20th Century Influencers

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

Before the age of the internet, the social media influencers of our time were TV, film and books. They wormed their way into our society and our lives. Everyone knows the dashing James Bond and remembers the impact of movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apocalypse Now and Star Wars. There were ground-breaking and trendy TV shows like MASH, All in the Family, The Simpsons and Cheers. What about some of the influential books of the period – To Kill a Mockingbird, The Handmaid’s Tale, Silent Spring or the Female Eunuch? And who hasn’t been personally influenced in a vacation choice by something seen in a movie or TV show or read in a book? Each person will present an approximately 20 minute presentation where they will discuss the history and details about the “influencer“ and its influence on the world/society in general or its influence on them personally.


Carol Austin (austincarol09@gmail.com) worked for many years in management and training in the pharmaceutical industry. She joined the Academy in 2020 and is looking forward to another exciting year of intellectual discussion on a variety of topics.

Priscilla Platt is a retired lawyer who practised law in Ontario for close to 40 years.  She has been with the Academy for over five years and has co-facilitated several workshops.  Priscilla is eager to discuss influencers and the myriad ways they impact our lives.

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