Monday Courses: Registration

Online registration for all Fall 2019 Monday courses will begin
Monday, August 12 at 7 a.m., and continue through the week.
N.B.: Due to class-size based on registration, room locations may change.


F01 Automatic Point-and-Shoot Photography

People who have point-and-shoot cameras loaded with automatic features are often disappointed with the photos they take. In this course you will learn how to get the most out of those automatic settings on your camera and how to take better pictures without having to decipher photography jargon or theory. You will benefit most from the class if you have a point-and-shoot camera, but it is not essential. Each week, there will be time to practise what has been discussed in class. For those who want to share their pictures, the resulting photos will be critiqued in the next week. Travel and family photography will be emphasized throughout the class as the most typical subjects for these cameras.

This is an interactive course led by an experienced instructor.
Harold Hutner
is an accountant with a lifelong interest in photography. He enjoys sharing his love of photography with others and has presented a number of programs on photography at the LIFE Institute over the last few years.
Limited to 12 participants

Dates:
Oct. 7 – Nov. 18 (6 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time: 
Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location:
VIC607A
Fee: $55
Instructor: Harold Hutner



F02 Cybersecurity Skills for Mac Users NEW

Cyber-attacks that specifically target older adults are increasing at an alarming rate, and most of their victims are vulnerable because of limited cybersecurity skills. Ransomware and password phishing, denial of service attacks and worms, the list of potential dangers goes on and on. With cyber-attacks continuously evolving in sophistication, it is now critical that older adults acquire the requisite skills to counter them. This hands-on interactive course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills that you need to deflect attack, and, even more importantly, show you how to carry out the essential cybersecurity tasks that will protect you and your devices against the inevitable attacks. Bring your own device and learn how to securely configure it.
This is a hands-on, interactive course taught by an expert in the field. It is designed for Mac users. A course for those who use PC-based devices is available on Mondays from 12:10 to 1:50. Each student will receive handouts of the class’s content with step-by-step instructions, including screen shots on how to complete the tasks on their own or on other devices that they may have.
Dr. Carlene Blackwood-Brown
holds a PhD in Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security/Cybersecurity from Nova Southeastern University and a certificate in Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age from Harvard University. She teaches Information Systems-related courses at Sheridan and Seneca Colleges. She also provides cybersecurity-related consulting, training, and technical services to organizations.
Limited to 25 participants

Dates: Oct. 7 – Nov 4 (4 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time:  Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: CED303
Fee: $60
Instructor
: Carlene Blackwood-Brown



F03 Great Museums of the World NEW

From the early private collections of curiosities to the large public buildings that house an enormous variety of objects, museums are places of wonder. This course will explore the origins and growth of some of the world’s greatest museums. We will chart the beginnings of the earliest museums in Italy and end in the early 21st century with the concept of the vanity museum, providing you with a virtual tour of many of these institutions from many parts of the world. Stops and discussion will include the British Museum, the Louvre, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Sarnath Museum in India, as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. During our time together, some of the outstanding masterpieces that over the centuries found their way into the great museums of the world will be viewed and discussed.
This is an illustrated lecture series, with some opportunity for discussion.
                            James A.S. Thompson has over twelve years experience in Continuing Education.  He holds a Master of Arts degree from Durham University and a diploma in Art History from the Courtauld Institute, London. He obtained his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto.
Limited to 50 participants

Dates
: Oct. 7 – Dec. 2 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time
: Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location
: Chelsea Hotel, Monarch Room
Fee
: $95

Instructor
: James A.S. Thompson



F04 Politics, People, and Other Issues

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 and respectful manner. Participants choose the topics for discussion at the beginning of each semester.
This is a discussion class, led by its course leaders.

Jay Waterman
has been a member of the class for many years and has served as a Board member of LIFE. He is a Toronto native and retired lawyer.
Lloyd Cadsby
is also a retired lawyer who is intrigued by the political and financial issues that dominate our lives. His background in mediation is useful in the give-and-take of class discussion.
Limited to 30 participants

Dates:
Oct. 7 – Dec. 2 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time: 
Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location:
Oakham House, Riel Room
Fee:
$65
Instructors:
Lloyd Cadsby and Jay Waterman



F05 The Prehistory of Southern Ontario NEW

While Euro-Canadians have been living in southern Ontario for only about 300 years, First Nations have been here since the end of the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago. In this course, we will learn about the Paleoindians who lived in southern Ontario just after the end of the last Ice Age, and the Archaic peoples who spread out across the province as things warmed up and they adapted to local environments. We will also look at the Woodland era when Ontario was part of a trade network spanning much of North America. And finally, participants will have an opportunity to examine the Iroquoian people who were the immediate predecessors of the people here when Europeans first made contact with the native population of the province.
Participants will learn from an expert in the field through a series of illustrated lectures.
Dr. David Lipovitch
(Harvard, ’99) is an archaeologist who has worked with archaeological excavations in southern Ontario, Israel, Jordan, the Republic of Georgia and Turkey. He has been lecturing since the 1990s and is a course instructor in Wilfred Laurier University’s history and archaeology departments, as well as a Research Affiliate at the University of Toronto. He is the zooarchaeologist at U of T’s excavations at Tell Ta’yinat, Turkey and Gadachrili Gora, Georgia.

Limited to 70 participants

Dates
: Oct. 7 – Dec. 2 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time
: Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.

Location
: Textile Museum, Auditorium
Fee
: $95

Instructor
: David Lipovitch



F06 Creating Video Memories

Have you ever thought about recording some of the key stories in your life and the lives of your loved ones on video? The current quality of video recording devices on our phones and tablets makes it much easier to capture and share our meaningful stories. This introduction to video storytelling will present planning methods and practical “getting started” tips for conducting interviews and recording simple video stories. Also included will be an overview of how to create slide shows and video record events. You will be encouraged to use your smart phones, tablets and digital cameras to record your own stories, but this is not required for class participation. What you will learn in this course can be applied later to create your own video stories/projects at home. For those of you who find the technical components beyond your reach, you will be encouraged to work in future with a “digital buddy” who can shoot and edit video and work along with you.
Please note:
This course has been offered previously.
Karen Robbins
is a professional video producer and digital storyteller who loves to help people turn their stories and most cherished memories into polished and impactful videos. Karen uses her production company, Video from the Heart (www.videofromtheheart.com), as a springboard for her unique “video heirloom” approach that encourages people to create a moving legacy for future generations.

Limited to 8 participants

Dates:
Oct. 7 – Dec. 2 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time: 
Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location:
VIC607A
Fee: 
$65
Instructor
: Karen Robbins
Please note:
For those interested in more “hands-on” learning related to video editing, a new beginner course on Video Editing with iMovie is also being offered this term by the same instructor on Fridays at 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.



F07 Cyber Security for PC User NEW

Cyber-attacks that specifically target older adults are increasing at an alarming rate, and most of their victims are vulnerable because of limited cybersecurity skills. Ransomware and password phishing, denial of service attacks and worms, the list of potential dangers goes on and on. With cyber-attacks continuously evolving in sophistication, it is now critical that older adults acquire the requisite skills to counter them. This hands-on interactive course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills that you need to deflect attack, and, even more importantly, show you how to carry out the essential cybersecurity tasks that will protect you and your devices against the inevitable attacks. Bring your own device and learn how to securely configure it.
This is a hands-on, interactive course taught by an expert in the field. It is designed for those who use PC based devices. A course for those who use Mac devices is available on Mondays at 10:10. Each student will receive handouts of the class’s content with step-by-step instructions, including screen shots on how to complete the tasks on their own or on other devices that they may have.
Dr. Carlene Blackwood-Brown
holds a PhD in Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security/Cybersecurity from Nova Southeastern University and a certificate in Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age from Harvard University. She teaches Information Systems-related courses at Sheridan and Seneca Colleges. She also provides cybersecurity-related consulting, training, and technical services to organizations.
Limited to 25 participants
Dates
: Oct. 7 – Nov. 4 (4 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time
: Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location
: CED303
Fee
: $60

Instructor
: Carlene Blackwood-Brown



F08 The Historic Kingdoms of South Asia and their Iconic Art: Part One NEW

This course will explore the history and art of South Asia from the 16th to 18th centuries, focusing on the Mughal, Rajput, and Sikh Kingdoms of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. These three kingdoms interacted with each other through contested and negotiated relationships, creating a vibrant cosmopolitan culture. We will explore the legendary Mughal Dynasty that ruled for 300 years and left us such lasting treasures as the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, pausing for an in-depth look at Shah Jahan, the designer of the Taj Mahal. We will visit the Sikh Kingdoms, location of the recently destroyed Golden Temple in Amritsar, and survey the struggles between the Mughals and the Rajputs. In addition, we will examine a variety of traditional arts and crafts, such as the production of Pakistani and Indian jewelry and weaponry, utilizing the wealth of precious metals and gemstones found in the region. This course will link to and augment the current Royal Ontario Museum exhibit Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India.
Participants will learn from an expert in the subject in a series of illustrated lectures.

Professor Sudharshan Duraiyappah
teaches in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto. He offers courses in Iconography, Ancient History, Arts of 6th to 9th Century Silk Routes, and Hinduism in the Diaspora. He has written and edited several publications and is also a history teacher in the Education Department of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Limited to 40 participants
Dates:
Oct. 7 – Dec. 2 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time:  Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.

Location:
Oakham House, Riel Room
Fee:
$95
Instructor
: Sudharshan Duraiyappah



F09  Izzy, Fanny, and Flo: America’s Greatest Songwriter, Funniest Girl, and Greatest Showman NEW

Irving Berlin, Fanny Brice, and Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. were among the most popular and influential figures in American entertainment and culture in the 20th century. How did their lives intersect and how did they make each other greater? As we become better acquainted with this fabulous trio, you’ll get an added benefit: an overview of American popular entertainment in the early 20th century, including vaudeville, early Broadway, and revue. Come and meet America’s greatest songwriter, funniest girl, and greatest showman and discover how their legacies enriched showbusiness.
This is an illustrated lecture course with opportunities for questions and discussion.
Allan Price has been a professional actor for over 50 years, as well as a teacher and director. He is based in Toronto but has worked across most of Canada, including numerous summer theatres in Ontario. He also led Allan Price’s Broadway Melody Sing-Along in Thornhill and is passionate about research into the history of musical theatre.
Limited to 70 participants
Dates:
Oct. 7 – Dec. 2 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time: 
Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location:
Textile Museum, Auditorium
Fee:
$95
Instructor
: Allan Price



F10 The Joy of Money! NEW

Many retirees forfeit an opportunity for enjoying the money earned and amassed over their lifetimes, because they find it hard to shift gears, and they continue to save, instead of starting to use the capital they’ve accumulated. To maximize well-being, retirees should (1) clarify life and estate goals, (2) both manage and use their money wisely, and (3) know how much capital is essential to maintain lifestyle and achieve their goals and how much is surplus. With this information any surplus can be used to maximize happiness by spending it, giving it to heirs as advances on their inheritances, or giving back to the community. This course will help you clarify your goals, examine your financial situation, and give you tools to manage your money effectively to maximize happiness in retirement.
This is a lecture course with time for questions and discussion.

Warren Mackenzie
is the author of Zen and the Art of Wealth, The Philanthropic Family, and The Unbiased Advisor. He is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail and to the magazine Canadian Money Saver. To this course he brings extensive financial experience and a Zen philosophy.
Limited to 50 participants
Dates:
Oct. 7 – Nov. 18 (6 sessions, no class October 14)
Time: 
Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location:
Chelsea Hotel, Monarch Room
Fee:
$78
Instructor
: Warren Mackenzie



F11 Classical Music Appreciation for Grown Ups NEW

Popular music rises and falls in popularity, from the big bands to rap, from rock n’ roll to heavy metal, but one genre – classical music – remains beloved, with compositions written centuries ago still played in concert halls today. And here’s a fun and fascinating course to show you why: why classical music has so much to offer; why it is still relevant 400 years after its creation. Whether you love and know the genre well or are simply curious and wish to experience and explore such music, this course will help to enhance and expand your capacity to appreciate and enjoy classical music. We will examine different aspects of classical music, such as the relationship between that genre and jazz. We will watch orchestral performances of Mozart’s work, noting his creative genius in the use of wind instruments. Bach, Beethoven, and Debussy, whose works were considered breakthroughs in their time, will follow, as well as a look at the evolution of baroque music. We’ll listen to some operas, especially productions that seem “over the top,” and we’ll consider the importance to the opera of the overture – that initial orchestral work, often a beautiful piece of music on its own. So, there’s lots to savour as we explore the great music of the world and discover that classical music can be fun!
Participants will learn from a musical enthusiast in the field through a series of illustrated lectures using extensive video and music recordings.

Howard Mednick
has been an avid listener and student of classical and orchestral music for many years. He has conducted previous courses at the LIFE Institute and makes presentations on classical and orchestral music at Baycrest Hospital, public libraries, and for social groups.
Limited to 70 participants
Dates:
Oct. 7 – Dec. 2 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time: 
Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location:
Textile Museum, Auditorium
Fee:
$95
Instructor
: Howard Mednick



F12 Drawing: Freehand Basics

Every one of us drew as a child. Why did we stop? Freehand drawing is a natural human function. Not a talent, it is an in-built language skill that builds with practice. Come with whatever your level of skill, to pick up wherever you left off.  The workshops are designed for beginners, but since we all work at our own level of skill, all are welcome, including those who have already taken the course.
This is a creative activity course and has been previously taught at LIFE.

Sue Ericsson
has taught Drawing Fundamentals at Ryerson since 1972. The City of Toronto Archives owns three of her works.
Limited to 21 participants

Dates
: Oct. 7 – Dec. 2 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time
: Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location:
CED303
Fee:
$100* (includes a $5 materials fee)
Instructor
: Sue Ericsson



F13 Exquisite New Worlds: The Great Japanese Landscape Artists Hokusai and Hiroshige NEW

This course will examine the lives and work of two of Japan’s greatest landscape artists, Hokusai (1760-1849) and Hiroshige (1797-1858). Hokusai had a long and productive life, creating his greatest works, including the iconic “Great Wave,” in his 70s.  Hiroshige specialized in landscapes for most of his career and, like Hokusai, designed some of his most creative work later in life. Their careers overlapped, and they took inspiration and incentive from each other’s work. When their work was first seen in the West in the latter part of the 19th century, it had a profound influence on the French Impressionists, Vincent van Gogh, and many more. We will look at the development of the Japanese landscape prior to Hokusai and Hiroshige and the course of each man’s life and career. Their greatest legacies were the wonderful woodblock printed landscapes that each designed, and we will see how these were produced. We will look at many of their great and innovative works and the impact they had at home and abroad.
This course will be presented in a series of illustrated lectures with time for questions.
Carol Dorman
has 20 years’ experience as an art dealer specializing in antique Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e). She has co-curated print exhibitions and lectured on related subjects in Toronto and Montreal. She developed her interest in the art and history of Japan while at university, receiving her M.A. in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1984.
Limited to 50 participants
Dates
: Oct. 7 – Dec. 2 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time:
Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location:
Oakham House, Riel Room
Fee:
$65
Instructor
: Carol Dorman



F14 The Stormy Winds of Change in the Modern Middle East NEW

Please note: This is a sequel to the course War and Peace in the Middle East and will examine the most current and up-to-date developments in that region.

Not since the Arab Spring of 2011 has the Middle East been in such turmoil as it is today. Plagued with endless conflicts, civil wars, terrorism, tribalism, and ethnic strife, it remains the most valuable and therefore most contested real estate in the world. It is home to the holiest sites of all three monotheistic religions, and contains the largest oil reserves and vital waterways, as well as providing the artery for trade and commerce between Asia and Europe. In this course, we will review and analyze the major social, political, military, ecological, and cultural storms besieging the region and endangering the entire world order. We'll examine the Syrian and Yemen civil wars; the age-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the divergent interests and goals in the Middle East of the super powers, the United States, Russia, and China; and the quest for hegemony in the region and the Islamic world by arch rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia. You will gain a much deeper understanding of the stormy winds blowing through the Middle East and their potential impact on the prospects for peace and prosperity around the world.
This is an interactive lecture course with extensive use of audio/visual material. Questions and discussion will be encouraged.
Amnon Zohar
is a retired hi-tech entrepreneur. Born and educated in Israel, he is a graduate of the Israeli Military Academy for Computer Sciences. Amnon studied Political Science at York University and International Relations at Tel-Aviv University. He has offered several courses at LIFE in the Middle East, football (soccer), and leadership.
Limited to 40 participants
Dates
: Oct. 7 – Dec. 2 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 14)
Time:
Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location:
Chelsea Hotel, Monarch Room
Fee:
$95
Instructor
: Amnon Zohar


F15 Discussion de films francophones XII

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 their historical, cultural, and social elements. The necessary vocabulary will be provided for each film so that you can participate in the conversation and exchange of ideas. As always, the films selected for this course are new to continuing participants. It is open both to new members and those who have already taken the previous courses.
This course follows previous courses,
Discussion de films francophones I to XI, and does require a solid background in French.

Dr. Françoise Mugnier
taught French language, culture, and civilization courses at the University of Toronto for 40 years and has been teaching this course on francophone films with the LIFE Institute for the last several years.
Limited to 25 participants
Dates:
Oct. 7 – Dec. 2 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 14)

Time:
Mondays, 4:10  – 5:50 p.m.
Fee:
$65
Location:
CED 303
Instructor
: Françoise Mugnier



F16 SPECIAL EVENT: Uncovered: Stevie Wonder and Prince

Presented by the Musical Stage Company
With music direction, vocal arrangements, and orchestrations by Reza Jacobs

Featuring:  Thom Allison (TV’s Killjoys, Broadway’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)
Jackie
Richardson (Soulpepper, Jazz legend) and more. And more!
Prince credited Stevie Wonder as a role model. Wonder said that Prince “took music to a whole other place.” These friends, sometimes collaborators, and groundbreaking icons, inspired each other and the world.

The Musical Stage Company’s 13th annual signature concert spotlights hit songs from these two hugely influential artists with wildly imaginative arrangements by music director Reza Jacobs. Featuring some of Canada’s most celebrated performers, UnCovered is a one-of-a-kind, unmissable event.
Limited to 120 participants
Date:
November 4
Time:
Monday, 8 p.m.
Fee:
$42
Location:
Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street W.
Coordinator:
Rayna Jolley
Seats for this performance are reserved but will not be pre-assigned. Tickets will be distributed to each individual at the venue on the night of performance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please Note:
No exchange or refund will be given after the final ticket order has been placed. Please address any concerns or complaints to the LIFE office and not to the theatre.
Company web site
: musicalstagecompany.com



Accessibility: The LIFE Institute is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact the office two weeks in advance of the first class if you have any particular accommodation requirements.