Tuesday, November 1 – Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Holocaust Ed Week programs of interest

The 31st annual Holocaust Education Week begins November 1 and runs through November 9 in the GTA.  Once again it will be the largest educational forum of its kind, featuring world renowned experts in their fields. The week includes over 100 different programs including exhibits, panel discussions, cultural performances, lectures and film screenings geared towards educating, inspiring and challenging Canadians to learn from the past and commit to building a better future.

A copy of the Program Book detailing the many public, free-of-charge programs offered during the week can be viewed at

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Get Acquainted Social 2011

Hello Everyone,
This is a reminder about the Get Acquainted Social!  We hope to see you all there!



Cordially invites




to a


(Wine and Cheese)


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Winters College Senior Common Room

(021 WC)

Description: Wine and Cheese


Graduate Program in Education
Laura Greco
Program Secretary
Graduate Program in Education
282 Winters College
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Fax: 416-736-5609

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

• Upcoming Event | What Factors Influence the Direction of Global Brain Circulation with Qiang Zha | 9 November 2011 at York

What Factors Influence the Direction of Global Brain Circulation: The Case of Chinese Holders of Canada Research Chairs
Wednesday, 9 November | 12:30pm | 626 York Research Tower | York University

Qiang Zha (Education, York University) and Ruth Hayhoe (OISE)

As a result of globalization, academics have become more mobile and are tempted to move to institutions that have the most favourable research funding and work environment. The university is now viewed as a global magnet for academic talent, and a key institution that enhances competitiveness by connecting cities and nations to global flows of knowledge and talent. Then, what factors may influence and explain the direction of global brain flows?

This research intends to shed light on the relative strengths of the various factors that prompted a group of Canada Research Chair (CRC) holders originating from China to choose to work in Canadian universities, which is also happening against the backdrop of a gradual shift of the global centre of economic gravity towards Asia.

Qiang Zha is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Education, York University. This talk draws from his recently completed SSHRC- funded project, “China’s Move to Mass Higher Education: Implications for Democratization and Global Cultural Dialogue”. He studied China’s move to mass higher education in terms of the policy-making process and the empirical experience.

Ruth Hayhoe is a specialist in comparative education and a leading Canadian Sinologist with over 30 years of engagement with Asia. She is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), where she was chair of the Higher Education Group and associate dean. Dr. Hayhoe’s work has focused on higher education in China, and its dramatic shifts in interaction with the global community over the twentieth century.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

DLLL Lecture Series in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics invites you to attend a talk by

Alexandre Duchêne
Université de Fribourg/Universität Freiburg

“The state’s instrumentalisation of linguistic diversity: Swiss multilingualism as a national profit?”

Thursday, 10 November, 5:00 PM
Ross Building S562
York University, Keele Campus

Ways of constructing national identity have changed significantly in the globalized world. States are more and more involved in competition on international markets, obliging them to find new ways to promote the economic attractiveness of the nation itself, as a kind of market “brand”. In this talk, I will look at how Switzerland is branding itself, focusing in particular on its use of a discourse of “multilingualism” in its attempts to attract international investors. Swiss institutions argue that its national multilingualism and migrant languages make Switzerland a natural springboard for reaching major European markets in, for example, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, and so is the place to be for international investors interested in Europe. By showing the ways in which the “multilingualism” argument is strategically used in promotional activities and marketing materials, I will first argue that this argument strongly relies on an imagined and iconicized multilingual community which totally erases current inequalities and tensions among Swiss linguistic communities. Second, I will show that these discourses and practices concerning Swiss multilingualism are a manifestation of a discursive shift in the ideological self-construction of the nation in which two discourses are present at the same time. The first is a traditional discourse of pride, mostly based on the celebration of (French-German-Italian-Romantsch) multilingualism as a constitutive identity component of the Swiss nation, as well as on the Swiss territorial model of the management of multilingualism. But alongside this traditional discourse,, we see emerging a discourse of profit, which constructs multilingualism as an instrument of economic distinction within a competitive market, and as an economic asset for the nation. These analyses will lead to a consideration of the consequences of the economicisation of the discourse of multilingualism for current sociolinguistic research and advocacy.

Dr. Alexandre Duchêne is Professor of sociology of language and Director of the Institute of Multilingualism of the University/HEP Fribourg (Switzerland). His recent publications include “Ideologies across Nations” (2008, Mounton de Gruyter), “Langage, genre et sexualité (with Claudine Moöse, Nota Bene) and Language in Late Capitalism: Pride and Profit (with Monica Heller, Routledge).

A reception will be held after the lecture in the DLLL Lounge.  All are welcome.


PS: The lecture series program is also announced on the following website:

Philipp Sebastian Angermeyer
Associate Professor
Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics York University
549 South Ross Building
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M3J 1P3
tel: (416) 736-2100 extension 66288
fax: (416) 736-5483

CERLAC: Playing Dress-Up: Narrating Trans-Identity in Trinidad and Tobago (Nov 10)

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Homelessness Research: Graduate Steering Committee

To all interested Graduate Students!

Are you a graduate student who is interested in homelessness? Do you feel like the only person in your department (or on campus!) doing this work?  If so, you may want to look at the attached document!

On Thursday November 17th from 2-4 pm, the Canadian Homelessness Research Network will host a ‘meet and greet’ for graduate students interested in homelessness research. Our goal is to create a Graduate Steering Committee and a Graduate Network on Homelessness. I strongly encourage you to email me with any questions or comments at and I look forward to meeting with everyone, and seeing you there.

Please RSVP as soon as possible ! Thank you kindly.

Sabina Mirza
B.Ed, M.Ed, PhD Student
Faculty of Education
York University

Attached File: Graduate Steering Committee & Graduate Network on Homelessness (PDF)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

• Graduate Program in Education Fall Colloquium

featuring Rebecca Luce-Kapler

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Vanier College Senior Common Room (010 Vanier College)

Through research with colleagues over 20 years Rebecca Luce-Kapler has developed a literary methodology that draws from action research, collective biography, close reading and critical, feminist and queer theories.  This presentation will explore the dimensions of such a methodology through the memoir work of five senior women as they inquire into their cultural, historical, and social situations.

For further info visit



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