Upcoming Events in October

This is just a sampling of events coming up in October! If I have missed something you’re organizing, please be sure to let me know and pass on upcoming events.

 Tuesday, October 1st, 10 a.m. in the Common Room: TH@Y: Transitions & Trajectories – the First Year Writing Experience :
Please join us on Tuesday October 1 at 10:00am for TH@Y’s first guest speaker, Zainab Kizilbash. Zainab has spent a number of years teaching at the secondary level and is familiar with the expectations and training that students encounter at that level. She is currently a Teaching Assistant teaching in a foundations course at York. She will be speaking from her knowledge of both secondary and post-secondary contexts to discuss the challenges that students face in transitioning between the two levels, with a particular focus on essay writing.

All are welcome, and while this presentation might be of particular interest to those teaching first and second year courses, we would also like to invite experienced TA’s to share their expertise in teaching and marking student papers.

Light refreshments will be provided, and we hope to see many of you there.

Thursday, October 3rd at 3:30-5:00 [280N York Lanes] Tubman Seminar Series: Ciann Wilson, PhD Candidate in Education, York University “Jezebel: Exploring the impact of stereotypes on the sexualities and sexual health of young Black women”

This paper draws from data produced in a project I coordinated during my Masters degree – the Let’s Talk About Sex (LTAS) project. Funded by the Ontario HIV/AIDS Treatment Network, data collection for the LTAS project occurred during a photovoice workshop held once a week for 9 consecutive weeks in the Jane-Finch community. This workshop was completed by 15 young ACB women ages 14 – 18.  These young women used photography and creative writing to express their opinions on the barriers and facilitators to making healthy sexual decisions.

From the themes identified in the transcripts of the workshop as well as the photo-narratives created by the youth, a major issue identified by the young women was negative stereotypes associated with being a young woman from the Jane-Finch community. Stereotypes of the “pregnant and promiscuous girls of Jane-Finch” were perceived by participants to originate in the media and were upheld by ‘outsiders’ of the community. These stereotypes were internalized by participants and this led them to socially distance themselves from the labels and thus, other young women in the community they perceived to fit the stereotypes.  These stereotypes also operated to mediate the sexualities and sexual lives of the young women as they avoided accessing sexual health resources and information because accessing such services was a form of ‘outing’ one’s sexual activity.  This presentation will examine how this larger stigmatized environment, in connection to race, racism and sexism, gives rise to assumptions about the sexualities of young Black women from the community.

Thursday, October 10th, at 12:30 in the Common Room: Historians’ Craft: Dr. Shirley Tillotson
Dr. Tillotson will be providing an overview  of the argument of her book on the cultural history of taxation in 20th century Canada.
"The time has come," the walrus said, / "To speak of dreadful things. Of budgets, bills and income tax / Deductions, debts, and things. / And weather weve exemptions / and if all our cash has wings; / tra-loo, tra-lum / The time has come / to face these fearful things." - Wilma M Coutts

“The time has come,” the walrus said, / “To speak of dreadful things. Of budgets, bills and income tax / Deductions, debts, and things. / And weather we’ve exemptions / and if all our cash has wings; / tra-loo, tra-lum / The time has come / to face these fearful things.” – Wilma M Coutts

Tuesday, October 15th at 3:30-5:00 [location TBA] Tubman Seminar Series: Dr. Eric Jennings, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto, “African Experiences in the Free/Fighting French Ranks, 1940-1944”

Thursday, October 17th at 12:30 in the Common Room: GHSA General Meeting – please keep an eye out for our agenda!

Wednesday, October 23 at 4 p.m. in Founders College 305: HC: Dr. Benedict Anderson PLEASE NOTE the date and location are different than usual HC! Please see our website for more information shortly

Thursday October 24th [location TBA] Tubman Seminar Series: Dr. Hideaki Suzuki, Post-Doctoral Fellow in History, McGill University, “To Listen to Them: Bondage, British Informal Empire, and Diasporas through the Narratives of Bonded Population in the Persian Gulf, 1906-1950”

Thursday October 24th all day: In Schulich School of Business, Room W132: Presenting the Past: History, Heritage and Education.

Friday, October 25th: Historian Catharine Coleborne will be giving a talk on collaborative history of mental health in contemporary New Zealand. We are co-sponsoring this event with the Critical Disability Studies department.

Please don’t forget that this month also includes two holidays! We get off Monday, October 14th, and Fall Break is Thursday, October 30th and Friday, October 31st.

Thanks so much, everyone, and we hope to see you at these events!

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