The Winter 2021 Session features five lecture series, and one single lecture presentation. Below you can find detailed descriptions, biographies, series outlines, and participant reactions. You can also read some of the feedback for our new online format!

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Lecture Series:
Palaces and Pleasures: Visual Art and Culture in the Courtly Sphere
Plagues and Pandemics: A Historical Perspective
Power, Ethnic Conflicts and Populism in Europe and Russia
Death and Afterlife: Western Traditions
Further Explorations in Jazz History

Single Lecture Presentation:
Power in America: Election 2020, Part IV


Lecture Series 1
Palaces and Pleasures: Visual Art and Culture in the Courtly Sphere
Lecturer: Dr. Eric Weichel

In this lecture series, participants explore a diverse body of case studies of visual material from courtly societies across time and space. Painting remains an essential visual tool with which to interrogate notions of ritual and performance. However, we will also look closely at architecture, sculpture, ceramics, garden design, textiles, dance, and social ceremonies. In these mediums we will explore how disparate concepts of race, ethnicity, sexuality and the body problematize our contemporary understanding of both “the court” and the notion of visual art.

  • Days: Tuesdays, January 19 – February 23
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • 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. See our Support page for details.)
  • Fee: $150 (HST included)
  • Updated 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. His fast-paced style is appreciated by his many regular participants. 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 Dr. Weichel’s lectures.


Lecture Series 2
Plagues and Pandemics: A Historical Perspective
Lecturer:
Dr. Alan Mortimer

Join Dr. Mortimer during the current global pandemic to learn how disease, plagues, and pandemics have impacted our civilization throughout human history. From smallpox and plague, to influenza and Ebola, infectious diseases have shaped our politics, our built environment and of course our life expectancy. Understanding past disease outbreaks allow us to put into context the current pandemic, its progress, and our response. To better understand the current situation, we will trace our fight to protect ourselves from these unseen killers. We will study a variety of diseases from smallpox, cholera, and plague to polio, influenza, and Ebola. We will also look at the science that has allowed us to make progress in fighting infectious disease, and we’ll examine the success and failure of international disease eradication programs. Finally, we will discuss how new diseases develop and others, which we thought were controlled, can reappear. (NOTE: This series provides historical context for the current COVID-19 pandemic, but will not include lecture content about the current pandemic. This lecture series is a revision of the earlier series that ran in 2020 and 2017.)

  • Days: Wednesdays, January 20 – February 24
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • 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. See our Support page for details.)
  • Fee: $150.00 (HST included)
  • Lecture series outline

LinR lecturer Dr. Alan MortimerLecturer biography: Alan Mortimer graduated from Carleton University (MSc in Medical Physics) and Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London, England (PhD in Medicine). He joined the research staff of The National Research Council of Canada in 1975 specializing in medical ultrasound. In 1986 he moved to the Canadian Space Agency and became Chief Scientist, Life and Microgravity Sciences in 1989, responsible for all life sciences and physical sciences research. Dr. Mortimer accepted the position of Director of the Centre for Biologics Research, Health Canada in 2002 and later the Centre for Vaccine Evaluation. There he was responsible for all research in biologic therapies as well as the approval and testing of all vaccines provided to Canadians. He currently is a consultant providing strategic advice to several government departments. Read what LinR participants say about Dr. Mortimer’s Plagues and Pandemics lecture series.


Lecture Series 3
Power, Ethnic Conflicts and Populism in Europe and Russia
Lecturer: Dr. Milana Nikolko

Together with Dr. Nikolko, examine how nationalism and populism intertwine in the context of political rivalry and cooperation within countries and across 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 Europe and Russia.

  • Days: Wednesdays, January 20 – February 24
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • 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. See our Support page for details.)
  • Lecture series outline
  • Fee: $150 (HST included)

LinR lecturer Dr. Milana NikolkoLecturer biography: Milana Nikolko, PhD, is an adjunct professor at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS), Carleton University. From 2005 to 2014 she was associate Professor of Political Science (Docent) at V.I. Vernadsky Taurida National University (Ukraine), and in 2008 was appointed as visiting professor in the Political Science Department, Valdosta State University (USA). Dr. Nikolko is co-editor of Post-Soviet Migration and Diasporas: From Global Perspectives to Everyday Practices (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Her fields of interest include research on Ukraine’s national building process, mediation of grey zone conflicts, political narratives of victimization among ethnic groups, migration, diasporas in post-Soviet space, and research on social capital and diaspora networks. Read what LinR participants have said about Dr. Milana Nikolko.


Lecture Series 4
Death and Afterlife: Western Traditions
Lecturer: Dr. Angela Sumegi

How do various religions and cultural traditions express their ideas and beliefs associated with death and life after death? Join Dr. Sumegi in this lecture series to explore the diversity of ways in which human beings conceive of their innermost selves in life and death. This series will focus on Western Traditions. It begins with small-scale tribal beliefs and moves on to concepts of death and afterlife as they are found in the ancient religions of Egypt and Mesopotamia. From there we will explore the development of these ideas in the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. As we study the ways in which different religious traditions approach mortality and immortality, you will have the opportunity to examine your own conceptions of living and dying. (NOTE: The traditions of India and the Far East will be covered in a second separate lecture series, “Death and Afterlife: Eastern Traditions”, to be offered in March/April 2021. Registrants of this series will be given first priority for the second series.)

  • Days: Thursdays, January 21 – February 25
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • 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. See our Support page for details.)
  • Fee: $150 (HST included)
  • Lecture Series Outline


Lecture Series 5
Further Explorations in Jazz History
Lecturer: Adrian Cho

Come explore the music, musicians, and movements in modern jazz in this highly interactive series, led by jazz musician and bandleader Adrian Cho. Focusing on music from the late 1950s onwards, this series will delve into hard bop, free jazz, jazz fusion, jazz-funk, Latin jazz, contemporary jazz in Europe and Canada, and more. You will experience in-depth listening and analysis of recordings, as well as live demonstrations by jazz musicians. NOTE: This series is a natural sequel to Adrian’s popular “A Brief History of Jazz” series, but all are welcome; there are no prerequisites.

  • Days: Fridays, January 22 – February 26
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • 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. See our Support page for details.)
  • Fee: $150 (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 1
Power in America: Election 2020, Part IV
Lecturer: Dr. Elliot Tepper

The world watches in fascination as the contest for political power in America reaches its culmination. The election was 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. In this fourth lecture in the series, we will address the handover of power to President-elect Joe Biden. The 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.

  • Day: Friday, January 22
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • 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. See our Support page for details.)
  • Fee: $25 (HST included)

Picture of LinR lecturer 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.