Weekend Courses: Registration

Online registration for all Winter 2020 Saturday courses will begin Friday, December 6 at 7 a.m., and continue through the week.

N.B.: Course times, dates and locations listed are subject to change. Should this occur it is in order to obtain the best possible classroom space for members. Thank you for your flexibility, understanding and patience.

W20-56 The History of Scotland NEW

Scotland may have been politically united with England since the 17th century, but it has nonetheless never been transformed into an English province. One of the oldest nations in Europe, Scotland has successfully managed to maintain its distinctiveness. Its people, its language, its social organization, not to mention its feuding clans, its alliances, and even its unique approach to the 16th century Reformation, differentiate Scotland greatly from its southern neighbour. In 1997, the Scots voted in favour of the establishment of a new devolved Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and, in 2014, they rejected independence by referendum, ironically for fear of being left out of the European Union. With Brexit, they will likely be called to vote on the independence issue once again before long. This course will help discover or rediscover the long and complex history of Scotland and the Scots.

Participants will learn through a series of illustrated lectures, taught by an expert.

Olivier Courteaux received his BA in history, MA in war and conflict studies and 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 on Charles de Gaulle’s famous 1967 “Vive le Québec Libre,” (2017).

Limited to 120 participants

Dates: Feb. 1 – Apr. 4 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 15 or Mar. 21)
Time: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: $95
Location: LIB72
Instructor: Olivier Courteaux


W20-57 The History of the Hapsburgs NEW

This course presents the fascinating destiny of yet another exceptional European dynasty: the Hapsburgs. Born in a Swiss canton back in the 11th century, the Hapsburg dynasty rose to political prominence in the late 13th century when Count Rudolf was elected emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, the multi-ethnic patchwork of territories that developed in Central Europe following the collapse of ancient Rome. On November 11th, 1918, his descendant, Charles, renounced the Austrian imperial crown. From Rudolf to Charles, the Hapsburgs politically dominated a large swath of Europe for 700 years and transformed Vienna into a beacon of cultural enlightenment. The reigns of Marie-Theresa, the mother of Marie-Antoinette, Francis I, Napoleon’s father-in-law, and Franz-Joseph, the husband of the famous Elizabeth (Sisi), will be discussed. The collapse of the Austrian Empire in 1918 marked the end of a way of life, but the name Hapsburg continues to shine to this very day.

Participants will learn through a series of illustrated lectures, taught by an expert.

Olivier Courteaux received his BA in history, MA in war and conflict studies and 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 on Charles de Gaulle’s famous 1967 “Vive le Québec Libre,” (2017).

Limited to 120 participants

Dates: Feb. 1 – Apr. 4 (8 sessions, no class Feb. 15 or Mar. 21)
Time: Saturdays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Fee
: $95
Location: LIB72
Instructor: Olivier Courteaux


W20-58 Signature Architects and City Skylines

Imagine the Florentine skyline without Brunelleschi’s majestic Duomo or Barcelona without Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia or Istanbul without the plethora of mosques that are attributed to Mimar Sinan. This course takes participants on a journey through cities where architects and engineers have defined the skylines we have grown familiar with. Each week we will look at a different city and the architect who would make an indelible mark upon it. And we’ll also visit cities like Paris and Berlin, cities that owe their skyline not to one but to many prominent architects from around the world.

This is a lecture series taught by an expert in the field.

Please note this course was offered at LIFE during the Spring 2016 term.

Shermeen Beg is an architect turned educator and combines all her interests in art, architecture, and history by working at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Limited to 100 participants

Dates: Feb. 1 – Mar. 14 (6 sessions, no class Feb. 15)
Time: Saturdays, 1 – 3 p.m.

Fee: $78
Location: VIC105
Instructor: Shermeen Beg

 


Accessibility: The LIFE Institute is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact the office 2 weeks in advance of the first class if you have any particular accommodation requirements.