Tuesday Courses: Registration

N.B.: Due to class-size based on registration, room locations may change.


F17 Advances in Medicine: Leading Breakthroughs in Recent Times NEW

Medicine is advancing at a phenomenal rate with more and more important discoveries and pioneering research. This course will discuss the development of some of these recent advances now available to Canadians from their origins to the present. You will learn about their benefits and how to take advantage of them, as well as their limitations and disadvantages. This greater understanding may help you maintain better health and be more informed about the alternatives your personal physician may suggest. We’ll look at developments in vaccination, anaesthetics, germ theory, medical imaging, antibiotics, immunotherapy, stem cells and transplantation, and palliative care.
The sessions will be introduced with PowerPoint presentations that will be available for participants to see at home. Questions and discussion will be encouraged, and books and follow-up articles will be suggested.

Dr Philip Wood
is a retired surgeon who has worked for many years in central Africa. He has moderated a number of LIFE courses and travelled extensively.
Limited to 40 participants
Dates
: Oct. 8 – Nov. 26 (8 sessions)
Time
: Tuesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location
: ILLC, International Room
Fee: $65
Instructor: Dr. Philip Wood




F18 A Colour Explosion: Mixing Watercolours NEW

Watercolor painting is a wonderfully versatile and expressive medium. Whether you are new to the art form or at an intermediate level or a practiced painter, this artist-instructed course on specific techniques is designed to appeal to all levels. The focus of the sessions will be how to mix and use colour most effectively. Starting with a basic colour wheel to show the relationships between colours, we’ll discuss the differences between pigments and hues and learn how to create a mood through the use of colour.  Each week your instructor will demonstrate how a particular group of colours can be used with different subjects to create different effects. For example, here are some light-hearted suggestions: try Earth Colours for a fall landscape, I've Got The Blues for winter, The Green-Eyed Monster for florals, Neutral about Greys for cloudy days, Hot, Hot, Hot, for brilliant still lifes, Cool Man for an arctic painting, and, finally, Complementary Colours to add zip. You’ll get plenty of practice and helpful suggestions throughout the course.
This is a creative activity class. A list of colours will be discussed at the first class; you must bring in your own supplies for all sessions.
Lorraine Ireland
is a practicing artist and teacher with over 30 years’ experience. She has taught for many art institutions, art groups and schools including George Brown College, Sheridan College, Visual Arts Mississauga and the LIFE Institute.
Limited to 18 participants

Dates: Oct. 8 – Nov. 26 (8 sessions)
Time
: Tuesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location
: ILLC226
Fee: $95
Instructor: Lorraine Ireland




F19 Dilemmas in the News

Every day we are presented with global, national, and local issues that clearly have at least two sides, or that we just can’t figure out. In this era of political turmoil at home, in the US, and around the globe, dilemmas abound. The province v. the city; Trump, Ford, and populism; Trudeau, SNC Lavalin, and the federal election; environmental issues v. corporate interests v. taxpayers; the pros and cons of artificial intelligence; our rights to privacy; and a whole host of other issues present us with questions to which the answers are often not obvious. Members of the class will help determine which dilemmas will be discussed. Pairs of volunteers will be asked to research (normally online), and very briefly summarize in class (no more than five minutes) short articles that outline the various issues related to their chosen topic. The moderator will email the articles, which will form the basis of the class discussion, to the class in advance.
This is a discussion class with participant presentations on important issues.

Dr. Diane Schulman
was a chemistry faculty member and administrator at several US colleges, and served as Ryerson's Secretary of Senate and Director of Academic Initiatives for twelve years.  She was a member of the LIFE board and has been a long-standing LIFE moderator.
Limited to 30 participants

Dates: Oct. 8 – Nov. 12 (6 sessions)
Time:
Tuesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location
: Bond Place Hotel
Fee:
$55
Instructor
: Dr. Diane Schulman




F20 Interesting Explorations: More Walks Around Toronto

This course is intended for those who want to get some exercise while learning more about different areas of Toronto.  If you missed out on the Spring & Summer Walks, grab this opportunity. And if you enjoyed those walks, you can now extend the walking season. Each walk will explore and reveal more about a different area of Toronto and will include a visit to a site of historical, social, or intellectual importance, such as archives, temporary exhibits, and unusual small museums. Typically, each session will consist of 90 minutes of walking with a few pauses for information, and 30 minutes or more at the chosen site. We will start each walk at a different TTC subway station and end it at a point with good TTC access, but also near a suitable watering (and eating) hole where members of the class can share experiences and reactions to the day’s discoveries. The moderator will try to fit these walks to the weather and the available options for each Tuesday.
The walks and visits will be substantially different from those in the Fall 2018 course.
Simon Pearson
is a long-time LIFE member who has done just about every available volunteer job in LIFE Institute. He has led many different walks and moderated a variety of courses and enjoys learning along with the students in his classes.
Limited to 35 participants
Dates:
Oct. 8 – Nov. 26 (8 sessions)
Time:
Tuesdays,
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.*
Locations:
to be provided at a later date
Fee:
$65
Instructor: Simon Pearson
*Please note start and end times which will enable us to include more venues.




F21 Northern Lights: Crime Fiction Scandinavia! NEW

This course offers participants a look at some of the exciting writing that’s being done in Scandinavia in the world of crime fiction. We will examine the lives and times of writers as diverse as Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, the first and still among the best in the genre, Iceland’s Arnaldur Indridason, Denmark’s Peter Høeg, Norway’s Jo Nesbo, and Sweden’s Henning Mankell, Hakan Nesser, and Asa Larsson. The talks will include a look at the personal lives of these inventive writers whose work thrills readers around the world, and will consider why these northern writers have become so popular. Are they doing something different in their approach to mystery fiction? Do they bring a different nuance to crime fiction? We’ll also look at some of the fascinating characters that these northern writers have created, such as Kurt Wallander, Detective Erlendur, Rebecka Martinsson, and Martin Beck.
This is a lecture course, taught by an expert, with opportunity for discussion. A list of suggested readings will be made available, which will enrich your enjoyment of the classes, but they are not required reading.

Jeffrey Canton
has lectured on great travel writers, contemporary essayists, the memoir, the novella, and the Golden Age of detective fiction at the LIFE Institute, as well as at the Baycrest Learning Academy. He was for many years a lecturer in the Children’s Studies Program at York University. He’s also a writer and performer and has appeared as part of the Toronto Storytelling Festival, Myseum Intersections, Nuit Rose, and the Hamilton Fringe Festival.
Limited to 70 participants
Dates:
Oct. 8 – Nov. 26 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.

Location: Textile Museum, Auditorium

Fee: $95

Instructor: Jeffrey Canton




F22 Spies and Heroes, Poets and Singers: Jews Who Changed the World NEW

This course will explore the lives of individuals who made an impact on Jewish history during their lifetimes. We will examine the lives of Sarah Aaronson and the Nili Spies who thwarted the British Empire during WWI; Moe Berg, baseball player and WWII spy; Hannah Senesh, poet and hero, and Rachel, an early Israeli poet; Eli Cohen, an Israeli who infiltrated the highest levels of the Syrian government; Mickey Marcus, a West Point-trained US army officer who helped train the Israeli army; Zev Jabotinsky and other early Zionist leaders; Eliezer Ben Yehuda who revived the Hebrew language, and Righteous Gentiles – individuals who saved Jews during the Holocaust.
The course will be in lecture format with videos and discussion.

Karen Goodis
retired in 2015 after running religious education programs in various synagogues in Toronto. Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Karen has a BA from Vassar College, a Masters of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College, and a M.Ed. from USC. Having enjoyed LIFE courses for the last few years, teaching at LIFE is one of the first things she wanted to do upon retiring.

Limited to 50 participants

Dates: Oct. 8 – Nov. 26 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.

Location: Chelsea Hotel, Monarch Room

Fee: $65

Instructor: Karen Goodis



F92 The Classic Personal Finance Books – And How to Read Them! NEW

“Spend less. Save more. Avoid debt. Invest for the long term. Make your money last as long as you do.”
These are the slogans you hear every day from financial advisors and media personalities. But how do you put these lessons into practice? How do you go from A to Z without getting sidetracked? In this course, we will discuss the advice and strategies dispensed by authors of popular personal finance books and find ways to get a better grip on our finances.
Ellen Roseman
is a personal finance journalist who wrote for the Toronto Star for twenty years and was previously with the Globe and Mail. She is the author of seven books on money, investing and consumer issues.
Limited to 70 participants
Dates:
Oct. 8 – Dec. 3 (8 sessions, no class October 22)
Time:
Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location:
ILLC, International Room
Fee:
$95
Instructor:
Ellen Roseman



F23 Creative Writing – Just for Fun!

This workshop is designed for those with little or no writing experience. Participants will be given fun assignments, both in class and at home, to try their hand at writing short fictional pieces. Each will focus on specific aspects of writing. There will be in-class group work where appropriate, and many pieces will be read and discussed in class. Internet access is required for sharing of notes and assignments.
This is an interactive class with participant writing in class and at home expected.

Dr. Diane Schulman
, as a former chemistry faculty member and administrator at several US colleges, authored various articles and a text on topical science. Later, as Secretary of Senate and Director of Academic Initiatives at Ryerson, she was responsible for the writing of policies and reports. After retirement her interest turned to the writing of fiction. She continues to take writing courses and to pursue her own work. She is a long-standing LIFE instructor and also leads a discussion course entitled “Dilemmas in the News.”

Limited to 20 participants
Dates:
Oct. 8 – Nov. 12 (6 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location:
Bond Place Hotel
Fee:
$55
Instructor: Dr. Diane Schulman




F24 A History of Folk Music  NEW

This course will explore the history of folk music and its relationship to some of the key political events of the 20th century. We will start with Joe Hill, the labor activist and songwriter, and work our way through some of the famous and lesser known musicians of that period. Your instructor will talk about folk legends like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and share some of his first-hand experiences. The course will include relevant topics that inspired and are reflected in the music, such as the civil rights and anti-Viet Nam movements, events in Chile, Nicaragua, and anti-apartheid movements around the world. And you’ll get a chance to sing your favourites from the past at every class. Come along and join in!

Participants will learn from an expert in the field through a series of illustrated lectures.

Jerry Gray is a banjo player and was a founding member and lead singer of the Canadian folk group, The Travellers. He still leads a version of The Travellers and appears as a solo performer at concerts and community events.
Limited to 70 participants

Dates
: Oct. 8 – Nov. 26 (8 sessions)

Time
: Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.

Location
: Textile Museum, Auditorium

Fee: $95
Instructor: Jerry Gray




F25 This Digital Life NEW

Do you feel left behind by our digital world? Wish someone would take the time to explain things in straightforward language? Well here’s a unique six-lecture series that will help you put our digital world into context and along the way gain practical tips to make your online experience more productive; safe and enjoyable. This is a course for beginners; no base of knowledge is expected. First, we will explore the Internet: how did it start and where is it going? We’ll move on to discover strategies to keep us safe from online scams and rogue websites, learn to reconstruct our passwords, and protect private information. Many of us 'Google' everyday, but are we getting the most out of this service? We will explore how to use this valuable tool more effectively. Then we’ll get a high-level view of the world of social media and consider its social impact. Online shopping and Amazon will come next. We will delve into the history of this internet giant, its innovations and acquisitions and then learn how to safely navigate the world of online shopping. YouTube has something for everyone, but it can be a challenge finding relevant and well-produced content. As we wrap up the series, we will take a deeper look at YouTube’s offerings, discover some hidden gems, and offer practical tips on how to get the most out of this popular site. This course will have you walking away feeling empowered; familiar with broad concepts, armed with practical tips, and ready take full advantage of these wonderful digital tools.
This is an introductory course, designed specifically for those who feel intimidated or left behind by the prevalence of technology in our everyday lives. It will be a lecture course with some time for questions and discussion.
Through her business Retired & Wired, Katherine Prigge specializes in teaching modern technologies such as devices and apps to older audiences that weren’t ‘born into’ the digital age. Having worked in technology since the Internet was in its infancy Katherine brings a unique perspective to her teaching, combining the stories behind the Internet phenomenon with practical tips for navigating this digital world. Her ‘ground up’ approach makes her lectures and workshops accessible, enjoyable and practical for older adult learners.

Limited to 30 participants
Dates: Oct. 8 – Nov. 12 (6 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.

Location: Chelsea Hotel, Monarch Room

Fee:  $55

Instructor: Katherine Prigge




F26 The Assassin’s Creed NEW

In this course we will investigate the cabals, secrets, plots, controversies, and characters behind some of history’s most infamous assassinations. We will explore how and why the lives and deaths of these victims changed (or in some cases, failed to change) the course of human affairs by situating these events in their broader historical context and cultural landscape. From Julius Caesar, whose ambition transformed the Roman Republic into one of the most seminal empires in history, through King Louis XVI and his young, naïve bride Marie Antoinette, whose deaths drowned the French nation in a tide of Revolutionary blood, all the way to the mystery surrounding the deaths of Robert and John F Kennedy – whose untimely ends changed a nation forever. Included as well will be famous victims such as Abraham Lincoln, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Rasputin, Martin Luther King Jr., and more.
This course will be delivered in lecture format.

Paul Diaz
has an MA in History and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, and has taught history, civics, and literature at a senior level. His main areas of interest are history and psychology, although before teaching he also trained in criminology. Paul enjoys working with students of all ages and believes that spreading a passion for learning is not merely a job – but a genuine vocational calling. 

Limited to 45 participants

Dates: Oct. 8 – Nov. 26 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.

Location: Chelsea Hotel, Monarch Room

Fee:  $95

Instructor: Paul Diaz




F27 Chess for Beginners

If you have always wanted to learn to play chess, or you did learn but you could use a review from the start, this course may be for you. It will begin with the basics: the layout of the board; how each of the pieces move, special and exceptional moves; the promotion of pawns; the object(s) of the game and how a game is won or drawn. Elementary playing possibilities will be presented in a demonstration lecture, where participants will be encouraged to raise questions which the instructor will hope to answer satisfactorily. The ideas will then be put into practice in actual games between class members. These may be games between individual participants or group games where one half of the class plays the other half. In either case, the course leader will be sticking his nose in and discussing the game(s) in progress to ask questions and make suggestions.
This course is intended as an introduction that will serve to prepare participants to move on to the next stage represented by the course Chess Strategy and Tactics.

Byron Wall
taught at York University (Mathematics & Statistics and Science & Technology Studies). Over 50 years ago, he was the New Orleans Junior Chess Champion and winner of various runner-up prizes in chess tournaments including the US Open and the Canadian Open. In ages past he taught chess classes and ran chess clubs.
Limited to 14 participants

Dates:
Oct. 8 – Dec. 3 (9 sessions)
Time:
Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $70
Instructor: Byron Wall




F28 Combatting Climate Change NEW

It is now widely recognized that fossil-fueled climate disruption poses an existential threat to humanity. Combatting climate disruption by curbing greenhouse gas emissions may require a much more serious effort than those currently underway or proposed. Is a mobilization plan, similar to wartime mobilization, perhaps the answer? Similarities do exist between a state of war and climate disruption, and the mobilization techniques used in wartime may be what is needed to rapidly curb these dangerous emissions before time runs out. In this course we will explore the need for combatting climate disruption and the potential benefit of a climate mobilization plan.
Participants will learn from an expert in the subject in a series of illustrated lectures with an opportunity to ask questions.

Dr. Dennis Bartels was a professor of anthropology for many years at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus. His publications include Wartime Mobilization to Counter Severe Global Climate Change (2001).
Limited to 40 participants

Dates
: Oct. 8 – Nov. 12 (6 sessions)

Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location
: Oakham House, Riel Room
Fee: $78
Instructor: Dennis Bartels




F29 How History Changed the Face of Islam NEW

In current times, Muslims all over the world appear to be confused and fragmented into groups, each group with its own interpretation of their religion. How History Changed the Face of Islam traces the journey of Islam in which successive generations of scholars passed Islamic laws and introduced traditions that became binding for future generations. The idea of reforming the religion as times changed was branded heretical by the ulema, stopping progress in its tracks. Over its 1400-year history, Islam spread well beyond the Arabian Peninsula with subtle and significant changes in the original ideology. This course spells out the influence of its history on the legacy of Islam.
This is an illustrated lecture series, with opportunity for discussion, taught by an expert in the field.

Uzma Siddiqui
has an MBA with over twenty years of corporate experience in finance, consulting, and training and over ten years of teaching experience, including at Ryerson University. Her vision is to reclaim Islam and present it as a religion of love, harmony, tolerance, and progress.
Limited to 45 participants

Dates
: Oct. 8 – Nov. 26 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location
: Bond Place Hotel
Fee
: $95

Instructor
: Uzma Siddiqui




F30 Marijuana 101

Marijuana edibles will be legal across Canada this October! This course will demystify cannabis, offering how-to sessions on buying and using marijuana safely. Discussions will include the drug's history and how acceptance of marijuana has changed over time. You'll learn details about the new Canadian law in plain language. Classes will cover the science of marijuana, how it works on the body and mind, and compare it to pharmaceuticals. We'll delve into the wide variety of cannabis strains, and the language and jargon associated with marijuana.  Dust off your lava lamps!

This will be a directed course with research and content prepared by the instructor.Videos and images will be included with plenty of time allotted for questions and discussion. Online access is not required.
*Please note: This course was previously offered at LIFE in 2018.
As a director of communications for a national television network, David Ellis entertained crowds with his knowledge of theatre, music, and the visual arts. As a government spokesperson, he held court on a variety of complex policies. Now, he uses his presentation skills to demystify marijuana.
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: Oct. 8 – Nov. 12 (6 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: CED303
Fee: $55
Instructor: David Ellis




F31 The Rise of Populism, Nationalism, and Autocratic Regimes: A New World Order? NEW

Populism is a political framework pitting the virtuous ordinary masses against the nefarious or corrupt elites. Populism is also often combined with a “host” ideology which can be right-wing conservatism, left-leaning liberalism, or even socialism. The election of Donald Trump in 2016 has revived populism in the United States and is seemingly upending democratic norms and threatening democratic institutions. This course examines the origins and challenges posed by the rise of populism, nationalism, and autocratic regimes in Europe, the United States, and South America. We will review the social, economic, and political conditions that have given rise to these so-called movements. We will examine the role of globalization, wealth inequality, poverty, civil wars, mass migration and dislocation in setting the stage for populist demagogues to ascend to power. And finally, we will tackle this vital geopolitical question: will populism and nationalism lead to the spread of autocratic forms of government around the world, including even a form of fascism, that system that dominated Europe in the early 20th century? We will ask: are liberal democracies and global alliances and institutions a thing of the past?
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 MilitaryAcademy 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 60 participants

Dates: Oct. 8 – Nov. 26 (8 sessions)
Time:
Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location:
Textile Museum, Auditorium
Fee:
$95

Instructor:
Amnon Zohar




F32 Toronto: 15,000 Years of History NEW

Join an expert on local history for a comprehensive view of our city from its beginnings to the present day. Why was Toronto established in this location? Who were the Orange men who ran the city and what did they accomplish? How did Toronto become the multicultural city it is today? Find out which is the oldest building and how some of our streets got their names. As well as your lecturer, some outstanding guest speakers, such as David Crombie, will peel back the city’s past. And you’ll be taken on an informative tour of one of Toronto’s most fascinating areas.
Participants will learn from an expert in the field through a series of illustrated lectures.

Bill Genova is a well-known historian, writer, photographer, broadcaster, reporter, storyteller, and tour guide. Over the last 20 years, Bill has conducted frequent tours around Toronto and southern Ontario. In addition, he has written many articles on the history of Toronto, and currently publishes an E-newsletter about Toronto.
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Oct. 8 – Nov. 26 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location:
ILLC, International Room

Fee:
$95

Instructor
: Bill Genova




F33 Chess Strategy and Tactics

This course is intended for participants who know the basics of how to play chess and want to improve their playing and their understanding of this ancient and ever-challenging game. Classes will examine some features of the three major parts of the game—opening, middle game, and endgame—with the object of giving participants tangible principles and goals to help them understand and plan actual games. This is an ongoing course that evolves to suit the wishes of those enrolled.
The course is for those who know and play the game but want to progress farther in skill, and who are willing to toss strategic ideas back and forth with others. Players new to chess or who have forgotten the basic rules are encouraged to take the preceding course,
Chess for Beginners, before going on to this course.
Byron Wall
is retired from teaching at York University (Departments of Mathematics & Statistics and Science & Technology Studies). Over 50 years ago, he was the New Orleans Junior Chess Champion and winner of various runner-up prizes in chess tournaments including the US Open and the Canadian Open. In ages past he taught chess classes and ran chess clubs.
Limited to 10 participants

Dates:
Oct. 8 – Dec. 3 (9 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 4:10 – 5:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $70
Instructor: Byron Wall





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