Tag Archives: social reform

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.
Established in 1991 by Parliament, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.
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Black History Month featured fonds: Lee and Grace Lorch

Lee Lorch is a mathematician, social activist and a retired member of York University’s faculty.
From 1942-1943, Lorch worked as a mathematician for the US National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. He married Grace Lonergan, a school teacher from Boston on 24 … Continue reading

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In Memorium: Rabbi Gunther Plaut (1 November 1912 – 8 February 2012)

Rabbi Wolf Gunther Plaut was a Reform rabbi and author.  An important figure in the history of the Jewish community in Toronto, he served as rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple from 1961 to 1977 and later as a Rabbi Emeritus … Continue reading

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Recent Acquistion: Historical studies of Roma Travellers in Britain

Here is a recent aquisition to York University’s Special Collections: a 1831 publication by James Crabb regarding the Roma and Traveller communities of Britain. The Gipsies’ advocate  is an excellent example of a body of literature dedicated to the ‘problem’ … Continue reading

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