Friday Courses: Registration

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


F75 The Economist Seminar

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 class members have been directed to and discuss the challenging issues that are raised in those articles. Join us in a lively and respectful exchange of views.
Please Note:
class members will be able to subscribe to The Economist at a considerably reduced annual rate.
This is a discussion class, led by the course leaders.
Lloyd Cadsby
and Jay Waterman are both retired lawyers who have found there is LIFE after law by pursuing their interest in world events.
Limited to 30 participants
Dates:
Oct. 4 – Dec. 6 (10 sessions)
Time: 
Fridays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location
: CED303

Fee:
$75
Instructors
: Lloyd Cadsby and Jay Waterman



F76 For the Birds: Fall Walks

We will explore the city as we seek the best spots to observe some of the many birds that make Toronto their home, or at least a stopping point on their journeys. This course is a successor to the many successful ones led by our birding guru Doug Paton. The three co-leaders are far from having his knowledge of birds, but they are keen to learn more through experience and to enable the rest of the group to do likewise. A list of meeting places, all accessible by TTC, will be provided to all participants before the first walk. There will be opportunities to relax and discuss birds and other topics over lunch after walks. Walks are often on uneven ground, but the pace is leisurely. Wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and come prepared to enjoy the outdoors.
This is an outdoor course led by volunteer instructors.

Gary Chang, Simon Pearson
and Diana Sernick have all taken part in a number of birding courses. They are aware that they still have much to learn about birding but hope their enthusiasm will enable the group to learn along with them.
Limited to 35 participants
Dates:
Oct. 4Nov. 22 (8 sessions)
Time:
Fridays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.*
Locations: GTA: TTC accessible, to be advised

Fee:
$65
Leaders
: Gary Chang, Simon Pearson, and Diana Sernick
*Please note starting and ending times.



F77 Religions of the Ancient Near East NEW

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all have their roots in the religious beliefs of the cultures of the ancient Near East. We will examine the religions of ancient Mesopotamia (Sumer, Akkad, Assyria, and Babylon), Egypt, Anatolia (the Hatti and the Hittites), and the southern Levant (including the Canaanites and Israelites).  Participants will learn about the ancient religions that inspired the beliefs of the Israelites and ultimately led to the development of modern Abrahamic religions.
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 the University of Toronto’s excavations at Tell Ta’yinat, Turkey and Gadachrili Gora, Georgia.

Limited to 70 participants
Dates:
Oct. 4 – Nov. 22 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 – 11: 50 a.m.
Location: Textile Museum, Auditorium
Fee: $95
Instructor: David Lipovitch


F93 Tai Chi, Part One

Tai Chi rejuvenates your health and improves your quality of life. Practicing regularly increases your energy, improves your posture and flexibility, uplifts your mood, and improves your concentration. You will learn a simple and effective Tai Chi routine. You can practice at home, work, and while on vacation. Learn Tai Chi for a life enhancing experience. It will make you feel more confident and young at heart. Optional meeting for social tea after the class ends.
Note: Students must be able to stand up and exercise for one hour without sitting down. Wear loose fitting clothing and running shoes.
Warning: This course is not recommended for people with walking problems, use canes/walkers, get tired easily, and/or have serious health issues.

Sue Lam
is a health and wellness professional in community mental health and human resources. She has practiced Tai Chi for 20+ years and taught at LIFE Institute and community settings. Sue began training in Kung Fu as a child and later branched into Tai Chi at middle-age. She is an alumnus at Ryerson University with degrees in BCom, BSW, and MSW.
Limited to 20 participants

Dates:
October 18 – November 22 (6 sessions)
Time:
Fridays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (this is a one-hour class)
Location: RAC, Studio I
Fee
: $78

Instructor:
Sue Lam


F78 Video Editing with iMovie NEW

This introductory course is a hands-on, beginner tutorial on how to use Apple’s iMovie video editing computer software. The course will take participants step by step through the software and demonstrate how to do basic video editing with clips provided by the instructor and also by participants.

Topics include how to:

  • Import video clips onto your computer from various sources 
  • Create events and projects in iMovie
  • Use the editing interface
  • View source video and add clips to a Timeline
  • Use the Viewer or Browser Pane to organize/rate clips
  • Edit (cut) & fine tune (trim) clips
  • Add photos, transitions, and titles to your video
  • Add music, sound, and special effects to your video
  • Create stills from video clips
  • Export and share your movies

Requirements:

Participants must have basic computer skills with a Mac computer and come to class with a Mac-based laptop that has the iMovie software already installed (it comes with the Mac). Note: iPads are NOT a sufficient computing tool for this course.

This is an interactive course.


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 6 participants
Dates:
Oct. 4 – Nov 22 (8 sessions)
Time:
Fridays, 10:10 – 11: 50 a.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $65
Instructor: Karen Robbins
Please note: For those interested in learning how to produce short, story-based videos, another course entitled Creating Video Memories is also offered this term by the same instructor on Mondays at 12:10 - 1:50 p.m


F79 Why Do We Write?

Why do writers write? What is it about the creative process that inspires us? Using writing prompts as our main form of exploration, we will take a different ‘reason to write’ each week and examine it together. We will look at writing as a form of escapism and as a way of sharing our unique visions of the world. We’ll consider writing as a means of sharing our wisdom and life experiences or to live an alternate life of adventure. Another week we’ll focus on journaling and after that historical fiction and science fiction. We’ll also consider children’s stories and poetry and learn how to write a picture book. We’ll also look at excerpts from published pieces, discovering new things about ourselves as we ask: why do we write?
This course, taught by a leader in the subject, includes lectures, class discussions, and opportunities for writing. It has a similar theme to the course offered in the Winter 2019 semester, but is expanded, and offers all-new material. Beginners and seasoned writers are welcome!
Julia Hartley has a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of The Finding Place, and the director of Centauri Arts which runs camps, retreats, and classes in Ontario and worldwide. She has taught creative writing for over a decade.
Limited to 25 participants

Dates:
Oct. 4 – Nov. 22 (8 sessions)
Time:
Fridays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: Oakham House, Riel Room

Fee:
$95
Instructor
: Julie Hartley


F80 Jewish Issues on Film: Changing and Complex Realities NEW

This course will examine how issues pertinent to the Jewish community have been portrayed in movies from America and around the world, including topics ranging from support for Israel to the effects of the Holocaust, from anti-Semitism to inter-faith and inter-religious relationships. In such films as Exodus. Les Patriotes, A Stranger Among Us, Keeping the Faith, Angry Harvest, and The Pawnbroker, we will also look at how those depictions have changed over the years and what they often reveal about the Jewish (and sometimes non-Jewish) creators and stars of these often famous and iconic films.
This course involves a series of lectures and film clips, taught by a knowledgeable cinema critic, with some opportunity for discussion.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
has been an arts reporter, film critic, and programmer for over 25 years. He is the former chair of the Toronto Jewish Film Society and a co-founder of and regular contributor to the Critics at Large website. (http://www.criticsatlarge.ca/).
Limited to 40 participants
Dates:
Oct. 4 – Nov. 22 (8 sessions)
Time:
Fridays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location:
Oakham House, Riel Room
Fee:
$95

Instructor
: Shlomo Schwartzberg


F81 Leaving a Legacy: Your Life Story

You don’t have to be famous to have an interesting life story that deserves to be told and that will be treasured as a one-of-a-kind legacy by those you love today and by heirs you will never meet. In bygone days, this happened naturally because handwritten letters were passed from generation to generation. But today’s communications are usually by phone, email and text, resulting in too few personal archives being preserved. This course, which evolved from LIFE’s long-running Recording Recollections, will help you create your life story by breaking the mammoth process into small chunks of memories. This is a participatory class. You will be expected to write a new 500 – 1,400-word memoir to read aloud each week. For those who would like to produce a complete autobiography, you will weave your individual pieces together outside of class. This is not an instructional class as the time is spent listening to and commenting positively on each of the memoirs presented. Before the semester begins, you will be sent a comprehensive “starter” package. And there is a valuable after-class opportunity (at the nearby Oakham Cafe) to chat with your fellow memoirists about the projects we are all working on.
This is an interactive course involving participant participation and interaction.

Tamara Handler
is a former schoolteacher and an accomplished and enthusiastic memoirist. Martha Olynyk has been a long-time avid participant in Recording Recollections and Leaving a Legacy.
Limited to 14 participants
Dates:
Oct. 4 – Dec. 6 (10 sessions)
Time:
Fridays, 12:10 –1:50 p.m.
Location
: CED303

Fee:
$75
Instructors
: Tamara Handler and Martha Olynyk


F82 Swing That Music! The Legendary Big Bands and Bandleaders

Remember In the Mood, Take the A Train, Stardust, I’ll Never Smile Again? Come and relive the Swing Era as you gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the history and accomplishments of the greatest bandleaders of that fabulous time. We will examine the lives and music of these bandleaders and look at how they created some of the most exciting American dance music in history. We will also listen to some of their brilliant historic original recordings and learn the fascinating stories behind the greatest hits of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, the Dorseys, Artie Shaw, Harry James…and many, many more.
Participants will learn from an expert in the field through a series of illustrated lectures with archival recordings. A short reading list will be provided in the first class.  This is a repeat of a course previously offered at LIFE.
Jordan Klapman is a professional pianist, accompanist, bandleader, music director, composer, and music educator. Since 2005 he has presented unique popular musical lecture series throughout the GTA and beyond, including 16 music history courses at Ryerson’s LIFE Institute since 2012.

Limited to 70 participants

Dates:
Oct. 4 – Nov. 22 (8 sessions)
Time:
Fridays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m. 
Location:
Textile Museum, Auditorium

Fee:
$95
Instructor: Jordan Klapman


F83 Getting Out: Exploring Toronto’s Cultural Neighbourhoods (FRIDAY)

Public spaces, art galleries, eateries, and design boutiques are bellwethers of Toronto’s evolution. Over the course eight outings, we’ll visit neighbourhoods anchored by a glass art gallery and an artist’s private collection. Also, we’ll see street art and visit enclaves in Dupont and Miller, Harbourfront, the Junction, and more. Newcomers and returnees will see key exhibitions, meet gallerists and creatives, and discover great places to eat, drink, and support local entrepreneurs. Each week detailed itineraries will have been provided, and we’ll end with an optional coffee break.
This is an interactive, hands-on course. Itineraries will be emailed to participants in advance of each session.
Founder of Art InSite tours,
Betty Ann Jordan is an arts commentator and cultural tour maven. Trained as an artist, she also gives talks on art appreciation.
Limited to 40 participants

Dates: Oct. 4 – Nov. 22 (8 sessions)
Time:
Fridays, 1 - 3 p.m. *
Location:
Participants will be advised of each week’s meeting point by e-mail prior to the session.
Fee:
$95
Instructor:
Betty Ann Jordan
*Please note starting and ending times.

This course also is offered on Wednesdays at 1-3 p.m.
Please register for one session only.


F84 Tour the Wine Regions of the World NEW

Visit a variety of countries – without the high price of airfare or hotel – by tasting their wines and learn all about tasting. This one’s for newbies and veterans alike. With each new vintage there’s always something to learn, and each country offers up something different for our palates. Get to know which wines come from where and taste expressions of those wines. You’ll also discover what is in a bottle of wine from European wineries, which don’t always put the grape variety on their label.
This is a wine-tasting class offering expert information and sound advice.

Michael Pinkus
 has a love affair with wine that goes back over 20 years and continues to this day. He is a multi-award-winning journalist, as well as a national and international wine judge, and is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in numerous national and international magazines. He is also the sole writer for his website 
MichaelPinkusWineReview.com (formerly OntarioWineReview.com) and was President of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada (2000 – 2015).
Limited to 40 participants

Dates:
Oct. 4 – Nov. 22 (8 sessions)
Time:
Fridays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m. 
Location:
CED303

Fee:
$139*
Instructor: Michael Pinkus

*Cost of course includes $44 non-refundable materials fee.


F85 Victorian Tea and Tour at the Legislative Building, Queen's Park
S P E C I A L   E V E N T

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 a “parlour” of the 1890s for a Victorian tea and a festive musical recital. Enjoy tea, sandwiches, scones, and cream.
Limited to 58 participants
Date:
December 13
Time:
Friday, 2 – 4 p.m.
Fee:
$30
Coordinator:
John Webb
Location:
Lobby of the Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Ontario (north of the University Avenue/College Street intersection, Queen’s Park Subway on the Yonge/University line).

Please note: This event is for LIFE members only.
Please note the start time and arrive 10 minutes early.
Enter through the main doors of the Legislative Building.




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.