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On July 1st the workshop spaces held for new members will be released and you will have the opportunity to register for a 4th workshop.

This year for the first time we have a new workshop for you to consider at this stage. Facilitators Yvette Matyas and Thea Hermann have developed a topical and thought-provoking option for consideration.

Pandemics – Past, Present, and Future: What Can We Learn?

We are all living in the pandemic world. Our lives have changed in ways we never could have imagined. We spend our days following the latest news and statistics and have little opportunity to reflect on what this all means.

We have very little context in which to understand pandemics. How common are they? What happened during past pandemics and what can we learn from them? What do the literature and art of past pandemics tell us?

The COVID-19 pandemic raises many controversial and critical issues. Are pandemics inevitable? What will happen to our civil liberties after the pandemic? What can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic that can help us avoid climate catastrophes? What fundamental societal changes will or will not occur after the current pandemic?

The workshop will provide an opportunity to step back and examine these and other issues that the pandemic raises.  They will examine the past, consider what is happening at the present time, and ask what it means for the future.

Please consider joining the workshop to explore these and other important questions. Perhaps the topic  might also be of interest to a friend or neighbour who is new to the Academy?

Click here for more information on Pandemics

Remember to take a look at the other workshop descriptions on the website to select an additional topic to explore