Innis College

Past Programmes

Winter 2019 - January - March 2019

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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Fall 2018 – September - November 2018

A: The Dancing Image – at Innis College

Lecturer: Michael Crabb. Author, broadcaster, journalist and lecturer Michael Crabb has been sharing his passion for dance for more than 45 years. Currently dance critic for The Toronto Star, he continues to write for a range of dance publications internationally. From 1977 to 2010, variously as a producer, presenter and contributor at CBC Radio, he was heard regularly coast-to-coast, most notably as host of the award-winning daily programme, The Arts Report.

Dance and moving pictures have a long relationship. While the screen is not a substitute for live performance, it is a great democratiser through its capacity to disseminate dance more widely. Screen versions of costly staged ballet productions are now accessible to mass audiences at affordable prices. Film and video offer technical possibilities and effects unachievable on stage. The dance world itself – exotic and mysterious – is an alluring dramatic subject for movie makers, from The Red Shoes to more recent hits such as The Turning Point and Black Swan. This course will examine the evolution of dance on film and video and the ways these media are deployed to entertain and inform audiences and to expand the potential of dance as an expressive art form.

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B: You Say You Want a Revolution? 1968:  The Year the World Shook – at Innis College - This series is full

Lecturer: Murray Campbell. Murray worked for the Globe and Mail for more than three decades as a reporter, editor, and feature writer. He wrote a column from Queen’s Park for nine years and also served as bureau chief in Los Angeles and Washington.  After leaving the Globe, Murray was the director of communications at an Ontario government agency.  He was 18 in 1968 and he watched with amazement the extraordinary events of that year and, as the editor of his university newspaper, did his bit to shake things up.
The year 1968 was unique in modern history. Around the world, a post-war generation erupted in a spontaneous combustion of rebellion against authority in all forms.  With the backdrop of an unpopular war in Vietnam, young people challenged governments and conventional behaviour and used the early days of instant global communication to create a new culture of art, music and fashion. This series will look at the explosion of political and cultural events that took place around the globe (Europe, the UK, the United States and Canada) and will reflect on their impact in 1968 ... and 50 years later.

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C: Canada's Response to Refugee Migration-An Historical Overview – at Innis College

Lecturer: Rebecca McTaggart.  Rebecca McTaggart recently retired from her position as a Director General of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. While at the IRB, her responsibilities included leading regional operations for processing refugee claims from Mexico, China (Falun Gong), Colombia and Sri Lanka (Tamils).  She led the work on managing refugee hearings for two marine arrivals (the Ocean Lady and the Sun Sea) and was responsible for the implementation of significant legislative changes that came into effect in 2012.
Canada is a land of immigrants. But not all immigrants came for the sole purpose of seeking economic opportunity. Throughout its history, Canada has been a refuge for those fleeing persecution. This course will provide the opportunity to explore the history and development of refugee migration to Canada through case studies.   It will also provide an overview of the legislative framework governing refugee determination and how it has changed and responded to evolving migration patterns and world events. 

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E:  Suspense Craft: The Gripping Genius of Alfred Hitchcock – at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Lecturer: Dr. Stephen Scharper:   Dr. Stephen Scharper is associate professor at the School of the Environment and the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. He has taught Environment, Culture, and Film at U of T and has presented film series for LLL and in Collingwood, Ontario. A well-known contributor to the media, and a firm believer in the values of “public scholarship,” Dr. Scharper’s ability to blend the scholarly and the accessible are the hallmarks of his teaching and public speaking careers.
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder”—Alfred Hitchcock
In this course, we will explore the iconically suspenseful brilliance of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, whose films continue to entertain, and terrify, a half century after they first appeared in theatres.
Among the films we will feature are: Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Strangers on a Train (1951), Rear Window (1954), North by Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960).

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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 17, 2018 to November 26, 2018 (No session Mon. October 8th 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. 


Winter 2018:

A: The Beatles and Their World – at Innis College. Lecturer: Mike Daley.

B: Climate Change, Catastrophe and the Tides of History – at Innis College.Lecturer:  Tony Davis.

C: White Collar Crime - An Investigator's Perspective – at Innis College. Lecturer: Jim Hunter


Fall 2017:

A: The Writers of the CanLit Boom – at Innis College. Lecturer: Nick Mount.

B: Humanity Challenged in War and Peace – at Innis College
Lecturer:  Bob Douglas.

C: Art & The Making of the Modern World – at Innis College
Lecturers: Elizabeth Legge & Jordan Bear. 

E:  MAKE ‘EM LAUGH!  At Hot Docs, Ted Rogers CinemaPresenters include: Linda Beck,Warren Clements, Peter Harris and Michael Albano


Winter 2017:

A: Films of Wonder, by Warren Clements – at Innis College

B: Canada at 150 – featuring Various Speakers – at Innis College 

C: Sacred Places/Special Spaces – featuring Various Speakers – at Innis College


Fall 2016

A: Let’s Do It! The Music of Cole Porter – at Innis College
Lecturer: Linda Beck.

B: Perils in Paradise–the Clash of Nature & Culture on Oceanic Islands – at Innis College
Lecturer:  Professor Tony Davis

C: The Brain: An Amazing Time Travelling Machine – at Innis College Lecturer: Guy Proulx.

E: New York City, Paris, Berlin in the 1920s – at Bloor Cinema
Lecturer: Peter Harris


Winter 2016

A: Introduction to Folk Music – by Dr. Mike Daley

B: Urban Planning – featuring four different speakers
Lectures 1 – 4: City Building: A New Convergence, by Ken Greenberg. 

Click on the Blue highlighted titles below to see the lecture slides:

Lectures 5 – 8: Choices & Consequences for Toronto, by Paul Bedford.

Lectures 9: Urban Transportation for the 21st Century, by Eric Miller.

Lecture 10: Land Use & Planning in Southern Ontario, by David Crombie.

C: The Medieval Present – by Tim Nau


Fall 2015

Lecturer: Peter Harris.

Lecturer: Rick Phillips

Lecturer: Gary Crawford


Winter 2015:

Lecturer: Damiano Pietropaolo.

Lecturer: David Crombie.

Lecturers: Anne Urbancic (Italy) and David Clandfield (France).

Fall 2014:

A: The City States of the Italian Renaissance - Lectures by Professor Kenneth Bartlett

B: World’s Fairs: Innovation, Modernity and Material Culture - Lectures by different speakers from the University of Toronto and elsewhere.

C: University of Toronto: Great Minds at Work - Lectures by different speakers from the University of Toronto


Winter 2014:

A:  Fire and Ice, Drought and Flood: a History of our Interaction with the Environment: presented by Tony Davis

The following Class Handouts are provided with the permission of Professor Tony Davis: (Click on item to view slides)

Suggested Reading List

B:  Shakespeare and his Followers: multi-speakers (most UofT professors, one from Waterloo and one from Western). 

C:  Design for the Times: presented by Lorna Kelly


Fall 2013:

A:  The Rollicking History of The English Language

Lecturer - Katherine Barber, "Canada's Word Lady"

B:  Ten Great World Cities –

Lecturer - Various

C:  Outstanding Canadian Women

Lecturer - Various


Winter 2013

Myths and Legends in Opera
Lecturer – Iain Scott

Frontiers of Medicine
Lecturer – Maire Percy

Plays That Shook the World
Lecturer – Philippa Sheppard

Fall 2012

Reflections in the Hall of Mirrors: American Movies and the Politics of Idealism

Lecturer – Kevin Courrier

Ten Classical Masterpieces that Changed Music
Lecturer – Rick Phillips
The Realm of Dance

Lecturer – Michael Crabb


Winter 2012

The Great Popular Singers - Lecturer – Mike Daley

Not Only Enstein - Lecturer - Daniela Monaldi

Toronto History - Lecturer - Various

Fall 2011

Baroque Art

Lecturer – Francis Broun

Pursuing Reality - Documentaries

Lecturer - Gillian Helfield

Japan - Lecturer - Momo Kano Podolsky (replaced by James Heron and Koko Kikuchi)


Winter 2011

Humphrey Bogart

Lecturer – Stephen Scharper

One Hundred Years of Jazz

Lecturer - Dr. Michael Daley


Lecturer - Dr. Julia Zarankin


Fall 2010

Canadian Flavours
Some of the lecturers are Joe Schlesinger, Carlos Ventin, Dr. Gillian Helfield, Dr. Robin Elliott, Dr. George Elliot Clark, and Shelley Falconer.

Exploring Great Scenes from Opera
Popular lecturer Iain Scott returns by popular demand.

Many Paths to God
Dr. J.W. Windland is returning to provide in-depth lectures about a number of religions including Jainism, Jehovah Witnesses and Sikhism. 

Winter 2010

Galileo’s Legacies
Lecturer: Dr. John R. Percy

Dream Dresses – In Hollywood Film
Lecturers: Dr. Stephen Scharper and Dr. Hillary Cunningham Scharper

Canadian Rhapsody
Lecturers included: Dr. Stephen Clarkson; Dr. Nick Mount and Dr. Mary Ladky.

Fall 2009

St. Petersburg: A Portrait of a City
Dr. Julia Zarankin

Great Recordings
Lecturer: Rick Phillips

Human Nature – A Philosophical Perspective
Lecturer: Dr. Ronnie De Sousa

Winter 2009

Film Noir
Lecturer: Dr. Stephen Scharper

Literature for Our Time
Lecturer: Dr. Nick Mount

World Religions
Lecturer: Dr. J.W. Windland