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Afternoon Tea and Tour at the Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
SPECIAL EVENT
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A century of heritage and tradition awaits you at Ontario’s Legislature. Enter an atmosphere of elegance and refinement as you step back in time with this special program. Learn about the building’s history and architecture in a one-hour guided tour, followed by historical vignettes ... read full description
Limited to 50 participants
Dates: Friday, June 8
Time: *2 p.m.—4 p.m.
Location: The Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Fee: $30.00
Course Number: S55
Category: Miscellaneous
Coordinator/s: John Webb
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Age of the Pharaohs: A History of Ancient Egypt
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Spanning more than 3000 years, ancient Egypt is among the greatest civilizations the world has known. Join us for a whirlwind journey – from the time before the pyramids through the birth of language and religious thought, through the Valley of the Kings and Tut’s golden treasures ... read full description
Limited to 80 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC203
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S40
Category: History
Lecture/s: Laura Ranieri
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Alternate Cinema: Imagining Movies, Actors, and Filmmakers that Made a Different Impact
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Why aren’t filmmakers Jan Troell, Noah Baumbach, and Philip Kaufman as well-known as directors Ingmar Bergman, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg, despite an equally stellar body of work to their name? How come actors Jessica Lange, Angelica Houston, and Emily Watson, despite some ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 22 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC103
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S52
Category: Film
Lecture/s: Shlomo Schwartzberg
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Altruism: Good Deeds, Good Samaritans, Rescuers, and Charitable Acts and Giving
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This course will explore a variety of issues relating to the concept of altruism – the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others. We will explore the origins of this concept and its relation to evolutionary theory; what constitutes altruistic ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC103
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S37
Category: Ethics/Law
Lecture/s: Eric Gertner
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
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 9 – 30 (4 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: CED303
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: S28
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Moderator/s: Lillian Mills
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Art of Political Cartooning (The)
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This course is a brief introduction to the fascinating world of political cartooning. We'll start with an historical overview, and then examine in more detail the work of two prominent Canadian practitioners, one of whom is still actively skewering those who need it most.

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Limited to 20 participants
Dates: Apr. 30 – May 14 (3 sessions)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $35.00
Course Number: S06
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Moderator/s: Ralph Wintrob
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Assault on the Soul of Islam (The)
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This course will be an eye-opener on the ultra-conservative movements, such as Wahhabism, that have been hijacked by heretics whose deviant practices have distorted Islam. A terrifying form of Islam projected by extremists and so-called “jihadis” is at war not only with the ... read full description
Limited to 35 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 22 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC104
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S49
Category: Cultural Studies
Lecture/s: Uzma Siddiqui
Term: Spring 2018
spaces available
Bach Again
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Johann Sebastian Bach is a towering figure in the history of music. But for the better part of a century after his death, his music was rarely heard in public. Musicians like Mozart and Beethoven studied his music and learned from his example, but the music didn’t win public performance. ... read full description
Limited to 50 participants
Dates: May 22 – June 26 (6 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC103
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S14
Category: Music
Moderator/s: Bob Fabian
Term: Spring 2018
spaces available
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 course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of cognitive processes that underlie all human life and the brain areas that support them. Find ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC206
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S38
Category: Science
Lecture/s: Jordana Wynn
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
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 contemporary novels and biographies. You will be notified of the first book once you have enrolled in the course. Books for the remaining classes will be decided ... read full description
Limited to 16 participants
Dates: May 9, 23, and June 6, 20 (4 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: S29
Category: Literature
Moderator/s: Lindy Small and Deborah Wingate
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Brain, Mind, and the Soul: Medical, Existential, and Psychological Perspectives
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As research and exploration in neurosciences continue to reveal new understandings about the functions and structures of the human brain, we are discovering that the brain is not a machine. It is, instead, a complex organism that itself changes because of thoughts, feelings, memories, and ... read full description
Limited to 100 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC105
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S44
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Lecture/s: Sehdev Kumar
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Building Community and Kinship
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A common factor in studies of centenarians is that people who live longer and more fulfilling lives express a sense of belonging, of being engaged and feeling part of – a community, a family – of something. Two well-known reports which support this claim focus on centenarians ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: May 2 – 23 (4 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: S25
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Moderator/s: Tara Seon
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Composing Photographs
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Over time, photographers have developed ideas about what makes a good photograph. Learning these ideas helps avoid the disappointment from failing to capture what we intended. We will discuss and practice a variety of compositional topics, including camera orientation, effect of zooming, ... read full description
Limited to 12 participants
Dates: May 14 – June 25 (6 sessions, no class May 21)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC208
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S07
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Harold Hutner, Nan Weiner, and Edward Zamble
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Creating Photobooks (MONDAY A.M.)
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Create Photobooks and have a hard copy of your photos. While it is convenient to have 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
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Limited to 7 participants
Dates: May 14 – June 11 (4 sessions, no class May 21)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $30.00
Course Number: S01
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Creating Photobooks (MONDAY P.M.)
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Create Photobooks and have a hard copy of your photos. While it is convenient to have 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 7 participants
Dates: May 28 – June 18 (4 sessions)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $30.00
Course Number: S10
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Creating Photobooks (THURSDAY P.M.)
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Create Photobooks and have a hard copy of your photos. While it is convenient to have 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 7 participants
Dates: May 10 – 31 (4 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $30.00
Course Number: S63
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Diverse Opinions: Commentary from the World Press
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Do you regularly peruse the comments section of the world’s press? Are you interested in world events? The online access we all have to opinion pieces on a daily basis provides us with a source of information unknown even a few years ago. The intention of this course will be to select ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: May 3 – 31 (5 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m
Location: CED303
Fee: $45.00
Course Number: S41
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Moderator/s: Halton Doyle
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Drawing Fundamentals: 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. We will alternate weeks: 1) exploring a principle of drawing in class; 2) followed by a class which takes that principle in and around the Ryerson campus. ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: April 30 – June 25 (8 sessions, no class May 21)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC106
Fee: $97.00
Course Number: S61
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Lecture/s: Sue Ericsson, BFA, SCA
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
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 30 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 29 (9 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC106
Fee: $65.00
Course Number: S50
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Moderator/s: Lloyd Cadsby and Jay Waterman
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Edvard Munch and the Existential Scream
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“I do not believe in the art which is not the compulsive result of Man's urge to open his heart.” This was the powerful manifesto of the symbolist Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944), who was deeply concerned with conveying emotions or ideas in his work and whose ... read full description
Limited to 100 participants
Dates: May 24 – June 14 (4 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC608
Fee: $56.00
Course Number: S45
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Lecture/s: Osnat Lippa
Term: Spring 2018
spaces available
Embrace Your Third Act
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What if the next stage of your life includes your BEST years of all? Longevity is determined by both genes (25%) and lifestyle (75%). You can start paying attention to your health at any age, because you have the capacity to retrain your body, exercise your mind, and maintain a healthy lifestyle ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 5 (6 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $62.00
Course Number: S18
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Moderator/s: Rani Glick
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Evolution of Human Rights (The)
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This course will examine the doctrine of human rights from several perspectives, including its history, the international instruments available, and domestic legislation such as the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Also included will be a comparison ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: May 11 – June 15 (6 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 a.m. – 11: 50 a.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S51
Category: Ethics/Law
Moderator/s: Harvey Savage
Term: Spring 2018
spaces available
Exploring Happiness
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We pursue happiness because it is in our nature as human beings to do so. Evidence now shows that practising happiness skills can change your brain circuits and therefore you can learn to be happy. If we really want to be happier, we need to know what conditions generate happiness and how ... read full description
Limited to 24 participants
Dates: May 11 – June 15 (6 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S53
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Moderator/s: Rhonda Albert
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Extraordinary Canadians World Wide
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This course explores the lives and achievements of acclaimed and controversial Canadians. Perspectives from history, psychology, cultural and media studies will enhance our profiles of Stephen Leacock, Norman Bethune, Lester B. Pearson and Glenn Gould. We will present each person over the course ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC203
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S19
Category: Cultural Studies
Lecture/s: Ruthanne and George Wrobel
Term: Spring 2018
spaces available
Feast Your Eyes on This: Exploring New and Emerging Food Cultures in Toronto, Part II
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In Part 1 of this previously offered course, a myriad of food entrepreneurs and equity proponents shared their personal and inspirational culinary journeys, values, and visions, through short talks, interviews, demos, tastings, and food tours to initiate an informed and meaningful dialogue. ... read full description
Limited to 35 participants
Dates: April 29 – June 24 (8 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Sundays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: POD368
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S59
Category: Pastimes
Lecture/s: Rosalin Krieger
Term: Spring 2018
spaces available
Floating World Culture
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An introduction to life in Edo Period Japan through “ukiyo-e” – the art of the floating world

Japan’s Edo Period (1603-1867) was a period of peace and stability that followed a long period of civil war. Commerce and the arts flourished. The middle ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: Apr. 30 – June 11 (6 sessions, no class May 21)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC200
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S11
Category: Cultural Studies
Moderator/s: Carol Dorman
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Football (Soccer): A National Mirror
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In a few weeks the greatest sporting event in the world will take place in Russia: The 2018 World Cup of Soccer. More than 3.5 billion people (half the world’s population) watched the 2014 edition in Brazil. Forty-eight nations are competing for world supremacy of the ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S33
Category: Cultural Studies
Moderator/s: Amnon Zohar
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
From Here to There and Back Again, Part II: Jews in Arab Lands
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The experiences of life in Moslem countries for Jews were very different from life in Europe. After the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, some went north into Europe, and others went to North Africa. Jews also migrated to the Arabian Peninsula. What is the history of Jews in Arab lands? ... read full description
Limited to 45 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 5 (6 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC106
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S22
Category: History
Moderator/s: Karen Goodis
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
From Socrates to Sartre: An Introduction to Philosophy
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Philosophers like to ask the big questions about life. What is real? What is truth? What is the good life? This introductory course provides an overview of the foundations and history of philosophical thought through reflection on the wisdom of prominent Western and non-Western philosophers ... read full description
Limited to 80 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC203
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S26
Category: Philosophy
Lecture/s: Marianne Loranger
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Getting Out: Exploring Toronto’s Cultural Neighbourhoods
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Public spaces, art galleries, cafes and eateries and independent, design-crammed boutiques are bellwethers of Toronto’s evolution. Beginning with an overview lecture and seven subsequent neighbourhood walks, this course will enjoy the new and transformative while honoring ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 27 (8 sessions, no class June 13)
Time: Wednesdays, 1 - 3 p.m.*
Location: VIC106 1st class; then various GTA locations
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S34
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Lecture/s: Betty Ann Jordan
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Getting Out: Exploring Toronto’s Cultural Neighbourhoods _FRIDAY
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THIS COURSE IS RESTRICTED TO THE FIRST 40 INDIVIDUALS ON THE WAITLIST OF WEDNESDAY'S S34 GETTING OUT.

It will be offered to the general LIFE membership if the waitlist of S32 empties, and vacancies
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Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 4– June 29 (8 sessions; no class June 15)
Time: Fridays, 1 - 3 p.m.*
Location: VIC 200 1st session; then various GTA locations
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S62
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Lecture/s: Betty Ann Jordan
Term: Spring 2018
class full
God, Genius, and the Great Composers: Part II
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The man of talent hits a target that no one else can hit; the man of genius hits a target that no one else can even see. Those very chosen few endowed with the powers of creative genius have been called “the immortal few who were not born to die.” Explore this rarest and most ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC103
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S35
Category: Music
Lecture/s: Tom Plewman
Term: Spring 2018
spaces available
Great Britain: The ‘Disunited’ Kingdom?
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In 1944, Winston Churchill famously declared: “Every time we have to decide between Europe and the open sea, it is always the open sea we shall choose.” In 2016, the British voted, albeit narrowly, in favour of Brexit. With the negotiations well underway, it is crucial to understand ... read full description
Limited to 200 participants
Dates: April 21 – June 23 (8 sessions, no class May 19 or June 2)
Time: Saturdays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: RCC204 April 21 and 28 then LIB72 for rest of session
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S58
Category: History
Lecture/s: Olivier Courteaux
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Great Symphonies Explained (The)
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Join fellow music-lovers in celebrating spring by exploring four of the world's major symphonies with the legendary Michael Tilson Thomas as your lecturer and conductor. Through DVD presentations of a ground-breaking program from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra called Keeping ... read full description
Limited to 100 participants
Dates: Apr. 30 – June 4 (5 sessions, no class May 21)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC105
Fee: $45.00
Course Number: S12
Category: Music
Moderator/s: Marcel Deurvorst
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Greatest Songs of the Sixties: Part II
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Building on Jordan Klapman’s Simply Brill course offered last term, we will dig deeper into many more hit songs of the tumultuous 1960s: folk and anti-war protest songs, the biggest hits of rock’s British Invasion, cool jazz, the great cabaret artists, and the
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Limited to 90 participants
Dates: April 27 – June 22 (8 sessions, no class May 11)
Time: Fridays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: KHW057
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S56
Category: Music
Lecture/s: Jordan Klapman
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Hollywood Musical (The)
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Your toes will be tapping in this course as we examine some of Hollywood’s most iconic and beloved musicals. Beginning in the 1940s with the MGM classics Meet Me in St. Louis, On the Town and Anchors Aweigh, we’ll carry on with many more, ... read full description
Limited to 100 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC105
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S42
Category: Film
Lecture/s: Adam Nayman
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
iPad: Beyond the Basics
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For those who have mastered the basics of iPad usage covered in the iPad for Beginners class (including Settings, Email, Safari, the Camera and Photos, Contacts, and the iTunes and Apps Stores), this class will cover additional material. We will look at additional Settings, Bookmarks ... read full description
Limited to 15 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: CED303
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S46
Category: Technology
Moderator/s: Dorothy Rubinoff
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Iran: From the Great Persian Empires to the Islamic Republic
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Iran is an enigma. To understand this fascinating country, it is necessary to go back to the days of Cyrus the Great, Alexander, and those dynasties who resisted the influence of Rome, thus precipitating the rise of Islam. In the 19th and 20th centuries, attempts at reforming Iran failed and led ... read full description
Limited to 200 participants
Dates: April 21 – June 23 (8 sessions, no class May 19 or June 2)
Time: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Location: RCC204 April 21 and 28 then LIB72 for rest of session
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S57
Category: History
Lecture/s: Olivier Courteaux
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Joni Mitchell: Words and Music
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This course takes a detailed look at the fascinating life and sublime lyrics, music and performances of Joni Mitchell, one of the greatest and most successful of Canadian artists. Beginning with her humble roots in Saskatchewan, we will explore the amazing career of Ms. Mitchell, explaining how ... read full description
Limited to 135 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: TRS1147
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S27
Category: Music
Lecture/s: Mike Daley
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Latin America: Image and Reality
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Latin America often evokes dramatic images in the popular mind. The people are seen as passionate Latin lovers; their dances as exuberant and sizzling; the governments as corrupt and oppressive; the culture as poverty stricken and drug ridden; the politics as volatile and unstable. Like ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: Apr. 30 – June 25 (8 sessions, no class May 21)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S02
Category: Cultural Studies
Moderator/s: Lawrence Altrows
Term: Spring 2018
class full
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 from generation ... read full description
Limited to 17 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 28 (9 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC209
Fee: $65.00
Course Number: S43
Category: Writing
Moderator/s: Terry Poulton and Tamara Handler
Term: Spring 2018
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 2 – 30 (5 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC101
Fee: $45.00
Course Number: S30
Category: Health
Moderator/s: Frances Wilkinson
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
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: Apr. 30 – June 11 (6 sessions, no class May 21)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC103
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: S13
Category: Health
Lecture/s: Karen Henderson
Term: Spring 2018
spaces available
Love and Marriage in Opera
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Nearly every opera is concerned with marriage in some way. We will explore (with video excerpts) over 50 operas, illustrating the perils of pre-nuptial and post-adulterous relationships.

Iain Scott is one of Canada’s most popular opera educators and tour ... read full description
Limited to 80 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC203
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S23
Category: Music
Lecture/s: Iain Scott
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Magic Mandalas and the Creative Process
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Discover your innate creativity in a safe and supportive learning environment as we explore the creative process. With the mandala as our guide, we will explore its concepts – the segments, geometry, shape, line, space, connections, and patterns. Learn how to incorporate harmony and ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 12 (7 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC209
Fee: $55.00
Course Number: S20
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Moderator/s: Linda Hook
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Northern Voices: Canadian Poetry
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Is there something distinctive about Canadian poetry? We will try to find out through presentation and discussion of a selection of Canadian poems and songs, many of them read by the poets who wrote them. Their writings will be placed in the context of Canada’s history and related ... read full description
Limited to 35 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC104
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S39
Category: Literature
Lecture/s: Terry Picton
Term: Spring 2018
limited spaces
Novella-ties: An Introduction to the Art of the Novella
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The novella is an often-overlooked genre but one that provides readers with a short, accessible text with a tight focus that can be every bit as satisfying as the Victorian three-deckers of George Eliot and Charles Dickens. Participants will look at classic novellas like Henry ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: Apr. 30 – June 25 (8 sessions, no class May 21)
Time: Monday, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC202
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S08
Category: Literature
Lecture/s: Jeffrey Canton
Term: Spring 2018
spaces available
Organizing, Managing, and Enhancing Your Photographs
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This course is for those people who want to better organize and manage their digital photographs and learn basic photo enhancement and editing techniques. In addition, the course will introduce various photo-sharing techniques so that you can share your photos with friends and family. The ... read full description
Limited to 5 participants
Dates: May 1 – 22 (4 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: S21
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Harold Hutner
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Peter the Great and Saint Petersburg
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Peter the Great (reigned 1682 to 1725) was determined to transform Russia into a great European power. In this course, we will examine the traditional Russia of Peter’s childhood, his Grand Tours of Europe, and his subsequent dream of building Saint Petersburg, a new city to match his ... read full description
Limited to 80 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC203
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S47
Category: History
Lecture/s: Carolyn Harris
Term: Spring 2018
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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 30 participants
Dates: Apr. 30 – June 25 (8 sessions, no class May 21)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC106
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S03
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Moderator/s: Lloyd Cadsby and Jay Waterman
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Power and Anguish in the Work of Chaim Soutine
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The Lithuanian artist Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), one of the leading painters in Paris in the 1920’s and 30’s, created pictures imbued with torment and personal expression. Most School of Paris painters believed he was their most talented contemporary, and he was widely regarded as ... read full description
Limited to 90 participants
Dates: May 3 – 17 (3 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: KHW057
Fee: $47.00
Course Number: S48
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Lecture/s: Osnat Lippa
Term: Spring 2018
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Prehistoric North America
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Learn about North-America's first inhabitants, the Paleo-Indians, who came to North America around the time of the last ice age. Discover the Hopewell mound builders of the prehistoric Midwestern US and how they built trade networks that ranged from Florida to Thunder Bay. Hear about the ... read full description
Limited to 80 participants
Dates: Apr. 30 - June 25 (8 sessions, no class May 21)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC203
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S04
Category: History
Lecture/s: David Lipovitch
Term: Spring 2018
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Sacred Fires: Parliament of World Religions - NEW
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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Toronto--acclaimed the most diverse city in the world and home to six million Canadians—has been chosen as the host city of the seventh Parliament of the World's Religions, to be convened in November 2018. What could be more attractive than real time governance ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11: 50 a.m.
Location: VIC109
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S16
Category: Philosophy
Lecture/s: Anthony Muhitch
Term: Spring 2018
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Smartphone Basics
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There’s an almost endless array of smartphone options, opportunities and prices. This three-session offering will provide a basic introduction to the smartphone world. What are some of the key smartphone features? How do people take advantage of those features? How to select a smartphone? ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 22 – June 5 (3 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC103
Fee: $35.00
Course Number: S24
Category: Technology
Moderator/s: Bob Fabian
Term: Spring 2018
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Sorting Out your Photographs: An Introduction
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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 8 participants
Dates: June 18 (1 session)
Time: Monday, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $25.00
Course Number: S05
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2018
class full
Spring and Summer Walks 2018
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Two thousand years ago, Hippocrates told us, “Walking is man’s best medicine.
Here is medicine you won’t mind taking!

*Featuring: Toronto’s ravines, parks, neighbourhoods, gardens, downtown, art, rivers, waterfront, ... read full description
Limited to 251 participants
Dates: Tuesdays and Fridays (exact dates TBA)
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Location: Various GTA locations
Fee: $30.00
Course Number: S60
Category: Walks
Coordinator/s: LIFE Walks Committee
Term: Spring 2018
class full
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 30 participants
Dates: April 24 – May 15 (4 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon*
Location: VIC502
Fee: $82.00
Course Number: S17
Category: Theatre
Instructor/s: Vrenia Ivonoffski
Term: Spring 2018
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Technology and Society: The Connected Technology Revolution
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Economic and social modernization has been driven by the intersection between technology and human society as technological innovation has led to improved quality of life, made communication easier, and generated economic progress. However, innovation and its increasing pace also has led ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC206
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S32
Category: Technology
Lecture/s: Mohamed Elmi
Term: Spring 2018
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Theatre Alive!
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic Theatre)
651 Yonge Street (Yonge south of Bloor)
Fun Home
The Musical Stage Company Production, presented by David Mirvish
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Limited to 72 participants
Dates: May 2, 16, 23
Time: Wednesday afternoons (see times above)
Location: as indicated
Fee: $110.00
Course Number: S36
Category: Theatre
Coordinator/s: Rayna Jolley assisted by Florence Silver
Term: Spring 2018
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Water: Wonderful, Weird, Crucial, and in Crisis
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Water – the precious resource necessary for our survival that we usually take for granted. But not after this course! First learn about the amazing properties of water that make it different from any other liquid. Find out how it bends all the rules – if it didn’t, ice would ... read full description
Limited to 50 participants
Dates: Apr. 30 – June 25 (8 sessions, no class May 21)
Time: Mondays, 12: 10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC103
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S09
Category: Environment
Moderator/s: Philip Wood
Term: Spring 2018
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Writing Short Fiction
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In this creative writing course for beginner and experienced writers we will explore the building blocks of short fiction – everything from micro-fiction to much longer stories. We’ll explore beginnings, build characters, examine structure, read the works of short story writers, ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 8 (6 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC202
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S54
Category: Writing
Moderator/s: Julie Hartley
Term: Spring 2018
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