Nature's Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 47: Pollution Probe and the History of Environmental Activism in Ontario

Environmental activism has a long history in Canada. Like others around the world, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Canadians became involved in a number of environmental non-governmental organizations. Picking up on a prevailing spirit of protest during the era, several environmental problems surfaced as popular political issues: air pollution, water pollution, solid waste […]

Congratulations to Carolyn Podruchny, Paul Lovejoy and Jonathan Edmondson on their SSHRC Partnership Development Grants

Dear Colleagues: It gives me great pleasure to congratulate our colleagues, Paul Lovejoy, Carolyn Podruchny and Jonathan Edmondson for news of their successful SSHRC Partnership Development Grants.  Paul's project is entitled "Boko Haram: Islamic Protest and National Security"; Carolyn's is entitled "Aandse: Anishinaabe ways of knowing and the transformation of university-based knowledge creation and transfer", […]

Outgoing director, Michele Johnson, reflects on far-reaching impact of Tubman Institute

Source: YFile - May 3, 2018 Equity and social justice are defining values at York University. The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University is emblematic of this deep commitment. This Organized Research Unit (ORU), launched in 2007, is dedicated to overcoming injustice and inequity that are linked to […]

The Freedom Narratives Project & Project Director, Professor Paul Lovejoy

Freedom Narratives Enslaved: People of the Historic Slave Trade Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” The freedom narratives project personifies this African proverb, "the hunter' being European colonisers who have long dominated the literature on slavery for centuries. This insular approach misses […]

U.S. state-run sterilization policies targeted the poor in the 20th century

Source:  YFile: April 23, 2018   Cover of the book Fixing the Poor In Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century, author and history Professor Molly Ladd-Taylor uses institutional and medical records, court cases, newspapers and professional journals to reconstruct the stories of those targeted by eugenics programs between 1907 […]

Congratulations to Luiza Samoilescu on her exhibit at the Archives of Ontario

Luiza Samoilescu, a fourth-year History student in Prof. Jennifer Bonnell's History 4840: Public History course, has curated a new exhibition at the Archives of Ontario. Titled “Dressed Up: 70 Years of Marketing Women’s Fashion,” the exhibit showcases the history of women's fashion in Canada as depicted through the Archives' T. Eaton Company Ltd. (Eaton’s) catalogue […]

Congratulations to Adrian Shubert on his new book: “The History of Modern Spain: Chronologies, Themes, Individuals”

Dear Colleagues: As the world around us continues to suffer from various crises, this department keeps producing excellence.  Our colleague Adrian Shubert, with Jose Alvarez Junco, has recently published a new book entitled The History of Modern Spain: Chronologies, Themes, Individuals (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).  Please join me in congratulating Adrian on yet another lovely book.  […]

Myseum of Toronto's Intersections Festival

Source: YFile February 28, 2018 Events running as part of the annual Myseum of Toronto’s Intersections Festival will share York University research and archival material through an evening of film, an interactive exhibit and a walking tour that explores the city’s cultural and historical diversity. The Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections (CTASC) of York […]