altcampustourAre you interested in uncovering alternative campus narratives? Join FES Professor Anders Sandberg on this Jane’s Walk of the York University campus.

Post secondary institutions are oftentimes viewed as “ivory towers”, distinct from the larger community and overall human experience. For many people, Universities and Colleges are the backdrop of their fondest memories, critical social debates, thought experiments, character development and community building. Besides being halls of higher learning, campuses are also important cultural sites. The Alternative Campus Tour uncovers un- and under-told stories delivered by professors, students, neighbours and writers.

As a tourist you will get an insider perspective behind the highly publicized “Middle East War” which took place in Vari Hall, hear the concerns of women studying on a campus originally built for men and cars, discover the First Nations past and present presence on and around campus, see the trails and the hole dug by Jane and Finch community resident Elton McDonald of the Black Creek Parklands, visit one of the picket lines occupied by recent striking academic workers on Shoreham Drive, and discuss the merits of sport spectacles such as the Rogers Cup and the Pan Am & Parapan American Games at the Rexall Centre. For a selection of some of the sites visited on this and past tours, check out the Alternative Campus Tour website at http://alternativecampustour.info.yorku.ca

The tour will last three hours and begins at 1:00 pm at  York University. We’ll be meeting  at the water fountain in front of Vari Hall (close to the bus depot) on York Boulevard. We will tour various sites on campus and then close the tour with participant stories and observations. For those who complete the walk, refreshments will be served.

For more information about this and other Jane’s Walks from May 1st to 3rd, visit http://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/