REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR ALL FALL 2020 EVENTS.

The Fall 2020 Session featured a mixture of online lecture series, a writing workshop, and single lecture presentations, as detailed below. Read some of the feedback for our new online format! Sign up for our mailing list to receive notifications of future sessions.

Learning in Retirement’s registration and payment process has changed. Each offering now gets assigned a separate registration form.

RECORDINGS: OUR OFFERINGS ARE LIVE EVENTS; PLEASE BE SURE YOU CAN ATTEND AT THE SPECIFIED TIMES. We may make and use recordings as a backup in case of technology problems. However, at the moment we do not regularly share recordings, in part out of copyright and intellectual property concerns. Our approach may change in the future when we have a more secure place to store and stream recordings.


ALREADY COMPLETED OFFERINGS:

How to Learn, Practice, and Adapt as if Your Life Depends on it (Single Lecture Presentation) – COMPLETED
Age-Friendly? A Research Discussion on Getting Older in Ottawa (Single Lecture Presentation) – COMPLETED
Behind the Headlines: Current News and World Events (Lecture Series) – COMPLETED
Capturing Unique Photographs of Wildlife and Nature (Lecture Series) – COMPLETED
Poetry: The Open Mind (Writing Workshop) – COMPLETED
Power in America: Election 2020, Part I (Single Lecture Presentation) – COMPLETED
Difficult Conversations: Ensuring Life is a Win-Win (Single Lecture Presentation) – COMPLETED
Art Against the Academy, 1798 to 1914 (Lecture Series) – COMPLETED
The Art of Jazz Singing (Single Lecture Presentation) – COMPLETED
Power in America: Election 2020, Part II (Single Lecture Presentation) – COMPLETED
Introduction to Memoir Writing: Writing Stories From Your Life (Lecture Series) – REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED
Time is Just a Four-Letter Word (Lecture Series) – REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED
A Brief History of Jazz: Miles, Monk, Mingus, and More (Lecture Series) – REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED
Power in America: Election 2020, Part III (Single Lecture Presentation) – COMPLETED
The Fascinating Ukulele: A Musical History and Travelogue (Single Lecture Presentation) – COMPLETED
Nursing Home Narratives: Canadian Writers on Long-Term Care (Single Lecture Presentation) – COMPLETED

ALREADY COMPLETED OFFERINGS:


Single Lecture Presentation
How to Learn, Practice, and Adapt as if Your Life Depends on it – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Adrian Cho

There is almost nothing more impactful than the ability to learn faster. Every one of us is in a constant state of learning, and the need to learn is even greater when we are met with challenges. Fall 2020 is therefore the perfect time to consider and optimise how you learn. In this thought-provoking lecture, Adrian Cho will share insights that have enabled him to rapidly acquire knowledge and proficiency in multiple fields, and to help others do so as well. You will be able to apply Adrian’s insights to learning new topics, hobbies, and technologies, as well as absorbing the news.

The lecture will address the importance of mindsets, helpful feedback loops, robust “garbage filters”, teaching while learning, and embracing diversity and individuality. Adrian will also demonstrate how tools and tech can help or hinder, and how technical knowledge and technique enables or stifles creativity. He will draw on systems theory, psychology, biology, military strategy, and more. The lecture will include examples from his own experiences as a jazz musician and the founder and Artistic Director of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, his work as a professional wildlife photographer and teacher, and his time in the tech industry teaching culture, leadership, and efficiency at various companies.

  • Day: Thursday, September 10
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required
  • Enrollment capacity: 65 participants (we may repeat this lecture if there is enough interest)
  • Fee: FREE offering, as part of LinR’s 20th anniversary celebrations

Picture of LinR lecturer Adrian ChoLecturer biography: Adrian Cho practices creativity across multiple domains. As a musician he works as a jazz bassist and has been the artistic director of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra for the past fifteen years. In business he wrote the book “The Jazz Process: Collaboration, Innovation, and Agility” about creativity, innovation, and collaboration, and works as a freelance creativity coach helping organizations scale creativity. As a wildlife photographer he travels the world capturing unique images of wildlife, nature, people, and places, and teaching the art of wildlife photography. He sells his work in print formats and licenses images as references for art and use in other mediums. Read what LinR participants have said about Adrian.


Lecture Series
Behind the Headlines: Current News and World Events – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Dr. Elliot Tepper

In this World Affairs lecture series, we will discuss current events that are making the news. Hot topics of the week will be explored in depth, providing context and background for stories in the headlines. We will also be exploring some topics that did not make the headlines, but should have. The content will be determined weekly by emerging issues of importance to Canadians that affect our lives and our world. The global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on world politics will form the backdrop for Behind the Headlines this year. Come for lively discussions of the news that matters, led by a veteran Carleton University political scientist and media commentator. Perspective and analysis will be provided by the lecturer, followed by discussion with participants.

  • Days: Tuesdays, September 15 – October 20
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture series is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Enrollment capacity: 50 participants
  • Fee: $125.00 (HST included)
  • Lecture series outline (not applicable)

Dr. Elliot TepperLecturer 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. Dr. Tepper’s career in academia and public policy provides the basis for thoughtful analysis on current events, and his lifetime of teaching on-campus and through the public media provides the basis for an engaging, interactive classroom experience. An internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Tepper provides analysis and policy advice to national and international organizations. Read what LinR participants have said about Dr. Tepper and the Behind the Headline series.


Lecture Series
Capturing Unique Photographs of Wildlife and Nature – COMPLETED

Lecturer: Adrian Cho

Photography is a perfect indoor and outdoor activity for adults of all ages, and the results can be shared widely online. Whether you are looking for a new pastime, or you have long admired and pursued nature photography, let this series build your skills and confidence. 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-and shoot). In this series, 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 will then photograph landscapes, skyscapes, and nightscapes, nature up close (macrophotography), and wildlife. You’ll have the option to submit a few images to Adrian, who will provide tips and feedback on selected photos during lectures.

  • Days: Wednesdays, September 16 – October 21
  • Time: 1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture series is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Fee: $130 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 35 participants
  • Lecture series outline

Picture of LinR lecturer Adrian ChoLecturer biography: Adrian Cho practices creativity across multiple domains. As a musician he works as a jazz bassist and has been the artistic director of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra for the past fifteen years. He wrote the book “The Jazz Process: Collaboration, Innovation, and Agility” for a business audience, and works as a freelance creativity coach helping organizations scale creativity. As a wildlife photographer he travels the world capturing unique images of wildlife, nature, people, and places, and teaching the art of wildlife photography. He sells his work in print formats and licenses images as references for art and use in other mediums. Adrian is passionate about helping other photographers to make the most of photographic opportunities. You can view some of his work at adrianchophotography.com. Read what LinR participants have said about Adrian.


Writing Workshop
Poetry: The Open Mind – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Mark Frutkin

Poet Muriel Rukeyeser once said: “Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.” In these classes, we will take an enjoyable look at examples of poetry from some of the world’s great authors, from the classical to the contemporary. We will consider what skills to employ when writing poetry, do in-class poetry writing exercises, and discuss writing and publishing. We will also look at some of your own poems in a non-threatening, open-minded atmosphere. This series is open to any style of poetic writing.

Note: This workshop is open to new participants and participants who have taken previous poetry workshops with Mark.

  • Days: Fridays, September 18 – October 23
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
  • Location: Zoom
    • This workshop is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. You will need a camera and microphone to interact with the workshop leader and other participants.
  • Fee: $190 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 14 participants
  • Writing workshop outline

Lecturer biography: Mark Frutkin’s work, including eight novels, three poetry collections, and three books of non-fiction, has been published internationally and translated into seven languages. In 2007, his novel, Fabrizio’s Return (Knopf), won Ontario’s Trillium Book Award and the national Sunburst Award, and was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada/Caribbean region). His collection of poetry, Hermit Thrush, was shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award in 2016. In the 1970s, he spent ten years living in the Gatineau Hills north of Ottawa in a log cabin with no electricity or running water. With nothing to do but read, write, shovel snow, and chop wood, this period served as his apprenticeship to becoming a writer. He has worked as a journalist and critic for the Globe & Mail, Harper’s, the Ottawa Citizen, the Montreal Gazette, amazon.ca/com, and other print and online media, and served as co-editor of ARC Poetry Magazine. Over the years, he could be found teaching creative writing at Carleton University, and the Universities of Ottawa, New Brunswick and Western Ontario. He has received numerous grants for writing from the Canada Council, the OAC, and the City of Ottawa. See more details at markfrutkin.com. Read what LinR participants have said about Mark’s poetry workshop series.


Single Lecture Presentation
Power in America: Election 2020, Part I – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Dr. Elliot Tepper

The world watches in fascination as the contest for political power in America reaches its culmination. The election is the most momentous in a generation, determining the trajectory at home and abroad of the world’s only democratic superpower. Canada has a vested interest in the fate of our neighbour to the south. Three lectures will present commentary throughout the Fall election campaign and its immediate aftermath. Each lecture will be presented entirely online, led by Dr. Elliot Tepper, a veteran Carleton University political scientist and media commentator. Ample opportunity will be available for questions and answers. The lectures will be as interactive as technology and time permits. Each lecture requires a separate registration.

Note: This lecture will have content that will overlap with Dr. Tepper’s 6-week lecture series.

  • Day: Thursday, September 24
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EDT
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Enrollment capacity: 50 participants (we may increase capacity as the date approaches)
  • Fee: $20 (HST included)

Dr. Elliot TepperLecturer 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. Dr. Tepper’s career in academia and public policy provides the basis for thoughtful analysis on current events, and his lifetime of teaching on-campus and through the public media provides the basis for an engaging, interactive classroom experience. An internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Tepper provides analysis and policy advice to national and international organizations. Read what LinR participants have said about Dr. Tepper and the Behind the Headline series.


Single Lecture Presentation
Age-Friendly? A Research Discussion on Getting Older in Ottawa – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Drs. Susan Braedley & Renate Ysseldyk

What are the conditions of life for older adults in Ottawa, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic? Join us to hear some key findings from a fascinating June 2019 study. You will also learn about a new study on the effects of COVID-19 on seniors living in Ottawa.

In June 2019, an international team of 20 interdisciplinary researchers and students descended on Ottawa to do a 10-day “rapid ethnography”, with attention to how experiences of aging were affected by gender, income, LGBTQ2+, dementia, Indigeneity, ethnicity, race, immigration, language, ability, culture, religiosity, and opportunities to live meaningful lives.

The team looked for “promising practices” within the city, focusing on thirteen leading or representative organizations that involve or serve seniors. These organizations ranged from public transportation, ethno-cultural groups and recreation centres, to day programs for dementia, caregiver supports, hospice programs and more. The team interviewed many, many seniors as well as these organizations’ workers and volunteers (many of whom are seniors themselves).

Researchers and students from the site study will report on some key findings from the June 2019 study, as well as explore the following questions with LinR participants: How do the findings compare to your experiences of living in Ottawa? What (and who) might they have missed? In planning policies and practices, how do we consider aging as a societal, rather than individual, phenomenon? How do we plan for aging populations in increasingly heterogeneous cities that are dealing with the effects of austerity budgets and economic uncertainty?

The team has also conducted similar studies in Toronto and Bergen, Norway, and is now repeating as much of this Ottawa study as possible to understand the effects of COVID-19 on seniors living in Ottawa.

  • Day: Thursday, October 1
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Fee: FREE

Lecturer biography: Dr. Susan Braedley (Social Work) and Dr. Renate Ysseldyk (Health Sciences) collaborate on many projects that research aging and care, including this SSHRC Partnership, Age-Friendly Communities in Communities: International Promising Practices. Dr. Ysseldyk’s work focuses on social identity and its relationship to health and well-being for older people, including religious and spiritual practice, ethnicity and culture, involvement in the arts and dementia. Dr. Braedley focuses on the relationship between care and capitalism in the context of socio-demographic change and welfare state developments. We learn a lot from each other, especially when we disagree, and we hope to learn from participants in this seminar, too!


Single Lecture Presentation
Difficult Conversations: Ensuring Life is a Win-Win – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Dr. Rebecca Bromwich

Difficult conversations, and interpersonal conflicts, are inevitable in our personal and professional lives. We are faced with difficult conversations in a range of settings, in our families, in relation to our health and that of loved ones, as well as in politics. Most of us find it tempting to avoid difficult conversation. However, avoiding conflict can prevent us from moving forward on necessary matters and in our personal relationships. Learn practical suggestions, grounded in Harvard Negotiation Project theories, to keep projects and people functioning productively. This lecture will help equip participants to manage conflict in relationships and have transformative conversations, no matter how difficult this might be. This will be an interactive, practical exploration of how to apply theories and principles of conflict resolution and negotiation to personal and professional interactions to maximize happiness and success.

  • Day: Monday, October 5
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Fee: $25 (HST included)

Picture of LinR lecturer Dr. Rebecca BromwichLecturer biography: Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich is an adjunct with the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. Her full-time role is as Manager, Diversity and Inclusion for the law firm Gowling WLG for their offices in Canada and Russia. Prior to taking on that position, she served as Program Director for the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution program at Carleton. She is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) and has a Certificate from the Program on Negotiation Master Class at Harvard University (2017). In 2018, Rebecca received a Certificate in Mediation from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Read what LinR participants have said about Rebecca.


Lecture series
Art Against the Academy, 1789 to 1914 – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Dr. Eric Weichel

Join returning LinR lecturer Dr. Eric Weichel to explore subversive art practices during the “long” nineteenth century (1789 – 1914). How were dominant modes of institutional art production reshaped following colonisation and imperialism? Participants will also examine the shifting political and social realities of industrialized life. This lecture series will draw material from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, with units on History Painting (David, Ingres +), Romanticism (Gericault, Delacroix +), the Pre-Raphaelite Movement (Rossetti, Siddall +), Impressionism (Manet, Renoir, Monet +), Post-Impressionism (Cassatt, Pissarro, Gauguin, Carr +), and Symbolism and Art Nouveau (Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes +).

  • Days: Thursdays, October 8 – November 12
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT/EST
    • Note: Oct 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, & Oct. 29 classes will be held from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
    • Note: Nov. 5, & Nov. 12 classes will be held from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture series is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Fee: $130 (HST included)
  • Lecture series outline

Picture of LinR lecturer Dr. Eric WeichelLecturer biography: Dr. Eric Weichel has taught several popular lecture series for the Learning in Retirement program. He received his PhD in Art History from Queen’s University (Kingston) in 2013, and completed a SSHRC-funded Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Concordia University (Montreal) in 2015. His research specialties involve the role of palace women in facilitating visual and literary cross-cultural exchanges in the courtly sphere. Eric has 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. Eric currently teaches at Nipissing University. Read what LinR participants have said about Eric.


Single Lecture Presentation
The Art of Jazz Singing – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Dr. Diane Nalini

Join jazz singer and songwriter Diane Nalini for an entertaining and engaging exploration of the art of jazz singing. With examples from Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and others, she will provide insights into what made these singers so unique. This lecture is open to anyone with an interest in music – but no musical background is required.

  • Day: Thursday, October 15
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Fee: $25 (HST included)
  • Event poster, article in apt613 about Diane’s 2018 presentation

Picture of LinR lecturer Dr. Diane NaliniLecturer biography: Singer/songwriter Diane Nalini composes and sings in four languages. She has been a professional jazz singer for over 25 years and has recorded and produced four critically-acclaimed albums, with a fifth out this year. She has sung at jazz festivals around the globe, and given gala performances for President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. She was nominated for the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors at the 2002 Montreal International Jazz Festival and was one of two finalists for the UK’s Young Jazz Vocalist of the Year awards for 2001. Diane’s original songs have also been featured in television, independent films, video games, and major Hollywood releases. Diane is also the resident vocalist with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra and sings regularly with them at the National Arts Centre. During the COVID lockdown, she has been giving regular live stream jazz concerts on YouTube alongside bassist Adrian Cho in a series called “Saturday Jazz.” Read what LinR participants have said about Diane’s lectures.


Single Lecture Presentation
Power in America: Election 2020, Part II – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Dr. Elliot Tepper

The world watches in fascination as the contest for political power in America reaches its culmination. The election is the most momentous in a generation, determining the trajectory at home and abroad of the world’s only democratic superpower. Canada has a vested interest in the fate of our neighbour to the south. Three lectures will present commentary throughout the Fall election campaign and its immediate aftermath. Each lecture will be presented entirely online, led by Dr. Elliot Tepper, a veteran Carleton University political scientist and media commentator. Ample opportunity will be available for questions and answers. The lectures will be as interactive as technology and time permits. Each lecture requires a separate registration.

Note: This lecture will have content that will overlap with Dr. Tepper’s 6-week lecture series.

  • Day: Tuesday, October 27
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EDT
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Fee: $20 (HST included)

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. Dr. Tepper’s career in academia and public policy provides the basis for thoughtful analysis on current events, and his lifetime of teaching on-campus and through the public media provides the basis for an engaging, interactive classroom experience. An internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Tepper provides analysis and policy advice to national and international organizations. Read what LinR participants have said about Dr. Tepper and the Behind the Headline series.


Lecture Series
Introduction to Memoir Writing: Writing Stories From Your Life – REGISTRATION & WAITLIST CLOSED
Lecturer: Dr. Anna Rumin

Hemingway said, “in order to write about life, you must live it”. Whether we call ourselves writers or not, writing gives clarity to our lived experiences. This hybrid workshop/lecture series is for those who are interested in honouring their lives through daily writing, experimenting with a variety of writing strategies, and examining some of the ideas, objectives and approaches to memoir writing. We will meet once a week for two hours. In the first class, Anna will introduce and discuss topics related to memoir, writing strategies and short and long-term goals for the course. In the next hour, participants will be given prompts, time to do quick-writes, and the opportunity to share their writing with the group. Anna will read aloud submitted pieces and make some comments. In the last half hour, Anna will answer questions and share the writing prompts for the following week. In the following weeks, Anna will begin by reading and modelling supportive feedback on pieces of writing that have been voluntarily submitted. If participants choose to continue writing on a daily basis over the six weeks, they can expect to have written at least 30 short stories/vignettes from their life.

Participants can expect:

  • A lecture series outline that includes writing prompts suggested readings, a bibliography
  • A general overview of how to begin, maintain and sustain a writing life
  • A general overview of some of the commonly discussed topics in memoir writing
  • The opportunity to experiment with “freewriting” using prompts during class time
  • The opportunity to share their writing with the larger group (on a volunteer basis)
  • The opportunity to engage with a writing community for a six week period
  • The opportunity to begin collecting stories from their life

Participants should not expect personalized feedback on their writing, or writing instruction. NOTE: THIS IS A LECTURE SERIES WITH SOME WRITING AND Q&A COMPONENTS, NOT A SMALL-GROUP WORKSHOP FORMAT.

  • Days: Tuesdays, November 3 – December 8
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture series is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Fee: $130 (HST included)
  • Lecture series outline: Will be distributed to registrants

Picture of LinR lecturer Dr. Anna RuminLecturer biography: Dr. Anna Rumin is a native Montrealer whose identity has been shaped by the political landscape of her home province, her Russian roots, a passion for life-long learning that has been woven both formally in academia and informally through travel, voracious reading and writing, and a love for the stories hidden in our natural world. Her interest in narrative inquiry stems from her belief that not only do we all have a story to tell but that our stories help us to better understand who we were, who we are and who we are becoming. She has now designed nine memoir-based writing courses that invite participants to think of themselves as the narrators of their life as seen and written through a particular lens. Regardless of who she is working with, Anna is committed to supporting those she leads, by providing them with opportunities to set and meet their goals. In her spare time, Anna writes short fiction and has been the recipient of numerous awards. Read what LinR participants have said about Anna.


Lecture Series
Time is Just a Four-Letter Word – REGISTRATION CLOSED
Lecturer: Dr. Peter Watson

How are time and space linked? Did time begin? Will it end? Why does time pass more quickly as we get older? What defines the direction of time? Although it is a universal human experience, we understand very little about time. In this lecture series, we will explore how we think about time, how time permeates our culture, and how most of our naïve ideas are wrong. Topics will include how we perceive, talk about, and measure time; how matter bends time; the limits to prediction; time travel; and time’s representation in good literature and bad science.

  • Days: Thursdays, November 5 – December 10
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture series is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Fee: $130 (HST included)
  • Lecture Series Outline

Picture of LinR lecturer Peter Watson
Lecturer biography: Peter Watson infuriated his father by reading far too much science fiction as a kid. He learned physics and math at Edinburgh and Durham universities, and joined Carleton University in 1974, becoming chair of the Physics Dept and then Dean of Science. He has worked at CERN in Switzerland, Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, and spent two years in Nigeria. In addition to a 40 year research career in theoretical physics, he has taught a wide variety of courses at all levels, many involving innovative teaching methods. Although he retired in June 2008, he has continued to teach, give public lectures and do research. Read what LinR participants have said about Dr. Watson’s lectures.


Lecture Series
A Brief History of Jazz: Miles, Monk, Mingus, and More – REGISTRATION CLOSED
Lecturer: Adrian Cho

This lecture series will demystify jazz by helping participants understand how jazz originated and evolved, and how it was performed over the years. This will give participants the opportunity to appreciate jazz in its many forms. Key figures in the history of jazz including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Benny Goodman, and many others will be covered. The instructor will break down jazz performances by providing live demonstrations with other professional jazz musicians.

  • Days: Tuesdays, November 3 – December 8
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture series is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Fee: $130 (HST included)
  • Lecture series outline

LinR lecturer AdrianChoLecturer biography: Adrian Cho practices creativity across multiple domains. As a musician he works as a jazz bassist and has been the artistic director of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra for the past fifteen years. He wrote the book “The Jazz Process: Collaboration, Innovation, and Agility” for a business audience, and works as a freelance creativity coach helping organizations scale creativity. As a wildlife photographer he travels the world capturing unique images of wildlife, nature, people, and places, and teaching the art of wildlife photography. He sells his work in print formats and licenses images as references for art and use in other mediums. Adrian is passionate about helping other photographers to make the most of photographic opportunities. You can view some of his work at adrianchophotography.com where you’ll also find links to his Instagram gallery and YouTube channel where he publishes videos helping photographers to become better at their craft. Read what LinR participants have said about Adrian.


Single Lecture Presentation
Power in America: Election 2020, Part III – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Dr. Elliot Tepper

The world watches in fascination as the contest for political power in America reaches its culmination. The election is the most momentous in a generation, determining the trajectory at home and abroad of the world’s only democratic superpower. Canada has a vested interest in the fate of our neighbour to the south. Three lectures will present commentary throughout the Fall election campaign and its immediate aftermath. Each lecture will be presented entirely online, led by Dr. Elliot Tepper, a veteran Carleton University political scientist and media commentator. Ample opportunity will be available for questions and answers. The lectures will be as interactive as technology and time permits. Each lecture requires a separate registration.

Note: This lecture will have content that will overlap with Dr. Tepper’s 6-week lecture series.

  • Day: Friday, November 6
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required..
  • Fee: $20 (HST included)

Dr. Elliot TepperLecturer 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. Dr. Tepper’s career in academia and public policy provides the basis for thoughtful analysis on current events, and his lifetime of teaching on-campus and through the public media provides the basis for an engaging, interactive classroom experience. An internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Tepper provides analysis and policy advice to national and international organizations. Read what LinR participants have said about Dr. Tepper and the Behind the Headline series.


Single Lecture Presentation
The Fascinating Ukulele: A Musical History and Travelogue – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Dr. Diane Nalini

Come on a musical travelogue as we explore the fascinating story of the ukulele across continents and centuries. From its earliest origins in Madeira, Portugal, and Hawaii, this humble four-stringed instrument has been capturing hearts around the world. We’ll explore some of the giants of past and present from across the musical spectrum: Hawaiian music, jazz, reggae, folk and pop. Discover why the captivating mighty ukulele is riding a third wave of international popularity. This single lecture will include musical demonstrations by Diane.

  • Day: Thursday, November 19
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Fee: $25 (HST included)
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Diane Nalini with ukuleleLecturer biography: Singer/songwriter Diane Nalini fell in love with the ukulele a few years ago, studying intensively with Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee. She has taught at ukulele festivals across the US and also offers online group Zoom workshops.

Diane composes and sings in four languages. She has been a professional jazz singer for over 25 years and has recorded and produced four critically-acclaimed albums, with a fifth out this year. She has sung at jazz festivals around the globe, and given gala performances for President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. She was nominated for the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors at the 2002 Montreal International Jazz Festival and was one of two finalists for the UK’s Young Jazz Vocalist of the Year awards for 2001 Diane’s original songs have also been featured in television, independent films, video games, and major Hollywood releases. Diane is also the resident vocalist with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra and sings regularly with them at the National Arts Centre. During the COVID lockdown, she has been giving regular live stream jazz concerts on YouTube alongside bassist Adrian Cho in a series called “Saturday Jazz.” See Diane’s extended biography page to read what LinR participants have said about Diane’s lectures.


Single Lecture Presentation
Nursing Home Narratives: Canadian Writers on Long-Term Care – COMPLETED
Lecturer: Dr. Sara Jamieson

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic focused national attention on appalling conditions in the country’s long-term care homes for older adults, these spaces have long functioned as repositories of deeply ingrained anxieties about aging itself. This lecture considers the role that narrative plays in shaping our perceptions of dependency and care in older age by examining three stories by Canadian writers: “Torching the Dusties” (2014) by Margaret Atwood, “Mrs. Cross and Mrs. Kidd” (1982) by Alice Munro, and “Nella at 86” (2020), an “audio diary” by André Alexis. At a time of growing panic about population aging, these “nursing home narratives” invite us to recognize the complex and layered meanings of institutional spaces, and to acknowledge the humanity of those who are all too easily reduced to the status of a burden on society. See the full description here.

  • NEW Day: Friday, December 4
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
    • This lecture is offered via Zoom, which can be used on computers and mobile devices. We recommend you use a computer/laptop with high speed internet. A camera and microphone will enable you to participate more fully, but they are not required.
  • Fee: $25 (HST included)
  • How to register: registration page (REGISTRATION CLOSES 4:30pm EST Dec. 3)

Dr. Sara Jamieson, LinR lecturerLecturer biography: Sara Jamieson is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Carleton University where she teaches Canadian and Indigenous literatures. Her recent research is focused on representations of older age in contemporary Canadian writing and includes published articles on the work of authors such as Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Joan Barfoot, Paul Quarrington, Carol Shields, and comics creator Joe Ollmann. She is currently at work on a project on midlife in Canadian literature and culture.


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