Leading Opera expert Iain Scott in discussion with Later Life Learning Members.


Only Later Life Learning Active Members may register for courses. There are NO refunds

The Fall 2017 Later Life learning lectures are:

Series A – Mondays @ 10:00 am to Noon - September 18 to November 27, 2017 - No class October 9, 2017 for Thanksgiving - at Innis Town Hall - THIS CLASS IS FULL

Series B – Fridays @ 10:00 am to Noon - September 22 to November 24, 2017 - at Innis Town Hall - THIS CLASS IS FULL

Series C – Fridays @ 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - September 22 to November 24, 2017 - at Innis Town Hall - THIS CLASS IS FULL

D - Discussion Group - Mondays @ 1:00-3:00 pm - September 18 to November 27, 2017 - No session October 9, 2017 for Thanksgiving - at Innis Residence - FULL

Series E – Tuesdays @ 10:00 am to Noon - September 19 to November 21, 2017 - at Hot Docs, Ted Rogers Cinema - THIS CLASS IS FULL

Registration for the Fall 2017 lecture series and the Discussion Group is via online registration:

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

The Monday afternoon Discussion Group is held at the Innis Residence, Main Floor, 111 St. George Street (across from the Town Hall).

Lecture series E is held at Hot Docs, Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto (just around the corner from the Bathurst TTC subway station)

In the event that courses are not filled by active members by April 24, 2017, any courses that are not full will be opened up to those on the Waiting List . Waiting List members will be contacted, in the order they were added, either by email or by telephone, by an LLL volunteer to determine if they are interested in attending the course(s) that is/are available. If a Waiting List member enrols in an offered course, they become an active member.There are NO refunds

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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Fall 2017– September 18 - November 27, 2017:


A: The Writers of the CanLit Boom – at Innis College

Lecturer: Nick Mount. Nick Mount is a professor in the Department of English, UofT, where he teaches Canadian literature. His book When Canadian Literature Moved to New York won the 2005 Gabrielle Roy Prize for the best book in Canadian literary criticism. 
This illustrated lecture series offers an introduction to—or a reminder of—the lives and works of ten of the most prominent writers to emerge in Canada between the late 1950s and the mid-1970s. The series is based on Nick’s new book, Arrival: The Story of CanLit, but goes deeper into his unpublished material, to feature the writers’ roots and lives, how they began writing, and of course, an overview of their books and how those have been received.  The subject list of writers will include Margaret Atwood, Marie-Claire Blais, George Bowering, Leonard Cohen, Mavis Gallant, Margaret Laurence, Dennis Lee, Alistair MacLeod, Alice Munro, bpNichol, Al Purdy, and Mordecai Richler.

B: Humanity Challenged in War and Peace – at Innis College
Lecturer:  Bob Douglas. Bob has taught courses for Ryerson’s Later Learning program and Learning Unlimited Etobicoke. He is the author of a two-volume study That Line of Darkness: The Spirit of Dracula and the Great War and That Line of Darkness: The Gothic from Lenin to bin Laden.
This course investigates how ideology and the abuse of power that empowers groups to demonize and scapegoat the other have resulted in repression and terror. It examines how state terrorism in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, for instance, adversely affected combatants and civilians. Yet the course also focuses on those moments of humanity in the 20th century when empathy, courage and generosity appeared amid the darkness of repression. We explore the power of healing in the works and actions of such artists and public figures as Pete Seeger, Anna Akhmatova, Martin Luther King and Vaclav Havel.

C: Art & The Making of the Modern World – at Innis College
Lecturers: Elizabeth Legge & Jordan Bear.  Elizabeth has written on Dada, Surrealism, and contemporary Canadian and British art. Jordan’s special interests are 19th-century European art and the history and theory of photography.
This series provides an historical introduction to the visual arts produced during a period of unprecedented political, economic, and cultural change in Europe, from about 1760 to 1945.  This journey proceeds from the decaying courtly arts of the Rococo to the fully-realized abstract Modernisms of the early 20th century, traversing along the way the major (and some minor) works of Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism, Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism.  Throughout the lectures, particular emphasis is placed on locating these artistic developments within a broad set of historical contexts, providing the 'stories 'behind' the works of art, and showing the visual arts as a dynamic part of the making of the modern world.

D:  Discussion Group: Maximize your Later Life Learning experience!  Join our current events Discussion Group. 
When:    Monday afternoons from 1 pm to 3:00 pm from September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017 (No session Mon. October 9 for Thanksgiving).
Where: INNIS COLLEGE RESIDENCE (across from Innis College), 111 St. George Street, Main Floor
Topics:  Selected by participants at the first session
Cost:      $40 per person for 10 weeks, includes coffee
Note:  Active Later Life Learning members may register in the Discussion Group as well as ONE  Lecture Series. Space is LIMITED

E:  MAKE ‘EM LAUGH!  At Hot Docs, Ted Rogers CinemaPresenters include:Linda Beck (Cole Porter),Warren Clements (Films of Wonder), Peter Harris (The Roaring Twenties) and Michael Albano (UofT Music Faculty).

Many of you will recognize this title as Donald O’Connor’s delightful dance number from the film Singin’ In The Rain. Whether it’s Singin’ in the Rain or Kiss Me Kate or The Gold Rush or Die Fledermaus or The Mikado, most of us have favourite comic moments from opera, operetta, Broadway musicals, cinema.
For this series, four lecturers present their favourite scenes. And you the audience get to choose the selections for the finale! Expect much musical joy and side-splitting, pulse-pounding showstoppers!


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