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Anatomy of Empire: Ancient Problems Today (The)
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Human civilization has always striven to develop to its fullest yet has failed time and again to maintain stability for more than a couple of generations. Empires, as we know, come and go. But why? Looking back at antiquity, we will explore how and why empires are created, what makes
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Limited to 60 participants
Dates: Jan. 30 – Mar. 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W37
Category: History
Instructor/s: Thomas Hart
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Arctic: Life at the Top of the World (The)
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The global Arctic is comprised of eight nations: Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and the USA. And while these nations represent millions of people, very few of them live in the Arctic, and even fewer have ever visited. This course examines the ... read full description
Limited to 120 participants
Dates: Feb. 1 – Apr. 5 (8 sessions; no class Feb. 22 or Mar. 22)
Time: Fridays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: ILLC - International Room
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W61
Category: Science
Instructor/s: Mark Terry
Term: Winter 2019
class full
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: Feb. 6 – 27 (4 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: W32
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Instructor/s: Lillian Mills
Term: Winter 2019
registration closed
Biology of Our Changing Bodies (The)
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We are getting older – but, we can also get wiser! The more we know about the aging process, the better we will be equipped to live with it. This course will give you a better understanding of the basic biology of aging, how body functions change with age, and the potential onset
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Limited to 50 participants
Dates: Jan. 30 – Mar. 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W33
Category: Science
Instructor/s: Christine Dimanche
Term: Winter 2019
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
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Limited to 16 participants
Dates: Feb.13, 27, and Mar.13, 27 (4 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 – 1:55 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: W34
Category: Literature
Instructor/s: Deborah Wingate, Patricia O’Sullivan, and Lindy Small
Term: Winter 2019
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British Comedy: The Cradle of Western Humour
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British humour is a famously popular source of comedy in the English-speaking world, as well as exerting an influence on the Romantic cultures in Spain and France. This course examines the prodigious body of creative work in British comedy with the intention of entertaining and ... read full description
Limited to 140 participants
Dates: Jan. 30 – Mar. 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: Burgundy Room, Memorial Hall, North York Civic Centre
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W29
Category: Drama/Entertainment
Instructor/s: Jack Newman
Term: Winter 2019
limited spaces
Classical Mythology: The Human Need for Myth
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Why do we recognize these names: the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece, King Midas with his golden touch, Hercules and his twelve labours? Why do people still search for the fabled island of Atlantis and try to trace the voyage of Odysseus on his way back from the battles at Troy? ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: Jan. 26 – Mar. 23 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 16)
Time: Saturdays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W68
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Konstantin Boshnakov
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Creating Photobooks
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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 4 participants
Dates: Feb. 21 – Mar. 14 (4 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: W47
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Harold Hutner
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Creating Video Memories
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Have you ever wished you could put all your favourite photos and video clips from your smart phone and/or digital camera into a professional-looking, polished video that told a compelling story you could share with family and friends? Well, if you’ve got the urge to holler ... read full description
Limited to 8 participants
Dates: Jan.28 – Mar.25 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 18)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: W05
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Karen Robbins
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Creative Writing: Why Do We Write?
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So many of us love writing – but why? What is it about the creative process that drives and inspires us? We will take a different ‘reason to write’ each week and explore it together. We will look at writing as a form of escapism, and build imaginative stories of our
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Limited to 40 participants
Dates: Jan. 31 – Mar. 7 (5 sessions, no class Feb.14)
Time: Thursdays 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $65.00
Course Number: W48
Category: Writing
Instructor/s: Julie Hartley
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Cultural Anthropology: Giving Meaning to Human Lives
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Anthropology, the study of human beings, their origins and biology, and their dynamic  languages, arts, and cultures, provides knowledge that helps solve human problems today. Anthropology intertwines with a wide variety of disciplines, including philosophy and religion, psychology, ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: Jan. 26 – Mar. 23 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 16)
Time: Saturdays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W69
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Anna Boshnakov
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Currents in Events – What Matters
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In our weekly sessions the group will discuss two topics of major interest in current events, as previously selected by class participants. This is a participatory class, and everyone should want, and expect, to join in the discussion.General participation helps the group better understand ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: Jan.31 – Mar.28 (8 sessions, no class Mar.14)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: W43
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Instructor/s: Jess Hungate
Term: Winter 2019
limited spaces
Discussion de films francophones XII
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Here's the course for those of you who wish to practise and improve your French skills in a relaxed cultural context. Shared subject matter for discussion is provided by viewing consecutive segments of films with English or French subtitles, followed by class discussion to analyze and discuss ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: Jan. 28 - Mar. 25 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 18)
Time: Mondays, 4:10 – 5:50 p.m.
Location: CED303
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: W71
Category: Language
Instructor/s: Françoise Mugnier
Term: Winter 2019
limited spaces
Documentary Film: Instrument of Social Change (The)
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Since 1895, the moving picture has demonstrated a unique ability to emotionally engage and move audiences. The non-fiction content of these early films represented reality in a new way and the early filmmaker soon learned that he could influence and educate audiences as a means of agency
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Limited to 120 participants
Dates: Feb. 1 – Apr. 5 (8 sessions; no class Feb. 22 or Mar. 22)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: ILLC - International Room
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W57
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Mark Terry
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Drawing: Freehand Basics II
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Freehand drawing is a natural human function. Drawing is not a talent: it is an in-built language, a skill that builds with practice. It is a means of gathering information, germinating ideas, and communicating observations. If you attended Freehand Basics or have the equivalent of
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Limited to 25 participants
Dates: Jan.28 – Mar.25 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 18)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: CED303
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W06
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Sue Ericsson
Term: Winter 2019
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: Feb. 1 – Mar. 29 (9 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $65.00
Course Number: W58
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Instructor/s: Lloyd Cadsby and Jay Waterman
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Embrace Your Third Act: Part Two
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Imagine if the next stage of your life could include the very BEST years of all! How do you want to live, use your time and find purpose if you’re going to live 20 to 30 more years? Longevity is determined by both genes (25%) and lifestyle (75%). When you start paying more attention
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Limited to 30 participants
Dates: Feb. 5 – Mar. 12 (6 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: W19
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Instructor/s: Rani Glick
Term: Winter 2019
class full
End-of-Life Decisions
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This course aims to help you better understand your rights concerning end-of-life decisions under current law and to consider the complex issues involved as the legislation evolves in the future. We will review the recent history of the “right to physician-assisted dying” debate and ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: Feb. 6 – Mar. 6 (5 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $45.00
Course Number: W38
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Instructor/s: Frances Wilkinson
Term: Winter 2019
limited spaces
Everything I know I learned in Vaudeville! James Cagney
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At the turn of the 20th century in Canada and the US, thousands of people traveled to big cities to see the amazing acts of vaudeville, which included comedians, singers, plate-spinners, ventriloquists, dancers, musicians, acrobats, animal trainers, and anyone who could keep an audience ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: Feb. 5 – 26 (4 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: W23
Category: Drama/Entertainment
Instructor/s: Harvey Levkoe
Term: Winter 2019
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Experience World Cultures through Classical Music
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Classical music often crosses cultural barriers via the composers, the music itself, the performers, and, of course, the audience. We will delve into the extensive range of this world-wide phenomenon through such music as the tango, Gilbert & Sullivan, Spanish music and French
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Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Jan.28 – Mar.25 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 18)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: Textile Museum: Auditorium - Mezzanine
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W07
Category: Music
Instructor/s: Howard Mednick
Term: Winter 2019
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Exploring Two Forms of Light for Photography: Constant Light and Flash
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Natural light is fine, but sometimes nature could use a little help! This course is for photographers who want to learn how to use their external flash or constant light more effectively for portraits. Come and learn the techniques that will turn your people shots into striking ... read full description
Limited to 6 participants
Dates: Feb. 5 – Feb. 26 (4 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: W20
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Neith MacDonald
Term: Winter 2019
class full
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 class
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Limited to 40 participants
Dates: Jan. 31 –Mar. 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: W52
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Carol Dorman
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Forgotten Voices, Living History: World War II in Asia
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This course will present the historical and political background and conditions that led to the war in Asia, as well as the significant events, the atrocities, the aftermath, and the stages of peace and reconciliation. Of greater significance, the forgotten voices of World War II in Asia will ... read full description
Limited to 50 participants
Dates: Feb. 7 – 28 (4 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $56.00
Course Number: W44
Category: History
Instructor/s: Carolina Ruiz and the ALPHA Education Team
Term: Winter 2019
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From Andy Warhol to Banksy
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Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Andy Warhol created some of our most memorable Pop Art images. From the Campbell soup cans to Marilyn  Monroe, these famous works are embedded in our consciousness. This course will explore Warhol’s life
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Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Feb. 7 – 28 (4 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: Textile Museum: Auditorium - Mezzanine
Fee: $56.00
Course Number: W53
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Osnat Lippa
Term: Winter 2019
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Fundamentals of Yoga: Jnana Yoga
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What is yoga? This course will delve into the essence and practice of yoga, ranging far beyond the actual physical component. We will discover the history and origin of yoga and some of its sutras. Here in the West, we tend to think that yoga only consists of some postures (asana), but yoga is ... read full description
Limited to 35 participants
Dates: Feb. 1 – Mar. 22 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W62
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Instructor/s: Ilan Halfon
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
George Gershwin
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George Gershwin’s brilliant music, created for the musical theatre and concert hall, is instantly recognizable and still beloved today, 70 years after his death. Dozens of his timeless tunes, with words by his Pulitzer Prize-winning brother, Ira, rank amongst the greatest songs of the ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Jan. 29 – Mar. 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: Textile Museum: Auditorium - Mezzanine
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W14
Category: Music
Instructor/s: Jordan Klapman
Term: Winter 2019
class full
God, Genius and the Great Composers: Part One
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They have been called “the immortal few who were not born to die” – those immortal few endowed with the powers of creative genius. In this course, we will explore this rarest of phenomena through the lives, attitudes, and music of eight great composers – Bach, Handel, ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: Jan. 30 – Mar. 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W39
Category: Music
Instructor/s: Tom Plewman
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Going for it! Highlights of the 2019 Arts Calendar (FRI)
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In the spirit of LIFE Institute’s tradition of visits to public museums, galleries, and key arts venues, this course ensures that you will experience the best of the city’s dazzling winter cultural roster. Highlights include visiting exceptional exhibitions at museums like
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Limited to 45 participants
Dates: Feb. 1 – Mar. 22 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Offsite GTA Arts Venues
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W64
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Betty Annn Jordan
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Going for it! Highlights of the 2019 Arts Calendar (WED)
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In the spirit of LIFE Institute’s tradition of visits to public museums, galleries, and key arts venues, this course ensures that you will experience the best of the city’s dazzling winter cultural roster. Highlights include visiting exceptional exhibitions at museums like the ... read full description
Limited to 45 participants
Dates: Jan. 30 – Mar. 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 1 – 3 p.m.*
Location: Offsite GTA Arts Venues
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W40
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Betty Ann Jordan
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Great Women Artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries
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While the work and lives of female artists like Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe, and Fran Lebowitz have received lots of well-deserved attention, it’s time to open ourselves up to the offerings of other exciting female artists. This course will delve into some of the ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: Jan. 30 – Mar. 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W35
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Rosalin Krieger
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Hebrew Bible – A Secular Academic Introduction* (The)
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This course is an introduction to the secular, academic study of the books that make up what is known to academics as the Hebrew Bible, to Jews as the Tanakh, and to Christians as the Old Testament. This course will stress the use of modern critical techniques for the better understanding of ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Jan. 28 – Mar. 25 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 18)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: Textile Museum: Auditorium - Mezzanine
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W01
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Dr. David Lipovitch
Term: Winter 2019
class full
History of Madness (The)
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Over the centuries, people have believed that insanity has been caused by gods or demons or evil spirits or the moon or even by a woman’s wandering womb! Or perhaps madness is caused by too much or too little of such things as black bile, serotonin, mothering, drugs, sugar, noise, ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: Jan. 29 – Mar. 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W24
Category: History
Instructor/s: David Reville
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Holy Land Revealed (The)
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Let’s prepare for the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land, the cradle of civilization. We’ll delve into the history, geography, culture, and life of this fascinating part of the world. And we’ll examine its significance, especially places such as Jerusalem, Nazareth, Masada ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Jan. 29 – Mar. 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: Textile Museum: Auditorium - Mezzanine
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: W25
Category: History
Instructor/s: Amnon Zohar
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Homo Sapiens: A Brief History of Civilization
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Join us for a continuous journey through time to examine the idea of civilization. What is civilization? Do we progress, or do we just accumulate new technologies? What are our origins dating back 1.4 million years, and what can we learn from our extinct ancestors? These and other
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Limited to 60 participants
Dates: Jan. 31 – Mar. 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W54
Category: History
Instructor/s: David Chandross
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Impressionism and the City
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Although Impressionist artists, as a group, are primarily known for their landscapes with emphasis on the effect of light, they did not look only to nature for their inspiration. Many of their paintings are grittier and focus on the city, especially Paris and its rapid growth
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Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Mar. 7 – 28 (4 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location: Textile Museum: Auditorium - Mezzanine
Fee: $56.00
Course Number: W55
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Osnat Lippa
Term: Winter 2019
class full
In Translation
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This course offers the opportunity to think about how we read books originally published in another language and how this has an impact on our own reading habits. Through the work of eight short novels from countries including Poland, Korea, Iceland, Austria, Switzerland, and Japan, we
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Limited to 50 participants
Dates: Jan. 28 – Apr. 1 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 18 or Mar. 4)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: ILLC - International Room
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W02
Category: Literature
Instructor/s: Jeffrey Canton
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Introduction to Contemporary Jewish Canadian Books (An)
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Many exciting and interesting books on Jewish themes are currently being published in Canada. In this course, explore what makes a book Jewish as you meet authors who will discuss their writing process and motivation. Discover the finest books and Jewish themes in various genres
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Limited to 30 participants
Dates: Jan. 28 – Apr. 1 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 18 or Mar. 4)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: ILLC - International Room
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: W08
Category: Literature
Instructor/s: Edward Trapunski
Term: Winter 2019
limited spaces
Introduction to Folk Music (An)
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This course is a wide-ranging examination of Canadian and American folk music, especially that of the last century. We’ll cover early folk-song collecting, field recordings, and leftist protest songs from the 1930s labour movement. Beginning with the commercial breakthrough of
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Limited to 120 participants
Dates: Feb. 1 – Apr. 5 (8 sessions; no class Feb. 22 or Mar. 22)
Time: Fridays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: ILLC - International Room
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W65
Category: Music
Instructor/s: Mike Daley
Term: Winter 2019
class full
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: Jan.28 – Mar.25 (7 sessions, no class Feb.18)**
Time: Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $55.00
Course Number: W10
Category: Technology
Instructor/s: Dorothy Rubinoff
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Land Between the Two Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia*
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The area known as Mesopotamia – modern Iraq and Syria – was home to some of the earliest and most influential cultures of the ancient world, including the Sumerians, Assyrians, and Babylonians. Today, the region is marked by violence, turmoil, and the rampant destruction of ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Feb. 1 – Mar. 22 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W59
Category: History
Instructor/s: David Lipovitch
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
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 12 participants
Dates: Feb. 1 – Apr. 5 (10 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $70.00
Course Number: W63
Category: Writing
Instructor/s: Tamara Handler and Martha Olynyk
Term: Winter 2019
class full
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 25 participants
Dates: Jan. 29 – Mar. 26 (8 sessions, no class Mar.5)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: CED303 and RAC Studio II
Fee: $72.00
Course Number: W15
Category: Psychology/Personal Development
Instructor/s: Judy Steed
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Lives of the Writers: Eight Novels about Great Writers
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Biographies offer an in-depth exploration of their subjects, but sometimes a more literary approach helps us gain a greater understanding of someone’s life. In this course, participants will enter into the lives of some of the world’s greatest authors through the inventive ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Jan. 29 – Mar. 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: Textile Museum: Auditorium - Mezzanine
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W21
Category: Literature
Instructor/s: Jeffrey Canton
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
My Home Town
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Canada is a land of immigrants and many of us in different times and under different circumstances flocked to this beautiful country and made it our new home. However, many of us still retain an emotional attachment to our original homeland and especially our original home town. In this course ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: Jan. 31 – Mar. 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: W56
Category: Miscellaneous
Instructor/s: Amnon Zohar
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Mystical Islam: Understanding Sufism
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“I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.”
 
These are the words of Rumi, a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. During the 12th and 13th ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: Jan.28 – Mar.25 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 18)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: CED303
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W09
Category: Philosophy
Instructor/s: Uzma Siddiqqui
Term: Winter 2019
limited spaces
One of Us: The History and Hysteria of Cult Cinema
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“One of us!” cry the titular outcasts of Tod Browning’s 1932 classic Freaks – one of the first cult movies. This course will deconstruct the possessive attachments that we have to cinema, both individually and collectively, and examine the
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Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Jan. 31 – Mar. 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: Textile Museum: Auditorium - Mezzanine
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W49
Category: Drama/Entertainment
Instructor/s: Adam Nayman
Term: Winter 2019
limited spaces
Ontario Wine Has Come a Long Way, Baby
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Do you remember Baby Duck, Hochtaler, Canadian Chablis, and Burgundy? Nasty stuff the lot. However, there’s been great change in the Ontario wine industry in recent years. Each week we’ll look at a variety of wines from Ontario (Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: Feb. 1 – Mar. 22 (8 sessions
Time: Fridays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $135.00
Course Number: W66
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Michael Pinkus
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Philosophies of Education: Tracing The Transformative Philosophies of Education Into a Future of Hope. NEW
THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED
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Can education be one, if knowledge is many? In these challenging times in our communities and on our planet, education can no longer be defined simply as a transfer of knowledge, skills, or values. Beginning with an analysis of your learning styles and the influences on your own education, we ... read full description
Limited to 50 participants
Dates: Jan. 29 – Mar. 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W16
Category: Philosophy
Instructor/s: Dr. Marianne Loranger
Term: Winter 2019
registration closed
Plundering of Africa: An introduction to Africa's history (The)
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The history of African peoples encompasses a succession of violent shocks between foreign models and local identities and traditions: the Arab conquest, the great discoveries of the 16th century, the slave trades (European and Muslim), not to mention the plundering of Africa,
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Limited to 300 participants
Dates: Jan. 26 – Mar. 23 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 16)
Time: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: LIB72
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W67
Category: History
Instructor/s: Olivier Courteaux
Term: Winter 2019
limited spaces
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
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Limited to 30 participants
Dates: Jan.28 – Apr.1 (9 sessions, no class Feb. 18)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: CED303
Fee: $65.00
Course Number: W03
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Instructor/s: Lloyd Cadsby and Jay Waterman
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Practical Personal Investing
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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This course will give you an historical perspective, as well as the theory and practical applications, of personal investing. Participants will investigate the three best wealth-building investments: stocks and bonds, real estate, and running a small business. Specifically, you will consider ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: Jan.28 – Mar.18 (7 sessions, no class Feb. 18)
Time: Mondays, 4:10 – 5:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $83.00
Course Number: W13
Category: Finance
Instructor/s: Orlando Brown
Term: Winter 2019
registration closed
Science and the Sacred
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A commonly held view is that science and the sacred are largely independent of one another – or even adversarial. In fact, these realms were deeply interwoven for the ancient Greeks and for later giants of rational inquiry such as Descartes, Newton, and Heisenberg. In this course ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: Jan. 29 – Mar. 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 4:10 – 5:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W28
Category: Science
Instructor/s: Paul Bali
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Seeing Muslims and Islam through a Different Lens: Documentaries and Discussion
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Muslims do not comprise a monolithic group – an essential fact which is too often ignored by the mainstream media. In this course, we will screen documentaries dealing with ideas important to Islam and Muslims. The films will cover issues such as: What is Islam?; Jihad;
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Limited to 50 participants
Dates: Jan. 30 – Mar. 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W30
Category: Philosophy
Instructor/s: Raheel and Sohail Raza
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Sex and Violence: Meaning in Human Existence
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The two most powerful human drives which have shaped history are sexuality/gender and violence/power. Using a variety of methods, including the review of sociological, historical, and philosophical writings, we will analyze the impact of these forces in shaping civilization and everyday life. ... read full description
Limited to 140 participants
Dates: Jan. 30 – Mar. 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: Burgundy Room, Memorial Hall, North York Civic Centre
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W41
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: David Chandross
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available
Shaw 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 Shaw Festival will be spiced with lively anecdotes, readings, short scene presentations, discussions, and background information on authors and theatre
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Limited to 30 participants
Dates: March 26 – April 16 (4 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.*
Location: VIC502
Fee: $83.00
Course Number: W17
Category: Drama/Entertainment
Instructor/s: Vrenia Ivonoffski
Term: Winter 2019
limited spaces
Social Innovation: New Ideas for Old Problems
THIS COURSE IS POSTPONED TO SPRING 2019
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“Social innovation is the process of developing and deploying effective solutions to challenging and often systemic social and environmental issues in support of social progress”. (Stanford University)
 
This course will explore the work of
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Limited to 50 participants
Dates: to be confirmed
Time: to be confirmed
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: W45
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Instructor/s: Rick Blickstead
Term: Winter 2019
registration closed
South Asian Art: Beauty Created for Humanity and the Gods
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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This survey course will examine the fascinating art produced in South Asia, home to many ancient and diverse cultures. Its artistic production can be traced back to ancient roots in the Indus valley 4600 years ago when to create art was considered to be a noble pursuit, as well as a means of ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: Jan.28 – Mar.25 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 18)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W04
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Sudharshan Duraiyappah
Term: Winter 2019
registration closed
Speakeasy – Let’s Talk About What’s on Our Minds
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This course is for people who enjoy absorbing heaps of knowledge about current events and diverse other things but lack sufficient opportunities to discuss t­­hem with others. What might we talk about in Speakeasy classes? Generally, current events, with discussions usually
... read full description
Limited to 12 participants
Dates: Jan. 31 – Mar. 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: W50
Category: Miscellaneous
Instructor/s: Terry Poulton
Term: Winter 2019
limited spaces
Story of Science: Part One (The)
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Over the centuries, we have discovered much about how the world works and learned many ways to control it. This course will explore the development of science in areas such as mathematics, physiology, chemistry, the cosmos, infection, electricity, and energy. By considering the history of ... read full description
Limited to 50 participants
Dates: Jan. 29 – Mar. 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W18
Category: Science
Instructor/s: Terry Picton
Term: Winter 2019
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Theatre Alive!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 1 p.m.
Canadian Stage Company
St. Lawrence Centre, Bluma Appel Theatre
27 Front Street East (Front & Yonge)
Tartuffe
by Moliere (translated by Ranjit Bolt)

Vice becomes virtue
... read full description
Limited to 90 participants
Dates: Jan. 23, Feb. 13, Mar. 6, and Apr. 17
Time: Wednesday afternoons (see times above)
Location: See above
Fee: $97.00
Course Number: W42
Category: Drama/Entertainment
Instructor/s: Rayna Jolley assisted by Sharon Stibbard
Term: Winter 2019
registration closed
Through an Architect’s Eye: More of My Favourite Cities
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Come on a journey through the exciting streets of Washington DC, Florence, London, Copenhagen, Lahore and Beijing, exploring architecture old and new. We’ll travel vicariously to these great cities of the world to examine architectural styles, iconic buildings, and renowned architects. ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: Jan. 26 – Mar. 9 (6 sessions – no class Feb. 16)
Time: Saturdays, 12 – 2 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: W70
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Shermeen Beg
Term: Winter 2019
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Through the Lens: Famous Photographers and Their Work
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Through the lens will be a survey of the evolution of photography from its earliest days to the
present, highlighting the work of specific photographers who have made important contributions to its development. Included among these will be Felix Nadar, Louis Daguerre, Margaret
... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27 (6 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: W31
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Harold Hutner and Edward Zamble
Term: Winter 2019
limited spaces
Thursday Morning at the Opera
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Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Escape from the Harem) by Mozart
 
Maria Stuarda by Donizetti

Fidelio by Beethoven

Otello by
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Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Jan. 31 – Mar. 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10* – 11: 50 a.m.
Location: Textile Museum: Auditorium - Mezzanine
Fee: $70.00
Course Number: W46
Category: Music
Instructor/s: Marcel Deurvorst
Term: Winter 2019
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Toronto Sound (The)
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In the 1950s and 1960s, Toronto was a musical hothouse. Two of the great public spaces of the changing city in that critical era, the Yonge Street strip and Yorkville Village, were homes to thriving live music scenes featuring folk music, rhythm and blues, rockabilly and psychedelic
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Limited to 120 participants
Dates: Jan. 28 – Apr. 1 (8 sessions, no classes Feb. 18 or Mar. 4)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: ILLC - International Room
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W11
Category: Music
Instructor/s: Mike Daley
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Treasures of the Ancient Art of Egypt, Greece, and China
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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This is an art lover’s look at the extraordinary art of our ancient ancestors. We’ll start our visual journey back at the beginnings of art, represented by the sophisticated cave paintings from France. Next, thirty pieces of the bewitching art from Ancient Egypt will illustrate ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: Feb. 1 – Mar. 22 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 – 11: 50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W60
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Lorraine Ireland
Term: Winter 2019
registration closed
Trust in the Internet Age
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Civil society is dependent on trust that institutions will enforce necessary laws and regulations and will operate in the interests of all. Until recent times, most people probably trusted their institutions. It was difficult and time consuming to gather information, and communication was ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: Feb. 5 – Mar. 12 (6 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: W26
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Geoff Kemp
Term: Winter 2019
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Versailles
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Versailles has long been associated with the lengthy reign of Louis XIV, the “Sun King”. He, alone, chose to build this magnificent chateau, away from a rebellious Paris. The opulent palace of “the greatest king in the world” fascinated Europe’s elite in the
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Limited to 140 participants
Dates: Jan. 30 – Mar. 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: Burgundy Room, Memorial Hall, North York Civic Centre
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W36
Category: History
Instructor/s: Olivier Courteaux
Term: Winter 2019
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Victorian 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 a trip to ... read full description
Limited to 58 participants
Dates: Friday, December 7
Time: Friday, 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Lobby of the Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Ontario*
Fee: $30.00
Course Number: F86
Category: Miscellaneous
Coordinator/s: John Webb
Term: Fall 2018
registration closed
Watercolour Painting for Beginners
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William Blake used watercolour to hand-colour etchings. J.M.W. Turner found it ideal for painting en plein air. Our Group of Seven member, J.A. MacDonald, founded the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. And you can do it too! This class is for anyone who would like to learn to
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Limited to 18 participants
Dates: Jan. 29 – Mar. 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: CED303
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W27
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Lorraine Ireland
Term: Winter 2019
class full
Watercolour: Beginners Plus
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This class is for artists who have taken beginner courses or have experience in the basics. If you would like to learn about more sophisticated techniques and creative ways to paint, then this class is for you. We will work in transparent colours for a lovely landscape filled with light
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Limited to 18 participants
Dates: Jan. 29 – March 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m
Location: CED303
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W22
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Lorraine Ireland
Term: Winter 2019
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Women and Leadership in History
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Powerful women throughout the ages have presented themselves as warrior queens, rulers by divine right, wives and mothers of great men, constitutional monarchs, and, most recently, elected officials. This course will examine the most significant female political figures in history,
... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Jan.28 – Mar.25 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 18)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: Textile Museum: Auditorium - Mezzanine
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W12
Category: History
Instructor/s: Carolyn Harris
Term: Winter 2019
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Wonders of Egypt: The Great Tombs, Temples and Towns of the Pharaohs
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They are some of the most storied ancient sites in the world and the greatest wonders of man. The great buildings and architectural works of the ancient Egyptians never fail to mesmerize. Why and how were they built? How were they conceived and used by kings, priests and commoners? What did ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Jan. 31 – Mar. 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: W51
Category: History
Instructor/s: Laura Ranieri
Term: Winter 2019
spaces available