Innis College


Only Later Life Learning active members may register for courses.

There are NO refunds

Winter 2020 Lectures 
Lectures begin the week of January 13, 2020

Monday morning: Series A: Best of Ballet–Katherine Barber - FULL
Friday morning:
Series B: A Guide to the Outer Edges of Cinema – Guy Maddin - FULL
Friday afternoon: Series C: Black History in Canada – Channon Oyeniran

The Winter 2020 Online Registration will be as follows:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019 opening at 12:30 pm
Board, Life and Loyalty* Members may register for ALL Winter 2020 Lecture Series and Discussion Groups

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019 opening at 12:30 pm:
All existing members – for the ALL Lecture series, Discussion Group and Books & Beyond.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2019 opening at 12:30 pm:
All Waiting List members – for any spaces remaining in any Lecture Series/Discussion Group.

Online registration closes - earlier if courses are full.

Note: There will be no classes during the week of February 17 – 21 for Reading Week. In addition there will be no Monday Discussion Group session on Monday, January 27, 2020.

*Members with 30 lecture series or more uninterrupted attendance


The Winter 2020 Later Life learning lectures are:

All Winter 2020 lecture series are held at Innis College, Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, M5S 1J5

Please Note: There will be NO Lectures or Discussion Group sessions during Reading Week, February 17 - 21, 2020. Also, there will be no Discussion Group session on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Series A – Monday mornings - Best of Ballet - 10:00 am to 11:45 am – January 13 to March 23, 2020 - at Innis Town Hall. FULL

Series B – Friday mornings - A Guide to the Outer Edges of Cinema - 10:00 am to 11:45 am - January 17 to March 27, 2020 - at Innis Town Hall. FULL

Series C – Friday afternoons - Black History in Canada - 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm - January 17 to March 27, 2020 - at Innis Town Hall.

Discussion Groups:

D - Current Events - Mondays @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - January 13 - March 30, 2020 - at Innis Residence. FULL

F – Books and Beyond - Thursdays @ 10:00 am - Noon - January 16 - March 26, 2020  - at Innis Residence. FULL

Series A, B and C Lectures are held in the Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, a short walk from the St. George TTC subway station.

Seating is on a first come first served basis.  In order to accommodate those members with disabilities we have reserved special needs seating in areas of the theatre that are  easily accessed.  LLL may also reserve seats in the name of specific members.  Consideration will be given to members who have severe visual or mobility challenges.
Please email questions to

Series D and F, The Discussion Groups (Monday afternoon Current Events and Thursday morning Books and Beyond) are held at the Innis Residence, Main Floor, 111 St. George Street (across from the Town Hall).

Winter 2020 - January to March, 2020

A: Best of Ballet - at Innis College

Lecturer: Katherine Barber. Former Canadian Oxford Dictionary editor, Katherine Barber, is known to legions of fans as “Canada's Word Lady” for her knack for making word histories lively and entertaining, but ballet is her real passion. She has taken ballet classes for over forty years, has seen thousands of performances all over the world, and organizes ballet-themed group vacations. A popular teacher of ballet appreciation courses, Ms. Barber is a highly knowledgeable balletomane who vivaciously communicates her love and knowledge of the art form while demystifying its sometimes-intimidating aspects. 

Ballet, one of the world's greatest life-enhancing high art forms, beautifully combines visual arts, music, drama, and movement in one package. If your experience of ballet begins and ends with Nutcracker, you will be surprised and elated to discover how rich, varied, exciting, and downright enjoyable ballet is. If you are already a ballet fan, enrich your experience with insights into its history and all its aspects as developed over 200 years by the great choreographers whose works form the backbone of the repertoire. Video clips and demonstrations will help you identify distinctive choreographic styles and understand the physical challenges inherent in ballet.

A-Weekly Outline


B: A Guide to the Outer Edges of Cinema – at Innis College

Lecturer: Guy Maddin. Guy Maddin is a writer, artist, filmmaker, and the director of twelve feature-length movies, including The Green Fog (2018), The Forbidden Room (2015), My Winnipeg (2007), The Saddest Music in the World (2003), and innumerable shorts. He was awarded America's National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Film (twice) for Archangel (1991) and TheHeart of the World (2001). Other awards include: the Telluride SilverMedal (1995), the San Francisco International FilmFestival’s Persistence of Vision  Award (2006), and an Emmy for his ballet film, Dracula – Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002).  In 2018, The Green Fog won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association prize for Best Experimental Film. Maddin is also a film journalist and the author of three books. He is a member of The Order of Canada and of The Order of Manitoba.

Cinema today is in the middle of a wild growth spurt, a period of historic and unprecedented invention. Drawing on clips from his own films, and from his extensive experimental work, Guy Maddin offers a guided exploration of the dynamic expansion of cinema from its most durable storytelling structures to today’s unexpected new forms and territories.  
Topics will include: the explosion of variety in documentary; the personal essay or diary film; infotainments; virtual reality & interactive movies; TikToks, Instagram, FaceBook and other short social media posts; security-cam narratives; filmmaking through creative copyright infringement; and, perhaps the scariest stories of all, the news!

B-Weekly Outline


C: Black History in Canada – at Innis College

Lecturer: Channon OyeniranFor as long as she can remember, Channon Oyeniran has had a keen interest in learning about the history of black people. Her studies at University of Toronto (BA, History and Caribbean Studies), University of Hull UK (MA, Slavery Studies), and George Brown College (Certificate in Adult Education), laid the foundation for her life’s work as a passionate and committed educator on Black History with a special focus on black experience in Ontario and in Canada. Channon is currently the first Vice-President for the Ontario Black History Society, an organization that strives to preserve, celebrate and spread the rich, Black History of Ontario and Canada. She is also co-founder of Oyeniran Education Support (OyES). 

The course will explore the presence of free and enslaved Africans in New France and the British colonies and post-Confederation Canada. We examine persons of African descent in British North America and the ‘passengers’ of the Underground Railroad to assess the structures of African Canadian communities, institutions and abolition movements. Through lectures, videos, radio interviews and sound clips, we will consider the impact and contributions of African Canadians to the emerging Canadian nation.

C-Weekly Outline


Discussion Groups:

Note:  Active Later Life Learning members may register in a Discussion Group as well as ONE Lecture Series.

D: Current Events:

Maximize your Later Life Learning experience!  Join our current events Discussion Group. 
Topics are selected by participants at the first session
Space is Limited.

F: Books and Beyond:

This program centres on discussions of four books. The four titles are determined in advance after receiving input from registrants. Each book is discussed one week and then topics inspired by reading the text are chosen for presentations and discussion the following week.

Registrants take turns facilitating sessions and can offer to share short presentations. The program fosters lively thoughtful discussions and provides the opportunity to get to know fellow members of LLL. Come and join us.

Space is Limited



See above for the Winter 2020 lecture series and the Discussion Groups online registration schedule.

If a Waiting List member does not enrol in an offered course, they remain on the Later Life Learning Membership Waiting List.


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