Registration For 2024/25 Workshops Is Now Open!

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Registration for 2024 / 25 Workshops is now open. Click the Join / Renew button at the top of our website to renew or join the Academy and then you will be able to select your preferred workshops. Note that it is NOT first come, first serve. You have an equal chance of getting into…

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Spring Talks Posted!

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Spring Talks have been posted!

Talks will take place in-person on Wednesdays from April 10 to May 8 at Innis College.

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Margaret Sandusky – In Memoriam

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  We regret to tell you that Margaret died peacefully at St. Michael’s Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimer’s on March 9, 2024, one day after her 83rd birthday. She lived a loving, full and adventurous life. She was a radio controller with the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserves, graduated from the TGH School…

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Jim McCartney – In Memoriam 

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It is with sadness that I must tell you that Jim McCartney died on March 15, 2024, just a week after his 88th birthday. Jim and I were co-facilitators of the Economist Readers for many years. Jim was also a valued member of many workshops during his time with the Academy. He had a wealth of…

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Jazz Appreciation

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Bi-weekly;  Week One;  Thursday;  2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Two Terms; In-person

The workshop features all aspects of jazz such as various eras, styles, musicians, groups, and instruments.

Each participant is requested to select a jazz related topic and prepare one or two presentations (depending on workshop size) of 50 minutes, the majority of which will be recorded music. Discussion occurs spontaneously during and after each presentation.

This is an enthusiastic. interactive, and fun class. All are welcome from curious beginners to those who have enjoyed all aspects of jazz for many years.

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History of Spain and Travel in Spain Today

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two; Monday;  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fall Term In-person, Winter Term Online via Zoom, **NEW**

Spain has a long and interesting history, as successive waves of conquerors have come to the land of the original Iberian peoples, each leaving its particular marks. Looking at these gives not just the flavour of Spain, but of the Mediterranean itself. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Gauls, Celts, Goths and Visigoths with early church Roman Catholicism, Islamic Moors of North Africa, and Jews of the Middle Eastern diaspora, these and more have impacted the development and diversities within this nation state.

At the same time, we will look at provinces and cities where the participants have or would like to visit. Each class will consist of two presentations: the first on a portion of Spanish history; the second on a city or province chosen by that presenter.

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Nobel Prize Winners in Science and Medicine

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two; Thursday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Two Terms; In-person  **NEW**  

Nobel Prizes for Science and Medicine have been awarded since 1901. In this workshop, participants will explore the winners in the four categories: Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine and the additional Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences (in Memory of Alfred Nobel). Participants will investigate what the winners discovered and what the impact of the discovery has been. There are many topics to choose from–for medicine alone the Prize has been awarded 114 times. Recently, in 2023, Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discovery that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. Regardless of your background, this workshop will provide the opportunity to discuss groundbreaking discoveries and ensure valuable insights.

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Opinions

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Friday;  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Two Terms; Hybrid; Simultaneously In-person and Online via Zoom 

This workshop is delivered in Hybrid mode. Some participants will be online via Zoom while others are simultaneously in-person in the classroom. Total attendance is limited to 24 with a combination of online and up to 12 in-person at Tartu.

Just like the previous classic Opinions workshops, participants will choose their topic from a curated list of articles in the notes section below. Articles typically have appeared in well-known Canadian and US monthly journals or the Op Ed pages of the Globe & Mail, New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, etc. We cover a wide range of current interests from abortion rights to xenophobia in society. Anything is fair game. There is “Tech”, pop culture, arts, business, politics, health & religion. You may also propose an article not on the list to the Facilitators.

Participants will need to choose their Hybrid option as they register – either on-line via Zoom or in-person at Tartu. Facilitators will need to be consulted if you need to change your option choice during the year.

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Celebration of Song

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Monday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Two Terms; Hybrid; Simultaneously In-person and Online Via Zoom **NEW FORMAT** 

Songs are a vital part of our lives. First, participants will give presentations on their choice of performers (e.g., Tiny Tim, the Beatles, Mel Torme), composers (e.g., Cole Porter, Jim Webb, Lennon & McCartney), historical period or favourite songs.  Second, we can choose to sing the songs we discuss acapella or with accompaniment.  Just listening is welcome as well. Third, we explore what makes music appealing.  It’s relaxing, fun and informative.

This year we will be offering Celebration of Song using the Hybrid mode, with some participants participating on Zoom and simultaneously, some participating in-person at Tartu. Participants will need to choose their Hybrid option as they register – either on-line via Zoom or in-person at Tartu. Facilitators will need to be consulted if you need to change your option choice during the year.

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Documentary Film

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Bi-weekly;  Week One;  Tuesday;  2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Two Terms; Online via Zoom

Documentary films are a powerful medium that can be used to inform, educate, observe, persuade, expose, improve, and challenge ideas. In this workshop, participants will watch documentary films available on various streaming services including Netflix, Kanopy (free with a library card), CBC Gem and YouTube and then we will discuss the films at each meeting.

The categories for the films may include science, nature, history, biographies, music, sports, crime, socio-political issues, and technology. Each member will select a film of their choice and will introduce the film and start the discussion. Members will view the films on their own before each meeting. Two films will be selected for each two-hour session. Different aspects of the films may be examined including new or interesting ideas or information, themes, the director, the cast, and production values.

Join us as we engage in lively discussions of thought-provoking documentary films.

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