/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Augustine Chair in Education in the New Urban Environment launches at York U/

    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - A new research Chair that will explore education
in the new urban environment launches at York University on Wednesday, June
    The Jean Augustine Chair in Education in the New Urban Environment, named
after the first black woman elected to Canadian Parliament, will encourage the
type of interdisciplinary research needed to understand educational challenges
in cities and to effect change.
    The new appointment will respond to the latest thinking in academic
circles about urban diversity and will look beyond traditional markers to
determine how students learn best in an urban environment. New research will
consider the effects of family, neighbourhood, social cohesion, housing,
poverty, urban design, religion, architecture, technology and other factors
that shape student academic success.
    The Chair will be based at York's Faculty of Education and will be
reserved for a senior academic with a strong research background and expertise
in urban issues.
    Jean Augustine and Paul Axelrod, dean of York's Faculty of Education,
will be available to answer questions from the media.

    Attention Photo Editors:

    Four school groups - the Shoreham Steel Pans, the Derrydown Drummers, the
    Topcliff Dancers and the Firgrove Steel Pans - will perform at the event.

    What:   Launch of the Jean Augustine Chair in Education in the New Urban

    When:   Wednesday, June 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Where:  Foyer of the Technology Enhanced Learning building at
            York's Keele campus (number 39 on the York U map).
            For link to map visit:

    York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching
university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the
undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canada's most international city.
The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic
academic community of 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well as
more than 200,000 alumni worldwide. York's 11 faculties and 24 research
centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary,
cutting across traditional academic boundaries. This distinctive and
collaborative approach is preparing students for the future and bringing fresh
insights and solutions to real-world challenges. York University is an
autonomous, not-for-profit corporation.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Killeen Kelly, Media Relations,
York University, (416) 736-2100 x22938, killeenk@yorku.ca

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