Drop-in and Guided Writing Room Tickets
Sep 24 @ 10:30 am – Dec 14 @ 12:30 pm

Drop-in and Guided Writing Room – S312 Ross

Can’t get an appointment? Only need a little help? Need a place to write? Have no fear – the WC’s New Drop-In and Guided Writing Room is here!

Beginning the week of September 24, our new Drop-in and Guided Writing Room in Ross S312 will be open Monday to Friday from 10:30-12:30 for students who have no appointment, but would like a short consultation with an instructor, have a specific question or two, or just want to work on their writing in a supportive, resource-rich environment.

Our resource room may occasionally be used for other activities such as workshops – in which case drop-in will take place by going to the reception desk and checking for drop-in availability with our staff.

Just come to S312 Ross and sign in. An instructor will check in with you to offer assistance, to guide you toward resources, or to facilitate consultation with others on similar issues or assignments.

Embodied Thought: exhibition by Esther Kim and Rebecca Garcia Tickets
Nov 5 – Nov 30 all-day

Embodied Thought flyer imageEmbodied Thought is a duo-exhibition featuring fourth year Visual Art Studio students Esther Kim and Rebecca Garcia in the Samuel J. Zacks Gallery in Stong College. Using photography to experience time, sculpture to encapsulate the human form, and figure drawings to draw parallels, the two artists aim to create a dialogue through their respective media about the rawness of being human. By integrating sculpture with photography and illustration, the exhibit allows viewers to immerse themselves through the different layers of physical stress and psychological foundations  as well as the emotional and mental burdens of the embodied thought.

Esther Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist that explores her obsession about the human body through the materialization of her work. Her practice involves metal fabrication, woodworking, and mould making; creating an indefinite permanence in a tangible form, emphasized through the juxtaposition in medium and scale. Inspired by the philosophy of the mind and body, her research becomes the grounding element from where her work stems.

Rebecca Garcia is a Toronto born Hispanic artist exploring identity through an androgynous perspective. As part of her groundwork, she uses her respective artistic media to project intense and dramatic emotions as repercussions of unstable thought. As part of her research, the artist tries to unravel the various feminine and masculine forms of expression and finding ways to homogenize them. By means of sculptural practices, figure drawing and black and white film photography, Rebecca is continuously sculpting ideas of a superficial beauty laden with dark and even unexpected emotional charge.

Where: Samuel J. Zacks Gallery, Stong College Room 109

When: Nov 5-30, 2018

Hours: 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Reception: Thurs Nov 15, 6:30pm

Growth & Decay, a mixed media exhibition by Kathryn Ferragina and Olivia Williams Tickets
Nov 5 – Nov 15 all-day

Burgeon (2017, 30”x30”, Acrylic on panel) Olivia WilliamsGrowth & Decay highlights the intermingling of humans and nature. Third year visual art students Kathryn Ferragina and Olivia Williams use a variety of mediums including drawing, sculpture and serigraph, among others to show how humans affect and influence the environment.

“Humans have an inherent connection to the earth through the things we create and leave there, and through the show we seek to explore this idea. Our work highlights nature, man made objects, and the combination of the two. A lot of  the imagery we use reflects scraps, natural forms, and material and environmental things “decaying”. We want to look deeper into this connection between the growth of natural forms and how they connect to decaying, while also looking at the certain mechanical aspects and its influence on the nature itself.”

Gallery Hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 4pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome


Landscapes of Loss – a painting exhibition by Asifa Khan Tickets
Nov 5 – Nov 15 all-day
Batik Wall Hanging by Asifa Khan

Second year visual art student Asifa Khan‘s painting and photography show Landscapes of Loss:  Havens and Devastation in the Ecosystems of Trinidad and Tobago  focuses on the impact of contemporary climate-change on the twin tropical islands.  The artist’s work explores the ecological landscapes of the country where she was born and has lived for most of her life.  Many of these spaces have been drastically altered in recent years due to changing weather patterns and man-made transformations in the environment.

While Trinidad and Tobago have been framed most often in contemporary media culture as prime tourist destinations and showcased for their pristine beaches, lively festivals, and regional cuisine, Khan’s work reveals the hidden dimensions of the landscape in the mountain ranges and forests frequently overlooked by both visitors and citizens alike.  By addressing this blindness to both natural beauty and the grave dangers it now faces, she seeks to trace out new zones of visibility and to raise awareness on many different levels.

The show will consist of both paintings and photographs.  While the photographs will serve primarily to document the devastating changes, the paintings will both present and lament a vanishing beauty. Through alternating perspectives of proximity and distance, Landscapes of Loss will memorialize and mourn landscapes whose radiance may be erased in an instant.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

CFR Co-Sponsored: Winter Clothing Drive for FCJ Refugee Centre- please check your closets and share widely! Tickets
Nov 12 @ 8:00 am – Dec 7 @ 9:13 am

As part of the Refugees Welcome Here! campaign for 2018-2019 WUSC Keele is leading and many on-campus student organizations, departments and colleges are collaborating in our 2018 Winter Clothing Drive for clients of the FCJ Refugee Centre,  running until December 7th.

If interested, you can read about last year’s efforts and the spirit of this initiative at this link.

The York U Refugees Welcome Here! Campaign, led by WUSC Keele have organized the:


“In Canada, with winter coming we believe at our centre that the protection of refugees begins with winter clothes to provide a warm welcome. It is beautiful to see York students acting in solidarity with humanity from the earliest years of their post-secondary education.”
-FCJ Refugee Centre Co-Director Francisco Rico Martinez

The following are the on-campus drop off spots and participants to date:

207 BETHUNE COLLEGE (College Head’s Office)
217 FOUNDERS COLLEGE (College Head’s Office)
107 MCLAUGHLIN COLLEGE– Amnesty International at York
106 FIRST STUDENT CENTRE-York Federation of Students (YFS)
1009 IGNAFF KANEFF BUILDING (Osgoode Hall Law School)-Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP)
807 KANEFF TOWER– Centre for Refugee Studies/Syria Response and Refugee Initiative/

WUSC Keele Committee/Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean(CERLAC)/ Centre for Feminist Research

The Refugees Welcome Here! campaign is supported by the Syria Response and Refugee Initiative of York’s Centre for Refugee Studies ( Thank you WUSC Keele for leading this year’s Winter Clothing Drive.

Piercing the Corporate Veil Conference: Multinational Corporate Accountability Tickets
Nov 15 – Nov 16 all-day
Piercing the Corporate Veil Conference: Multinational Corporate Accountability @ Osgoode Hall Law School (Keele Campus) | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Are legal systems failing those wronged by multinational corporations?

Is the “corporate veil” allowing human rights and environmental abuses to take place?

How are Canadian multinational corporations being held accountable?

This conference will attempt to answer these vital questions by exploring corporate accountability from a wide variety of perspectives, disciplines and jurisdictions to develop unique solutions that hold multinational corporations responsible for their actions. It will provide a platform to examine the tools available to governments, regulators, legislators, policy-makers, courts, NGOs and corporate leaders to encourage multinational corporations to internalize the risk of their international operations and provide access to effective remedies for victims.

Keynote addresses by Justice Ian Binnie and Justice Louis LeBel, former judges of the Supreme Court of Canada

Panellists include leading academics and practitioners, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robert Cribb and civic leaders, including Rachel Pulfer, executive director, Journalists of Human Rights.

For complete details and registration, visit:

Glendon Global Debates: Is the UN still relevant? Est-ce que l’ONU est toujours pertinent? Tickets
Nov 15 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Glendon Global Debates: Is the UN still relevant? Est-ce que l'ONU est toujours pertinent? @ A100 - Center of Excellence  | Toronto | Ontario | Canada


As the United Nations approaches its 75th year (in 2021 – and the year Canada wants to join the Security Council), it seems a good time to assess the effectiveness of the multilateral body to address the issues of the 21st century.

The UN Security Council’s lack of achievement has been well documented. The past Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, called the war in Syria “our collective failure,” which would “remain a heavy burden on the standing of the United Nations.” There are other failures but also accomplishments. In October 1945, the victors of the WWII – China, the USSR, France, the U.K. and the U.S. – ratified the UN charter, creating the Security Council and establishing themselves as its five permanent members with unique ability to veto resolutions. Originally there were six temporary members, but in 1965 the number of temporary members (rotating members) increased to 10 (five from Africa, one from Eastern Europe, two from Latin America and the Caribbean, and two from Western Europe).

The Charter also established the purpose of the council, to “investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to international friction or give rise to a dispute, in order to determine whether the continuance of the dispute or situation is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security” and to act accordingly, by:

  • investigating any situation threatening international peace;
  • recommending procedures for peaceful resolution of a dispute;
  • calling upon other member nations to completely or partially interrupt economic relations as well as sea, air, postal and radio communications, or to sever diplomatic relations; and
  • enforcing its decisions militarily, if necessary.

Canada has been a strong supporter of the UN and played a key role in setting up the UN peacekeeping mission, and continues to support the peacekeeping operations. Canada has also supported the UN’s humanitarian assistance programs, economic development efforts, human rights and gender rights programs, and overall peace and security initiatives.

But with all its diverse programs and political activities, is the UN still relevant and are the institutions established some 70 years ago still serving humanity today? How should we frame the past achievements and failures of the UN in today’s complex world?

And how can we reform the UN, the Security Council and the decision-making process?

At the Glendon Global Debate, experts will discuss some of these issues and will touch on the following:

  • The Security Council’s failures in recent history.
  • Are the UN organizations too obsolete and how can we reform them?
  • How can we ensure that emerging powers fully participate in the UN’s decision-making process?
  • Canada’s chances in 2021 to be elected to the Security Council.
Faculty Concert Series: Duo Forte Tickets
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Two of Canada’s top pianists, Christina Petrowska Quilico and Shoshana Telner, team up under the name Duo Forte. Specializing in four handed piano repertoire, they have put together a program of dance music guaranteed to delight their audience. It will include Barber’s Souvenirs, Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Arthur Benjamin’s Jamaican Rhumba, Kapustin’s jazzy Slow Waltz, Ravel’s La Valse, and Piazzolla’s Libertango, along with other gems sure to get you moving in your seats!

Admission: $15 | $10 for students & seniors.
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone 416-736-5888
Maps & Directions

York University Music Professor Christina Petrowska Quilico’s repertoire ranges from Baroque, Classical and Romantic to some 20 contemporary concerti out of 41 she has premiered or played, collaborating with such esteemed conductors as John Eliot Gardiner, Bramwell Tovey and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Her recordings of eight Canadian concerti have earned three of her four JUNO nominations – one of them for Larysa Kuzmenko’s concerto with the TSO and Maestro Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Her 50 CD catalogue includes the Healey Willan piano concerto, with Victor Feldbrill conducting the Taipei Symphony; and David Mott’s Eclipse, which debuted on the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

CBC Music named Quilico one of 20 Can’t-Miss Classical Pianists of 2014, and one of 2015’s 25 Best Canadian Classical Pianists. She is a Full Professor of Piano and Musicology at York University, and founder of The Christina and Louis Quilico Award, administered by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation and held under the auspices of the Canadian Opera Company.
Photo by: Tim Leyes

Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed from coast to coast and around the world. Described as an “authentic musician with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and “full of fire and warmth” (the New York Times), Telner has a passion for engaging audiences with exciting performances. She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra.

Telner received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, and Wilfrid Laurier University, and currently teaches piano at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Telner’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (Cansona), the Grieg violin/piano sonatas with Jeremy Bell (Chestnut Hall Music) and the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (Centaur Records).
Photo by: Bo Huang

Improv Soirée Tickets
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An evening of improvisation in a participatory “open mic” set-up, hosted by the improve studios of Music Professor Casey Sokol.

Performers and observers welcome.

Admission is free.

Vanier College Productions Presents ‘The Girl in the Photograph’ Tickets
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm
Vanier College Productions Presents 'The Girl in the Photograph' @ Vanier College Productions - Fred Thury Studio Theatre | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

The Girl in the Photograph
Created by Andrea Cabeza
Written by Joel Pettigrew

The Girl in the Photograph is a play based on a true story set in Mexico, telling the story of Paula, who gets caught up in a forbidden first love amidst a whirlwind of emotion and drama. The play leads us by the hand as we witness the development of a teen relationship with intricate consequences on everyone it touches. More than the sum of its parts as a drama, there are also several themes and thought-provoking subjects being explored: how can love develop even when circumstances would forbid it? What is that strength that carries us through moments of manipulation, how does it activate and how did it come to be in us?

Directed by Andrea Cabeza
Assistant directed and stage managed by Kayla Ado

Nov. 15, 23, 24 – 8 p.m.
Nov. 17, 25 – 2 p.m.
Nov. 18 – 5 p.m.*

*This is a relaxed and closed-captioned performance

Tickets on sale online or at the door (cash only).

General tickets $25 | Student (w/ valid ID) $15
Sat. 2 p.m. Student $12
Relaxed and closed-captioned performance – General $15 | Student $10

Fred Thury Studio Theatre, 258 Vanier College
To reach the theatre, take the stairs or elevator on the east side of Vanier College to the second floor.

Facebook: @VanierCollegeProductions
Instagram: @vancproductions
Twitter: @VanCProductions
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