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CUYR Speakers’ Series #1: How has the global pandemic impacted the lives of children and youth

Updated: Dec 6, 2022

The Centre for Urban Youth Research (CUYR) is hosting a virtual speakers’ series from March through May 2022 that will address multiple overlapping issues concerning young people’s well-being, meaningful engagement, and struggles for social justice.

With the first event on March 3rd, we will open up a discussion with the involvement of youth scholars and activists from Canada, Australia, and the US, pursuing the following question: How has the global pandemic impacted the lives of children and youth across the world in the areas of mental health, domestic violence, access to education, and unemployment?

We will discuss the question with the most recent research findings on how COVID-19 affects childhood, the lives of young women, youth of colour and other marginalized youth from diverse geographies.


Michelle Fine, Professor, City University of New York, USA

Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies, American Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center at CUNY. Her primary research interest is the study of social injustice: when injustice appears as fair or deserved, when it is resisted, and how it is negotiated by those who pay the most serious price for social inequities.

Julie Garlen, Assoc. Professor, Carleton University, Canada

Julie C. Garlen is an Associate Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Previously, she worked in the U.S. South as an elementary school teacher and an early childhood teacher educator. Her current research is focused on how the Western myth of childhood innocence informs work with and understandings of children and schooling in North American contexts.

Lucas Walsh, Professor, Monash University, Australia

Lucas Walsh is Professor of Education Policy and Practice, Youth Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. He is currently director of the Monash Centre for Youth Policy & Education Practice. He is exploring responses to the questions: what does the world beyond school look like for young people and what types of education and training do they need to navigate it?


Sophie Handford

Sophie Handford, one of the activist affiliates of CUYR, is the founder of School Strike 4 Climate NZ and New Zealand’s youngest elected councillor.

Lucien Baskin

Lucien Baskin is a doctoral student in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. He is a co-chair of the students committee of the American Studies Association and organizer with Free CUNY, as well as abolitionist campaigns and organizations across the city.

Date & time:

Thursday, March 3, 2022, 6:00 pm (North America, EST)

Friday, March 4, 2022, 10:00 am (Australian EDT).

Register for the Zoom log-in details!


Centre For Urban Youth Research Team

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