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Eco-Art/Media Pop-Up Art Fair @ FES Lounge
Mar 31 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Our annual Eco-Art/Media Festival this year will
be a pop-up art fair. Come and join us in the FES
Lounge on Friday, March 31 anytime between 11:00
and 3:00. There will be several eco-art/media
activity stations for you to make 'zines, art
cards, collages of various kinds, exquisite
corpse writing, and more.

A good spread of snacks will be available. So
come and share food and imagination. A wonderful
way to round out the semestre.

Koerner Lecture @ York University
Mar 31 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Super star of Costa Rica conservation, Daniel Janzen, the DiMaura Professor  of Conservation Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and Technical Advisor to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG) in northwestern Costa Rica,  will give a talk titled “Conservation of tropical wild biodiversity via biodiversity development: a Costa Rican example” as the fourth annual  Koerner Lecture Series in Neotropical Conservation, presented by the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES).

Where classical tropical national parks are gradually failing in many ways, the 165,000 hectare government/private hybrid ACG has a practical approach to tropical wild biodiversity conservation with 35 years of success.  Its basic principals contend conservation must be site-based and respond to the biological, social and economic reality of the region. Decisions must be taken at the regional level, the wilderness area must be visualized as a productive sector for the economy of the region and the country, and that quality conservation must be economically sustainable over time. ACG is testing and proving that biodiversity development is a viable way forward to protect vulnerable species and help local communities thrive, with eco-tourism, bio-diversity prospecting for medicine, carbon sequestration and more.

This free public lecture sharing details of the ACG approach will take place Friday, March 31, 2:30 to 3:30pm, in room 101 of the Life Sciences Building, Keele campus. Light refreshments  will be available before and after  the lecture (1:30-2:30pm and 3:30-4:30pm).


A tropical ecologist and biodiversity conservationist with over 60 years of field experience and 466 scientific papers, Janzen is a world level authority on the taxonomy and biology of tropical caterpillars, and is a member of the US and the Costa Rican National Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the Crafoord Prize (1984), the Kyoto Prize (1997), BBVA Prize (2012) and Blue Planet Prize (2014). Janzen and his biologist wife Dr. Winnie Hallwachs are co-architects and co-constructors, along with hundreds of others, of ACG and of Costa Rica's INBio (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad), and of Costa Rica's Iniciativa Paz con la Naturaleza (IPN) (2006-2010), which morphed into the present day NGO Costa Rica Forever.   He is President of the Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund (GDFCF;, the US-based NGO for ACG.

Together, Janzen and Hallwachs are currently focused on facilitating the CBOL (Consortium for the Barcode of Life) and iBOL (International Barcode of Life) efforts to DNA barcode all species of the world for their identification and species discovery by anyone anywhere at any time, and simultaneously, on facilitating Costa Rica's willingness to permanently conserve the 4% of the world's biodiversity that lives on 25% of Costa Rican national terrain and sea, and do it as a global example of sustainable non-damaging use of tropical wildland biodiversity.

Funded by the Koerner Foundation, the Koerner Lecture Series in Neotropical Conservation aims to promote and raise awareness of the Las Nubes Project, which is overseen by Professor Felipe Montoya-Greenheck, Chair iof Neotropical Conservation and Director of Las Nubes Project in Costa Rica. Las Nubes (“The Clouds”) is the home of York’s Eco-Campus, a rainforest in Costa Rica that has generously been donated to York University by Dr. Woody Fisher, a prominent Toronto physician, medical researcher and co-founder of the Canadian Liver Foundation.


Members of the Las Nubes Alumni Chapter who have participated in the Las
Nubes field course in previous years will be in attendance and available to
chat with students who are registering for the 2017 Semester Abroad’s
course offerings.

Rockin' the Suburbs: From Spaces of Domesticity to Spaces of Perver(c)ity? @ 280N York Lanes
Apr 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for the first talk in the MCRI Global Suburbanisms Towards Suburbia Seminar Series featuring Paul Maginn from the University of Western Australia.

The suburbs have long been portrayed as a space of conformity, domesticity, safety and security for women and children; it’s separation from the city, home ownership and the white picket fence were emblematic of a deep sense of territoriality and protection from the ills and vices of the city. Conversely, the city was framed as a space of economic activity, informality, and risk; combined with its phallic architecture the city was thus perceived as a masculine and sexualized space.

This seminar reflects on the geography and regulation of the (sub)urban sexscape and the nature and degree of cosmo-sexuality at and within the national, state, city and suburb level in Australia (and internationally) by examining the presence and consumption of commercialized forms of sex such as adult stores/sex shops, sex work and pornography.

For more information, visit Everyone is welcome.

Change Your World 2017 @ Vari Hall
Apr 6 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University invites high schools to Change Your World 2017.

Since 1968, FES has been at the forefront of cutting-edge environmental well-being and social justice research that focuses directly within our natural, built, social, political, cultural and artistic environments. However, with each passing year, new challenges arise on our planet, within our world and in our local communities that the need to study our environment is more important than ever.

The goal of the Change Your World conference is to inspire youth in Ontario to be the next generation of environmentally active citizens. We welcome high school students and their teachers to this dynamic one-day conference that brings together youth and community organizations from across Ontario to discuss, collaborate and learn how to make sustainable and equitable change in our world.

Longhouse to Greenhouse: An Emerging Food System at Six Nations
Apr 12 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Adrianne Lickers is the coordinator of the Our Sustenance Program, a community-based organization in Ohsweken in the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Through her educational and professional pursuits, she is helping to bring gardening and sustainability to the forefront of her community.

Follow this link to register:

Career Success Symposium 2017 for Students with Disabilities
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This event is a partnership of the Career Centre and Counselling & Disability Services.

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Featuring Steven Page, Singer, Songwriter, and Guest Host, CBC Radio current affairs show, The Current, Ending the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health

Connect with employers and community agencies providing employment supports in the workplace at a career conference for students with physical, learning, and mental health disabilities.

Join us for all or part of the day! View full details, schedule and registration information at

Registration is required. Students may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

JUST TRANSFORMATIONS: THE NEXT 150: the 2017 Ontario Climate Symposium @ York University 4700 Keele St Toronto
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – May 12 @ 6:00 pm

Photo of OCC 2017 symposium adIn May 2017, the Ontario Climate Consortium will be co-hosting its 5th Annual Ontario Climate Symposium with the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. This two-day event is the premier forum for sharing cutting-edge research and initiatives that address climate change in the province.

The aim of the 2017 Ontario Climate Symposium is to facilitate discussions across research disciplines, as well as policy and practice communities, about Ontario’s future as we collectively address climate change through mitigation and adaptation strategies.

For full event details and registration information visit event web site.