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 Winter 2019 Later Life learning lectures are:

Series A – Monday mornings - Words and Music: Leonard Cohen @ 10:00 am to 11:45 am – January 14, 2019 to March 25, 2019 - No class February 18, 2019 for Reading Week - at Innis Town Hall. This course is FULL

Series B – Friday mornings - The Soviet Experiment: Russia’s Tumultuous 20th Century @ 10:00 am to 11:45 am - January 18, 2019 to March 29, 2019 - No class February 22, 2019 for Reading Week - at Innis Town Hall. This course is FULL

Series C – Friday afternoons - The Doctors Are In The House! What You Need to Know About Healthcare Today @ 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm - January 18, 2019 to March 29, 2019 - No class February 22, 2019 for Reading Week - at Innis Town Hall. This course is FULL

D - Discussion Group - Mondays @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - January 14, 2019 to April 1, 2019 - No class on January 21 or February 18, 2019 - at Innis Residence. FULL

F – Books and Beyond - Thursdays @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am - January 24, 2019 to April 4, 2019 - No class February 21, 2019 for Reading Week  - at Innis Residence

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.

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



Winter 2019 lecture series, the Discussion Group and Books and Beyond is via online registration:

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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Winter 2019 - January - April

No lectures during Reading Week - February 18 - 22, 2019

A: Words and Music: Leonard Cohen – at Innis College

Lecturer: Mike Daley.Dr. Mike Daley holds a Ph.D in music from York University and has taught undergraduate courses at Guelph, McMaster, Waterloo and York Universities as well as acclaimed later-life courses across the GTA. Mike is a specialist in popular music history and has published widely. 

Leonard Cohen is one of the great literary and musical figures in Canadian history. From his affecting and skillful early poetry and novels to his stunning and enduring music, Leonard Cohen's work continues to fascinate. Two years after his death at 82, his work is as relevant as ever. His keen observations and impassioned writing and composing still resonate today. Cohen is best remembered for iconic musical compositions like "Hallelujah" and "Suzanne," songs that could only he could have written. He possessed a distinctive writing voice as unique as his hypnotic baritone singing voice. In this ten-week course, Dr. Mike Daley tells the incredible life story of Leonard Cohen in detail, using the best available research. Mike will select some of Cohen's best poetic, prose and lyric work for deeper discussion, but we won't forget about his music - the memorable melodies, Cohen's haunting Spanish-style guitar playing and his laconic vocal delivery.

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B: The Soviet Experiment: Russia's Tumultuous 20th Century – at Innis College

Lecturer: Julia Zarankin. Dr. Julia Zarankin holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and was recently awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Julia has a fascination with all things Russian and was a featured guest on the Michael Enright’s Sunday Edition on CBC. She enjoys teaching lifelong learners in venues across the GTA. Julia also leads tours to Russia and the Caucasus with Worldwide Quest.

From the Bolshevik Revolution to Putin, Russia’s history in the 20th and early 21st centuries has been nothing short of tumultuous. As the 20th century began, St. Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire. Within a few decades, Moscow had become the capital of the Soviet Union, with St. Petersburg renamed Leningrad; by the end of the century, the Soviet Union had crumbled, Leningrad transformed back into St. Petersburg, and Moscow became capital of the Russian Federation, with a new, modern-day dictator at its helm. We will explore how this head-spinning historical trajectory plays out in Russia by focusing on the evolution of Russian culture – including art, music, literature, film, architecture – from Soviet to post-Soviet times. This course will examine the Soviet experiment – both cultural and political – in order to help us make sense of Putin’s current socio-political climate in present-day Russia.

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C: The Doctors are in the House: What you Need to Know About Healthcare Today – at Innis College

Various lecturers including Dr. Colleen E. Carney; Dr. David Goldbloom; Dr. Brian Goldman; Dr. Patrick Gunning; Dr. Regina Jokel; Dr. Jay Keystone; Dr. Brent Moloughney; Dr. Maire Percy; Dr. Chantal Perrot;  Dr. Meb Rashid.

Over ten weeks, LLL members will learn about the latest developments in medicine and healthcare from experts who work on the front lines. Ten medical practitioners and researchers will help us navigate the world of modern medicine and healthcare.
Topics will address medical advances in areas that are especially relevant for seniors and their family members and will offer a candid assessment of how to make wise choices in today’s rapidly-changing public healthcare system.
From insomnia to that infuriating inability to find a word, from anxiety and depression to the promise of cancer treatment and the healing power of kindness, you will learn what the latest research can teach us. Speakers will also ‘take the temperature’ of our public heath system: Will it be able to pull through? Can it accommodate an ever-growing population? 
Everyone wants to be able to make wise choices when it comes to healthcare but technology has made it almost impossible for the lay person to stay on top of everything. Think of this series as ten, good, old-fashioned house calls!

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