Fonds F0229 - Mildred Bakan fonds

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Mildred Bakan fonds

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28.2 m of textual records
6 audio cassettes

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Mildred Bakan (15 October 1922-7 August 2010) , Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Social Science at York University, was an author, teacher, scholar, and community activist, and was one of the first female philosophy academics in Canada.

Born in New York City, she moved to Iowa City to obtain a MA in Psychology (1945) from the State University in Iowa. Four years later, she completed a PhD in philophy from Ohio State University. During this time, she married David Bakan in 1948 with whom she would have six children. From 1968 until her retirement she taught philosophy and social science at York University in Toronto, Ontario.

Bakan's areas of research interest include phenomenology and Marxism, political economy, history and philosophy of science, German classical idealism, and issues in political ecology. Her service to the community includes involvement with the Multi-Age Group unit (an experimental school under the administration of the North York Board of Education), the North York Seed (an extra curricular high school program), and the Advisory Board City School (an alternative high school under the administration of the Toronto Board of Education).

She is a member of the following honor societies: the Phi Beta Kappa, the Sigma Xi (honorary science), and the PiMu Epsilon (honorary mathematics).

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Fonds consists of the professorial records of Bakan's professorial work and academic research, including drafts of manuscripts, completed writings, correspondence, notes lecture, notes and other teaching files. Records also relate to her and her husband's involvement with inner-city Black youth and their draft dodging in the 1960s.

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Fonds consists of the following accessions: 2001-061, 2002-009, and 2007-015.

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Finding contains language from the era in which it was written including historical, unclear, or biased terminology.

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2007/02/15 S. Dubeau. Created.
2019/03/25 KCP. Created fonds level description. Uploaded legacy file inventory for 2001-061 and 2002-009 as PDF document.
2020/03/28 KCP. Added access point(s).
2020/10/28 KCP. Added historical language note.
2023/07/07 KCP. Updated restrictions note (removed in 2007).

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  • English


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