Welcome Address, Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture 2015

Dear friends,

It is such an honour for me to welcome you to this beautiful event in memory of Kitty Lundy. I am so grateful that amongst us here today we have a guest from the Lundy family, Lee Lorch's daughter.

I did not have the privilege of meeting Kitty. But I did meet Lee Lorch and, like many of you, had many inspiring conversations with him.

Katherina Lundy's life was tragically ended in an automobile accident on 21 October 1989.

Her experiences as a B.A. student at Atkinson gave her invaluable empathy for part-time students, and later realities in her own life helped channel Kitty's scholarly focus toward research on part-time work in Canada. Her Ph.D. was completed at the University of Toronto in 1977. She and her close colleague Barbara Warme produced several fine sociology texts, readers and articles. Since her death, her husband Dr. Larry Lundy has completed work on second editions of several books that Kitty had written or edited. Her publications, in collaboration with Barbara Warme, include:

Work in the Canadian Context: Continuity Despite Change
Sociology: A Window on the World
and the forthcoming Part-Time Work: Opportunity or Dead-End

To honour her memory, the Lundy family established the Kitty Lundy Memorial Fund, which supports this annual lecture. Kitty was passionate about engaged learning, equity and social justice, interdisciplinary exchange, and the dissemination and exchange of ideas and knowledge with communities residing within and outside of York University.

These ideas resonate deeply with our Faculty. We strive to stimulate the production of new forms of knowledge where the barriers between university and community cease to exist, disciplinary barriers are dissolved, the divide between scholar and practitioner is overcome and academic benefits of research are committed to realities of the human condition.

All our work is motivated by a vision of the university as an engaged social actor, whose task is not only to produce and disseminate knowledge, but to foster non-exclusionary methods of  knowledge production, to acknowledge the multiple sites of  knowledge production and to open up potential alternative practices.

We are also great believers in the power of creativity.

Creativity stirs the soul. It moves us out of the darkness of fear and solitude, dislocation and powerlessness — experiences that have, unfortunately, come to characterize the human condition in these times. I am delighted that Kitty’s memory has given us this opportunity to celebrate creativity in this beautiful way.