IMPORTANT NOTICE
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.

Lecture Series
1. Seven Wonders of the Muslim Civilization
2. Federalism and Nationalism in Canada and Beyond
3. A Voyage Through Classical Music
4. Music, Sound and Silence in Film and Media
5. Behind the Headlines: Current News and World Events
6. Physics Around Us
7. Exploring the Fascinating World of Archives, for Your Use and Enjoyment
8. How to Read the Landscape
9. Ancient Philosophy as a Way of Life
10. Globalisation in the Middle East
11. Eternal Egypt: Art and Architecture
12. Canadian Popular Music
13. Selected Themes in Viewing Art at the National Gallery (Morning)
14. 19th Century French Painting
15. The Academic Study of Magic
16. Selected Themes in Viewing Art at the National Gallery (Afternoon)
17. Math Education Across History and Cultures
18. Introduction to Buddhism
19. Power, Ethnic Conflicts and Populism in Europe and Russia
20. Issues and Challenges in Environmental Studies

Writing Workshops
1. Elements of Fiction: Core Skills and Concepts for Storytellers
2. Poetry: The Open Mind
3. Writing the Stories of My Life: Remembering Through Work
4. Writing the Stories of My Life: Remembering Through Others
5. Writing the Stories of My Life: Remembering Through Music
6. The Personal Journal: A Springboard for Memoir

Language Workshops
1. Italian for Travellers, Level I, Part II
2. Italian for Travellers, Level I, Part I

Single Lecture Presentation
1. Are You Really Listening? An Insider’s View of a Chamber Orchestra Performance



Lecture Series 1
Seven Wonders of the Muslim Civilization – CANCELLED

Lecturer: H. Masud Taj

Featuring: the enigmatic Ka’aba, singular Dome of the Rock, urban Suleymaniya, Isfahan’s labyrinthine bazaar, the incomplete Sultan Hasan Madrassa, sensuous Alhambra, infinite Cordoba, and the photogenic Taj Mahal. Extant structures from 7th to 16th century in different regions will be introduced along with concurrent Muslim thinkers, poets, mystics, scientists, and architects. As the enigmatic buildings are laden with inscriptions (given the centrality of Quran and status of calligraphy in Muslim culture), they provide us clues to the monuments’ meaning in our attempt to make sense of the past. This lecture series will conclude by visiting an exemplary local site, the Ismaili Imamat.

Lecture Series 2
Federalism and Nationalism in Canada and Beyond – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Dr. André Lecours

The last federal election constituted an important reminder of the strength of nationalism and regionalism in Canada, demonstrating the strength of Québec nationalism and Western alienation. Countries such as Spain, Belgium, and the United Kingdom are other democracies that face significant nationalist and regionalist movements. As we examine cases of nationalism and regionalism, we will discuss the following questions: What is the future of nationalism in Québec? Where do sentiments of alienation in Western Canada come from? What is the Catalan crisis about in Spain? Will there be another referendum on Scottish independence? Why is Belgium one of the most complex democracies in the world?

Lecture Series 3
A Voyage Through Classical Music – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Julian Armour

Whether you are a long-time enthusiast or a newcomer to classical music, you’ll find something to enjoy in this series highlighting the unique characteristics of this remarkable genre. Accomplished cellist Julian Armour will help you explore and understand the periods of classical music, from before the Middle Ages to Romanticism and beyond. The series will include attention to folk songs and nationalism, the concerto, and 20th century music. Each week will contain musical examples, to demystify and help you enjoy the great forms of music including the sonata, the symphony, and the overture.

Lecture Series 4
Music, Sound and Silence in Film and Media – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Dr. Alexis Luko et al.

This lecture series, team-taught by six faculty members of Carleton University’s music program, explores music, sound, and silence in media and film. Together we will address the following topics: Classical Music in Film (with Alexis Luko); Why Zombies Can’t Talk (or Sing) (with James Deaville); Music and Media in the Middle East and North Africa (with Carolyn Ramzy); Documentary and Animated Film Music at the Nationa lFilm Board of Canada (with James Wright); Music and Memory in Hip Hop Film (with Jesse Stewart); and The Role of Silence in Music and Cinema (with Paul Theberge).


Lecture Series 5
Behind the Headlines: Current News and World Events – CANCELLED

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. 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.

Lecture Series 6
Physics Around Us – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Dr. Andrew Robinson

Physics is an experimental science based on observation of the world around us. Familiar everyday examples will show the important principles of physics in a gentle and non-mathematical way. Examples from biology, chemistry, engineering, and medical science will be used as illustrations. The classes will be highly interactive, with many opportunities for discussion and questions, on topics of interest to those attending. Note: This series has been offered previously as “Physics of Everyday Life”.

Lecture Series 7
Exploring the Fascinating World of Archives, for Your Use and Enjoymen
t – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Chris Trainor et al.

Do you have an interest in historical research but find archives daunting? Are you unsure how and where to begin genealogical research? This series first demystifies archives, special collections, and archival research by covering archival terminology, and demonstrating how archives are arranged. Then, based on the interests of the group, each week you’ll be introduced to special collections, rare books, digital materials, photographs, and other material to spark your imagination, satisfy your curiosity, or get you started on your research. You will learn tools and tips for navigating the fascinating world of archives, whether at Carleton University (whose collections are open to the public), or beyond.


Lecture Series 8
How to Read the Landscape – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Dr. Elena Ponomarenko

You will learn how to “read” the landscape during six field trips to forests of the NCC Greenbelt. We will discuss the unique geological features and soils of forests and meadows we visit. We will also analyze traces of fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, insect infestation, and past anthropogenic disturbances—logging and farming. We will observe traces of many disturbances each week, but their visibility and importance for local ecosystems will be different at each site. By the end of this series, you will be able to recognise traces of past disturbances along your hiking routes, in your own woodlot or backyard, and even on some landscape paintings!

Lecture Series 9
Ancient Philosophy as a Way of Life – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Dr. Annie Larivée

What does ancient philosophy have to offer our everyday behaviours? In this series of lectures, we will explore the topic of ancient philosophy as a way of life. We will begin with general considerations of Greek and Roman philosophy as involving the choice of a life dedicated to the search for happiness and wisdom .Next, we will explore specific philosophical ways of
living: the Socratic life, the contemplative life (Plato and Aristotle), the Stoic life, the Epicurean life, the Cynic life, and the Skeptic life.

Lecture Series 10
Globalisation in the Middle East – CANCELLED 

Lecturer: Dr. Philip Leech-Ngo

This lecture series is intended to challenge assumptions and encourage thinking in new and innovative ways about the Middle East. We will engage with six major issues that characterise international politics in the contemporary Middle East: globalisation; the Israel-Palestine conflict; oil, wealth and power in the Arab Gulf Monarchies, the Arab Spring; Iran and the West; and Trump and the Middle East. Every week, each of the two hours will contain a lecture followed by a discussion. The first hour will provide a broad introduction to the topic, while the second hour will provide a narrower argument, based on original ideas and cutting-edge research.

Lecture Series 11
Eternal Egypt: Art and Architecture – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Dr. Eric Weichel

Join long-time LinR lecturer Dr. Eric Weichel for a lecture series surveying art and architecture in Ancient Egypt, from the predynastic period to the age of the Ptolemies. Images and short film clips relating to visual and material culture in Egypt will be juxtaposed with short reports of some of the most recent and exciting archaeological discoveries. The series will include attention to the cultural, technological and political achievements of the “golden age” of the 4th Dynasty Pharaohs, as well as biographical details of the most important and influential Pharaohs.

Lecture Series 12
Canadian Popular Music – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Keith McCuaig 

Canada is home to a wide variety of musical genres, including folk, blues, jazz, rock, country, pop, reggae, and hip hop. This lecture series will explore these and other popular music styles, from the 20th century to the present. We will examine the life and works of major musical figures, as well as stylistic and commercial trends, and the broader cultural and historical issues in Canadian music. For example, is there something particularly “Canadian” about Canadian music? The series also includes new content with additional regional music, female artists, and a sampling of French-language music.

Lecture Series 13
Selected Themes in Viewing Art at the National Gallery (Morning) CANCELLED

Lecturer: Maria Martin

Each week we’ll gather at the National Gallery of Canada to explore a new theme with a light-hearted approach: snow and summer, pre-Confederation Art, 17th to 20th century French landscape art, architecture in art, love, and contemporary art. Lectures and discussions will take place in front of selected works in the Gallery’s collection. The lectures are geared toward people who wish to develop their knowledge and comfort level when viewing and discussing art. Participants should come away from the lectures with a better understanding of, and appreciation for, many interesting pieces of Canada’s national art collection.

Lecture Series 14
19th Century French Painting – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Dr. Eric Weichel

While many scholarly accounts of 19th century French painting are justifiably concerned with the radical innovations of the Impressionists, the Academic tradition in France exerted a potent influence over the development of visual art well into the twentieth century. With Dr. Eric Weichel, participants will explore the life and legacy of six of France’s most beloved academic artists: Jacques-Louis David, Jean-August-Dominique Ingres, Théodore Gericault, Jean-Léon Gérome, Eugène Delacroix, and William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

Lecture Series 15
The Academic Study of Magic – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Robert Priddle

Whether found in the religions of Abraham to Zoroaster, or in the transformation of Alchemy and Astrology to Chemistry and Astronomy, magic plays an important and fascinating role both historically and in modern culture. Discover the historical, psychological and cross-cultural impacts of traditions and practices built on a belief in paranormal phenomena, in relation to traditional notions of religious behaviour. Participants in this lecture series will develop an understanding of some of the oldest forms of human cultural expressions, including witchcraft, magic, and occult experiences. The history behind magic’s role in the scientific revolution will also be explored.

Lecture Series 16
Selected Themes in Viewing Art at the National Gallery (Afternoon)CANCELLED

Lecturer: Maria Martin

Each week we’ll gather at the National Gallery of Canada to explore a new theme with a light-hearted approach: snow and summer, pre-Confederation Art, 17th to 20th century French landscape art, architecture in art, love, and contemporary art. Lectures and discussions will take place in front of selected works in the Gallery’s collection. The lectures are geared toward people who wish to develop their knowledge and comfort level when viewing and discussing art. Participants should come away from the lectures with a better understanding of, and appreciation for, many interesting pieces of Canada’s national art collection.

Lecture Series 17
Math Education Across History and Cultures
CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Kevin Cheung

This lecture series will explore various aspects of mathematics education including history, competitions, policies, and cultures. Join Dr. Kevin Cheung to analyse math education since before modern times, as well as a variety of philosophies and approaches that inform math curricula around the world (including “jumping through the hoops” in Ontario). The series will also address the world of competitive math and the future of math education. The aim of this series is to provide a bird’s eye view of mathematics education, so that participants can engage more readily in conversations on mathematics education in the future.

Lecture Series 18
Introduction to Buddhism – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Tan Ngo

Today, Buddhist temples are seen everywhere in North America. To answer the question if Buddhism is a religion or a way of life, this series helps you to understand the historical development of Buddhism from its beginning to the present. Participants will learn two main Buddhist traditions, Mahayana and Theravada, and the essence of Buddhist teaching. You will be introduced to the Abhidhamma (a Buddhist psychological system), and discuss Mindfulness-Based Intervention programs that help to reduce stress and enhance well-being. Guided meditation will be practiced at the beginning of each class for 15 minutes.

Lecture Series 19
Power, Ethnic Conflicts and Populism in Europe and Russia (now updated to include more of Europe) – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Dr. Milana Nikolko

Join Dr. Nikolko to examine how nationalism and populism intertwine in the context of political rivalry and cooperation within countries and across Eastern Europe. We will look at the first and second wave of ethnic conflicts and their correspondence to popular and nationalist movements after the collapse of the Soviet Union. How did President Putin manage to rise from a faceless bureaucrat amid competing ideologies, economic turbulence, and geopolitical challenges? Through a combination of lectures and six unique case studies, we will critically assess the meaning and significance of power structures, populist movements and ethnic conflicts in Eastern Europe and Russia.

Lecture Series 20
Issues and Challenges in Environmental Studies – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Vera Sokolov

It is a widely held belief that we have entered the Anthropocene era of human-caused climate change. Yet today we still face issues of pollution, loss of non-renewable resources, and debate over the cause of climate change. This lecture series will guide you through the major environmental issues of today and their impact on future generations. We will start the series by discussing how environmental issues are studied, including systems research, resource management, and climate change theories. We will address major environmental issues, the current scientific knowledge on each subject, governmental oversight and policy, and arguments from all parties involved.

Writing Workshop 1
Elements of Fiction: Core Skills and Concepts for Storytellers – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Kate Heartfield

We tell stories to understand the world, and to change it. The skills in the fiction-writer’s toolkit have many applications, as narrative forms the basis of most kinds of writing, from journalism to personal memoir and beyond. Regardless of length, format or genre, all storytellers need a grounding in core skills and concepts. Each week’s class will focus on one of six elements of fiction (character, plot, narrative voice, dialogue and description, conflict and tension, and prose style), through a combination of instruction, class discussion, in-class exercises and optional peer feedback.


Writing Workshop 2
Poetry: The Open Mind – CANCELLED

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. We’ll also do in-class poetry writing exercises, and have discussions about writing and publishing. We will also look at some of your own poems in a non-threatening, open-minded atmosphere. Open to any style of poetic writing.

Writing Workshop 3
Writing the Stories of My Life: Remembering Through Work – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Dr. Anna Rumin

Re-collect, record and share the stories from your life through the lens of work. What were the chores you did as a child? Were you expected to work as a teen? How did work play a role in your young adult life? What kind of work did your parents do? How is your adult life defined by work? Who were the most and least inspiring people in your working life? How might writing about what we did as we define as “work” give us a glimpse into who we were and who we have become?


Writing Workshop 4
Writing the Stories of My Life: Remembering Through Others – CANCELLED
Lecturer: Dr. Anna Rumin

Re-collect, record and share the stories from your life through the lens of “others”. How have your ancestors and family members played a role in who you are and why you do what you do? How have your professional relationships, your personal relationships and the people you only knew in passing figured in your life story? Two suggested reads are: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durell, and Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett.

Writing Workshop 5
Writing the Stories of My Life: Remembering Through Music – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Dr. Anna Rumin

This is an invitation to re-collect, record and share the stories from your life through the lens of “music”. What are the stories behind your favourite bands and the performances you attended? Did you sing or play a musical instrument? How did music play a role in your family when you were a child? What music completely transforms your mood? What was the first song you slow-danced to? What music do you associate with love, those you love and loss?

Writing Workshop 6
The Personal Journal: A Springboard for Memoir CANCELLED

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 is a workshop for those who are interested in pausing, looking back, and honouring their lives through focused journal writing. While the goal of this writing workshop is to gather memories and stories, participants can expect to learn about writing as a craft, and how we go from writing for ourselves to writing for others. We will move from daily “me-centered” free-form writing that is often the spark for creativity, to writing with a purpose and audience.


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 address 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 familiarize participants with conversing and ordering in an Italian restaurant. Audiovisual materials about Italian culture, music, and daily life will also be a part of the workshop. Vi aspettiamo!

Single Lecture Presentation #1
Are You Really Listening? An Insider’s View of a Chamber Orchestra Performance – CANCELLED

Lecturer: Kevin Mallon and the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra

What happens during an orchestral rehearsal and performance? What is it that makes good music become excellent?

Join Kevin Mallon, Music Director of Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, for captivating stories that provide context about the composers, the instruments, the times, and other factors influencing the music. Here is your opportunity to get immersed in music, ask questions, witness rehearsal, and gain insight. All is designed to enhance your future concert experiences.

This May 7th event is meant to demystify and elaborate upon the rehearsal and performance processes, as well as feature some of the remarkable music to be performed by Thirteen Strings on May 8th.

Registrants can also benefit from discounted tickets to the May 8th concert featuring timpani soloist Edward Reifel and a new timpani concerto commission, written by Odawa First Nations composer Barbara Croall. The May 8th  concert will also feature Mozart’s Serenata Notturna, and Schoenberg’s romantic work focused on redemption: Verklärte Nacht.