed have included Brexit, smart cities, fake news, housing affordability and women in leadership.

More information about this bilingual and hybrid event, and registration can be found here.

La lieutenante-gouverneure de l’Ontario animera un débat sur la démocratie

La lieutenante-gouverneure de l’Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, animera un débat intitulé « La démocratie est-elle brisée? » dans le cadre de la série des Débats internationaux de Glendon, le 4 avril de 19 h à 21 h au campus Glendon de l’Université York.

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowd
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowd

Mme Dowdeswell sera rejointe par un groupe d’intervenants experts, parmi lesquels : Clare Hutchinson, membre de Glendon et ancienne conseillère principale en matière d’égalité des genres au Département de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies et titulaire de la bourse de recherche Power Corp ; Susan Pond, professionnelle en résidence BMO à Glendon et ancienne cadre de l’OTAN; et Emily Laxer, professeure agrégée de sociologie et titulaire de la Chaire de recherche de York sur le populisme, les droits et la légalité.

La discussion portera sur la manière dont différents phénomènes affectent actuellement la foi dans le fonctionnement des démocraties. Quel rôle les inégalités croissantes (et l’échec des réformes pour y remédier), l’essor des médias sociaux et leurs effets néfastes sur le discours public, ainsi que la tendance croissante des partis politiques à exploiter les divisions, jouent-ils dans la remise en cause de la stabilité de la démocratie? Ces changements contemporains dans les activités et les discours politiques suggèrent-ils que la démocratie est réellement brisée ou simplement abîmée? Que peut-on faire pour restaurer la confiance du plus grand nombre dans la démocratie?

Ce panel est le plus récent événement des Débats internationaux de Glendon qui ont commencé en 2016 en se donnant la mission de promouvoir le dialogue entre les experts de tous les secteurs – gouvernement, universitaires, médias, privé et plus encore – pour identifier les questions critiques de politique nationale et internationale pertinentes pour l’avenir du Canada. Les thèmes déjà abordés ont été le Brexit, les villes intelligentes, les fausses nouvelles, l’accessibilité au logement et les femmes et le leadership.

Cliquez ici pour obtenir plus d’informations sur cet événement bilingue et hybride, ainsi que pour vous inscrire.

Congress 2023 panel to examine settler-Indigenous relationships in Canada

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By Elaine Smith

A panel discussion organized as part of Congress 2023 aims to expand dialogue around settler-Indigenous relations, reckoning with the legacy of colonialism and re-imagining relationships between Indigenous and racialized settlers.

York University’s Centre for Feminist Research, Centre for Jewish Studies and Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies will jointly present Reckoning with and Re-Imagining Settler-Indigenous Relationships in Canada. Elaine Coburn, associate professor of international studies at Glendon College and director of the Centre for Feminist Research, will moderate this session happening on May 30 at York’s Keele Campus for Congress 2023.

“While discussions about Indigenous-settler relations generally focus on the relationships between white settlers and Indigenous Peoples, the reality is more nuanced,” says Coburn.

“We also need to think about racialized presence in Canada during settlement, what relations have been, and what they could be between racialized and Indigenous people. With the Black Lives Matter movement and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, there have been more opportunities to talk through the politics of solidarity.”

This panel will feature York researchers including Angele Alook, assistant professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and a member of Bigstone Cree Nation in Treaty 8 territory; Professor Ena Dua, an anti-racist scholar in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Associate Professor of history David Koffman, J. Richard Schiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry; and, from outside of York, Genevieve Fuji-Johnson, vice-president of the Canadian Political Science Association (Simon Fraser University).

“Canada has a history of inviting white settlement, excluding others or only including others in a precarious way,” Coburn said. “Racialized labour was welcomed, but temporarily.”

Scholarship has often repeated these exclusions, centering the white settler experience. A comprehensive understanding of Canada’s past and present takes into account the complexities of racialized peoples’ relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

In addressing these realities, the Congress 2023 panel aims to participate in understanding the “larger picture of decolonization and anti-racism. Thinking about the lands on which we live means thinking about supporting Indigenous self-determination and solidarities for racial justice so everyone can participate fully in life,” says Coburn. 

Coburn, who is a member of the Congress 2023 Scholarly Planning Committee, says Convenor Andrea Davis “has a vision of what Congress can and will be – a space where Indigenous, Black and other racialized scholars feel invited in. We want to make sure these scholarly voices are brought from the margins to the centre.”

York University and the Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences will host Congress 2023 from May 27 to June 2. Register here to attend or volunteer in a variety of roles to support Congress. Term dates have been adjusted to align with timelines for this year’s event.

Glendon announces Big History, Big Ideas Michael Drache Essay Prize

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A new award announced by the History Department at York University’s Glendon College will recognize fourth-year students whose work aligns with Glendon history alum Michael Drache and his passion for history, politics, social justice and activism.

Michael Drache
Michael Drache

The Big History, Big Ideas Michael Drache Essay Prize will be awarded to an undergraduate student in their fourth year of studies at the Glendon Campus. The $700 prize will recognize a student with an outstanding, investigative academic essay or digital project which focuses on one or more of the following themes: inequality, racism, social activism, 2SLGBTQ+ activism, climate crisis, Indigeneity and global capitalism.

Submissions are welcome from all disciplines at Glendon but any submission from a non-history course must have a substantial historical component.

The new award was created thanks to generous donations from Daniel Drache, emeritus professor, Department of Politics, and Marilyn Lambert-Drache, associate professor, Department of French Studies at York University.

Students or Faculty are invited to submit an electronic copy of the student essay or digital project to with the title “Michael Drache Prize” by no later than Sunday, April 23.

For further information, contact the History Department at

About Michael Drache

Michael Drache was a lifelong learner of history whose Glendon College experience enabled him to deepen his knowledge of Canadian and world history. An avid reader, Drache enjoyed discussing his research with his professors, and remained in touch with some of them long after graduation in 1976. 

Drache never stopped learning and reading about power and politics, social justice and activism.  He was a gifted conversationalist who captivated everyone – whether he talked about the Burgundy region in France, Canada’s powerful elites, or hotly contested American elections. 

Glendon annonce le prix Michael Drache « Grande histoire, grandes idées » pour le meilleur essai universitaire

Un nouveau prix a été annoncé par le Département d’histoire du Collège Glendon de l’Université York pour récompenser un étudiant ou une étudiante de premier cycle dont le travail s’aligne sur celui de Michael Drache, un diplômé en histoire de Glendon qui se passionnait pour l’histoire, la politique, la justice sociale et l’activisme.

Michael Drache
Michael Drache

Le prix Michael Drache « Grande histoire, grandes idées » sera décerné à un étudiant ou à une étudiante de Glendon en quatrième année d’études de premier cycle. Ce prix de 700 $ récompensera un étudiant ou une étudiante ayant rédigé un essai universitaire ou un projet numérique d’enquête exceptionnel axé sur un ou plusieurs des thèmes suivants : l’inégalité, le racisme, l’activisme social, l’activisme LGBTQ, la crise climatique, l’appartenance autochtone et le capitalisme mondial.

Les candidatures émanant de toutes les disciplines de Glendon sont les bienvenues, mais toute soumission n’émanant pas d’un cours d’histoire doit comporter une composante historique conséquente. 

Le nouveau prix a été créé grâce aux dons généreux de Daniel Drache, professeur émérite au Département de politique, et de Marilyn Lambert-Drache, professeure agrégée au Département d’études françaises de l’Université York.

Les membres de la communauté étudiante ou du corps professoral sont invités à soumettre, au plus tard le dimanche 23 avril, une version électronique de l’essai ou du projet numérique étudiant à en précisant « Prix Michael Drache » sur la ligne de mention objet.

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter le Département d’histoire à

À propos de Michael Drache

Passionné d’histoire, l’expérience de Michael Drache au Collège Glendon lui a permis d’approfondir ses connaissances de l’histoire du Canada et du monde. Lecteur enthousiaste, Michael aimait discuter de ses recherches avec ses professeurs et il est resté en contact avec certains d’entre eux longtemps après l’obtention de son diplôme en 1976. 

Il a toujours eu une grande curiosité pour le pouvoir et la politique, la justice sociale et l’activisme.  Michael avait un don pour la conversation et captivait tout le monde, qu’il s’agisse de parler de la Bourgogne en France, de la classe dirigeante canadienne ou d’élections américaines chaudement disputées. 

Register for Glendon’s summer tennis camp


The Glendon Athletic Club (GAC) at York University’s Glendon Campus is currently accepting registrations for its 2023 summer tennis camps.

The GAC offers full-day instructional tennis camps for children ages six to 14, taught by certified tennis professionals. Campers will be grouped according to their age and ability and taken through a series of lessons designed to introduce new skills and build on the lessons and experiences from the day before.

A typical camp day includes on-court instruction, round-robin play plus multi-sport activities. Camp fee includes a souvenir and a fresh daily lunch served in our campus cafeteria. The camps run in July and August. Extended care service is also available at an additional cost. Online registration is available on the Glendon Athletic Club portal by clicking on CAMPS.

The Glendon Athletic Club is located at Bayview and Lawrence in North Toronto. The club is a 5,100-square-meter, full-use fitness facility located within Glendon Campus that offers aquatic, fitness and racquets facilities and programs. The GAC is open to York students, staff and faculty, alumni, as well outside community members.

Questions about the GAC’s tennis camps can be directed to Camp Director Aaron Rodrigues by email at For registration assistance, email Patria Schaubel at Any other questions can be directed to the general email address

Memberships can now be purchased online on the Glendon Athletic Club website.