Thursday Courses: Registration

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

F53 Creating Photobooks 10AM

Create Photobooks and have a hard copy of your photos. While it is convenient to have pictures on our phones to share, many of us have so many photos from a particular occasion (e.g., a trip, birthday party, family event) that it is better to have them all arranged in a printed Photobook. Participants will actually put together a Photobook during this course (though it does not have to be printed if one does not want to). We will use Picaboo.com which enables participants to work on this and future Photobooks on their home computer or laptop. An internet connection is required to download the book-making program and to upload the finished book when it is ready for printing. The skills learned will enable participants to create other Photobooks in the future using most Photobook programs.

Prerequisites:

  • PC or MAC users with a working knowledge of computer basics. Please note, Picaboo.com does NOT work on tablets or phones, only on computers.
  •  Several computers are available for use in the classroom, but it is preferable that participants bring their own laptops to this class.
  •  Alternatively, with a Ryerson Library card, you can borrow a fully charged laptop computer for four hours.

This is an interactive course.

Nan Weiner has been creating her own photobooks for years and enjoys showing others how to make these very special albums.
Limited to 8 participants
Dates:
Nov. 7 – 28 (4 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location
: VIC607A
Fee:
$45
Instructor
: Nan Weiner
Please note: this 4-session course is offered at three different times on the same day. Sign up for only one session.



F54 Dare to be Different: Unconventional and Innovative Approaches to the Novel NEW

The death of the novel has been predicted for nearly a century, but writers keep finding new ways to explore this most deft of literary forms and creating new ways of exploring what novels can do. This course challenges readers to enjoy some of the exciting, innovative, and utterly daring new ways of novel writing that have made contemporary literature more exciting than ever. It looks at writers from Canada, the United States, Iceland, Argentina, Scotland, Wales, and Italy and considers how these novels differ from more traditional fiction and how in sync these books are with the challenges and changes of the contemporary world. Participants will also be asked to consider how we read and why and what we look for in the books that we choose. We’ll consider questions about point of view, narrative structure, and language play as we follow some of the most inventive fiction being created today. Books to be discussed include Carys Davies’ West, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, Jennifer Egan’s Visit from the Goon Squad, and Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through Slaughter.
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, and the novella at 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 40 participants
Dates:
Oct. 10 – Nov. 28 (8 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location:
CED303
Fee:
$95
Instructor: Jeffrey Canton


F55 Hey, Hey! We’re the 60s!

We will reflect on how the formative events of the 60’s had a powerful and lasting impact that continues to reverberate today – not only on the world stage, but also close to home in Canada and Toronto. Audience engagement will be pivotal as participants reflect on one of the most tumultuous decades in history with questions like: “Where were you when...?” and “How did I miss that?” The uniqueness of this course will be the use of actual media – live archive samples of original Toronto 60’s newspapers and magazines. Early issues of The Toronto Star, the Toronto Telegram, Toronto Life and others, as well as souvenirs from landmark sporting events, will enable participants to see and read about not just the big events, but also those that flew under the radar.
This course, taught by an expert in the subject, will involve illustrated lectures with some discussion. Please note: This course is a repeat of one offered in the Spring 2019 term
Peter Willson
is a graduate of the Radio and Television Arts Program at Ryerson. He spent 25 years at Rogers/Maclean Hunter in sales and marketing on various publications, including Maclean’s and Chatelaine. As Associate Publisher of Hello! Canada, Peter played a key role in helping shape the coverage of celebrity news and human-interest stories in Canada and around the world.
Limited to 30 participants
Dates:
Oct. 3 – Nov. 21 (8 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: Chelsea Hotel, Monarch Room

Fees:
$65
Instructor: Peter Willson




F56 The Holocaust Re-Examined

Recent public opinion polls in Canada, the United States, Europe, and elsewhere have shown an appalling lack of even rudimentary knowledge of the Holocaust, one of the defining events of the 20th century, if not human history. This lack of even basic knowledge, such as what is Auschwitz, poses several risks – a rise in anti-Semitism in particular and an indifference to present-day and future genocides. Focusing on discrete aspects of the Holocaust that may not be well known may help to provide a better understanding of the impact of the Holocaust on the individual and collective levels and point out events that may be harbingers of future genocides.
Participants will learn through a series of illustrated lectures by an expert in the subject. The first five weeks of this class will contain new material. The last three weeks include some material taught in a previous course.
Eric Gertner
is the co-founder of the Supreme Court Law in 1978. He was Director of Research at McCarthy, Tetrault, Canada’s first national law firm, and adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1981 to 2011. He has taught a course on Law and the Holocaust and lectured on a number of the topics to be addressed in this course.
Limited to 100 participants
Dates:
Oct. 3  Nov. 21 (8 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location:
ILLC, International Room

Fee:
$95
Instructor
: Eric Gertner



F57 Thursday Morning at the Opera

La Forza del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi; starring Leontyne Price

Werther by Jules Massenet; starring Jonas Kaufman

Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak; starring Renée Fleming

La Rondine and Il Tabarro by Giacomo Puccini; starring Angela Gheorghiu

When the fall term begins, LIFE music lovers can always count on another offering of superb operas in a course designed to enlighten as well as entertain. Lectures to provide context and inside information on each selection by Professor Eric Domville are followed by DVD presentations of the complete opera. Opening the season will be the dazzling Leontyne Price in La Forza del Destino by Verdi, one of his most ambitious works examining the role of a pitiless fate in the lives of his characters. Massenet’s Werther, based on Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, is next. One of opera’s most moving depictions of impossible love, it stars the incomparable Jonas Kaufman as the brilliant and doomed artist defying society’s conventions. Rusalka by Dvorak, based on Czech fairy tales, casts its spell with beautiful, dreamlike music, including the famous “Song to the Moon” aria. Renée Fleming stars as Rusalka, a water sprite, who falls in love with a prince and risks a terrible fate to experience human love. The season will finish with two less well-known Puccini operas, La Rondine and Il Tabarro. La Rondine (the swallow), inspired by Viennese operetta such as The Merry Widow, tells the story of love between a kept woman from high society and a naive younger man of moderate means. Il Tabarro (the cloak) is a one-act opera, the first of a triple bill of operas known as Il Trittico. Set in Paris on the banks of the Seine, it is Puccini’s darkest work presenting a story of adultery, betrayal, and revenge.
This class is led by a LIFE instructor, and the full-length performances of the operas (on DVD) are introduced by an expert in the field.
Marcel Deurvorst
, lifelong opera and classical music aficionado, continues in his fourteenth year of presenting superb music to LIFE members from his own and David Gates’ CD/DVD collections. As always, Professor Eric Domville, University of Toronto Professor Emeritus, lecturer, broadcaster, and writer, will introduce these five operas.
Limited to 70 participants

Dates:
Oct 3 – Nov. 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.*
Location: Textile Museum, Auditorium

Fee: $75
Instructor: Marcel Deurvorst
*Please note starting and ending times



F58 Age of the Pharaohs: A Whirlwind History of Ancient Egypt       

Spanning more than 3,000 years, ancient Egypt is among the world’s greatest civilizations. Join us for a whirlwind journey – from the time before the pyramids, through the birth of language and religious thought, across the Valley of the Kings and Tutankhamun’s golden treasures, and Ramses’ triumphs – all the way to the conquest of Alexander and the tragedy of Queen Cleopatra. This course will take you on a rich and engaging adventure exploring the great events, characters, beliefs, and tremendous feats of art and architecture that characterized this magnificent era. Enjoy a visit to this ancient and fascinating land as we explore its historical and cultural past and meet some of its outstanding people.
This is an illustrated lecture series, with some opportunity for questions and discussion, taught by an expert in the field.  It is a repeat of a course previously taught at LIFE.
Laura Ranieri is an Egyptologist (University of Toronto), writer, and founder-director of Ancient Egypt Alive (www.ancientegyptalive.com). She has excavated in Egypt at the sites of Amarna and Asasif and has developed/led specialized Egyptian history tours. As an educator, she has presented extensively on ancient Egypt at museums, symposiums, and libraries across North America.
Limited to 45 participants
Dates: Oct 10 – Nov. 28 (8 sessions)

Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location
: Oakham House, Layton and Margaret Laurence Rooms

Fee:
$95
Instructor
: Laura Ranieri



F59 Becoming Comfortable with Your iPad

Are you a new or inexperienced user of your iPad? This course, for people with iPads using the latest operating system (iOS 12.x),  will introduce the Settings options and explain the basics of some of the programs that come with your iPad, such as Mail,  Safari, Contacts, iTunes, Music, and Cameras. We will also introduce the App store, show how to organize your apps, suggest utilities, and teach how to troubleshoot app problems. The course will suggest a number of good free apps for travellers, games, finance, entertainment, reading, and news, plus tips for Google searching, and more.
This is a participatory course led by an experienced instructor. You will need to bring your iPad along with your Apple ID and password to class each week.
Dorothy Rubinoff
spent her career as an IT Trainer and software expert, for the last 18 years at the Ontario Securities Commission. She has spent the past eight years learning all of the ins and outs of the iPad and is thrilled to share her findings.
Limited to 15 participants
Dates:
*Sept. 26 – Nov. 14 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: CED303

Fee:
$65
Instructor
: Dorothy Rubinoff
*Please note early starting date for this course.



F60 Creating Photobooks 12PM

Create Photobooks and have a hard copy of your photos. While it is convenient to have pictures on our phones to share, many of us have so many photos from a particular occasion (e.g., a trip, birthday party, family event) that it is better to have them all arranged in a printed Photobook. Participants will actually put together a Photobook during this course (though it does not have to be printed if one does not want to). We will use Picaboo.com which enables participants to work on this and future Photobooks on their home computer or laptop. An internet connection is required to download the book-making program and to upload the finished book when it is ready for printing. The skills learned will enable participants to create other Photobooks in the future using most Photobook programs.
Prerequisites:
 

  • PC or MAC users with a working knowledge of computer basics. Please note, Picaboo.com does NOT work on tablets or phones, only on computers.
  • Several computers are available for use in the classroom, but it is preferable that participants bring their own laptops to this class.
  • Alternatively, with a Ryerson Library card, you can borrow a fully charged laptop computer for four hours.

This is an interactive course.

Nan Weiner has been creating her own photobooks for years and enjoys showing others how to make these very special albums.
Limited to 8 participants
Dates:
Nov. 7 – 28 (4 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location
: VIC607A
Fee:
$45
Instructor
:
Nan Weiner
Please note: this 4-session course is offered at three different times on the same day. Sign up for only one session.


F61 Embrace Your Third Act

Imagine if the next stage of your life could include the very BEST years of all! How do you want to live, use your time, and find purpose if you’re going to live 20 to 30 more years? Longevity is determined by both genes (25%) and lifestyle (75%). When you start paying more attention to your health, you have the capacity to retrain your mind to exercise your body and maintain a productive lifestyle to enjoy your Third Act! This course will be presented from a holistic perspective, discussing alternative health practices, natural foods, supplements, and remedies based on science-proven studies. Gain more knowledge about the benefits of nutrition, fitness, and relaxation techniques to increase your energy, improve sleep, and stimulate your memory.
This course will include group activities,
food tasting, and guest speakers on related topics. A different version has been previously offered at LIFE.
Join Rani Glick,
Certified nutritionist and functional aging specialist for this workshop.
Limited to 25 participants

Dates:
Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 (6 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location
: ILLC226

Fee:
$65*
Instructor
: Rani Glick
*Please note: The course fee includes a $10 materials charge.


F62 Greatest Female Thinkers and Scientists NEW

Let's meet the great female thinkers of this century and discover how our lives have been transformed by their vision. Did you know that a key piece of evidence that cracked the genetic code was identified by Rosalin Franklin? That a World War II secret communications system was invented by a Hollywood screen goddess? That Caroline Herschel identified over 2500 planets? Female scientists discovered the first complete dinosaur fossil and nuclear fission, as well as how DNA jumps inside our cells; they programmed the first computers and made the greatest number of orbits of earth in space. We will explore the achievements of women in anthropology, archeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, science, engineering, medicine, physics, and psychology. History has neglected the contributions of women in academia at great peril. In the words of Mae West, “If you want something done right, get a couple of gals to do it.” How right she was!
This course is led by a lecturer.
David Chandross
, BSc, MSc, MEd, PhD is currently a professor in residence at Humber College where he leads initiatives in simulations and serious game development. He is a two-time award-winning game designer who collaborates with numerous organizations to improve learning. Clients include the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Elections Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Senior Executive of the Chang School at Ryerson, Baycrest Health Sciences and the College of Family Physicians, Ontario.
Limited to 100 participants

Dates:
Oct. 3 – Nov. 21 (8 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: ILLC, International Room

Fee: $
95
Instructor
: David Chandross


F63 Let’s Go North of Bloor, Part Two: Food Culture Tours in North Toronto, Markham, and Scarborough NEW

We will experience an eclectic mix of delicious foodie epicentres in North York, North Toronto, Markham, and Scarborough. Each tour will begin with a short talk about the historical/cultural distinctions and foods. Each location is accessible by public transit or car. Venues will be chosen based on proximity to one another along Wilson Avenue, Yonge Street, Lawrence Avenue East, Finch Avenue East and West, and Steeles Avenue East. New tour locations and extra stops of interest may be added. Walking will be minimal and shopping time will be provided for everyone.
The itinerary for this course will be different from Part 1. It is not necessary to have participated in the previous course to take Part 2. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase food items during the walks.
Rosalin Krieger
earned a master’s degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and is a global lecturer, education consultant, literary advisor, editor, writer, and visual artist based in Toronto. She is an award-winning broadcaster, a member of Canadian Women in Food, and an intrepid food consultant/enthusiast. She hosts social-historical food tours in North Toronto, Markham, Thornhill, and Richmond Hill.
Limited to 30 participants
Dates:
Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 (6 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: Participants will be advised by email

Fee:
$78
Instructor
: Rosalin Krieger


F64 Mystics, Heretics, Saintly Madmen, and Holy Fools in World Spiritual Traditions NEW

In this course we will examine extraordinary spiritual personalities representative of the paradigm of sacred madness, as well as the religious traditions to which they belonged (including Christianity, Judaism, Hellenistic tradition, Islam, and Tibetan Buddhism). Concepts central to our discussion will include orthodoxy and heresy, canon and deviance, mysticism and gnosis, as well as what Michel Foucault aptly called “the technologies of the Self.” Our focus will be on cultural developments and beliefs, which informed and brought to prominence such representatives of saintly subversion as Hebrew prophets, early Christian mad saints (Saloi), Western mystics (e.g. Francis of Assisi), as well as Tibetan Buddhist (Düdjom Lingpa) and Sufi (Rumi) visionaries. They might have appeared subversive and their teachings inconceivable, but they have left an important mark in history and their legacy endures to this day.
Participants will learn from an expert in the field through a series of illustrated lectures. The course instructor will provide a reading list, hand-outs, and a course website with the schedule and discussion questions.
Svitlana Kobets has lectured on culture, religious studies, literature and film at several North American and European universities and programs for life learners, including the University of Notre Dame and St. Michael’s College CE Program. Her research bridges late antiquity, the middle ages, and modernity, and she is deeply interested in sharing her knowledge about world literature, spiritual traditions and cultures. Svitlana’s PhD dissertation (University of Illinois) discusses the Eastern Orthodox tradition of holy foolishness in Byzantium and Russia.

Limited to 50 participants
Dates: Oct. 10 – Nov. 28 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: Chelsea Hotel, Monarch Room
Fee: $95
Instructor: Svitlana Kobets




F65 Simply Brill: Great Songwriters and Songs of the 1960s

Professional musician Jordan Klapman reprises and updates his hugely “edutaining” pop music course about the Brill Building, the home of America’s last great popular song factory. In this course we will examine the history and accomplishments of the predominantly Jewish songwriters who created some of the most innovative and iconic popular music of the 1960s. Participants will enjoy dozens of now-classic hit songs, sung by some of the top vocal entertainers of the 1960s, written by legendary songwriters Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Leiber and Stoller, Phil Spector… and many others!
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 an updated version 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. 3 – Nov. 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: Textile Museum, Auditorium
Fee: $95
Instructor: Jordan Klapman




F66 Are Expensive Wines Better? NEW

This is the ultimate experiment for your palate. Is wine better because it is worth more or are you just being tricked to spend more? Each week we’ll try wines from different parts of the world, all at different price points. Together we’ll taste, discuss, and then determine if the more expensive wine is better or not worth its higher price.
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 3 – Nov. 21 (8 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location:
CED303
Fee: $139*
Instructor: Michael Pinkus
*Cost of course includes $44 non-refundable materials fee.



F67 The Beatles and their World

This course will track the musical development of the Beatles, starting from the earliest days in Liverpool and Hamburg, moving on through the excitement of Beatlemania, the rush of psychedelia, and the maturity of Abbey Road. While the focus will be on the music, we will also consider how recording techniques, the music business, the music of other artists, and the culture of the 1960s affected John, Paul, George, and Ringo as they created their enduring body of work.
This course, taught by an expert in the field, includes illustrated lectures and song clips. It is a repeat of a course previously taught at LIFE.
Dr. Mike Daley
holds a PhD in music from York University and has lectured at several universities and retiree learning programmes around Toronto. He is a musicologist, specializing in the history of popular music. Mike has also toured the United States and Canada as a musician with Jeff Healey, the Travellers, and others, and has appeared on dozens of recordings as a guitarist and singer.
Limited to 100 participants

Dates:
Oct. 3 – Nov. 28 (8 sessions, no class Oct. 31)
Time:
Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: ILLC, International Room
Fee: $95
Instructor: Mike Daley



F68 Creating Photobooks 2PM

Create Photobooks and have a hard copy of your photos. While it is convenient to have pictures on our phones to share, many of us have so many photos from a particular occasion (e.g., a trip, birthday party, family event) that it is better to have them all arranged in a printed Photobook. Participants will actually put together a Photobook during this course (though it does not have to be printed if one does not want to). We will use Picaboo.com which enables participants to work on this and future Photobooks on their home computer or laptop. An internet connection is required to download the book-making program and to upload the finished book when it is ready for printing. The skills learned will enable participants to create other Photobooks in the future using most Photobook programs.

Prerequisites: 

  • PC or MAC users with a working knowledge of computer basics. Please note, Picaboo.com does NOT work on tablets or phones, only on computers.
  •  Several computers are available for use in the classroom, but it is preferable that participants bring their own laptops to this class.
  •  Alternatively, with a Ryerson Library card, you can borrow a fully charged laptop computer for four hours.

This is an interactive course.

Nan Weiner has been creating her own photobooks for years and enjoys showing others how to make these very special albums.
Limited to 8 participants
Dates:
Nov. 7 – 28 (4 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location
: VIC607A
Fee:
$45
Instructor
:
Nan Weiner
Please note: this 4-session course is offered at three different times on the same day. Sign up for only one session.


F69 Dancing Makes You Smarter: Issues in Contemporary Dance NEW

Contemporary dance is a cultural flashpoint for how we live in our bodies. In performances and various practices, Toronto’s lively, diverse scope of contemporary dance investigates many cultural and societal issues including health, wellness, aging, and social justice. This course offers a series of talks with practicing artists/movement educators. Their sessions will discuss amazing research on benefits of dance and astonishing results of dance practices reaching beyond traditional forms and participants. Each week will include brief, very gentle, guided movement appropriate to all movers, offering direct experience of embodying movement in various ways.
This course will include some lecture and discussion, and class member participation.
Dance artist/author/educator Carol Anderson (BFA, MA) has chronicled Canadian dance since the 1980s and worked in numerous Canadian professional educational and community settings since the 1970s. Professor Emerita of York University’s Dance Department, Anderson continues to write, move, teach, and create.

Limited to 50 participants

Dates:
Oct. 10 – Nov. 14 (6 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: Chelsea Hotel, Monarch Room

Fee: $78
Instructor: Carol Anderson


F70 Ethics: How Should We Behave? NEW

What is the difference between right and wrong? Or good and evil? What is the good life? What is well-being? What is autonomy? These are difficult and eternal questions which are central to ethical theory, law, bioethics, and political discussion. To explore these concepts in depth, we will first consider various theories about the nature of value and morality through an introduction to moral philosophy in its various forms, including relativism, natural law, utilitarianism and more. Then, given that conceptual foundation, the majority of the course will deal with specific, important topics that we debate today, such as abortion, genetic engineering, euthanasia, capital punishment, and racism.
Dr. Christopher Di Carlo is a philosopher, educator, and author. He teaches in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Toronto (Scarborough) and is also a lifetime member of Humanist Canada and an Expert Advisor for the Centre for Inquiry Canada. He has published many scholarly papers ranging from bioethics to cognitive evolution. His latest book: Six Steps to Better Thinking: How to Disagree and Get Along was released by Friesen Press. In April 2008 he was awarded TV Ontario’s Big Ideas Best Lecturer in Ontario Award.
Participants will learn from an expert in the field through a series of illustrated lectures.

Limited to 45 participants

Dates:
Oct. 10 – Nov. 28 (8 sessions)
Time:
Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location:
Oakham House, Layton and Margaret Laurence Rooms
Fee:
$95
Instructor:
Dr. Christopher Di Carlo



F71 Fascinating Microscopic Things Called Bacteria

Billions of bacteria surround us – they are part of us and part of nature. Life and nature cannot function without these fascinating microscopic living organisms. We will explore what makes bacteria so special, where they can be found, what amazing functions they have in organisms, agriculture, ecology, and food production. Do you like yoghurt? Say thanks to bacteria. We will discover which ones are harmful and cause diseases such as food poisoning, tetanus, or pneumonia. How can we reduce the risk for bacterial infections? How do antibiotics work and why can bacteria become resistant to these life-saving medicines? We also will try to understand why most bacteria are so extremely beneficial, such as soil bacteria or our gut bacteria. And much more will be discussed as we explore this ancient life form, present in most places on earth.
This is a lecture course with time allotted for discussion, and question and answer sessions.

Christine Dimanche is an enthusiastic higher education professional with over 20 years of international experience in teaching, with a focus on biology, human biology, nutrition, health, and wellbeing. She has taught varied student populations, including adults with special needs and seniors, and is experienced in health and fitness program development. Christine is currently teaching biology and nutrition courses for GBC and Older Adult Fitness classes at Ryerson University.

Limited to 40 participants
Dates: Nov.7 – 28 (4 sessions) 
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: Oakham House, Riel Room
Fee: $60

Instructor: Christine Dimanche
Please note: This course, Fascinating Microscopic Things Called Bacteria, and the course, Gut Health and Gut Bacteria
run consecutively, and therefore both may be taken.




F72 Gut Health and Gut Bacteria

This course will take you on an exploration of your digestive system from the gastrointestinal tract—also called the GI tract or digestive tract—to the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. We will:

  • Explore how the digestive system works and explore what a healthy digestive system means.
  •  Look at gut bacteria and their function.
  •  Discover how diet and lifestyle affect the gut microbiome.
  • Understand what prebiotics and probiotics are.
  • Find out how the gut system and microbiome are linked to other systems such as the endocrine system and cardiovascular system, and to the development of chronic disease.
  •  Learn about the gut-brain connection with mood and behavior.

This is a lecture course with time allotted for discussion, and question and answer sessions.

Christine Dimanche is an enthusiastic higher education professional with over 20 years of international experience in teaching, with a focus on biology, human biology, nutrition, health, and wellbeing. She has taught varied student populations, including adults with special needs and seniors, and is experienced in health and fitness program development. Christine is currently teaching biology and nutrition courses for GBC and Older Adult Fitness classes at Ryerson University.

Limited to 40 participants

Dates: Oct. 3 – 31 (4 sessions, no class Oct. 24) 
Time:
Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: Oakham House, Riel Room
Fee: $60

Instructor: Christine Dimanche
Please note: This course,
Gut Health and Gut Bacteria, and the course, Fascinating Microscopic Things Called Bacteria run consecutively, and therefore both may be taken.




F73 Natalia Goncharova: Trailblazing Artist of the Russian Avant-Garde NEW

Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) was a prolific painter, writer, illustrator, and famed costume and set designer for the Ballets Russes. A leader of the early 20th century Moscow avant-garde, she blazed a trail with her experimental approach to art and design. A first-ever retrospective of her innovative and influential work will be shown at the Tate Modern this summer, including many works that rarely travel. The exhibition will explore her diverse sources and inspirations, from Russian folk art and textiles to the latest trends in modernism and beyond. Goncharova’s artistic output was immense, wide-ranging, and at times controversial. We will look at her fascinating art and life and connections to the other artists of the Russian avant-garde.
Participants will learn from a working artist and expert in the field of art history.
Osnat Lippa graduated in art and design from London Guildhall University, with postgraduate work in digital imaging. She has taught at George Brown College, worked as a freelance illustrator, and presented workshops in the Silver Screens Arts Festival in digital media. She has presented many popular art history courses at LIFE.

Limited to 70 participants
Dates: Nov. 7 – 21 (3 sessions) 
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: Textile Museum, Auditorium
Fee: $50
Instructor: Osnat Lippa
*Please note: This course, Natalia Goncharova: Trailblazing Artist of the Russian Avant-Garde, and the course, Van Gogh in London and Rembrandt in the Golden Age, run consecutively and therefore both may be taken.




F74 Van Gogh in London and Rembrandt in the Golden Age NEW

Vincent Van Gogh is perhaps the world’s most famous artist; his personal story and vivid expressive paintings have had an almost universal appeal. A unique exhibition staged in London this spring and summer, Van Gogh and Britain, throws light on a lesser known period in Van Gogh’s life when he lived in England as a young man for several crucial years. He fell in love with British culture and was inspired by the art he saw there. We will look at Van Gogh’s life and work with a special focus on the period he spent in Britain and at the British artists who were inspired by him, including Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, and the young Camden Town painters. 2019 marks the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt van Rijn, the greatest master of the Dutch Golden Age. Dutch museums will be staging unprecedented shows of Rembrandt’s most important masterpieces, and our own ROM will stage an impressive show entitled In the Age of Rembrandt – Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Innovative and provocative, Rembrandt turned the art world upside down, and 350 years after his death, his beautiful works and epic life story still inspire and move the world. We will look at his life, work, and legacy, and his contemporaries in the Dutch Golden Age.
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https://www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/in-the-age-of-rembrandt-dutch-paintings-from-the-museum-of-fine)
Participants will learn from a working artist and expert in the field of art history

Osnat Lippa
graduated in art and design from London Guildhall University, with postgraduate work in digital imaging. She has taught at George Brown College, worked as a freelance illustrator, and presented workshops in the Silver Screens Arts Festival in digital media. She has presented many popular art history courses at LIFE.
Limited to 70 participants

Dates:
Oct. 3 – 31 (5 sessions) 
Time:
Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location:
Textile Museum, Auditorium

Fee:
$70

Instructor
:
Osnat Lippa
*Please note:
This course, Van Gogh in London and Rembrandt in the Golden Age, and the course, Natalia Goncharova: Trailblazing Artist of the Russian Avant-Garde, run consecutively and therefore both may be taken.




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