Extraordinary Lives: Workshop on Biographies

Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Monday;  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Two Terms; In-person

Biographies recount the stories of people’s lives, placing events, decisions and actions into context. Typically their subject matter concerns people who have faced significant obstacles in their lives or who have made a profound impact upon society.

This workshop focuses on biographical books and films that interpret the lives of noteworthy individuals. Each 2-hour session will feature 2 biographies, one book and one film.

A list of suggested easily-accessed biographical books/films will be circulated to registrants in June and the schedule will be developed in consultation between participants and facilitators. Each participant chooses one biography (book or film) on which to develop a brief maximum 20-minute presentation. Participants are encouraged to read the books or watch the films ahead of each session. A biography of personal interest can also be suggested for presentation provided there are easily-accessed resources available for other workshop members for prior preparation.

Discussion will typically focus on challenges individuals faced within the context of their time.

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The Originals: From Monks to “Mad Men” – The People Who Have Shaped Our World

Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Tuesday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Two Terms; Online via Zoom **NEW**  

In this workshop, we’ll examine the lives, loves, struggles and accomplishments of famous, infamous and lesser-known people who have shaped our world. These people may include activists, actors, athletes, entrepreneurs, inventors, pioneers, mathematicians, scientists, writers, humanitarians, monks, monarchs, politicians, filmmakers, spies, singers, songwriters and visual artists.

During each two-hour meeting, we will explore the lives of two people, one during each hour. Each member will be asked to create a 20-25 minute presentation on the person of their choice. Presenters may also recommend articles, books and / or films to share with our workshop participants.

Join us as we engage in discussions of the lives of some extraordinary people, both well-known and lesser-known who may not figure as prominently in our history books.

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