Innis College - University of Toronto

Later Life Learning

Online Registration

Winter 2019

Winter 2019 Lecture Series and Discussion Groups

A: Words and Music: Leonard Cohen (FULL)

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.

No class Monday, February 18, 2019 for Reading Week

Course:WN19-235
Start Date:January 14, 2019
End Date:March 25, 2019
Meets:Mondays
Times:10:00 am to 11:45 am
Location:Innis College, Town Hall
Enrollment Fee: No Refunds$60.00 CAD
 0 Spaces Available

Registration for this course closes at 12:00 am on December 16, 2018.

B: The Soviet Experiment: The Tumultuous 20th Century of Russia (FULL)

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.

No class Friday, February 22, 2019 for Reading Week

Course:WN19-236
Start Date:January 18, 2019
End Date:March 29, 2019
Meets:Fridays
Times:10:00 am to 11:45 am
Location:Innis College, Town Hall
Enrollment Fee: No Refunds$60.00 CAD
 -1 Spaces Available

Registration for this course closes at 12:00 am on December 16, 2018.

C: The Doctors Are In The House! What You Need to Know About Healthcare Today (FULL)

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 health 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!

No class Friday, February 22, 2019 for Reading Week

Course:WN19-237
Start Date:January 18, 2019
End Date:March 29, 2019
Meets:Fridays
Times:1:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Location:Innis College, Town Hall
Enrollment Fee: No Refunds$60.00 CAD
 0 Spaces Available

Registration for this course closes at 12:00 am on December 16, 2018.

D: Discussion Group (FULL)

Maximize your Later Life Learning experience. Current Events Topics are selected by participants at the first session.

Space is limited.

No class on Mondays, January 21st and February 18th, 2019

Course:WN19-238
Start Date:January 14, 2019
End Date:April 1, 2019
Meets:Mondays
Times:1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:Innis Residence
Enrollment Fee: No Refunds$40.00 CAD
 0 Spaces Available

Registration for this course closes at 12:00 am on December 16, 2018.

F: Books and Beyond (FULL)

Phase Two of a pilot project to develop a format for a discussion group inspired by specific books.

The selection of 4 titles will be determined in advance after we receive input from registrants.  These 4 selected books will provide the core focus for discussions: both of the books themselves and of related ideas and topics relating to each book. It is hoped that registrants will participate in discussions and volunteer in some capacity. 

Space is limited.

No class on Thursday, February 21, 2019 (Reading Week)

Course:WN19-239
Start Date:January 24, 2019
End Date:April 4, 2019
Meets:Thursdays
Times:9:30 am to 11:30 am
Location:Innis Residence
Enrollment Fee: No Refunds$40.00 CAD
 0 Spaces Available

Registration for this course closes at 12:00 am on December 16, 2018.