Events of the Fortnight

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Bi-weekly – Week 2 ; Friday ; 2pm – 4pm

Term 1 via Zoom; Term 2 Tartu (tbc)     Space available

This workshop is focused on discussions of current events. Members suggest topics of interest; they are expected to be aware of events reported in the various media and to come prepared to discuss them. Each session will begin with a listing of the proposed events of interest, followed by a short introduction of each event by the member who suggested it, and then by discussion.

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For The Love Of Poetry

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Bi-weekly – Week 2 ; Friday ; 10am -12pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)     Workshop Full

Last year brought to many the power and wonder of poetry. This workshop will be looking at poets from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Emphasis will be on the reading out loud of their work. Participants also will give a short summary of the poets life and work, with the main thrust being to listen and discuss the poetry presented.  

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Empowered – Fitness And Health As We Age

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Bi-weekly – Week 2 ; Monday ; 2pm – 4pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)     Space available

By mixing hard science with how-to tips, this workshop puts FUN back into Fitness.  We’ll cover the science behind the physical fitness imperative and various ways we can become fit or maintain our fitness as we age.  Participants will learn the basic requirements for exercise for older adults in Canada and Internationally, and how to implement them.  Participants will also learn how to maximize the benefits of exercise through nutrition.  Topics will cover scientific studies establishing how exercise has been shown to reduce the likelihood of getting many illnesses as well as how it can mitigate the impact of illnesses and improve lifespan.  As well, participants will learn about many exercise modalities.  Tips and ways to avoid a sedentary lifestyle will be shared.  Depending on weather and the pandemic, we’ll hopefully find time to get outside and take walks in the woods and maybe even exercise in the park! 

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Movers & Shakers Born in Our World since 1800

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Bi-weekly – Week 2 ; Monday ; 12pm – 2pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)     Space available

The nineteenth and twentieth centuries spawned many remarkable men and women, from all walks of life, who greatly influenced the world around them, for better or for worse.  In this workshop we will examine their lives and legacies. The only proviso is that they MUST have been born after 1800. There are many outstanding examples to choose from in science and medicine, the arts and entertainment, business and finance, politics and law and, increasingly, social consciousness.  Participants may choose their own favourite character, first come, first served. Everyone will be required to research and make a 20 minute presentation, illustrated if possible, to be followed by group discussion.     

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Cities Of The Future

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Bi-weekly – Week 2 ; Monday ; 12pm – 2pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)     Space Available

In our workshop, we look at cities and human habitations of all sizes and locations in assessing past successes and upcoming challenges to ensure long term liveability, sustainability and people-friendliness.

We have already explored climate change, demographics and population pressure, pollution, logistics, endemics and pandemics, food and water supply, energy, war, pestilence, etc.  But we have only scratched the surface!

This year, we shall prognosticate possible long-term human habitation trends – both active and passive. What can we control and what can we do about what we cannot control?  Are we in trouble?

Our exploration will examine extreme human habitations (deserts, the far north, isolated areas, underwater habitation), otherworldly locations (Space stations, the Moon, Mars, other planets and their moons, Deep Space), sinking” cities (Venice, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Lagos, Miami), among other intriguing topics.

We shall be future forecasters as well as planners. So  start polishing your crystal balls! 

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Sport And Its Influence On Society

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Bi-weekly – Week 2 ; Monday ; 10am – 12pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)     Space available

Whether you are a huge fan, or couldnt care less, the sporting world affects you. In this workshop we will explore topics such as sports impact on socialization, national identity, economics, race, gender and social inclusion and exclusion.   

We will look at many of the good and bad aspects of sport from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present day, asking ourselves questions like Who says competition is bad?, Is sport a mirror of society?, Are nations that invest in sport more successful?, and Has sport replaced religion as the opiate of the masses?’ 

Workshop members are expected to give a 20 minute presentation on their topic and to participate in the discussions. There is no assigned reading list, and a bibliography will be provided. 

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Europe Between The Wars

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Bi-weekly – Week 1 ; Friday ; 10am – 12pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)     Space available

Europe during the 1920s and 1930s experienced great highs and lows. Radical ideas and changes were unleashed in politics, economics, and society, many with unexpected and sometimes devastating consequences. It was also a time of modernization and experimentation in the arts (visual and plastic arts, music, literature, architecture, film, fashion) and in science, medicine, and technology. Women started to come to the fore and the world changed, dramatically and permanently. In this workshop, we will explore the actions, ideas, trends, and innovations of these tumultuous decades, and the people behind them, sharing insights and discussing how they affected and were affected by each other. Participants will present and discuss the person, group, or innovation of their choosing.

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: Portraits Then and Now

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Bi-weekly – Week 1 – Thursday – 2pm – 4pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)     Space Available

Portraits and self-portraits have been a fundamental part of painting, sculpture, and photography and still fascinate us. We will look at a variety of portraits by such artists as Rembrandt, Egon Schiele, Alice Neel, Cindy Sherman, and others.   We will also explore questions such as What do portraits tell us about the artist and/or the subject?”,   “How have portraits been used throughout history?”,  “How have portraits changed over time?”, Are portraits done by male and female artists different?”, and  “How has photography influenced portrait painting and sculpture?”  Each participant will do a 15–20-minute presentation, followed by a discussion.  An art background is NOT required for this workshop. 

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Great Gardens Of The World

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Bi-Weekly – Week 1 ; Thursday ; 2pm – 4pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)     Space available

Who loves a garden, still his Eden keeps.”  Amos Bronson Alcott 

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”  Claude Monet 

“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” Gertrude Jekyll 

Although real travel remains an elusive dream, please join us as we explore the world, trying to define what makes a garden great.  An extensive list of possible gardens and great designers will be provided, but participants are encouraged to choose their own favourite.  Previous choices have ranged from the opulent Villa dEste to the simplicity of Derek Jarmans garden. All members will be required to research and make a 20-30 minute illustrated presentation, leading to animated group discussion. 

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Let’s Just Laugh!

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Bi-weekly – Week 1 – Thursday – 12pm – 2pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)     Space available

In this fun-filled workshop, we will explore the various genres of comedy including Stand-Up, Sketch, Improv, Satire and Slapstick and the many contexts in which comedy is delivered such as Sitcom, Late Night, SNL, movies, plays, literature, cartoons and more! 

Learn what makes us laugh and share what makes you laugh.  Find out the secret of comedy writing in all its forms.  If ‘laughter is the best medicine’, then it’s more urgent now than ever to find your funny bone!  Enjoy the humour as participants share their favourite examples of comedy in the workshops.  Participants may even try their hand at writing and presenting their own comedy in front of the class at the end of term, but only if they wish, no pressure whatsoever! 

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