Workshops are held on a wide range of topics including the arts, science, history, current affairs, and film. Workshops are developed and led by Academy members who are called “facilitators”. Members research and deliver presentations on the subject of their choice, and lively discussion follows.


Workshops listing

The Web of Natural Science

Bi-weekly; Week 1; Thursday; 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Tartu (G1)

Our natural world is a web of wonder, beauty and complexity. In this workshop we will take a broad look at natural phenomena through many scientific disciplines. These may include psychology, chemistry, physics, geology, bacteriology and more. We will see that there are many ways in which scientific studies overlap to inform our everyday existence. Each session will focus on an article of your choice, generally from the current year of the journal Scientific American. Other source material may include scientific magazines such as Discovery Magazine, Science News, Science, and The New Scientist.

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The World of Opera: Listening and Learning

Bi-weekly; Week 2; Wednesday; 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Tartu (G6) *** WINTER TERM ONLY ***

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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Women’s Stories and Histories: 1920s-1930s Paris

Bi-weekly; Week 1; Friday; 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Tartu (G1)  ***WORKSHOP WAITLISTED***

Join us as we dive into the many underrepresented, fascinating, and very interconnected lives of 1920-30s Parisian women writers, artists, booksellers, publishers, hosts, and partners, such as Alice B. Toklas, AnaÏs Nin, Caresse Crosby, Coco Channel, Colette, Djuna Barnes, Elsa Schiaparelli, Gertrude Stein, Janet Flanner, Jean Rhys, Josephine Baker, Mina Loy, Natalia Goncharova, Natalie Clifford Barney, Sonia Delaunay, Sylvia Beach, Tamara de Lempicka, and others. Each woman forged a crucial part of her identity in Paris and changed established ideas of how to live and create as women. Members are expected to present once and read the texts (e.g. a novel, a biography) assigned to some of the sessions (see attached list). Note: this is a smaller-group workshop with one in-depth presentation and extensive discussion per session.

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