Vaughan Public Libraries Scholars Hub Speakers Series

Vaughan Public Libraries and York University invite you to the Scholars Hub Speaker Series. The partnership brings some of York’s top academic minds to Vaughan.

The series, titled "Environmental Changes," will feature talks and expertise  from the Faculty of Environmental Studies, celebrating their 50th anniversary.

The series will take place at the Civic Centre Resource Library located at 2191 Major MacKenzie Drive West. Each talk is from 7pm to 8:30pm, and refreshments are provided.

Jan. 29, 2019 - Roger Keil (Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies)
A Planet of Suburbs: How We Live in the 21st Century

Jan. 29, 2019 - A Planet of Suburbs: How We Live in the 21st Century

The 21st century is often called the urban century because more than half of us now live in cities. In reality, though, the urban century emerges at the margin. Most of the twenty-first century’s startling urban growth worldwide is happening at the peripheries .

This talk is about the process that creates the global urban periphery – suburbanization – and the ways of life – suburbanisms -- we encounter there. Illustrated with examples from around the world, the presentation argues that suburbanization is a global process, and part of the extended urbanization of the planet. This includes the gated communities of the elites, the squatter settlements of the poor and many built forms and ways of life on the periphery in-between. While urbanist orthodoxy opposes low-density “sprawl” for its disproportional environmental impact, the reality of life in the urban century is suburban: most of the earth’s future 10 billion inhabitants will not live in conventional cities but in suburban constellations of one kind or another.

Feb. 26, 2019 - Valerie Preston (Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies)
Housing Refugees: What Have We Learned?

Feb. 26, 2019 Housing Refugees: What Have We Learned?

In the GTA, growing numbers of newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers are living in hotels and shelters rather than permanent housing. A shortage of low-cost rental housing and rapid rent increases have exacerbated the difficulties of finding affordable, suitable, and adequate housing for newcomers. Based on interviews with immigrant-serving organizations across Canada, this talk reviews the strategies that helped house Syrian refugees successfully in 2015-16 and evaluates their current relevance for asylum seekers in the GTA.

Mar. 26, 2019 - Sarah Flicker (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies)
Teaching Sex Ed: A View From Ontario’s Teachers

Mar. 26, 2019  - Teaching Sex Ed: A View From Ontario’s Teachers

Ontario parents are widely in favour of integrating sexual health and human development topics into the provincial curriculum. Ontario students want opportunities to be more involved in their sexual health learning in schools. Health teachers shoulder the responsibility of responding to the diversity of students’ experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives in ways that are inclusive and informative. In this presentation, we will review the evidence for comprehensive sexual education in schools, what Ontario students say they want and how teachers are responding in the midst of controversy and policy change.

Apr. 30, 2019 - Christina Hoicka (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies)
Participation in the Low-Carbon Economy

Apr. 30, 2019  Participation in the Low-Carbon Economy

How citizens and communities participate in energy initiatives is critical to the successful transition to a low-carbon economy. For example, meaningful participation in renewable and low-carbon energy initiatives is linked with enhanced citizen support, where difficulty securing such support is seen as a major barrier for such initiatives. Community energy, which is characterized by high levels of participation, is also associated with wide ranging benefits for communities such as new social mechanisms for learning, economic development, and engagement of local populations in energy policy implementation. Additionally, emerging distributive and demand-side innovations (such as information, automation, microgrids, storage, and electric vehicles) are vital to the successful transition towards renewable energy, and these innovations depend on the participation and engagement of energy users. Considering this important contribution to the transition to a low-carbon economy, there are significant research opportunities for empirical and systematic investigations related to how citizens and communities participate.

May 28, 2019 - Jose Etcheverry (Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies)
Experimental Learning for Sustainability: Canada, Algeria and Chile

May 28, 2019Experimental Learning for Sustainability: Canada, Algeria and Chile

This talk will summarize our team’s experience building solar facilities for experiential learning in Canada, Algeria and Chile

Jun. 25, 2019 - Sheila Colla (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies)
What’s the Buzz? Working Towards Pollinators Conservation in Canada

Jun. 25, 2019 - What’s the Buzz? Working Towards Pollinators Conservation in Canada

Dr. Sheila Colla has been researching the declines of native pollinators for over a decade. She will describe the various types of pollinators we have, what we know about their conservation status and threats. She will also outline what we can all do to help protect wild pollinator populations.

 

The unique partnership is part of York University’s goals of community engagement and reputation-building, with a unique collaboration that invites alumni, students and their families, and the public to engage in meaningful talks and discussions on the fascination of our environment.

Space for each talk is limited.