Community Conversations


Creating spaces to discuss topics that matter

Community Conversations was an initiative in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies meant to add to dialogue and discussions on topics that matter to members of our University and surrounding communities. Conversations were held in a variety of locations across the GTA: cafés, libraries, community centres and anywhere that constructive dialogue would flourish, with the intention of creating welcoming spaces where people from diverse communities could gather and share their unique insights and experiences.

Community Conversations word-cloud eBook cover illustration | 2018-02-20Read more about our series of events in our Community Conversations e-Book.

Selected Conversations

Date Topic Hosts Venue
March 27, 2019 Black Continental Africans in Canada: Exploring Culture, Identity, and the Immigrant Experience   Scadding Court Community Centre
707 Dundas Street West, Toronto
March 16, 2019 Real Jobs, Living Wages   Oakridge Community Centre
60 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough
March 6, 2019 What is a Guest? What is a Settler?   Curtis Lecture Hall B, York University
October 28, 2018 Black Continental Africans in Canada: Black and Black African Diaspora Relation   Ghana Presbyterian Church, 51 High Meadow Place, North York
October 6, 2018 Remembering Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Ideology, Philosophy & Teaching Nivedita Das Kundu 519 Kaneff Tower, York University
April 14, 2018 Talking Climate Change: Challenges & Opportunities for Action Tyrone Hall Toronto Public Library, Wychwood Branch
(1431 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON)
March 2, 2018 Mapping out Muslims in Canada: Critical Debates in Academia and Beyond Nergis Canefe & Azeezah Kanji Auditorium – Noor Cultural Centre
(123 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON)
February 24, 2018 “Black Panther”, Celebrating Blackness in the African Diaspora Sylvia Bawa Fort York Library - Toronto Public Library (190 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON)
November 23, 2017 Girls, Identity, Tweens and Teens Series
Part 3: Tweens, Teens and Social Justice
Natalie Coulter & Kisha McPherson York Woods Public Library
(1785 Finch Ave West, Toronto, ON)
November 2, 2017 Girls, Identity, Tweens and Teens Series
Part 2: Black Girls and Identity
Rowena Linton & Karlene Davis York Woods Public Library
(1785 Finch Ave West, Toronto, ON)
October 26, 2017 Girls, Identity, Tweens and Teens Series
Part 1:  What Does it Mean to be a Tween Girl
Natalie Coulter Regent Park Aquatic Centre
(640 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON)
July 7, 2017 Cuba en el Siglo XXI: Cultura e Identidad en movimiento/Cuba, XXI Century: Culture and Identity in Motion Julio Fonseca & Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano Toronto Public Library - Lillian H. Smith Library (239 College St, Toronto, ON)
June 22, 2017 The Summer of '77: How Emanuel Jaque's Murder Changed Toronto Gilberto Fernandes Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers (960 St. Clair Ave West)
June 15, 2017 Tutti a tavola!  Italian Food Culture in Canada Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano Vaughan City Hall–Atrium (2141 Major Mackenzie Dr. W, Maple, ON)
June 6, 2017 Resourcing Student Debt Solutions for Strengthening Community Financial Capacity Brenda Spotton Visano YorkU-TD Community Engagement Center
May 11, 2017 A Conversation based on the Film: MPA - A Utopian Experiment Megan Davies Davenport-Perth Neighborhood Community Health Center (1900 Davenport Rd)
May 10, 2017 My Mind & Me: An introductory Mindfulness Workshop for Youth Marie-Jolie Rwigema The Spot (1 York Gate Blvd., 2nd Floor)
May 6, 2017 do we have freewill? Alexandru Manafu Studio 303, 401 Richmond Street West
April 20, 2017 Stories of Change: Narrative Practices for Critical Justice Work Harjeet Badwall York TD-Community Engagement Center
March 19, 2017 The Greek Immigrant Experience; Then and Now Sakis Gekas Pan Arcadian Federation of Canada House
450 Danforth Avenue
February 28, 2017 In Search of Community Emotional Well-being Wilburn Hayden & Farid Partovi Chaharlangi 2999 Jane Street Community Building
January 31, 2017 A Nation Divided: The November 1916 Battle of Athens and Greece’s Entry to Great War Sakis Gekas Danforth/Coxwell - Toronto Public Library
November 25, 2016 Youth, Higher Education and Community Engagement in the Portuguese Community Maria Dodman & Inês Cardoso Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers

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