Winter 2021 Academy Forums

Academy for Lifelong Learning Toronto webinars offer stimulating food for your brain, featuring presentations on a cornucopia of topics. Participants are encouraged to ask questions at the end of each talk.

Presentations are via Zoom during the COVID pandemic. Academy members automatically receive an invitation to each Forum via email. If you want to attend one of these forums and are not currently a member of the Academy for Lifelong Learning Toronto, please scroll down to the bottom of this page for more information.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 2 pm

 Presenting the Presenters

Featuring stimulating presentations by Academy members

David Phillips



David Phillips

“The Nobel Peace Prize Between the Wars”

Workshop: Europe Between the Wars: 1918-1939

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Annelise Jorgensen

“How Exercise Boosts Your Memory”

Workshop: Physical Fitness and Ageing

Mohammed Bakir 72 DPI



Mohammed Bakir        

“Dictatorship to Democracy:
the Case of Iraq”

Workshop: Democracy and Conflict Resolution

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 2 pm

Connection and Disconnection: Social Engagement Across the Life Course

It is often assumed that older people are especially vulnerable to social isolation, that social connections weaken as we age and that younger people are happier and more satisfied with life. But research by Ryerson’s National Institute on Ageing shows that older people often have more social connections and report higher levels of happiness than younger people.

Michael Nicin is Executive Director of the National Institute on Ageing (NIA), a think tank at Ryerson University dedicated to research in action and public education on issues affecting Canada's ageing population. The NIA works at the intersections of healthcare, financial security and social well-being. Prior to this, he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Seniors Affairs, leading the design and launch of the $155-million provincial seniors strategy in 2017.

Michael Nicin 72 DPI

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Speaker / Topic Suggestions

The Academy's Talks Committee welcomes suggestions for topics and speakers for future Forums and Spring Talks.