Jazz Appreciation

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

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

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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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

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

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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World of Opera: Listening and Learning

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

This workshop aims to touch the entire world of opera: from its early beginnings in the 16th C. to the modern day. We will learn about and listen to the music of the historic opera repertoire, the most beautiful music in the world, and view exciting performances on stage by the most enthralling voices. There will be presentations around individual composers, opera history, periods of opera, famous singers through the ages and much more. You may be a real enthusiast or a complete neophyte… this workshop will appeal to and engage everyone.

Participants will be expected to prepare and deliver a 15-20 minute presentation on the topic of their choice. Technical help will be available to those who may need assistance with sound or visual content in their presentation.

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Travel Adventures

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

Join us in exploring new adventures and sharing the exhilaration of discovery! If you could take your next trip today, where would you go? What entices you about this destination? Alternatively, tell us about a memorable travel experience from the past. For the past three years in this workshop, we have explored a world of destinations, from the well-known to the obscure and remote. Group members select a destination and highlight their choice of history, historical attractions, culture, scenery, or any aspect of interest to them. Recommendations for tour groups, flights, solo travel, dining and accommodation can be introduced if there is an interest. Group members will research their destination and prepare a 20 – 25 minute presentation, which will be followed by an interesting and lively discussion.

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Events of the Fortnight

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

At the start of each session the participants suggest topics from the recent news worthy of further discussion. The discussion of each topic starts with a brief introduction by the person suggesting the topic followed by a general discussion.

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

Genealogy involves collecting, organizing, and analyzing information about ancestors of a particular person or family. Using databases (such as Ancestry, MyHeritage, Billion Graves) and data like birth records, marriage certificates, census data, military records, wills, archives, and family stories, a family tree can be built. We will focus on: people’s experiences, people’s intentions, the tools. The intent in this workshop is to share people’s experiences or intentions with topics such as: DNA testing, comparing online databases and resources, illustrating research methods and techniques, understanding different types of records, tracing ancestor’s immigration, and sharing family history. Techniques used for securing information in Canada as well as other countries will be examined. Additionally, information about a place where an ancestor lived many years ago may be of interest. It is not required that participants have already done family research. They are encouraged to share their goals and provide ideas/feedback on what others have discovered or are planning.

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