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All You Need Is Love
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“All You Need is Love” sang John Lennon, but was he right? And what sort of love did he mean? A hundred years earlier, Tennyson wrote, “’Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never to have loved at all.” Was he right? Many would say yes, but others, hurt ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 27 (8 sessions, no class May 30)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S19
Category: Literature
Moderator/s: Peter Austin
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Amazing, Creative Nature
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This will be a journey to explore the fascinating life of organisms and marvel at their amazing ability to adapt to their living environment or to extreme environmental conditions. Find out how animals and plants can survive in the desert or the arctic, or why a plant can be a carnivore. ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: June 5 – 26 (4 sessions)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 p.m.– 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $56.00
Course Number: S07
Category: Science
Lecture/s: Christine Dimanche
Term: Spring 2017
limited spaces
America First: A Comparative Study of U.S. Foreign Policy between the Interwar Years (1919-1939) & the Trump Era
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On Inauguration Day, Donald J. Trump uttered his now famous, “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.” It was a central theme to his presidential bid and his rallying cry of “America first” is likely to shape the next four to eight years. The ... read full description
Limited to 165 participants
Dates: May 6, 13, June 3–24 (6 sessions, no classes May 20 or 27)
Time: Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: ENGLG14
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: S61
Category: History
Lecture/s: Olivier Courteaux
Term: Spring 2017
limited spaces
America’s Concerns: How the Movies Have Tackled Issues That Matter to the Voting Public
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The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign raised many issues that galvanized and split the American voting public, from the longstanding ones of abortion rights and environmental protections to more recent concerns, such as terrorism, media bias, illegal immigration, and the plight of the working ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 5 – June 30 (8 sessions, no class June 2)
Time: Fridays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S56
Category: Film
Lecture/s: Shlomo Schwartzberg
Term: Spring 2017
limited spaces
Ancient Near Eastern Art
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Learn about the ancient cultures of the Near East through important pieces of their art, and see how it reflects their religion, politics, world views, and sense of esthetics. We will look at prehistoric art as far back as 10,500 BCE, as well as the Early, Middle, and Late Bronze Ages, and on up ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 26 (7 sessions, no classes May 22 or 29)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $83.00
Course Number: S05
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Lecture/s: David Lipovitch
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Around the World and its Religions in Eight Days
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Let’s take a trip around the world to visit its religions, a journey that will be both sublime and stormy. With religious controversy now an important factor in the 21st century, the complexities involved and the knowledge required to understand the conflict can be overwhelming. ... read full description
Limited to 80 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 27 (8 sessions, no class May 30)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S11
Category: Cultural Studies
Lecture/s: Anthony Muhitch
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Art and Science of Possibility, The
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Happiness and positivity, the research suggests, not only will make a person feel better, but also will boost his or her energy, creativity, and immune system, foster better relationships, and fuel higher productivity, as well as lead to a longer life. We will look at the hidden power of ... read full description
Limited to 16 participants
Dates: May 2 – 23 (4 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: CED303
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: S15
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Moderator/s: Lillian Mills
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
As Time Goes By: The Use of Time in Movies
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Unlike live theatre, which we experience in real time, movies aren’t perceived in that way. They may be watched in real time, but the stories expand and compress how we perceive time. By looking at films that use time travel (Back to the Future, La jetée), flashbacks ... read full description
Limited to 66 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 8 (4 sessions; no class May 11 or June 1)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: VIC501
Fee: $56.00
Course Number: S46
Category: Film
Lecture/s: Kevin Courrier
Term: Spring 2017
class full
Baycrest Presents: Understanding Your Brain
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Join Baycrest postdoctoral fellows and students as we uncover the mysteries behind the most advanced computer on earth – your brain! In this fascinating eight- session course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of cognitive processes that underlie all human life and the brain ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 29 (8 sessions, no class June 1)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S40
Category: Science
Lecture/s: Jordana Wynn and various lecturers
Term: Spring 2017
class full
Beatles and Their World, The
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This course will track the musical development of the Beatles, starting from the earliest days in Liverpool and Hamburg, moving through the excitement of Beatlemania, the rush of psychedelia, and the maturity of Abbey Road. While the focus will be on the music, we will also consider how ... read full description
Limited to 90 participants
Dates: May 5 – June 23 (7 sessions, no class June 2)
Time: Fridays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC608
Fee: $83.00
Course Number: S58
Category: Music
Lecture/s: Mike Daley
Term: Spring 2017
class full
Becoming Comfortable with Your iPad
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Do you wish that you knew more about your iPad? This course, for people with iPads using the latest operating system (iOS 9.x or 10.x), will review the settings options and explain the programs that come with your iPad, such as Memos, Calendar, Music, Cameras, FaceTime, Mail, Safari, and ... read full description
Limited to 16 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 28 (8 sessions, no class May 31)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC208
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S34
Category: Technology
Moderator/s: Dorothy Rubinoff
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Beyond Automatic Point-and-Shoot Photography
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This is a course for those who want more control over their photos by going beyond just using the automatic settings of their camera. It does not matter if participants have a point-and-shoot camera (as long as it allows setting aperture and shutter speed), a bridge camera (super-zoom), ... read full description
Limited to 14 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 14 (6 sessions, no class May 31)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC208
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S24
Category: Pastimes
Moderator/s: Harold Hutner and Edward Zamble
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Book Talk
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Come and join the discussion about books in this lively, thought-provoking group where we explore, debate and enjoy an assortment of novels and biographies. The book for the first class will be The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant. Books for the remaining classes will be ... read full description
Limited to 16 participants
Dates: May 3, 17, and June 7 (3 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: VIC208
Fee: $35.00
Course Number: S29
Category: Literature
Moderator/s: Lindy Small and Deborah Wingate
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Carol Shields and the Art of Writing NEW
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Carol Shields is one of Canada’s most gifted and honoured writers. In this course, we will examine some of her ideas about the art of writing, gathered from years of teaching creative writing and contained in her book Startle and Illuminate. We will also see how she applied these
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Dates: May 3 – 24 (4 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: S30
Category: Literature
Moderator/s: Ralph Wintrob; Assistant Moderator: Simon Pearson
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Change City: Exploring Toronto’s Cultural Neighbourhoods
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Trend-forward art galleries, cafes and eateries and independent, design-inflected boutiques are bellwethers of Toronto’s evolution. Beginning with an overview lecture, to be followed by five neighborhood walks, this course highlights the new and transitional while honouring ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 3, 10, 24, 31 and June 14, 21 (6 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.*
Location: VIC206 - MAY 3 ONLY
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: S35
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Lecture/s: Betty Ann Jordan
Term: Spring 2017
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Change City: Exploring Toronto’s Cultural Neighbourhoods
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Trend-forward art galleries, cafes and eateries and independent, design-inflected boutiques are bellwethers of Toronto’s evolution. Beginning with an overview lecture, to be followed by five neighborhood walks, this course highlights the new and transitional while honouring ... read full description
Limited to 39 participants
Dates: May 5, 12, 26, June 9, 16 and 23 (6 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.*
Location: VIC103 - MAY 5 ONLY
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: S63
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Lecture/s: Betty Ann Jordan
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Chess for Beginners
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If you have always wanted to learn to play chess, or you did learn but you could use a review from the start, this course may be for you. It will begin with the basics: the layout of the board; how each of the pieces move; special and exceptional moves; the promotion of pawns; the object(s) of ... read full description
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (7 sessions, no class May 30)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $55.00
Course Number: S20
Category: Pastimes
Moderator/s: Byron Wall
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Chess Strategy and Tactics
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This course is intended for participants who know the basics of how to play chess and want to improve their playing and their understanding of this ancient and ever-challenging game. Classes will examine some features of the three major parts of the game—opening, middle game, ... read full description
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (7 sessions, no class May 30)
Time: Tuesdays, 4:10 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $55.00
Course Number: S23
Category: Pastimes
Moderator/s: Byron Wall
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Colour and Music in the Art of Chagall
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An exciting exhibition focusing on Chagall is currently on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, organized in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Large scale and multidisciplinary, it explores, for the first time, the importance of music for Marc Chagall (1887-1985). ... read full description
Limited to 83 participants
Dates: June 8 – 29 (3 sessions, No class June 15)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: KHE221
Fee: $47.00
Course Number: S49
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Lecture/s: Osnat Lippa
Term: Spring 2017
class full
Condominiums: All You Need to Know
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Condo life can be great. Or, not so good. Whether you're (a) considering a lifestyle change from your single-family home or rental apartment or (b) already living in a condominium, this expanded eight-part course will answer all your questions, and many more you may not have thought ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 3 – July 5 (8 sessions, no class May 31 and June 21)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC202
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S25
Category: Law
Lecture/s: Alan Rosenberg
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Contemporary Legal Issues in Canada
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This course is designed for those who are concerned about current legal issues that appear daily in our local newspapers. The topics selected are those that are changing Canadian society and impact upon our daily lives; these include the proposed marijuana legislation, freedom of speech, or ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 14 (6 sessions, no class May 31)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: VIC200
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S31
Category: Law
Moderator/s: Sandra Kingston and Alex Borman
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Creating Photobooks
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Create Photobooks and have a hard copy of your photos. While it is nice to have some pictures on our phones to share, many of us have so many photos from a particular occasion (e.g., a trip, birthday party, family event) that it would be better to have them all arranged in a printed ... read full description
Limited to 6 participants
Dates: May 1 – 15 & June 12 (4 sessions, no classes May 22, 29 or June 5)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 p.m.– 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: S08
Category: Pastimes
Moderator/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Creative Writing Workshop
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This workshop is designed for those with little or no writing experience who just want to have fun with words. Participants will write short fictional pieces, both in class and at home, focusing on specific aspects of writing. There will be in-class group work where appropriate. Some pieces will ... read full description
Limited to 20 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 14 (6 sessions, no class May 31)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S32
Category: Writing
Moderator/s: Diane Schulman
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Current Events and Politics
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Here’s a course that will keep you up to date with the current happenings and larger political developments in Canada – from the local, to the provincial, to the federal issues that affect our daily lives and our country’s future. Class members will be encouraged to research ... read full description
Dates: May 4 – June 29 (8 sessions, no class June 1)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S41
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Moderator/s: David Fleming
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Cyber Security and the Balance between State Security and Privacy
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The computer-savvy can now purchase software on the Internet that can hack into anyone's smartphone or laptop at will. And sophisticated state-sponsored actors can launch a malicious cyber attack to severely disrupt another country's infrastructure without warning or leaving a trace (i.e. ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 19 (6 sessions, no classes May 22 or 29)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC101
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S01
Category: Technology
Moderator/s: George Menzel
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Democratic Republic of Congo, the Richest Country in the World: Its Past, Present and Future
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While much of what we hear about Africa is negative, yet Democratic Republic of Congo with its unlimited resources may act as a stimulus for peace and prosperity throughout the continent and take an important place on the world stage. From the ancient kingdoms to the current presidency of ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 29 (8 sessions, no class June 1)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC303
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S42
Category: Cultural Studies
Moderator/s: Philip Wood
Term: Spring 2017
class full
Dilemmas in the News
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Almost every day the morning papers and newscasts present us with global, national, and local issues that clearly have two (or more) sides. This term, dilemmas such as how to manage European migration, Brexit, Canada’s role in Syria, relationships with Russia, the leadership of the ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 14 (6 sessions, no class May 31)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S26
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Moderator/s: Diane Schulman
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Drawing on Location
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Freehand drawing is a natural means of gathering information and communicating our findings. This is particularly true of on-site drawing. This is an intermediate level course; keeping this in mind, come and pick up where you left off. Please bring whatever materials you already own. The ... read full description
Limited to 23 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 26 (7 sessions, no classes May 22 or 29)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 p.m.– 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC110
Fee: $88.00
Course Number: S09
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Lecture/s: Sue Ericsson
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Economist Seminar, The
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Our stimulating discussions are based on articles from this prestigious and influential magazine. The topics dealt with are broad in scope: issues relating to nations, the economy, the arts, science, and the people influencing these concerns. We will focus on specific articles that the ... read full description
Limited to 33 participants
Dates: May 5 – June 30 (8 sessions, no class June 2)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S53
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Moderator/s: Lloyd Cadsby and Jay Waterman
Term: Spring 2017
class full
Exploring Spirituality
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However you describe or experience it, whether you are exploring your sense of spirit for the first time or have long felt the connection, this course will provide a framework and opportunity to examine and reflect on your own spiritual nature. Through teaching stories, small group discussion, ... read full description
Limited to 22 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 13 (6 sessions, no class May 30)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.
Location: VIC209
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S16
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Moderator/s: Rhonda Albert
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
EXTRA! EXTRA! Glengarry Glen Ross
by David Mamet and directed by our own Harvey Levkoe, open to all LIFE Members.
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This engrossing Pulitzer Prize-winning play showcases four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are willing to commit any unethical and illegal acts to sell undesirable properties to unwitting prospective buyers. The men are forced to compete as they must be top salesmen or be fired. The ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: April 24, May 1 and 8 (3 sessions)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.; Theatre Date: Thursday, May 4, 8:00 p.m.
Location: CED303
Fee: $55.00
Course Number: S06
Category: Theatre
Moderator/s: Harvey Levkoe
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Fascinating Cities Where East Meets West
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We’ll be off to explore eight cities, often descibed as crossroads, where the inhabitants of east and west meet and merge with fascinating cultural results. Practical advice will be given about how to get there and what you might expect to see in case they’re on your bucket list! ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 26 (7 sessions, no classes May 22 or 29)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC303
Fee: $55.00
Course Number: S02
Category: Cultural Studies
Moderator/s: Philip Wood
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Freedom of Speech
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In the last year, the media have been full of stories about threats to freedom of expression or speech, campus restrictions on free speech, a dramatic increase in hate speech, to say nothing of “fake news” and so-called “alternative facts.”  Freedom of expression ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 15 (6 sessions, no class June 1)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC608
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: S43
Category: Law
Lecture/s: Eric Gertner
Term: Spring 2017
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Future of Humanity: From Homo Erraticus to Homo Deus, The
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This course will take us on a fascinating journey to explore the future of the human species. Humanity is merging with what futurists call “inorganic life” to create a new species of creature, “Homo Deus.” At the same time, intelligence has split from ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 5 – June 30 (8 sessions, no class June 2)
Time: Fridays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S59
Category: Cultural Studies
Lecture/s: David Chandross
Term: Spring 2017
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Georgia O’Keeffe
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Georgia O’Keeffe, unique and powerful, is considered by many to be the greatest female artist of the 20th century. This spring/summer a very important exhibition at the AGO, in partnership with Tate Modern, will present a major retrospective, featuring 100 of her works. The exhibit ... read full description
Limited to 114 participants
Dates: May 4 – 18 (3 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: KHE221
Fee: $47.00
Course Number: S50
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Lecture/s: Osnat Lippa
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
GET HAPPY! Songs from the Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals
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Here’s your invitation on a journey through the most iconic movie songs and classic scenes from Hollywood’s Golden Age. We’ll explore and enjoy many of the most uplifting, life-affirming, smile-inducing popular songs and scenes created by America’s greatest songwriters ... read full description
Limited to 80 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 27 (8 sessions, no class May 30)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: KHE127
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S17
Category: Music
Lecture/s: Jordan Klapman
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Stanley Kubrick
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In this course, we will examine the films of Stanley Kubrick, analyzing the director’s visual style and key recurring themes, as well as placing his career in the larger context of twentieth century cinema. Among the classic films, we will look at Paths of Glory, Lolita, A ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 27 (8 sessions, no class May 30)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S18
Category: Film
Lecture/s: Adam Nayman
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Ideas That Keep Redefining Human Civilizations: Freedom, Equality, and Justice
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Over the past 10,000 years, human civilizations have been defined and redefined by fundamental ideas and forces that have led to the formation of institutions and myriad rules and laws that govern societies at all levels, as well as to conflict and the use and abuse of others. This course ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 22 (7 sessions, no class June 1)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $83.00
Course Number: S51
Category: Cultural Studies
Lecture/s: Sehdev Kumar
Term: Spring 2017
limited spaces
Indigenous Issue, An: Clean, Safe Water
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Water is critical to life, and yet third-world conditions exist in regards to water in our own country. For example, two-thirds of all First Nation communities in Canada have been under at least one drinking water advisory for conditions such as bad pipe connections, low pressure, ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: May 3 – 17 (3 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC209
Fee: $35.00
Course Number: S36
Category: Cultural Studies
Moderator/s: Carolynn Bett
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Industrialization of Canada, The NEW
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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The Industrial Revolution was underway in Europe well before Confederation. The Canadian colony, which already had developed a resource-based economy, continued to feed the needs of industrialized countries after 1867. We will discuss some of the aspects of life that changed in Canada ... read full description
Dates: May 4 – June 15 (6 sessions, no class June 1)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S47
Category: History
Moderator/s: Geoff Kemp
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Influence of Jewish Culture on North American Entertainment: From Stage to Screen, The
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Jewish people dominate the field of comedy, and this course will examine how pervasive and enjoyable that influence has been. We will start by examining famous stand-up comedians of yesteryear, like Alan King, Jack Benny, and Joan Rivers, and then move on to contemporary comedians like Amy ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: May 16, 23, June 6–27 (6 sessions, no class May 30)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: S21
Category: Cultural Studies
Lecture/s: Jack Newman
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Introduction to Geology: Discovering the Natural Physical World
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Did you know that the base of a mighty mountain range remains as the Thousand Islands or that the Niagara Escarpment is the shore of an ancient tropical sea? The natural physical environment of Ontario and North America is truly a treasure. People travel miles to stand in awe of monuments ... read full description
Limited to 50 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 27 (8 sessions, no class May 30)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC303
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S12
Category: Science
Moderator/s: David Corkill
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Is Toronto an Age-Friendly City?
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Toronto ranks 8 out of 10 in a poll assessing Canadian cities on “Age Friendliness,” a framework developed by the World Health Organization which measures key variables such as access to affordable housing, low-cost transportation, health care and home care, and healthy food. We, as ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 15 (6 sessions, no class June 1)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC101
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: S52
Category: Cultural Studies
Moderator/s: Adina Lebo
Term: Spring 2017
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Leaving a Legacy: Your Life Story
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You don’t have to be famous to have an interesting life story that deserves to be told and will be treasured – as a one-of-a-kind legacy – by those you love today and heirs you will never meet. In bygone days, this happened naturally because handwritten letters were passed ... read full description
Limited to 17 participants
Dates: May 5 – June 30 (8 sessions, no class June 2)
Time: Fridays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: VIC200
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S57
Category: Writing
Moderator/s: Terry Poulton and Tamara Handler
Term: Spring 2017
class full
Light and the Older Eye: Steps to Healthy Visual Aging
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Is aging all a down-hill journey for our eyes? This course will introduce you to what happens to the human eye over the course of normal aging, how this impacts our day-to-day living and how, by understanding these changes, we can take steps to make our living space more eye-friendly. A major ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 7 (5 sessions, no class May 31)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC202
Fee: $45.00
Course Number: S37
Category: Science
Moderator/s: Frances Wilkinson
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Light Up Your Life and Your Brain
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You can teach an old dog new tricks! Neuroscience and the emerging discoveries about brain plasticity demonstrate that what we think and how we think actually changes the structure of our brain. Aging can be stressful – and now we can rewire our brains by learning new skills ... read full description
Limited to 29 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 28 (8 sessions, no class May 31)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: CED303 & RAC STUDIO
Fee: $72.00
Course Number: S27
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Moderator/s: Judy Steed
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Long Term Care Planning: What is it and Why Should I Care?
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Most people are afraid of dying, but what about living? What if we live “too long”? Any of us can face illness or disability resulting in the need for years of care. Services and support are available, but where are they? What do they cost? Too much doom and gloom? Not in this ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 5 – June 16 (6 sessions, no class June 2)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC209
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: S54
Category: Health
Lecture/s: Karen Henderson
Term: Spring 2017
spaces available
Muslim Women: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
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For fourteen centuries, the Quran, as the guiding book for Muslims, was interpreted solely by men. Everything was filtered through male intellect – even women’s issues. So, men have always told Muslim women about being women. This has led to western misconceptions about the roles ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 28 (8 sessions, no class May 31)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S28
Category: Cultural Studies
Lecture/s: Raheel Raza and Uzma Siddiqui
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Overview of Wills in Estate Planning, An
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This course will provide participants with an overview of the basic concepts of wills. This knowledge will assist you in planning your own affairs and in understanding your professional advisors. As well as moderator-led presentations with time for questions and answers, three invited experts ... read full description
Dates: May 4 – June 15 (6 sessions, no class June 1)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S44
Category: Law
Moderator/s: Gordon Cooper
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Patient’s History of Medicine, A: The Medicalization of Life
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Our ideas about medicine are the product of thousands of years of history and tradition. Examining that history from the point of view of patients can help us to understand more about the place of medicine and healthcare in our own lives today. This course will lead us through a history full ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (7 sessions, no class May 30)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC101
Fee: $83.00
Course Number: S22
Category: Health
Lecture/s: Sholom Glouberman
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Photoshop Elements: Basic
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If you would like to improve your photography editing skills, then this hands-on course is for you. Learn how to use some of the basic digital photo editing and enhancing capabilities of Photoshop Elements (PSE). You’ll be introduced to a variety of the program’s techniques from ... read full description
Limited to 10 participants
Dates: May 1 – 15, June 12 &19 (5 sessions, no classes May 22, 29, June 5)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC208
Fee: $45.00
Course Number: S03
Category: Pastimes
Moderator/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Poetry in the Spring
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This course will provide participants with an opportunity for personal responses to the poems shared in class. We will look at different poetic forms, from sonnets to lyric ballads, and examine some of the methods poets use to achieve their purpose. We will consider everything from ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 19 (6 sessions, no classes May 22 or 29)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 p.m.– 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S10
Category: Literature
Moderator/s: John Pluscauskas
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Politics, People, and Other Issues
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We face many important and challenging issues today, issues that will have far-reaching impact on our lives. We focus in this group on the fundamental questions and key people driving these world events. We welcome opposing views, which make for a stimulating dialogue, carried on in a collegial ... read full description
Limited to 33 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 26 (7 sessions, no classes May 22 or 29)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC110
Fee: $55.00
Course Number: S04
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Moderator/s: Lloyd Cadsby and Jay Waterman
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Re-Imagining Children’s Literature NEW
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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Children's literature is often the backbone of one's reading life, but what's happening in the world of children's books now? And how do those old chestnuts that we read with such hunger when we were young read now? This course will provide participants with the opportunity both to re-visit some ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 5 – June 30 (8 sessions, no class June 2)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S55
Category: Literature
Lecture/s: Jeffrey Canton
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Religion and Myth in the Ancient Near East
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This course deals with the interplay of religion and myth in the Ancient Near East. The course is arranged thematically and compares concepts such as creation, birth and death, and how they affected the everyday people. It is illustrated throughout with vivid PowerPoint presentations and ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 29 (8 sessions, no class June 1)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S48
Category: Cultural Studies
Lecture/s: Dr. Douglas Frayne
Term: Spring 2017
spaces available
Roll Over Beethoven
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Let’s revisit the legends of rock n’ roll as we trace the first fifteen years of the history of this marvellous music. With plenty of classic tunes coming at you every step of the way, the course will examine the roots of rock n’ roll – how it evolved out of the ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (7 sessions, no class May 31)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $83.00
Course Number: S38
Category: Music
Lecture/s: Tom Plewman
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Sorting Out Your Photographs: An Introduction (JUNE)
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You now have many photos stored in your camera … what comes next? This course will teach you how to get photos from your camera to your computer and how to name and organize them. You will also learn how to e-mail photos and search for photos that have previously been filed.
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Limited to 6 participants
Dates: June 14 (1 session)
Time: Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $25.00
Course Number: S33
Category: Pastimes
Moderator/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2017
class full
Sorting Out Your Photographs: An Introduction (MAY)
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You now have many photos stored in your camera … What comes next? This course will teach you how to get photos from your camera to your computer and also name and organize them. You will also learn how to e-mail photos and how to search for photos that have previously been filed.
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Limited to 7 participants
Dates: May 16 (1 session)
Time: Tuesday, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $25.00
Course Number: S13
Category: Pastimes
Moderator/s: Harold Hutner
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Spring and Summer Walks 2017
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Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.
(Wellness Guru Carrie Latet)

“LIFE Walks -- friendliest course ever!”
(LIFE walkers!)

Healthy exercise,
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Limited to 250 participants
Dates: Tuesdays and Fridays (exact dates TBA)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Location: Various GTA locations
Fee: $25.00
Course Number: S62
Category: Walks
Coordinator/s: LIFE Walks Committee
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Stratford Festival Preview
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These spirited lectures will enrich your theatre‐going experience. Talks on selected plays being offered this season at the Stratford Festival will be spiced with lively anecdotes, readings, short scene presentations, discussions, and background information on authors and theatre ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: April 25 – May 16 (4 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon*
Location: VIC502
Fee: $78.00
Course Number: S14
Category: Theatre
Lecture/s: Vrenia Ivonoffski
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
Technology and Society: The Connected Technology Revolution
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The intersection between technology and human society has driven economic and social modernization. And the increasing pace of innovation in technology has led to improved quality of life, made communication easier, and ensured economic progress. However, as technology and innovation increases, ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 29 (8 sessions, no class June 1)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Location: VIC101
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S45
Category: Technology
Lecture/s: Mohamed Elmi
Term: Spring 2017
spaces available
Theatre Alive!
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Midsummer (a play with songs)
By David Greig and Gordon McIntyre
(Toronto English-language premiere)
Midsummer’s weekend in Edinburgh. It’s raining. Bob’s a failing car salesman ... read full description
Limited to 53 participants
Dates: May 17, May 31, June 14, 2017
Time: Wednesday afternoon (see times above)
Location: Various GTA Theatres (see above)
Fee: $100.00
Course Number: S39
Category: Theatre
Moderator/s: Rayna Jolley, assisted by David Alexandor
Term: Spring 2017
registration closed
U.S.–China Relationship, The: A History
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From the first formal diplomatic relations established between the U.S. and China in the 1840s to the election of Donald Trump, what many describe as one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world has evolved into a complex mix of economic partnership, growing rivalry, and ... read full description
Limited to 165 participants
Dates: May 6, 13, June 3–24 (6 sessions, no classes May 20 or 27)
Time: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: ENGLG14
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: S60
Category: History
Lecture/s: Olivier Courteaux
Term: Spring 2017
limited spaces