Weekend Courses: Registration

F86 Discovering the Power of Pranayama Breathing NEW

An ideal combination for happy and healthy day-to-day living is to have an energized body and a peaceful mind. This optimal balance is within the reach of all of us through the practice of transformational yogic breathing. In this class, we will explore pranayama breathing exercises that provide easy and simple ways to balance our elements, cleanse our body, open all the channels, and relax our mind. You will be carefully guided through the simple steps of these breathing practices to discover the hidden power of breathing.
This class will include lectures, discussion, and breathing exercises, supported by PowerPoint slides and videos.
Dechen Dorjee
holds a PhD in Tibetan Studies from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Varanasi, India. Currently, he serves as an advisor on the Education Policy Committee for the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto and is an international language instructor with the Toronto District School Board. He also serves as a cultural advisor to the Making Room Community Arts based in Parkdale.
Limited to 25 participants

Dates:
Oct. 5 – Nov. 23 (7 sessions, no class Oct. 12)
Time:
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location:
to be announced
Fee:
$85

Instructor
:
Dechen Dorjee


F87 Korea: A History NEW

The issues of Korean unification, North Korean bellicosity, and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula have made the headlines in recent months. The history of Korea before the Second World War and the Japanese colonization (1910 – 1945) remain a mystery for many. Yet long before the 20th century, Korea established itself as a centre of scientific innovation and culture. Ruined by repeated invasions and wars, threatened by its powerful neighbours, China and Japan, then Russia and the United States, Korea, against all odds, managed to preserve its cultural and political identity. From the first Kingdom of Korea (2333 BC) to the division of the peninsula in 1945 and its long-term consequences, come and discover the history of Korea.
Participants will learn through a series of illustrated lectures, taught by an expert.
Olivier Courteaux
received a BA in history, an MA in war and conflicts studies, and a PhD in contemporary international relations from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He has lectured at various Canadian universities, including Ryerson and the Royal Military College of Canada. He is the author of The War on Terror: the Canadian Dilemma (2009), Canada Between Vichy and Free France, 1940-1945, (2013) and Quatre Journées qui ébranlèrent le Québec, (2017) on Charles de Gaulles famous 1967 Vive le Québec Libre."
Limited to 300 participants

Dates:
Sept. 28 – Nov. 30 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 12 or Nov. 9)
Time:
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: LIB72
Fee: $95
Instructor: Olivier Courteaux


F88 Latin America: A Political History NEW

Latin America, comprised of a group of countries with diverse cultures, languages, landscapes and political systems, has a rich and complex past. This course will survey the tumultuous history of this region that has, at various times, undergone war, dictatorship, famine, economic boom, and foreign intervention. We’ll begin with the colonial period during which the native population was almost wiped out under the Spanish and Portuguese conquerors. As we move to the present day, we’ll view the emergence and evolution of republican Latin America and its relationship with Europe and the United States through key historical events, such as the wars of independence and the construction of the Panama Canal. We’ll also examine such topics as national identity, dependent development, political instability, populism and military dictatorship, the Cuban revolution and its aftermath, and the influence of the United States in both the political and cultural spheres.
This course will be in lecture format.
Dr. Alberto Munarriz
is a published scholar with a broad range of interests. Dr. Munarriz has taught in several secondary and postsecondary institutions. He is currently acting as an advisor to the team in charge of cataloguing and digitalizing the archive of the pioneering Argentine photographer Annemarie Heinrich, while keeping an active agenda as an educator.
Limited to 80 participants

Dates:
Oct. 5 – Nov. 30 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 12)
Time:
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: to be announced
Fee: $95
Instructor: Alberto Munarriz


F89 By Design: Our Public Spaces NEW

In the words of Vitruvius, the great Roman architect of the 1st century BCE, architecture provides “firmness, commodity, and delight.” This course will explore different types of public spaces using firmness (structural integrity), commodity (serving its purpose), and delight (stimulating the senses) as benchmarks. Each week we will focus on a different theme: spaces for living (from palaces to mobile homes); governing (the Agora in Athens to iconic buildings that house governments today); praying (from St. Peters to the Kaaba in Mecca); learning, playing (such as parks and structures built for the Olympics); and, shopping (from bazaars to malls). Using the Vitruvian philosophy, we will closely examine the built form and public spaces using both iconic examples and lesser known architectural gems. Throughout the course your instructor will inject examples of spaces she has visited, bringing her trademark personal experience to each class.
Participants will learn from an expert in the subject in a series of illustrated lectures.
Shermeen Beg is an internationally trained architect, turned educator, with a passion for architectural history, the built environment, and public spaces. She currently works at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
Limited to 60 participants

Dates:
Oct. 5 – Nov. 16 (6 sessions, no class Oct. 12)
Time:
Saturdays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location:
to be announced
Fee:
$78

Instructor
: Shermeen Beg


F90 Paris: 2,000 Years of History NEW

Two thousand years of history have created the eternal city of Paris, the capital of France, which owes its exceptional destiny to its geographical location, to the vitally important river Seine. Many of the decisive events that have shaped the course of events and the national character of France took place in Paris. We will examine how this exceptional city has managed to remain at the very core of French history since the Roman Empire and how its inhabitants have lived from the Middle Ages to today. A political, economic, and intellectual capital, Paris’ international prestige and its reputation as one of the world's most beautiful cities remain strong and secure.
Participants will learn through a series of illustrated lectures, taught by an expert.
Olivier Courteaux
received a BA in history, an MA in war and conflicts studies, and a PhD in contemporary international relations from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He has lectured at various Canadian universities, including Ryerson and the Royal Military College of Canada. He is the author of The War on Terror: the Canadian Dilemma (2009), Canada Between Vichy and Free France, 1940-1945, (2013) and Quatre Journées qui ébranlèrent le Québec, (2017) on Charles de Gaulles famous 1967 Vive le Québec Libre."
Limited to 300 participants

Dates: Sept. 28 – Nov. 30 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 12 or Nov. 9)
Time:
Saturdays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location:
LIB72
Fee:
$95
Instructor: Olivier Courteaux


F91 SPECIAL EVENT!     
A Lecture by Thomas S. Axworthy

Deciding Elections: The Electoral History of Canada

In the fall of 2019 Canadians will once again be deciding by their votes who will form the next government of Canada. The history of voting begins in Canada in 1791 and has evolved from a few men of property attending public meetings to support the candidate of their choice to today with millions of Canadians, both female and male, voting for hundreds of candidates supported by many thousands of party supporters and hundreds of millions of dollars. Elections are now the largest participatory events in Canada. This lecture will explore how and why Canadians choose the parties they do.
Thomas S. Axworthy has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and philanthropy. He served as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and was a key strategist on repatriation of the Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In 1984, Dr. Axworthy went to Harvard University, teaching at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2003, he left Harvard and was appointed Chair of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University. He is currently the Chair of Public Policy at Massey College and a distinguished senior fellow at both the Munk School of Global Affairs and Massey College.  His career in philanthropy began in 1986 with his appointment to the CRB Foundation where he initiated the Heritage Minutes and the National Heritage Fairs Programs. He continued that work from 1999 to 2005 at the Historica Foundation of Canada. To recognize his achievements in heritage education, civics, and citizenship, Dr. Axworthy was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada (2002). From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Axworthy was president and CEO of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. He has also worked extensively with the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government, being appointed Secretary General of the organization in 2011. He is the author of numerous books and articles of which the best known is Towards a Just Society, co-authored with Pierre Trudeau. He is a regular contributor to the opinion pages of the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post. He frequently appears as a commentator on public and national issues.
Limited to 100 participants
Date: September 28
Time:
Saturday, 1 – 3 p.m. 
Location:
to be announced

Fee:
$25
Speaker:
Tom Axworthy


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