Reading in the University: A Collegial Conversation about Les Back's "ACADEMIC DIARY" @ 030 Winters College (York University)
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join faculty colleagues from across campus for a discussion about teaching (and their other) experiences at York University.

Dr. Les Back will facilitate the conversation in relation to his book, Academic Diary: Why Higher Education Still Matters.

A light lunch will be served.

RSVP to Celia Park-Cho at by March 7th for a free copy of the book,  Academic Diary, and by March 21st for lunch at the event.

Reading in the University event flyer


Thriving in the University: Why Higher Education Still Matters @ Founders Assembly Hall (152 Founders College)
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a Public Lecture by Dr. Les Back (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Professor, sociologist, and author of Academic Diary: Why Higher Education Still Matters, Dr. Les Back from Goldsmiths, University of London will give a public lecture about the importance of higher education in today’s world. Then, inspired by Dr. Back’s book, three individuals from across York University will each share an academic diary entry and their perspective on life in the university today.

Dr. Les BackDr. Les Back is a professor in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. His main areas of academic interest include the sociology of racism and ethnicity, popular culture and music, urban life, community, class, social theory and sociological methods. Dr. Back has written for the Guardian, Times Higher Educational Supplement, Opendemocracy, and Eurozine as well as published music writing for magazines and liner notes for CDs.

Thriving in the University event flyer

Visions, Collaborations, & Transformations: The inaugural York University Graduate Student Conference in the Social Sciences & Humanities @ Victor Dahdahleh Building, York University
Apr 6 @ 8:00 am – Apr 7 @ 4:30 pm

The inaugural York University Graduate Student Research Conference in the Social Sciences and Humanities (GSRC), titled “Visions, Collaborations, & Transformations”, will feature two high-profile speakers during a two-day event, April 6 and 7. The conference, which is a special multidisciplinary event that aims to connect participants within the social science communities at York University and beyond, will present Kent Monkman as the keynote speaker, and Eddy Robinson as a guest speaker.

In addition to the featured speakers, the event will host an exciting Panel on April 7 from 9:15 to 10am titled “Putting Your Research To Work”. It includes Michael Johnny and Krista Jensen (Knowledge Mobilization Unit, York University), Carolyn Steele (Career Centre, York University) and a number of graduate students (to be announced).

GSRC conference poster

Registration for the Graduate Student Research Conference is now open. For more background on the event, visit this story.

For the full event program and the conference details, visit

The event is a pay-what-you-can admission (a suggested donation of $15 to $20), and registration includes two light breakfasts, two lunches, as well as a reception at The Underground on April 6. Registration also includes entry to panel sessions, Kent Monkman’s keynote address, Eddy Robinson’s speech and performance, as well as, the innovative and open space sessions.

Register online at

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