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

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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.


Sandra Linton has been an Academy member for more than 13 years and has facilitated several Academy workshops and special interest groups. She has spent her career in learning and development in the software training industry. At the Academy, she enjoys exploring her interests in history, geo-political issues, technology, documentary film and biographies.

Donna Reid ( is a retired children’s mental health practitioner and educator who joined the Academy in 2018. Donna believes in the ability of good storytelling and personal narratives to challenge and change us.

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