Spring Courses, First Session: Registration

Registration for this first roll-out of online courses commenced Monday, April 13
Regrettably, registration by mail is not available due to the circumstances surrounding the current COVID-19 situation. The LIFE office is virtual; consequently, your mailed-in form and cheque cannot be processed.

S20-01 Philosophy's Literature NEW

Philosophy, it can be argued, results from the development of the human mind as it moves from the mythological and religious to the poetic and historical. From the very beginning of Western philosophy, literature has been a source of inspiration to philosophers, both because of the belief in antiquity that poets were divinely inspired and because of the powerful appeal of well-crafted language. Thus, from the earliest times to the present, philosophy as the expression of human aspiration, and literature as a mode of human expression have been bound together. In this course we will explore just how intimate that relationship is and how each inspires the other to enrich the human experience.

A course pack, will be made available online and will include selections from philosophers and literary sources to be discussed, ranging from Kierkegaard to Sartre and Kafka to Somerset Maugham.

LIVE ZOOM LECTURE. Participants will learn from an expert about this topic in a series of lectures. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Dr. Thomas Hart has a BA in Classics, an MPhil in Humanities, and a PhD in Philosophy and has taught for the past 17 years in Scotland, England, Spain, Holland, and Toronto.

Limited to 500 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 29 (8 sessions, no class May 18)
Time:  Mondays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: $95
Instructor: Thomas Hart

S20-02 Neil Young: Words and Music NEW

Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young has had a long and storied career. His classic songs include Heart of GoldHelpless, and Rockin' in the Free World. In this course, Dr. Mike Daley covers Young's life and music in detail from his early beginnings in Winnipeg, his work in Yorkville with the Mynah Birds, his time with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and Crazy Horse, to recent years.  He continues to release new albums and is active in a variety of causes, from antiwar protest to environmentalism to a battle against low-quality digital music. The course will incorporate numerous music and video examples of the work of this Canadian icon.

Recorded online presentations and live Zoom interactive sessions. This course, taught by an expert in the field, includes illustrated lectures and song clips.

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 500 participants
Date: May 5 – June 23 (8 sessions) 
Live Interactive Session Time: Tuesdays, 3 p.m.
Fee: $95
Instructor: Mike Daley

S20-03 This Week on Global Affairs NEW

We are living in tumultuous times where almost every day, unexpected major events occur that were neither planned nor anticipated but that may significantly impact the world order. In this course the major developments of each past week will be highlighted as we go behind the headlines to better understand their significance and potential impact on our interconnected world. The course instructor will review these events with up-to-date political analysis of their content, context, and consequences based on expert sources and accompanied by the latest photos, and videos. Participants will benefit from a deeper understanding of major developments almost in real time. 

Recorded online presentation and LIVE Zoom Interactive Session.
Lectures 2 - 8 will be weekly LIVE Zoom Sessions. 

This is a lecture series with political and social commentary delivered by an expert in international relations.

Amnon Zohar is a retired hi-tech entrepreneur. Born and educated in Israel, he is a graduate of the Israeli Military Academy for Computer Sciences. Amnon studied Political Science at York University and International Relations at Tel-Aviv University. He has offered several courses at LIFE,  including the Middle East, football (soccer), and leadership.

Limited to 500 participants
May 6 – June 24 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $95
Instructor: Amnon Zohar

S20-04 Ancient Heroes NEW

All cultures have hero figures. What a culture finds heroic depends, however, on where they live, what sort of lifestyle they lead, and what values they hold. Most of us know of the celebrated heroes of Greek and Roman mythology, but many other heroes are venerated by other societies. This course will introduce participants to some of these less familiar figures, including heroes from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Japan, Ireland, and the indigenous cultures of the Americas.

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

Dr. David Lipovitch is an archaeologist who has worked on or with excavations in Ontario, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, and Turkey, He has been lecturing since the 1990s and is a course instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Limited to 500 participants
May 7 – June 25 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: $95
Instructor: David Lipovitch

S20-05 Fashion on Film NEW

Fashion has played an important part in movies since the early days of cinema. We’ll view and discuss films clips that showcase the best fashions throughout the ages from historical films such as Gone with the Wind to modern-day films such as The Devil Wears Prada. We’ll view fashions from well-known designers such as Chanel and Dior worn by glamorous movie stars. This course will appeal to lovers of fashion, history, and cinema, making for a fashionable discussion.

LIVE ZOOM LECTURE. This will be a lecture course with numerous film clips and time allowed for questions.

Felice Gorica is a Ryerson Professor in the Film and Television department. She has worked extensively in media and entertainment businesses and has published books and articles in these areas. She is a frequent and popular lecturer on topics as diverse as film, architecture, and archaeology.

Limited to 500 participants
Dates: May 8 – June 26 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10 – 12 p.m.
Fee: $95
Instructor: Felice Gorica

S20-06 The Monarchies of Europe: Relics of a Bygone Era or the Essence of Stability in a Divided World? NEW

In the summer of 1914, a handful of great dynasties still dominated the political landscape of Europe. Family ties, however, did not prevent the outbreak of the most cataclysmic of conflicts. In the aftermath of the two world wars, what remains of the once great monarchies of Europe, and what is their role? In a much-divided Europe, threatened by the rise of populism, the monarchies, once synonymous with absolute power, have become an element of democracy and have resisted the many calls for a more integrated continent. The question is, are they relics of a not-so-distant past or symbols of unity and stability? The future of the monarchies of Sweden, Great Britain, and Spain, among others, will also be discussed.

LIVE ZOOM LECTURE.  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 500 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 27 (8 sessions, no class May 16)
Time: Saturdays, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 
Fee: $95
Instructor: Olivier Courteaux