Learning in Retirement’s Early and Late Spring 2020 Sessions are cancelled, and refunds have been processed. Please contact us should you have any questions or concerns regarding your Spring 2020 refund.
1. Structures of the Mind: Cognition, Memory, Perception, Emotion, Intelligence and More
2. The History of Alcohol
3. Introduction to the Torah and the Hebrew Bible
4. Ottawology: A Critical Study of the Nation’s Capital
5. Inventors, Salesmen, and Bureaucrats: Creating the Military-Industrial Complex
6. Literary Laurels: Prize-Winning Writing and the Culture Industry
7. A Brief History of Scandinavia
8. The Middle East: Contemporary Challenges, Threats and Opportunities
9. Europe 1815 – 1914: The “Age of Bourgeoisie”
10. Road Trip USA: Exploring the Musical History of Six American Cities
11. Space: The Canadian Frontier
12. Aging, the Immune System, and Your Brain
13. Indigenous Religions Across the Globe
14. The Artistry of Performance – Experiencing the Live Event
15. A Taste of the Humanities, for the Intellectually Curious
16. Capturing Unique Photographs of Wildlife and Nature
17. Serenissima Repubblica: The Art and History of Renaissance Venice
1. Telling True Stories: Fictional Technique for Memoirs and More
1. Italian for Travellers, Level I, Part II
2. Italian for Travellers, Level I, Part I
3. Conversational Italian
4. Spanish for Travellers II
The human mind is an astonishingly complex system of interwoven internal structures that allow us to interact with our environment. This lecture series will explore some of these underlying structures and how they allow us to navigate the world. During the ﬁrst half we will focus on fundamentals of cognition such as how the brain creates the mind, how memory works, and how we perceive the world around us. The second half of the series will delve into more complicated phenomena such as intelligence, emotions, and social cognition.
Lecture Series 2
The History of Alcohol – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Rod Phillips
Historically, alcohol has been praised as a gift of the gods and as diabolical; as a healthy drink and dangerous to health; as an aid to sociability and harmful to social order. This lecture series will put modern attitudes and practices in context. We’ll see how ancient societies treated alcohol (mainly beer and wine) and how wine was embraced by one major religion (Christianity) but rejected by another (Islam). About 600 years ago, the advent of distilled spirits provoked a sharper debate that triggered policies such as Prohibition. We’ll discuss alcohol in terms of production, consumption, and regulation, and in relationship to social class, gender, and power.
Lecture Series 3
Introduction to the Torah and the Hebrew Bible – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Simon Zeldin
This lecture series will provide an introduction to key texts within the Pentateuch (Torah) with the goal of understanding these writings in their original historical, cultural, and religious contexts. We will examine key themes such as lineage and divine covenant, polytheism and monotheism, representations of gender and biblical “patriarchy”, and biblical notions of purity and morality. While the focus will be primarily on the Torah, this series will also survey different biblical genres outside of the Pentateuch, including narrative, law, prophecy, and wisdom literature.
Lecture Series 4
Ottawology: A Critical Study of the Nation’s Capital – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Tonya Davidson
How can the cholera epidemic of 1832 and the Spanish Flu help us contextualize Ottawa’s response to the opioid epidemic? How would a feminist sociological analysis help us make sense of both the flannel that floods the Glebe every game day and the “Log Driver’s Waltz”? This series draws on urban sociology, history, and human geography to offer a series of unique takes on Ottawa as both a national capital and a living city. We will use multiple perspectives, allowing Ottawa to both be a lens through which to understand broader national processes, and a city in its own right. Note: This series is repeated from Winter 2020, taking place entirely in the classroom.
Lecture Series 5
Inventors, Salesmen, and Bureaucrats: Creating the Military-Industrial Complex – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Ryan Patterson
In this lecture series, you will join Dr. Patterson to explore the enduring relationships that formed between companies, governments, and the armed forces in the British Empire and Commonwealth from 1800 to 1914. You will examine how the business of military supply went from an open free market of small private companies to an often-secret marriage of government departments and multinational corporations. This series will also provide a window into broader historical industry, law, trade, politics, public opinion, and even culture.
Lecture Series 6
Literary Laurels: Prize-Winning Writing and the Culture Industry – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Nick Milne
The biggest awards in the literary world—such as the Man Booker Prize, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, or the Nobel Prize in Literature—carry with them acclaim, money, and boosts for a writer’s reputation. However, the processes and consequences of these awards are often fraught with complexity. Who is “worthy” of such recognition? What happens when they win? And what sort of ethical questions arise when they do? In this lecture series, we will examine how awards and other types of official literary recognition help shape literary canons, mobilise readerships, and frame both artistic and political debates.
Lecture Series 7
A Brief History of Scandinavia – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Marcel Jesenský
This lecture series presents a history of the Scandinavian countries—Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland—from the earliest times to the present day. For many, Scandinavia represents the ideas and ideals of democracy, humanitarianism, and social equality. Over time, Scandinavian peoples have come to be seen as particularly egalitarian, and close to nature. As a broad overview, this series is intended for participants who have little prior knowledge of Scandinavia and none of its languages. It introduces the history, traditions, politics, society, and culture of the once “unknown north”.
Lecture Series 8
The Middle East: Contemporary Challenges, Threats and Opportunities – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Farhad Rezaei
The Middle East has long been contested geographic space, squeezed by global powers and famously called “the most penetrated region in the world”. The region is known for its deep-rooted conflicts as well as its natural resources and strategic location. In this series of lectures, Dr. Rezaei will introduce the political, ideological, and economic dynamics of contemporary Middle Eastern countries. Emphasis will be placed on the dynamics of state-society contention, state formation, ideological trends such as political Islam (i.e., Salafism, Shiism, Wahabism), terrorism, and Arab nationalism. We will also address the challenges of economic development, the arms race, and the Kurdish question.
Lecture Series 9
Europe 1815 – 1914: The “Age of Bourgeoisie” – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Marcel Jesenský
Nation, democracy, and industrial progress stood, in the nineteenth century, for the concept of modernity. Peoples all over Europe formed nations, abandoned agriculture for industry and moved toward democracy. Increasing control over nature with machines and modern capitalism offered Europeans a growing sense of their power and prosperity. Europeans dominated, educated, classified and exploited others. However, World War I would call into question the foundations of European power, and Europeans’ faith in progress and their cultural achievements. Join us for this lecture series presenting “the age of bourgeoisie”, to consider Europe’s history, politics, society, and culture.
Lecture Series 10
Road Trip USA: Exploring the Musical History of Six American Cities – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Keith McCuaig
The 20th century saw an explosion in regional musical styles in several areas of the United States. During this lecture series, we’ll delve into the music of six great American metropolises, along with relevant historical and socio-cultural context. Join us for a musical road trip that will include New Orleans jazz; Memphis rock ‘n’ roll and blues; Chicago jazz and blues; Detroit R&B and soul; New York City jazz, punk and hip hop; and Nashville country. Get ready to explore and listen to a wide variety of musical genres from six of the most fascinating music cities.
Lecture Series 11
Space: The Canadian Frontier – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Canada was the third country to go into space during the Cold War. In the decades following, Canadians played a key role in helping the United States and Russia put aside their differences and build a space station. In this lecture series, we’ll explore Canada’s history in space and the people who have flown there. You’ll learn about people such as Marc Garneau and Chris Hadfield, and about the new generation of astronauts who might fly to the moon as part of the new U.S. program.
Lecture Series 12
Aging, the Immune System, and Your Brain – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Christopher Rudyk
This lecture series will explore communication between the brain and the immune system. Together we will examine how different aspects of the immune system can interact with the brain to influence behaviour. In particular, this series will explore how factors of the immune system can give rise to various age-related brain disorders including Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease and depression. Additionally, we will explore various lifestyle factors (such as exercise and diet) that can be used for healthy living, by lowering the immune system’s impact on select brain disorders.
Lecture Series 13
Indigenous Religions Across the Globe – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Manvitha Singamsetty
Journey across the world, from India to Vietnam, Japan, Australia, Canada, Africa, South America, and western Europe to study a variety of religious beliefs and practices of indigenous peoples. Following an overview of the academic study of religion, we will examine indigenous nations across the globe to understand how their cosmologies lead to distinct beliefs and practices. We will use contemporary debates and news sources to ensure these topics and discussions are relevant to current issues. Extra resources will be provided each week for those interested in specialised topics.
Lecture Series 14
The Artistry of Performance – Experiencing the Live Event – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Mary Ellis
Have you ever wondered what goes into the staging of a theatrical production? It starts as words on a page, and becomes the fully realised vision of the director, complete with performers, and all the design elements, such as set, lights, sound, and costuming. In this series, participants will delve into the mechanisms and staging strategies that go into creating a live experience, and will attend three or four live performances, to see these elements put into practice. Participants will then have the opportunity to discuss and analyse what they have seen.
Lecture Series 15
A Taste of the Humanities, for the Intellectually Curious – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Shawna Dolansky et al.
The Bachelor of Humanities at Carleton University provides an interdisciplinary tour of great ideas that shaped our world, drawing from the expertise of faculty in Religion, Philosophy, Art History, Music, Political Science, Anthropology, English, and other programs. Bachelor of Humanities students examine a historical legacy of human attempts to capture truth and meaning. This Learning in Retirement lecture series, team-taught by faculty from the Humanities program, offers you a taste of a Humanities degree. Here is your opportunity to explore texts, images, sounds, emotions, and intellectual leaps, through lectures on religion, philosophy, art history, music, and more.
Lecture Series 16
Capturing Unique Photographs of Wildlife and Nature – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Adrian Cho
Join creativity specialist Adrian Cho to learn how to capture unique photos of wildlife and nature using any camera (smartphone, professional DSLR, mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, or point-andshoot). In this workshop you’ll get a solid grounding in the fundamentals of photography including the technical processes, techniques, tools, tips, and tricks you’ll need to get out in the field. You’ll then get out and photograph landscapes, skyscapes, and nightscapes, nature up close (macrophotography), and wildlife. You’ll get feedback on your images, tips for better captures, help with editing, and more.
Lecture Series 17
Serenissima Repubblica: The Art and History of Renaissance Venice – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Adriane Aboud
This lecture series will examine the artistic atmosphere of Venice during the Italian Renaissance. Rather than focusing on artistic development, this series will illustrate how the distinctive historical and political environment of Venice affected the art of that time and place. We will begin by examining particular aspects of Venetian society through art. We will conclude with two lectures that analyse the visual program of the Great Council Hall in the Doge’s Palace. The series will demonstrate what made the art of Venice unique, as well as how Venetians used art to promote the glory of “the most serene republic”.
Writing Workshop 1
Telling True Stories: Fictional Technique for Memoirs and More – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Moira Farr
Fictional language and technique are important for bringing your memoir or story to life for readers. Author Moira Farr will lecture on the contemporary nonfiction genre, provide readings for discussion and conduct writing exercises. Participants will shape their own short memoirs/true stories, with the opportunity to share their work and get peer feedback. Anyone who reads or writes nonfiction (or wants to write in this genre) will benefit from this chance to expand their knowledge of the field and flex their storytelling muscles.
Language Workshop 1
Italian for Travellers, Level I, Part II – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Carla Bonora
Continuing where Italian for Travellers, Level I, Part I finished, we will cover additional basic interactions, enabling participants to feel comfortable while communicating during a trip to Italy or in an Italian environment. We will cover how to introduce ourselves and ask basic questions about others, as well as to speak about hobbies, dates and time, daily life and family members. A field trip will familiarise participants with Italian food products in an Italian shop (different from the Level I field trip). Audiovisual materials about Italian culture and music, as well as holidays and how to celebrate them will also be explored.
Language Workshop 2
Italian for Travellers, Level I, Part I – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Carla Bonora
This workshop will provide participants with the skills to feel comfortable while communicating during a trip to Italy or in an Italian environment. This workshop will teach you how to introduce yourself, make hotel reservations, ask for directions, make a phone call, write an email, order in a restaurant, and face emergency situations. One field trip will familiarise participants with Italian food products in an Italian shop. Audiovisual materials about Italian culture, music, and daily life will also be a part of the workshop. Vi aspettiamo!
Language Workshop 3
Conversational Italian – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Carla Bonora
Focus on Italian conversation with particular attention to grammar and extended vocabulary related to restaurants, shops, museums, money, asking for directions, health, and travel issues. Enjoy opportunities to apply the knowledge and practice the skills acquired in earlier Learning in Retirement workshops Italian for Travellers Level 1 (Part I OR Part II). A field trip will further familiarise participants with conversing and ordering in an Italian restaurant. Audiovisual materials about Italian culture, music and daily life will also be part of the workshop. Vi aspettiamo!
Language Workshop 4
Spanish for Travellers II – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Ioana Dimitriu
Further your listening, comprehension and speaking abilities in Spanish in a relaxed atmosphere. Practice the use of the present tense of regular and irregular verbs in oral communication. Conversation topics will focus on travel, making and responding to invitations, talking about favourite activities and daily routine, shopping for clothing, discussing culinary traditions, booking accommodation, checking in at the airport, and buying tickets for shows. Cultural components about different parts of the Spanish-speaking world will be presented through audiovisual materials.