[tugs] TUGS Digest for January 23, 2009

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TUGS Digest for January 23, 2009

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News & Events: (See Below For Details)
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1. GeoLunch - LOCAL FOOD: IS IT THE ANSWER? ? Feb 3rd
2. Tugs on Facebook
3. Cities of Tomorrow talk ? Jan 26th
4. Field trip support for Svartarkot
5. Canadian Association of Geographers CAG ? undergraduate research award
6. EXAMINED LIFE - philosophy is in the streets Screening ? Jan 23-29
7. NNEWH at York University: Call for submissions
8. Impact! The Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership
9. ASSU Townhall: Overcoming the Financial Barriers to Post-Secondary Education ? Jan 29

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1.
TUGS is hosting another GeoLunch with Sarah Wakefield

Tuesday, February 3rd, 1-2pm @ Sidney Smith Hall, Rm 2125

Lunch will be provided by TUGS.

LOCAL FOOD: IS IT THE ANSWER?

Eating local food (as explained in books like "The 100-Mile Diet" and
implied in terms like "locavore") is increasingly seen as a step towards
environmental sustainability and a way to support rural economies.  At the
same time, the emphasis on local food is being criticized in some quarters
as a form of agricultural protectionism and a climate change red herring.

This presentation will begin by reviewing some of the concerns being raised
about the sustainability and social justice of the mainstream food system,
and explain how local food is seen as helping to solve these problems.  The
various criticisms of the local food "movement" will also be discussed.
Then, drawing on inteviews with Southern Ontario farmers and using examples
from local food initiatives in Ontario and elsewhere, the presentation will
shed light on how (and how much) we can expect local food to help create a
sustainable and socially just food system.

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2.
TUGS is on Facebook!
We hope to have our website updated soon, however at this point for the latest updates please check out our facebook group: Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society (TUGS) or http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=6015591887

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3.
The Geography Department is inviting all undergrad and grad students to come to this
exciting talk:

"Cities of Tomorrow: Is Progressive Politics Alive?"
Monday January 26th, 7:30pm
Convocation Hall

This event is sponsored in part by the Cities Centre.

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4.
NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment (http://niche.uwo.ca/) plans to support Canadian participation in Svartárkot, the Iceland-based environmental field courses -- see http://www.svartarkot.is . We will offer up to $2000/student for up to 10 graduate or undergraduate students attending the 20-28 June 2009 course "Local Environments - Global Impacts," which will have environmental historian Donald Worster as a guest lecturer - see http://www.svartarkot.is/index.php?m=E&id=M_ENVIRONMENT .

Given the length of the course and the total cost of attending (perhaps $4000/student), we are uncertain of the potential level of interest. As a first step in the application process, we would welcome expressions of interest sent by 30 January 2009 to niche@xxxxxxx If you are a student, please explain how participating in this course will assist your academic development, and attach a 1-page cv. If you are a professor interested in taking a number of your students or even a small class to Svartárkot, please outline your
proposal and how this course will assist your students.

Regards,

Matthew Evenden

Associate Professor,
Department of Geography
University of British Columbia
http://blogs.arts.ubc.ca/wordpressmu/waterhistory

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5.
The Canadian Association of Geographers / Statistics
Canada Student Award for Research into Human Impacts on the Canadian Environment

The Canadian Association of Geographers CAG, and Statistics Canada
offer an undergraduate award for Research into Human Impacts on the
Canadian Environment.  The award is given, annually, to the best
undergraduate paper examining the impacts of human activity on
Canada?s environment drawing from information available from
Statistics Canada?s data in the area of environmental analysis.

Established to recognize and promote undergraduate research on the
environment and encourage the use of Statistics Canada?s data in the area of
environmental analysis, this award is given to an undergraduate student in
geography and/or environmental studies/science for the best paper examining
impacts of human activity on Canada?s environment.

The winning student receives:
a year?s membership in the CAG
an opportunity to present his/her paper at the CAG national annual conference where a certificate and letter of commendation will be presented a subsidy of $750 towards the cost of registration, travel and living expenses to enable attendance at the CAG national annual conference nation-wide publication of his/her name on the Statistics Canada and CAG Environment and Resources Study Group web sites, and publication of the paper in the CAG Environment and Resources Study Group newsletter complimentary copies of Human Activity and the Environment, Statistics Canada?s flagship environmental publication

All undergraduate students in departments of geography and/or environmental
studies/science in postsecondary institutions across Canada may apply.

For more information, please see www.statcan.ca/english/liaison/impact.htm
Applications should be sent by e-mail no later than April 15, 2009 to:

Patricia Fitzpatrick, p.fitzpatrick@xxxxxxxxxxxx
CAG Environment and Resources Study Group
Department of Geography, The University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2E9
Phone: (204) 786-9481

Examples of past award winning papers are available at
http://geography.lakeheadu.ca/cag/ersg/student_awards.htm The competition deadline is
April 15, 2009.

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6.
EXAMINED LIFE screening
Canada, 2008
director Astra Taylor
starts Friday January 23rd exclusively at The Royal

EXAMINED LIFE pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets... and into the hustle and bustle of the everyday.

watch the trailer:
http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/displaytrailer.php?directoryname=examinedlife&size=low&extension=avi

In EXAMINED LIFE, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today?s most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas.

Offering privileged moments with great thinkers from fields ranging from moral philosophy to cultural theory, EXAMINED LIFE reveals philosophy?s power to transform the way we see the world around us and imagine our place in it.

Featuring the ?rock star? philosophers of our time including:
KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH, JUDITH BUTLER, MICHAEL HARDT, MARTHA NUSSBAUM, AVITAL RONELL, PETER SINGER, SUNAURA TAYLOR, CORNEL WEST and SLAVOJ ZIZEK.

screening times:
THE ROYAL, 608 College St. West - 416.534-5252
Jan 23 - 29, 2009

Friday January 23 @7pm
Saturday January 24 @ 7pm
Sunday January 25 @ 4:30pm & 7pm
Monday January 26th @ 7pm
*Tuesday January 27th @ 7pm & 9:30pm
Wednesday January 28th @ 7pm
Thursday January 29th @ 7pm & 9pm

* following the 7pm screening on Tuesday Jan. 27th, there will be a panel on the intersection of public space and intellectual pursuits, featuring Astra Taylor, Jane Farrow, Deborah Cowen, Kanishka Goonewardena & Doug Hutchinson. Filmmaker Q&A on Sat, Sun & Mon.

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7.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Winter/Summer 2009 Issue of NNEWH Journal

The National Network on Environments and Women's Health at York University is excited to announce the launch of The Gender & Ecology Papers, a new
online paper series.

The Gender & Ecology Papers is a student-generated paper series, designed to
facilitate discussions of gendered environmental health and engage students in
applied ecology research.  This paper series is committed to supporting and
publishing academic research that contributes to a greater awareness of the
interrelatedness of gender and ecology.  We encourage creative and
thought-provoking submissions from all academic disciplines, including
environmental studies, women's studies, anthropology, chemistry, biology,
geography and sociology.

The Gender & Ecology Papers is a refereed paper series that is produced by the
National Network for Environments and Women's Health at York University. The
series will be published 3 times a year during the Winter, Summer and Fall
semesters and each issue will be available to be downloaded free from our
website in PDF format.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Winter 2009 Issue
Gender, Food and Agriculture

The Gender & Ecology Papers series is seeking submissions for its Winter 2009
issue on Gender, Food and Agriculture, which will feature academic works that
contribute various data, analysis and perspectives on subjects related to
farming and food using a gendered lens. In recent years, both academic and
public concern has grown over issues related to agricultural practice, food
safety and human health.  Scholarly research can contribute significantly to
this discourse by highlighting the role of gender in these relationships, as
well as the social, physical, biological and environmental factors that
influence how food and farming  are understood and managed.  Possible topics
include, but are not limited to:

? Pesticides and women's health
? Developmental/health effects from agricultural chemical exposur
? Gender and reproduction as they relate to agricultural chemicals
? Food additives and men's health
? Organic food and women's health
? The reproductive health of male farmers using industrial farming techniques
? Bio-tech/GMO foods and gendered health

Papers on virtually all related topics and themes will be considered, and
submissions are encouraged from both undergraduate and graduate contributors.
Theoretical and applied works are welcome and should be accessible to a wide
range of readership. Paper submissions should be no more than 2500 words
(approximately 10 pages).  The Gender & Ecology Papers will also accept
submissions of visual art (video length 5-10 minutes), poetry and photography
for online publication.  It is through these multiple forms of expression that
we wish to promote creative thought and discourse surrounding this issue's
topic of gender, food and agriculture.

Deadline: Article abstracts are due by January 30th, 2009. Final documents are
due by February 28th, 2009.  Submissions received byJanuary 30th, 2009 will be
considered for our Summer 2009 Issue, which will cover the topic of: Gender,
Health and Chemical Consumption.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Summer 2009 Issue
Abstract Deadline: January 30th, 2009
Gender, Health and Chemical Consumption

The Gender & Ecology Papers series is seeking submissions for its Summer 2009
issue on Gender, Health and Chemical Consumption, which will feature academic
works that examine various aspects of the relationship between gender, health
and chemical consumption through various pathways and routes of exposure.  The
growing discourse surrounding food additives and toxic cosmetic ingredients has raised interesting questions about chemical consumption and its implications for gendered health. Academic analysis and discussion can play an important role in
contributing to a greater awareness of the gendered health consequences of
chemical consumption.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

? Women and cosmetic use
? Household products and gendered health
? Chemical consumption through personal care products
? Maternal health and pesticide exposure
? Artificial food colouring and children's health
? Chemical additives in the food choices of teenagers

Papers on virtually all related topics and themes will be considered, and
submissions are encouraged from both undergraduate and graduate contributors.
Theoretical and applied works are welcome and should be accessible to a wide
range of readership.  Paper submissions should be no more than 2500 words
(approximately 10 pages).  The Gender & Ecology Papers will also accept
submissions of visual art (video length 5-10 minutes), poetry and photography
for online publication.  It is through these multiple forms of expression that
we wish to promote creative thought and discourse surrounding this issue's
topic of gender, health and chemical consumption.

Deadline: Article abstracts are due by January 30th, 2009. Final documents are
due by February 28th, 2009.

Contact:
Stephanie Peleshok
Administrative Assistant.
National Network on Environments and Women's Health
5021 TEL Building, York University
4700 Keele Street
North York, ON
Canada
M3J 1P3
tel:  416-736-2100 Ext. 55772
fax: 416-736-5986
nnewh1@xxxxxxxx
www.nnewh.org

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8.
Impact! The Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership

The Network is partnering with The Co-operators to bring together 180
undergraduate students with a passion for sustainability from all areas
of study across Canada. All expenses will be paid. Please forward this
note to your students and to colleagues in other faculties. Further
details are below and on the conference website
<http://www.impactyouthsustainability.ca>.

*Impact! The Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership*
http://www.impactyouthsustainability.ca

Achieving sustainability requires a multi-disciplinary approach and a
broad social commitment. It also requires the energy and passion of youth.

That's why The Co-operators has launched an unprecedented partnership of
business, academia and non-government organisations to bring together
students from all fields of study from across Canada to develop and
implement real sustainability solutions for their current lives and
their future careers.

All conference related expenses will be covered for selected
participants. Their contribution is time and commitment.

    * September 24-27th, 2009 at the University of Guelph in Guelph,
      Ontario
    * 180 university & college students from across Canada
    * Explore tangible multi-industry and sector sustainability
      solutions with national business and academic leaders
    * Build networks and develop skills to lead sustainability
      initiatives long after the conference
    * Excited, empowered & equipped for change

*Conference partners*: The Co-operators, Research Network for Business
Sustainability, David Suzuki Foundation, The Natural Step, the
University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, AIESEC, Coopsco, the
University of Saskatchewan's Centre for the Study of Co-operatives and
the Richard Ivey School of Business.

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9.
ASSU hosts:
Townhall: Overcoming the Financial Barriers to Post-Secondary Education

Jan 28, 3-5pm @ SS 2102

Students, education policy experts, staff and faculty will come together to discuss how best to tackle the financial barriers to postsecondary education at a town hall meeting on January 28.

Among the topics being addressed are the relationship between tuition and access to postsecondary education, possible improvements to financial aid and changes to tuition fee structures that would enhance access, and the best ways to ensure that qualified students are able to attend university. The town hall is presented by the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Arts and Science Students? Union (ASSU).

more info http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=55589224466

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