The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series

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2017 Lecture and Lunch Series

The York Circle The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series showcases York's leading professors speaking about their latest and most exciting research. The lecture series are available to York Alumni, parents of current York students, friends and neighbours of the University, through a series of free lectures offered four times annually.

Saturday, May 13 | 10am-1pm

Registration, coffee & light snacks: 9–9:45am
Opening remarks: 9:45am

Location: Life Sciences Building, Keele campus, York University


Event Schedule

First Session (10am-11am)


Session 1A, Room 103 - David Mutimer
Militarisation and Canadian Popular Culture: From Afghanada to Hyena Road

Session 1A, Room 103 Militarisation and Canadian Popular Culture: From Afghanada to Hyena Road

In the years following the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Canada has become a more militarised society. This militarisation has been most noticeable in public acts, such as the designation of a stretch of Canada’s busiest highway as ‘the Highway of Heroes,’ and the escalating presence of the military at sporting events.  It is, however, a much more widespread phenomenon.  This talk explores Canada’s militarisation in and through its popular culture, and asks if the Canada that emerges — a more violent, less peaceful, and socially conservative — is the one in which we wish to live.

Speaker: David Mutimer, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science

David Mutimer is Professor of International Politics and Chair of the Department of Politics
at York University. His research considers issues of contemporary international security through lenses provided by critical social theory, as well as inquiring into the reproduction of security in and through popular culture.  Most recently that work has concentrated on Canadian militarisation in and through its popular culture in the era of the war in Afghanistan.

Session 1B, Room 106 - Dr. Lesley Jacobs
Racial Profiling, the Anti-Racism Act 2017, and Meaningful Access to Justice

Session 1B, Room 106 – Racial Profiling, the Anti-Racism Act 2017, and Meaningful Access to Justice

This presentation discusses our recently completed Ottawa Police Service Traffic Stop Race Data Collection project, which is the largest and most successful empirical study of racial profiling in Canada, the links to the broader questions of meaningful access to justice for everyone in Ontario, and how the success of the Ottawa project impacted the new pioneering legislation, the Anti-Racism Act, 2017, which mandates race data collection across the provincial government and broader public sector. The Anti-Racism Act, 2017, which was tabled in early April should be law in Ontario by the summer.

Speaker: Dr. Lesley Jacobs, Professor of Law and Society, Political Science

Les Jacobs is Professor and Director of the Institute for Social Research at York University where he teaches political science and Law & Society as well in the Graduate Program of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies. He is a leading international expert in equality of opportunity and human rights policy, access to justice issues, linkages between international trade and human rights law, and applied social science research methods.

Break: 11-11:20am

Second Session (11:20am-12:20pm)


Session 2A, Room 103 – Amin Mawani
Taxes and Decision-Making

Session 2A, Room 103 – Taxes and Decision-Making

This session will examine how taxes impact our day-to-day decisions, and how we can incorporate taxes to improve our decisions such as when we pay our bills; how we make charitable contributions; whether we pay down mortgage or contribute to RRSP; whether we should save inside RRSPs or TFSAs; where we should withdraw first at retirement (from RRSP, TFSA or non-registered savings); how we can effectively split invesment income and pension income between spouses; and how we can incorporate taxes in planning for divorce settlements. This non-technical session will offer a primer on tax planning for people in all demographic groups.

Speaker: Amin Mawani, Associate Professor, Schulich School of Business

Amin Mawani is an associate professor of taxation at the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School. He earned his Ph.D in Taxation from the University of Waterloo and his Masters in Law in Taxation from Osgoode Hall Law School. Amin is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Professor Mawani's research has been cited and op-ed articles published in The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal and The Toronto Star.

Session 2B, Room 105 - Dr. Ronald E. Pearlman
Genome Engineering and its Applications Including Legal and Ethical Issues

Session 2B, Room 106 Genome Engineering and its Applications Including Legal and Ethical Issues

Precise manipulation and editing genomes has been a spectacular advance in the life sciences and is a revolution in biomedical science with profound applications and implications in all areas of the life sciences. The technology for genome editing, referred to as 'CRISPR', has developed very recently from basic studies on adaptive immunity in bacteria; how bacteria protect themselves from viral infection. Many of the applications of genome editing, in medicine (e.g. ‘precision medicine’) and in other areas, have important ethical consequences. We will discuss the scientific foundation of the technology and introduce some of its applications, as well as discussing legal and ethical implications for the use of the technology.

Speaker: Dr. Ronald E. Pearlman, Associate Scientific Director, Department of Biology

Dr. Pearlman received a Ph.D. from Harvard University, working with Nobel Prize winner Konrad Bloch. He has served on the Gairdner Foundation Medical Review Panel and Medical Advisory Board, and is presently the Foundation's Associate Scientific Director. He also serves as an Advisor on the Council of the Royal Canadian Institute for Science. An active and productive York faculty member since 1968 including administrative roles such as Interim Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, he formally retired from York University in 2008 as University Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar. He maintains an active research program using genomic and proteomic techniques in addressing questions of gene organization and expression.

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




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.