The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series - May 5, 2018

Please join us for The York Circle Lecture and Lunch on Saturday, May 5 from 9am to 1pm.

Hear from four of York's leading faculty members on a wide range of interesting topics that speak to some of the key themes that define York University.

The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series is held four times a year and is open to our community of alumni and friends.

Complimentary coffee, light snacks and lunch will be provided.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 9am-1pm

9am - 9:45am: Registration, Coffee and Light Snacks

9:45am: Opening Remarks

Location: Life Sciences Building, Keele Campus, York University


Event Schedule

First Session (10am-11am)


Session 1A - Robert Haché
Outside the Ivory Tower: Universities Changing Lives

Session 1A, Room 103 – Outside the Ivory Tower: Universities Changing Lives

Details to come.

Speaker: Robert Haché - Vice-President Research & Innovation

Robert Haché is Vice-President Research and Innovation at York University, where he is responsible for promoting and overseeing the strategic development of research. Haché has been instrumental in building research collaborations and partnerships with international universities. He also oversees institutional supports for research, such as Innovation York, which provides services to York researchers, government and industry partners within five service streams including: commercialization, industry liaison, agreements, entrepreneurship and the internationally award-winning Knowledge Mobilization stream, which has been increasingly recognized for its leadership in social innovation.

Dr. Haché has driven the institutional strategic research priorities forward with the development and implementation of the University’s Strategic Research Plan, Building on Strength 2013-2018, and the University’s Plan for the Intensification and Enhancement of Research, while working to strengthen the University’s research profile both nationally and internationally.

Prior to York, he served as the Associate Vice-President Research at the University of Calgary. He has also served as Vice-Dean Research for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

A molecular and cellular biologist and biochemist with a substantial record of publications, Dr. Haché has made invaluable contributions to the understanding of how steroid hormone signaling takes place in cells and how cells respond to DNA damaging agents. He has received research grants and awards from the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC), National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and other organizations.

Dr. Haché holds a BSc (biochemistry) from McGill University and a PhD (biochemistry) from Queen’s University.

Session 1B - Anna Hudson
Undertow: What happens when an Inuit worldview meets global capitalism

Session 1B, Room 106 – Undertow: What happens when an Inuit worldview meets global capitalism

Is putting cultural health first a radical act of decolonization not just for Inuit but for all of Canada?

Undertow addresses this question through the lens of the York-based federally-funded research grant, Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage - a six-year project that examines the intersection of contemporary and traditional Inuit creative practices (including video, new media and television, sculpture, and oral tradition) of the northern circumpolar region. In so doing this project maps the advancement of the eight Guiding Principles of Inuit Traditional Knowledge. This mapping recognizes that cultural health is the core element of Inuit Traditional Knowledge and is the basis for every other kind of health because in it resides a sense of identity, collective social supports for individuals, and the sense of belonging grounded in positive relationships that nurture individuals and communities now and for future generations.

Speaker: Anna Hudson – Professor and York Research Chair, Department of Visual Art & Art History

Anna Hudson is an art historian, curator, writer and educator specializing in Canadian Art, Curatorial and Indigenous Studies. Formerly Associate Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she brings to her teaching extensive hands-on experience in institutional curatorial practice.
Dr. Hudson is currently leading Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH), a six-year (2012-2018), $3.5 million SSSHRC-supported research-creation collaboration aimed at recovering, preserving, documenting, facilitating and disseminating Inuit knowledge, culture and creativity. This multi-media, multi-platform project brings together 10 academic researchers and nine partner organizations, and employs Inuit and non-Inuit community members, graduate students and artists. Partner organizations include the Nunavut software start-up, Pinnguaq, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the National Gallery of Canada, Nunavut Arctic College, the Nunavut Department of Education, the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), the International Sámi Film Institute, and the Sami Centre for Contemporary Art.

MICH was an active partner in launching SakKijâjuk, the first Inuit Fine Art and Craft Exhibition from Nunatsiavut, launched in 2015 as part of To Light the Fire, Newfoundland and Labrador’s first indigenous arts symposium and now touring nationally. MICH was also behind the Pan Am @ York initiative to create Ahqahizu, a monumental granite sculpture by Inuit carvers Ruben Komangapik and Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley on York University’s Keele campus (read the news story).

Dr. Hudson’s curatorial credits include the international touring show Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (with Ian Dejardin and Katerina Atanassova, for the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK); inVisibility: Indigenous in the City, part of INVISIBILITY: An Urban Aboriginal Education Connections Project (for the John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto); The Nude in Modern Canadian Art, 1920-1950 (with Michèle Grandbois, for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec); and the AGO exhibitions Woman as Goddess: Liberated Nudes by Robert Markle and Joyce Wieland and Inuit Art in Motion (co-curated with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory).
Professor Hudson continues to pursue research in the area of her doctoral dissertation, Art and Social Progress: the Toronto community of Painters (1933-1950). Her most recent publications include “Jock Macdonald’s Weave of Reality” (2014), “Time and Image: Picturing Consciousness in Modern Canadian Painting” (2013), “Stepping into the Light of Clark McDougall’s Landscapes” (2011) and “Landscape Atomysticism: A Revelation of Tom Thomson” (2011).


Break: 11-11:20am

Second Session (11:20am-12:20pm)


Session 2A - Mary Fox
Back to the Future: Perspectives on Bed Rest and Helping Older People Stay Functional During Illness

Session 2A, Room 103 – Back to the Future: Perspectives on Bed Rest and Helping Older People Stay Functional During Illness

During hospitalization, people spend most of their time in bed. For an older person, just a few days in bed can backfire and threaten their ability to get back to functioning independently in everyday activities like getting up, walking, and getting dressed. If they do not recover their ability to function within one month of coming home from the hospital, they are unlikely to ever do so. This talk will review historical perspectives on bed rest, the forces limiting mobility and perpetuating bed rest during illness, and future directions for research on how to best promote older people’s functioning during and after a hospital stay.

Speaker: Mary Fox - Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Mary Fox is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, York University. Her research focuses on older persons’ functional abilities during illness and responds to profound social and economic changes (e.g., population aging, the movement of care into communities) affecting healthcare in Canada. The recipient of more than $3 million in grants and awards (e.g. CIHR, Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, Ontario Ministry Research & Innovation), she has disseminated the findings of over 30 studies in more than 100 peer reviewed published manuscripts and conference proceedings. Her work has garnered the attention of numerous premiere KT centres, the media (e.g. Zoomer radio), and has been credited with providing the evidence needed to ‘Make the Case for ACE,’ a fundamental pillar of Ontario’s Seniors Strategy.

Session 2B – Wenona Giles & Aida Orgocka
Disrupting How and Who We Teach: York University in the Dadaab Refugee Camps in North-eastern Kenya

Session 2B, Room 106 – Disrupting How and Who We Teach: York University in the Dadaab Refugee Camps in North-eastern Kenya

This presentation focusses on an innovative project, led by York University: The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project. It is a Partnership of four Canadian and Kenyan universities that provide on-line and on-site university certificate, diploma and degree programs with the support of Canadian Government funding to students in the Dadaab refugee camps, located in a remote area of north-eastern Kenya.

Speaker: Wenona Giles – Professor, Anthropology Department, Research Associate, Centre for Refugee Studies

Speaker: Aida Orgocka - Manager, Borderless Higher Education for Refugees Project

Wenona Giles is an Anthropology Professor and Research Associate at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, where she teaches and publishes in the areas of gender, forced migration, globalization, migration, nationalism, and war. She co-leads the Borderless Higher Education (BHER) project that brings degree programs from Kenyan and Canadian universities to refugees in the Dadaab refugee camps, Kenya and recently co-authored (with Jennifer Hyndman) Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge (Routledge 2017).

Aida Orgocka is the Manager of Borderless Higher Education for Refugees Project. Dr. Orgocka has worked in applied and academic settings, as well as fund-raised for research initiatives in areas of women’s rights, gender, and migration. She has been contracted by UN agencies, national and local government, civil society organizations and for-profit entities to engage in policy making, program management and evaluation of social development projects.


Complimentary lunch: 12:20-1pm
Event ends: 1pm

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Event Location

The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series take place on York University’s Keele campus in the Life Sciences Building.  For directions to Keele campus by car or public transit, visit and click on the relevant link under the “Transit and Driving Directions” heading.  If you plan to drive, you will be required to pay for parking.  Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The closest public parking lots are:

  • Arboretum parking garage #80 on the map ($7.00 Flat Rate). Pull a ticket from the machine upon entry and pay at the pay station when leaving. Machine accepts cash, coins and credit cards.
  • Thompson Road ‘Pay and Display’ parking lot #79 on the map ($7.00 Flat Rate). You are required to purchase a ticket from the ‘Pay and Display’ machine in the lot and place it on the driver’s side of the dash. Machine accepts coins and credit cards only.