Fall 2017 Session I (September 12 – October 26)

The Fall 2017 Session I will run over six weeks and will offer the following twelve lecture series and one language series.

To view a PDF version of Learning in Retirement’s Fall 2017 Session I brochure, please click here.

Fifteen Fascinating Muslims – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN
Paris in the Roaring 20s: Stein, Toklas, Hemingway, Matisse, Picasso – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN
Film Music: The Sounds of Hollywood
Behind the Headlines: Current News and World Events? – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN
Brain and Behaviour – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN
The Canadian Profession of Arms: Peacekeepers or Warriors?
The Life and Times of Six Russian/Soviet Rulers – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN
The History of Jazz
Impressionism and Beyond (Evening) – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN
Italy After the Roman Empire – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN
The Other Cold War – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN
The Painted Nation: 150 Canadian Works of Art -LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN
Spanish Conversation for Travellers I– LANGUAGE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN

Lecture Series 1
Fifteen Fascinating Muslims – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN
Lecturer: H. Masud Taj

From the madrasa graduate establishing the scientific method, to the inventor of algebra; from the geographer of the most accurate map in the pre-modern world, to the theologian poet whose travels exceeded Marco Polo; from a million-word medical encyclopedia, to Enlightenment’s bestselling Arabic novel; from North America’s bestselling poet, to Reagan’s favourite medieval economist; from a woman predating most Sufis, a Sharia judge inspiring Europe’s most freethinking university, to the scholar, who at the pinnacle of his fame, walks away from it all. We will examine their influence as we visit the brighter side of the medieval Dark Ages: the golden-age of Islam.

Lectures, visual presentations, and film clips

  • Days: Mondays, September 11th – October 23rd (No class October 9th)
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 40 participants
  • Lecture series outline

Lecturer biography: H Masud Taj, award winning Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Carleton University and Visiting Fellow at Aligarh Muslim University, India, was mentored by the leading exponent of Islamic Architecture, Hassan Fathy, in Egypt. He delivered Keynote at the International Conference of Islamic Art and Architecture. Engaging the Other (Macmillan) featured his research in Andalusia, Spain that was showcased by the Faculty of Public Affairs in 2015 and at Author Meets Readers event at the Ottawa International Writers Festival in 2016. His books are archived in University’s Special Collections and one has been inducted in the Library of Parliament.

Lecture Series 2
Paris in the Roaring 20s: Stein, Toklas, Hemingway, Matisse, Picasso – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN

Lecturer: Dr. Marieke Kalkhove

What do Hemingway’s iceberg theory, Picasso’s cubism, and Stein’s “a rose is a rose” have in common? How is Alice B. Toklas’ cooking related to Matisse’s Le Bonheur de Vivre? This lecture series examines how artists of the 1920s both criticized and influenced each other’s work. In their home in Paris, Stein, with her unusual theories of art, acted as a mentor for painters and authors, while Toklas bonded with artists’ wives and produced cookbooks. This lecture examines the unexpected connections that these artists recognized between the mundane life of coffee and eggshells and the high-art of Fauvism and Cubism. For the lecture series schedule and reading list, please visit the lecturer’s website: http://lirroaringtwenties.weebly.com.

Lectures, discussion, visual presentation, and film clips

  • Days: Mondays, September 11th – October 23rd (No class October 9th)
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 55 participants

Lecturer biography: Marieke Kalkhove is a Dutchie living in Canada, a literature geek, a dog lover, an Ashtangi, an electronic dance music enthusiast, and an English professor. You may have seen her speeding on her bike, racing from one university to another to teach a class. She teaches Communications at Algonquin College and literature courses for the Personal Enrichment Program at the University of Ottawa and for the Centre for Initiatives in Education at Carleton University. She has a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from Queen’s University, a Master of Arts degree from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Winnipeg. Marieke loves writing and language. She has published poetry in Canadian journals. And since 2008, she has worked as a freelance Dutch translator, senior translator, language specialist, and proof-reader. She has also traveled extensively in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Lecture Series 3
Film Music: The Sounds of Hollywood

Lecturer: Keith McCuaig

Music is a crucial component of virtually all Hollywood films. The sensation of suspense or joy or sadness that a film audience might feel is not only reflected in the music, but is often dictated by the music. This lecture series will cover the use of music in film, from the silent era to the present. Film techniques and their relation to the score or soundtrack will also be discussed, as will some of the most prominent Hollywood composers. Each class will feature plenty of examples from films.

Lectures, visual presentations, and film clips

  • Days: Tuesdays, September 12th – October 17th
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 55 participants
  • Lecture series outline

Lecturer biography: With an M.A. in Music and Culture, and more than twenty years of experience as a musician, Keith McCuaig is a specialist in all things music and art. He loves exploring the histories of popular music, especially the interconnectedness of genres, and looking at the socio-cultural significance of music. Keith has extensive experience in researching, writing and teaching a variety of musicological topics; he has delivered guest lectures at two universities, presented at multiple international musicology conferences, and taught musicology courses through Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. From performing, writing, recording, and producing, to lecturing, giving music lessons, and working with community music programs such as Ottawa Bluesfest’s Blues in the Schools and Be in the Band, Keith’s life and passion is music.

Lecture Series 4
Behind the Headlines: Current News and World Events – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN

Lecturer: Dr. Elliot Tepper

In our connected world, news topics come to us from every different country. However, the political and social contexts of these news items, and their implications on Canada, are not always explained by the media. In this lecture series, we will explore and discuss the major current events from the week prior, with the goal to have a deeper understanding of the news, and its effects on Canadians. Issues to be examined will be selected each week, based on current news and world events, spanning from local to global affairs. Potential topics may include US politics, the Middle East, North Korea, and the activities of Canada’s Prime Minister, among others. Come for lively discussions of the news that matters, led by a veteran Carleton University political scientist and media commentator.

Lectures and discussions

  • Days: Tuesdays, September 12th – October 17th
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 55 participants
  • Lecture series outline – not applicable, as content will be determined weekly by current news.

Lecturer biography: Dr. Tepper is a veteran professor of comparative politics and international relations at Carleton University. He regularly provides media commentary at home and abroad on a wide range of topics, providing context and deep background to the news stories of the day. Balancing a career in academia and public policy, provides the basis for thoughtful analysis on current events. A lifetime of teaching on-campus and through the public media provides the basis for an engaging and interactive classroom experience. An internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Tepper provides analysis and policy advice to national and international organizations. He has published widely, headed national professional organizations, received many research awards, and serves on the Boards of Directors of a variety of professional and voluntary associations. He is very active with the Ottawa diplomatic corps, academic seminar milieu, and with national and provincial political circles. Current academic titles include: Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs; Senior Research Fellow at NPSIA’s Centre for Security and Defence Studies; Research Fellow, Conference of Defence Associations Institute; Adjunct Research Professor at both Royal Roads University; and in his long time home, the Department of Political Science, Carleton University.

Lecture Series 5
Brain and Behaviour – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN

Lecturer: Dr. Peter Fried

Our brain is a 1.36 kg master control, containing about 100 billion neurons –16 times the number of people on earth – and each of these neurons links to as many as 10,000 other neurons! In this lecture series, we will explore the structure of this wondrous organ, its life-long development, brain reorganization in mature individuals, and how the brain fools itself. Class participation and illustrative clinical findings will be used in the examination of the most complex entity in our universe.

Lectures, discussions, and visual presentations

  • Days: Wednesdays, September 13th – October 18th
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 55 participants
  • Lecture series outline

Lecturer biography: Peter Fried (Ph.D) is a Distinguished Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Carleton University’s Psychology department. His more than four decades of teaching includes introductory psychology, neuropsychology, perception and sensation, physiological psychology, as well as in the LinR series. He is the director of an investigation, initiated in 1978, of the neurobehavioral consequences of marihuana use during pregnancy upon offspring. His findings are the most widely cited in the marihuana-pregnancy scientific literature and have resulted in numerous awards and invitations to lecture around the world. He has worked with many international neuropsychologists and will couple this collaboration with his own research and teaching experience in this series of lectures.

Lecture Series 6
The Canadian Profession of Arms: Peacekeepers or Warriors?

Lecturer: Dr. James Cox

Canadian military forces have operated at home and abroad, quelling rebellion, fighting wars, conducting peace support operations, and helping Canadians after natural disasters, despite the cost in blood and treasure. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) continues to defend Canada and Canadian interests at home and globally, but are Canadian troops peacekeepers or warriors? Some think Canada is a peacekeeping nation, while others insist we are a warrior nation. This lecture series examines the constitutional role and structure of the CAF, the process followed to launch military missions, and how the CAF conducts military operations.

Lectures, discussions, visual presentations, film clips, and hands-on learning

  • Days: Wednesdays, September 13th – October 18th
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 55 participants
  • Lecture series outline

Lecturer biography: Brigadier-General (retired) Dr. James (Jim) S. Cox completed a 35-year military career, mainly in operational command and staff positions across Canada and on five continents, before retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2001. He commanded soldiers from the platoon to brigade group level, completing six operational tours of duty with the United Nations in Cyprus, Central Africa, and Somalia, and three operational NATO missions in Europe. He has trained with the United States Army, The United States Army Green Berets, The United States Marine Corps, the British Army, the British Army Special Air Service, and the British Royal Marines. After retiring from the Canadian Forces, Jim served as an analyst in the Library of Parliament, from 2005-2011, supporting the House of Commons and Senate committees addressing national security and defence issues, and the Canadian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He then served as the Vice-President Academic Affairs with the Canadian Military Intelligence Association from 2012-2015. Jim studied at the NATO Defence College in Rome and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, and the Canadian Forces College. He holds an MA and PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He also holds the grade of Officer in the Order of Military Merit. Today, at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Jim teaches civil-military relations and serves as a Fellow with the Centre for Security, Intelligence and Defence Studies. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa and a Research Fellow with the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. Concurrently he serves as a member of the Canadian Military Intelligence Association Academic Program Committee and the Intelligence Analysis and Tactical Criminal Analysis Program Advisory Committee at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Lecture Series 7
The Life and Times of Six Russian/Soviet Rulers – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN

Lecturer: Dr. Carter Elwood

This is a series of a half-dozen illustrated lectures, describing the life and times of six significant Russian or Soviet rulers: Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Nicholas II (not so great), V.I. Lenin, J.V. Stalin, and Vladimir Putin. In each instance, the background of the ruler, his or her successes and failures while in office, and the historical significance of that ruler will be discussed. PowerPoint illustrations will accompany each lecture. Ample time will be available for group discussions.

Lectures, discussions, and visual presentations

  • Days: Thursdays, September 14th – October 19th
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 55 participants
  • Lecture series outline

Lecturer biography: Carter Elwood attended Dartmouth College, the University of Edinburgh and Columbia University where he received his PhD in 1969. He taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Alberta (1964 – 1968). At Carleton, where he is presently a Distinguished Research Professor, he taught Russian history from 1968 until his retirement in May of this year. He has held visiting research appointments at St. Antony’s College (Oxford), the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), the London School of Economics, and Harvard University. He has written or edited eight books, the most recent being The Non-Geometric Lenin: Essays on the Development of the Bolshevik Party, 1910 – 1914 (London, 2011). He has been the recipient of four teaching honours including the “Capital Educators’ Award” in 2013. For his sins, he served as Chair of the History Department from 1982 to 1995.

Lecture Series 8
The History of Jazz

Lecturer: Dr. Dave Schroeder

This lecture series will look at the genre that is generally referred to as jazz, from the roots of its inception and creation, through to the present day. The sociological context that facilitated the birth of this music will be considered in depth. The slave trade, cultural influence and appropriation, and socioeconomic factors will be explored in relation to various significant works and artists over time. The lives of major artists will be examined for their artistic inspiration, vision, and influence. Recorded audio and video examples will be played for examination and discussion, and some live performances will also be featured. Various jazz-related genres and pieces will also be considered, and jazz in Ottawa will be referenced regularly.

Lectures, audio and video examples, discussions, and live demonstrations of various musical aspects of jazz music 

  • Days: Thursdays, September 14th – October 19th
  • Time:1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 55 participants
  • Lecture series outline

Lecturer biography: Dave Schroeder is a bassist, guitarist, composer, and educator based in Ottawa, though he has spent most of his time in recent years studying, performing, and teaching in South Florida. After completing his Bachelor of Music Honours degree in 2004, Dave was awarded a Senate Medal from Carleton University. In 2005, he began studying at the graduate level at the University of Manitoba. In 2006, Dave relocated to Florida to study at the world-renowned University of Miami. He completed a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance in 2008 and was awarded a full scholarship to pursue Doctoral studies. In 2011, Dave received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, becoming the only Canadian electric bassist ever to attain this honour. He has also spent time studying at Berklee College of Music. In 2009, Dave received a Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for his work with The University of Miami Funk-Fusion Ensemble. Dave currently teaches music at Carleton University, and is very active as an in-demand session bassist and guitarist.

Lecture Series 9
Impressionism and Beyond (Evening) – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN

Lecturer: Angela Marcus

In the 1850s, many European artists opened up art subjects and imagery to reflect the modern world of their time. Following French Impressionism, which developed around 1870 and became a strong force, many modern art movements emerged. In this lecture series, based on the National Gallery’s collection, we will survey the evolution of art from the 1850s, through the 20th, and to the 21st century, tracing art’s progress through Post Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, early modern, Dada, Surrealism, Conceptual, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, and beyond, including Canadian Contemporary and Aboriginal art. We will view works from European, American, Canadian, and international sources, discussing topics and issues along the way.

Meet at front entrance of National Gallery

  • Days: Thursdays, September 14th – October 19th
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: National Art Gallery of Canada
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 20 participants
  • Lecture series outline

Lecturer biography: Angela Marcus (BAHons/78, MA/93) has taught Art History/Art Appreciation for over two decades. For several years in Learning in Retirement. She has been an independent researcher, art writer, curator.

Lecture Series 10
Italy After the Roman Empire – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN

Lecturer: Dr. Marcel Jesenský

History, religion, food, art, architecture, literary language, cities, and politics: Italy has a rich cultural and political past. As historian Ruggiero Romano suggests, “the history of Italy can be regarded as an opera, where soprano and tenor, bass and baritone, are not united: what matters is not each individual voice but the sound they make together in concert.” This lecture series explores Italian history down the centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, focusing on its political, cultural, and social aspects.

Lectures, discussions, and visual presentations

  • Days: Fridays, September 15th – October 20th
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 55 participants
  • Lecture series outline

Lecturer biography: Dr. Marcel Jesenský is a specialist on the United Nations, international relations, diplomacy and European history. He holds a Ph.D. in History (University of Ottawa). His book The Slovak-Polish border, 1918-1947 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) chronicles the legacy of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. He is teaching at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, his current research focuses on the United Nations under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2007-2016).

Lecture Series 11
The Other Cold War – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN

Lecturer: Dr. Brendan Wright

Conventionally, the Cold War conflict is portrayed as a period of tense peace and stability between the United States and Soviet Union. However, for many societies, political violence, domestic repression, and civil war were the norm. This lecture series examines this “other” Cold War. Each lecture will deal with a different episode of Cold War political violence in its local and global context. Topics include the Chinese Civil War, the Korean Civil War, 1950s-1980s Central America, the Vietnamese revolution, the 1965 Indonesian “Politicide,” the war in Afghanistan, and others.

Lectures, discussions, visual presentations, and film clips

  • Days: Fridays, September 15th – October 20th
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 55 participants
  • Lecture series outline

Lecturer biography: Dr. Wright received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2016, in the fields of Korean history, Cold War history, and trauma and memory studies. He has researched, taught, and published on the Korean War, the Vietnam War, international relations, and global history.

Lecture Series 12
The Painted Nation: 150 Canadian Works of Art – LECTURE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN

Lecturer: Dr. Eric Weichel

In this evening lecture series, we will examine 150 specific case studies of paintings that shaped, defined, challenged, and deconstructed notions of Canadian identity. Artists whose work will be a major component of our discussion include Kent Monkman, Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Emily Carr, The Group of Seven, Cornelius Krieghoff, Paul Kane, and Joseph Légaré.

Lectures and visual presentations

  • Days: Fridays, September 15th – October 27th (No class September 29th)
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
  • Fee: $135.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 55 participants
  • Lecture series outline – coming soon!

Lecturer biography: Eric is a PhD graduate from the Art History Department in Queen’s University, and currently holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Concordia University in Montreal. Over the past four years, he has taught several popular classes for the Learning in Retirement program at Carleton, and has also taught undergraduate courses in art history at Queen’s, the Queen’s-Blyth program in Italy, and at the University of Guelph. He has received research awards from Oxford, Yale and UCLA, presented at a wide range of international and national conferences, and published in a number of edited volumes and refereed journals. Eric has also curated an exhibition on eighteenth-century French prints for the Carleton University Art Gallery, and was a research assistant at the prestigious Rembrandt Specialist conference at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex.

Language Series 1
Spanish Conversation for Travellers I – LANGUAGE SERIES FULL, WAITLIST OPEN

Lecturer: Ioana Dimitriu

This introductory Spanish language series aims at providing participants the grammatical and lexical elements that are essential for basic communication. Conversation topics will focus on travel and will include asking and giving directions, talking about food, accommodation, tourist attractions, shopping, and medical emergencies. Audiovisual materials include cultural components related to different parts of the Spanish-speaking world.

While there are no prerequisites to take this language series, please complete this questionnaire if you are interested in registering. The purpose of this questionnaire is to assist you in determining which workshop level, if any, is appropriate for you, based on your current proficiency in Spanish.

Language Workshop

  • Days: Wednesdays and Fridays, September 13th – October 20th
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Room 342, St. Patrick’s Building
  • Fee: $250.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 12 participants
  • Lecture series outline

Lecturer biography: Ioana Dimitriu holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and an M.A. in Spanish Comparative Linguistics from the University of Ottawa (2010; 2002). Her Doctoral Dissertation focused on the figure of the labyrinth as a literary metaphor in the fantastic prose by Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges, and by Romanian historian of religions Mircea Eliade. She worked as an Assistant to the Ambassador of Argentina to Canada, and as a Spanish Sessional Lecturer at the University of Ottawa (2001-2008) and at Carleton University (2010 – 2017). Ioana also has several years of experience teaching Spanish to adults who learn the language for travel purposes. Ioana’s personal interests include studying theology, exploring other cultures through reading and travel, and kayaking on Loon Lake in South-Eastern Ontario.