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Afternoon Tea and Tour at the Legislative Building, Queen's Park
SPECIAL EVENT
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Enjoy a delightful afternoon as you visit Ontario's Parliament Building - experience a live theatrical performance or a historical vignette of some of the province's most celebrated figures. Discover Ontario's parliamentary history and heritage as you take a 45-minute guided tour followed by ... read full description
Limited to 49 participants
Dates: Friday, May 17
Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Lobby of the Legislative Building, Queen’s Park*
Fee: $30.00
Course Number: S68
Category: Miscellaneous
Coordinator/s: John Webb
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Amazing Creative Nature
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This will be a journey to explore the fascinating life of organisms of diverse kingdoms and marvel at their amazing ability to adapt to their living environment or to extreme environmental conditions. Find out how animals and plants can survive in the desert or the arctic, or why a plant can be ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 7 – June 11 (6 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: S19
Category: Science
Instructor/s: Christine Dimanche
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Archaeology of Ancient Canaan, Israel and Judah (The)
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The region in and around modern Israel lies at the crossroads between Asia and Africa and has, as a result, played a key role in the history of humanity. It is where archaeology has the first evidence of modern humans outside of Africa and it is one of the first areas where agriculture ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: April 29–June 24 (8 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC103
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S01
Category: History
Instructor/s: David Lipovitch
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Book Talk
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Come and join the discussion about books in this lively, thought-provoking group where we explore, debate and enjoy an assortment of contemporary novels and biographies. You will be notified of the first book once you have enrolled in the course. Books for the remaining classes will
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Limited to 16 participants
Dates: May 8, 22, June 5, 19 (4 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC204
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: S32
Category: Literature
Instructor/s: Deborah Wingate, Patricia O’Sullivan and Lindy Small
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Canada’s Food Guide: The Science and the Practice NEW
THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED
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The course will provide an overview of the fundamental nutrition concepts: the nutrients in food, how the body uses them, and the relationship between diet and health. Then, we will focus on the efforts of government and the scientific community to guide us into what we eat to fulfill ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S51
Category: Health
Instructor/s: Zak Sabry
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Cheering for the Home Team NEW
THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED
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There are really big questions in life and then there are those over which we fret on a daily basis. Are the Maple Leafs Stanley Cup contenders? Can the Blue Jays be World Series bound in the near future? Are the Raptors titleworthy? Stories torn from the sports pages will be enlivened by
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Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 22 – June 26 (6 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S38
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Bill Humber
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Controversial Filmmakers: Provoc-auteurs
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In this course, film critic Adam Nayman examines the careers of filmmakers whose work has challenged and scandalized audiences from the silent era to the present day. Beginning with D.W. Griffith we will consider, among others, such diverse auteurs as Fritz Lang, Howard Hawks, Elia
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Limited to 100 participants
Dates: May 16– July 4 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street. Burgundy Room, Memorial Hall, North York Civic Centre
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S49
Category: Film
Instructor/s: Adam Nayman
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Creating Photobooks 10AM
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Create Photobooks and have a hard copy of your photos. While it is convenient to have pictures on our phones to share, many of us have so many photos from a particular occasion (e.g. a trip, birthday party, family event) that it is better to have them all arranged in a printed ... read full description
Limited to 8 participants
Dates: May 9 - 30 (4 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: S76
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2019
spaces available
Creating Photobooks 12PM
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Create Photobooks and have a hard copy of your photos. While it is convenient to have pictures on our phones to share, many of us have so many photos from a particular occasion (e.g. a trip, birthday party, family event) that it is better to have them all arranged in a printed ... read full description
Limited to 8 participants
Dates: May 9 - 30 (4 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: S45
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2019
class full
Creating Photobooks 2PM
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Create Photobooks and have a hard copy of your photos. While it is convenient to have pictures on our phones to share, many of us have so many photos from a particular occasion (e.g. a trip, birthday party, family event) that it is better to have them all arranged in a printed ... read full description
Limited to 8 participants
Dates: May 9 - 30 (4 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $40.00
Course Number: S52
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2019
class full
Creating Video Memories
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Have you ever thought about recording some of the key stories in your life and your loved ones’ lives on video? Today, with the quality of video recording devices on our phones and i-Pads it is much easier to capture these meaningful stories and share them with family. But you might ... read full description
Limited to 9 participants
Dates: April 29–June 24 (8 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S05
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Karen Robbins
Term: Spring 2019
class full
Cybersecurity for PC Users NEW
THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED
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Cyber-attacks that specifically target older adults are increasing at an alarming rate, and most times, they become victims because of limited cybersecurity skills.

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Limited to 25 participants
Dates: April 29–May 27 (4 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $56.00
Course Number: S06
Category: Technology
Instructor/s: Carlene Blackwood-Brown
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Cybersecurity Skills for Mac Users NEW
THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED
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Cyber-attacks that specifically target older adults are increasing at an alarming rate, and most times, they become victims because of limited cybersecurity skills. With cyber-attacks continuously evolving, it has become critical for older adults to acquire the requisite cybersecurity skills ... read full description
Limited to 25 participants
Dates: April 29–May 27 (4 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $56.00
Course Number: S02
Category: Technology
Instructor/s: Carlene Blackwood-Brown
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Diverse Opinions: Commentary from the World Press
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Do you regularly peruse the comments section of the world’s press? Are you interested in world events? The online access we all have to opinion pieces on a daily basis provides us with a source of information unknown even a few years ago. The intention of this course will be to
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Limited to 24 participants
Dates: May 2 - 30 (5 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC110
Fee: $45.00
Course Number: S46
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Instructor/s: Halton Doyle
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Documentary Cinema: The Opposite of Breaking News
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Unlike breaking, up to the minute news, documentary cinema, to be most effective, needs a gestation period, often a long one, to make its most salient points clear. Whether it be Ezra Edelman

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Limited to 80 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC203
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S63
Category: Film
Instructor/s: Shlomo Schwartzberg
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Drawing with Mixed Media
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An intermediate level course that moves from the study of slab tone (applied with a stick on conté, charcoal or graphite) to more versatile applications of linear

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Limited to 25 participants
Dates: April 29–June 24 (8 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC110
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S10
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Sue Ericsson
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Economist Seminar (The)
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Our stimulating discussions are based on articles from this prestigious and influential magazine. The topics dealt with are broad in scope: issues relating to nations, the economy, the arts, science, and the
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Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 28 (9 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC200
Fee: $65.00
Course Number: S58
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Instructor/s: Lloyd Cadsby and Jay Waterman
Term: Spring 2019
class full
Explorations in Early Music
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This course will focus on music from the 16th to 18th centuries. Each week will be devoted to a specific early-music-related topic. Subjects will include: Vivaldi's Concertos, Chamber Music at
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Limited to 35 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 28 (8 sessions; no class June 21)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC300
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S59
Category: Music
Instructor/s: Alison Melville
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Feast Your Eyes on This: Exploring Toronto’s Evolving Food Cultures – Part Four
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This course is for the ultimate foodie. If you love meeting and engaging with Toronto’s eclectic food entrepreneurs, join us. In the previous courses, we hosted food writer Suresh Doss, meat pie expert Evis Chirowa, chocolatier David Chow, and “sugar-conscious” Dan
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Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC200
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S39
Category: Miscellaneous
Instructor/s: Rosalin Krieger
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Few Years On: The New Supreme Court (A)
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In the last four years there has been a substantial change in the members of the Supreme Court of Canada. The only remaining members of the Court from five years ago are Justices Abella, Moldaver and Karakatsanis. There has been a complete turnover of the members of the Court from Quebec,
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Limited to 90 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 27 (8 sessions; no class May 30)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S44
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Instructor/s: Eric Gertner
Term: Spring 2019
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Fifty Shades of Freedom: Why We Keep Struggling for Freedom
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No idea or word seems to have marked the human story with such power and passion, and with such irony and skirmish as Freedom. There are many kinds of freedoms: freedom from hunger and disease, from oppression and exploitation, from fear and the past. And the freedom to practise any faith
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Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC110
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S53
Category: Philosophy
Instructor/s: Sehdev Kumar
Term: Spring 2019
spaces available
Fob for World Religions (A) NEW
THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED
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Why is there the tragic Rohingya crisis between Islam and Buddhism in Myanmar? Why are there misunderstandings in the GTA between Hinduism and Islam? This course is a fob* for world religions. It offers entry into the vast solar system of World Religions and introduces the nascent
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Limited to 60 participants
Dates: April 29–June 24 (8 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S74
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Anthony Muhitch
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
From Socrates to Sartre: An Introduction to Philosophy
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“The feeling of wonder is the mark of a philosopher” - Plato.
 
Join us on this journey of growing in deeper wisdom as we ponder the big questions philosophers ask about life: What is real? What is truth? What is the good life? Why are we
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Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC210
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S34
Category: Philosophy
Instructor/s: Marianne Loranger
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Get Psyched
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As part of our partnership with Ryerson University we are being offered the opportunity to learn from the graduate students studying here. Each week a different student will present on a psychology research topic. After their presentations, participants will have the opportunity ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 7 (6 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 12:30 – 2 p.m.*
Location: VIC204
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S65
Category: Health
Instructor/s: Ryerson graduate students (Masters or PhD)**
Term: Spring 2019
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Getting Out: Exploring Toronto’s Creative Neighbourhoods (FRI)
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Galleries, public spaces, key buildings, cafes and eateries and independent, design-inflected boutiques are bellwethers of Toronto’s evolution. Beginning with an overview lecture and seven subsequent neighborhood walks, this course highlights enclaves noted for their transformative
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Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 1 – 3 p.m.*
Location: Offsite GTA Arts Venues - VIC106 on May 3
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S66
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Betty Ann Jordan
Term: Spring 2019
class full
Getting Out: Exploring Toronto’s Creative Neighbourhoods (THURS)
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Galleries, public spaces, key buildings, cafes and eateries and independent, design-inflected boutiques are bellwethers of Toronto’s evolution. Beginning with an overview lecture and seven subsequent neighborhood walks, this course highlights enclaves noted for their transformative
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Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 1 – 3 p.m.*
Location: Offsite GTA Arts Venues - VIC200 on May 2
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S75
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Betty Ann Jordan
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Getting Out: Exploring Toronto’s Creative Neighbourhoods (WED)
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Galleries, public spaces, key buildings, cafes and eateries and independent, design-inflected boutiques are bellwethers of Toronto’s evolution. Beginning with an overview lecture and seven subsequent neighborhood walks, this course highlights enclaves noted for their transformative
... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 1 – 3 p.m.*
Location: Offsite GTA Arts Venues - VIC106 on May 1
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S37
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Betty Ann Jordan
Term: Spring 2019
class full
Golden Age of Great Detective Novels (The)
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This course offers participants a lively look at “The Golden Age of Detective Fiction” of the 1920s and 1930s and includes a look at the lives and times of writers as diverse as Dorothy L. Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, and Margery Allingham. We'll look at the books by ... read full description
Limited to 90 participants
Dates: April 29–June 24 (8 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S11
Category: Literature
Instructor/s: Jeffrey Canton
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Grasping and Retaining Our Inner Peace Through Mandala Meditation
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Inner peace directly correlates with our mental and physical health. Research suggests that a peaceful and relaxed mind leads to a healthier, happier, and longer life. In this class, we
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Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 15 (6 sessions, no class May 18)
Time: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Location: VIC201
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S69
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Dechen Dorjee
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Heavens: A History of the Study of the Universe (The) NEW
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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Since ancient times people have pondered the night sky.  Stories were told to explain what could be seen. The legacy of these stories lives today in the names of the planets, stars and constellations. This course will explore the history of the study of the night sky. We will begin with ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S61
Category: Science
Instructor/s: John Curtis
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Hey, Hey! We’re the 60s!
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We will reflect on how the formative events of the 60’s had a powerful and lasting impact that continues to reverberate today – not only on the world stage but close to home in Canada and Toronto. Audience engagement will be pivotal as students reflect on one of the
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Limited to 45 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC200
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S40
Category: History
Instructor/s: Peter Willson
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
High Park Nature Walks
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Join us to learn about the unique flora and fascinating fauna that call High Park home, including butterflies, birds, trees and wildflowers. We will hike through High Park’s natural ecosystems including the globally endangered black oak savannah, wetlands and woodlands to better ... read full description
Limited to 20 participants
Dates: May 22 – June 12 (4 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.– 12 p.m.*
Location: High Park
Fee: $80.00
Course Number: S27
Category: Walks
Instructor/s: Jonathan Hayes
Term: Spring 2019
class full
History of Business (The)
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In this course we will be looking at the History of Business through the ages, from the ancient world of Aristotle to the modern world of Jeff Bezos. We will examine business conduct and activity through a multiplicity of influences, including religion, culture, and politics on the social ... read full description
Limited to 45 participants
Dates: May 7 – June 25 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC200
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S15
Category: History
Instructor/s: Gordon Bannerman
Term: Spring 2019
spaces available
History of Espionage (The)
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Join us in an examination of the evolution of intelligence services throughout the twentieth century with particular reference to the two World Wars, technological changes, and the Cold War confrontation after 1945. We will focus on British, German, and U.S. - Russian intelligence. The course ... read full description
Limited to 80 participants
Dates: April 30 – June 18 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10:10 – 11: 50 a.m.
Location: VIC203
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S16
Category: History
Instructor/s: Peter Vronsky
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
History of Fashion: 1900-2017 (A)
Chanel, Dior, Suffrage and Pop
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In this course we will look at the history of fashion starting with the Belle Epoch of Paris all the way to modern runway shows. Beginning with Coco Chanel, Poirer, Worth and later Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Lagerfeld and onto McQueen, Galiano and Lucian Matis (stylist for the Trudeau family), ... read full description
Limited to 80 participants
Dates: April 29–June 24 (8 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC203
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S07
Category: History
Instructor/s: David Chandross
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
History of Scandinavia (The)
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Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland are among the top 20 countries to live in according to the United Nations Human Development Index. However, these nations in northern Europe experienced a turbulent history. We will explore key topics in the history of Scandinavia including the ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: April 29–June 24 (8 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC303
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S03
Category: History
Instructor/s: Carolyn Harris
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
History of the Ancient Near East (The)
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The Middle East has always been a hotbed of political intrigue and warfare between great powers seeking to control access to the valuable resources of the region. Today that is petroleum, but in the past, it
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Limited to 70 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 – 11: 50 a.m.
Location: VIC103
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S60
Category: History
Instructor/s: David Lipovitch
Term: Spring 2019
spaces available
How to be a Smart Consumer and Not Get Ripped Off
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The customer is always right? That’s not the case anymore. Many companies disguise the truth about products and services they sell, asking you to sign documents you don’t understand and making
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Limited to 90 participants
Dates: April 30 – June 18 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S20
Category: Miscellaneous
Instructor/s: Ellen Roseman
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Implications of Disruptive Technologies (The)
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A disruptive technology is one that displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry, or a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry, like 3-D printing in healthcare and self-driving cars. This course emphasizes the possible impact of these new
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Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC110
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S33
Category: Technology
Instructor/s: Mohammed Elmi and Issie Lyon
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Intermediate Photoshop Elements
THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED
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For those who have taken Basic Photoshop Elements, here is a chance to expand your use of this powerful editing program. Participants will learn colour adjustment, straightening buildings and moving photos into other photos. You will also be introduced to a number of other Photoshop
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Limited to 6 participants
Dates: May 22 – June 26 (6 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S43
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Introduction to Floral Design
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Many of us wish we had the ability to make floral arrangements like we

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Limited to 40 participants
Dates: April 29–May 27 (4 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC300
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S12
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Aimé Blanchette
Term: Spring 2019
class full
Irish: 200 Years of Rebellion, From the Act of Union to Brexit (The)
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With the Act of Union of 1800 and the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the British government hoped to quell the “Irish Question” once and for all.
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Limited to 200 participants
Dates: May 4 – June 22 (7 sessions, no class May 18)
Time: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Location: LIB72
Fee: $83.00
Course Number: S70
Category: History
Instructor/s: Olivier Courteaux
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Klimt and Schiele: Two Giant Figures of Twentieth Century Art
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1918 was a seismic year in Vienna. As the Austro-Hungarian Empire crumbled, an intense period of creative vitality drew to an end with the deaths of two of its foremost artists. One was the preeminent and strikingly modern painter of fin-de-siècle Vienna, Gustav Klimt; the other
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Limited to 90 participants
Dates: May 2 – 23 (4 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $56.00
Course Number: S55
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Osnat Lippa
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Latin America NEW
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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This course surveys the history of Latin America, from the “colonial period” to the present day. It explores the emergence and evolution of republican Latin America through an examination of key historical events with an emphasis on the region’s changing sociopolitical ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 20 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S47
Category: History
Instructor/s: Alberto Munarriz
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Leaving a Legacy: Your Life Story
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You don’t have to be famous to have an interesting life story that deserves to be told and will be treasured as a one-of-a-kind legacy by those you love today and heirs you will never meet. In bygone days,
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Limited to 14 participants
Dates: April 26 – June 28 (10 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC208
Fee: $70.00
Course Number: S64
Category: Writing
Instructor/s: Tamara Handler and Martha Olynyk
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Let’s Go North of Bloor – Art, Culture and Food Walking Tours in North Toronto and the 905 Area
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We will experience an eclectic mix of foodie epicenters in North York, North Toronto, Thornhill, Markham, Scarborough and perhaps more. Each tour will begin with a short talk about historical buildings, cultural distinctions, and special foods. Each location is accessible by public transit or ... read full description
Limited to 35 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 6 (6 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: Various locations
Fee: $74.00
Course Number: S48
Category: Walks
Instructor/s: Rosalin Krieger
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
Long Term Care Planning: What is it and Why Should I Care?
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Adults learn what they feel they need to know or what is relevant to them. This course is definitely “need to know” because we will all age and need to call upon the long-term healthcare system and our families for help at some point. In this course participants will navigate
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Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 2 – June 6 (5 sessions; no class May 30)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC204
Fee: $65.00
Course Number: S54
Category: Health
Instructor/s: Karen Henderson
Term: Spring 2019
spaces available
Music of Gustav Mahler and Igor Stravinsky Explained (The)
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Join fellow music-lovers in celebrating spring by

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Limited to 80 participants
Dates: May 6 - June 17 (6 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC203
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S13
Category: Music
Instructor/s: Marcel Deurvorst
Term: Spring 2019
spaces available
Music of New Orleans (The)
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New Orleans is a place like no other: a wellspring of music and the birthplace of jazz. It was also an important centre for rock and roll in the 1950s and boasts a vibrant musical culture that continues to this
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Limited to 120 participants
Dates: May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC501
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S67
Category: Music
Instructor/s: Mike Daley
Term: Spring 2019
limited spaces
New History of Nazi Germany 1933-1945 (A)
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Much of what we popularly know of Nazi Germany is based on journalist William Shirer’s bestseller book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, published in the 1960s. Since the end of the war in 1945, historians have been revising and updating what we thought we knew about the rise ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates: April 30 – June 18 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC103
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S23
Category: History
Instructor/s: Peter Vronsky
Term: Spring 2019
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Passion and Politics of Islam: Islam and Muslims Today
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Islam is the faith of 1.8 billion Muslims and is practised in diverse ways. Muslims come to Canada from almost 60 different parts of the world, so there is plurality of thought and practice within the core message of the faith. There is a spiritual component of Islam and another aspect
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Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S28
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Raheel and Sohail Raza
Term: Spring 2019
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Philosophy of Love and Happiness (The) NEW
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In this exciting new course, we will study the research literature and philosophy of love and happiness. What is love? The Greeks had six different definitions. What is happiness? Socrates spoke of flourishing in life, not just getting by. The new field of emotional psychology has provided
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Limited to 100 participants
Dates: May 16 – July 4 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street. Burgundy Room, Memorial Hall, North York Civic Centre
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S42
Category: Philosophy
Instructor/s: David Chandross
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Photo Walks
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Want a chance to explore photographic opportunities while improving your skills by shooting with others at interesting local sites? This five-week course involves three weeks of on-site shooting and two weeks in the classroom for critique, comparison and discussion of the photos taken. During ... read full description
Limited to 21 participants
Dates: May 3 - 31 (5 sessions)
Time: Fridays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: 2 sessions in classroom - VIC201; 3 sessions on location - TBA
Fee: $45.00
Course Number: S62
Category: Walks
Instructor/s: Nan Weiner, Edward Zamble and Harold Hutner
Term: Spring 2019
class full
Piano Concerto (The)
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The piano has long been the musical instrument of choice for composers of classical music. From Mozart and Beethoven to Bartok and Shostakovich, piano concertos were often premiered with composers as star pianists. The piano concerto is prominent among our most important classical ... read full description
Limited to 40 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 5 (6 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC300
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S35
Category: Music
Instructor/s: Bob Fabian
Term: Spring 2019
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Politics of Modern Iran
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This course will introduce participants to contemporary Iranian politics through the lens of cultural productions including short stories and novels written in the modern era. The course will critically explore major political events since the beginning of the 20th century that have shaped ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: April 29–June 24 (8 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Monday, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S08
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Maral Karimi
Term: Spring 2019
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Politics, People and Other Issues
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We face many important and challenging issues today, issues that will have far-reaching impact on our lives. We focus in this group on the fundamental questions and key people driving these world events. We welcome opposing views, which make for a stimulating dialogue, carried on in a collegial ... read full description
Limited to 30 participants
Dates: April 29–June 24 (8 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Monday, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S04
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Instructor/s: Lloyd Cadsby and Jay Waterman
Term: Spring 2019
class full
Remembering 1968: Year of Protest
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We will re-examine and re-evaluate the major events of that crazy year from the pivotal assassinations in the USA to the unrest in China, Vietnam, the Czech Republic and France, and the changes in Canada with the election of Pierre Trudeau and the formation of the PQ under Levesque. ... read full description
Limited to 100 participants
Dates: May 16 – July 4 (8 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street. Burgundy Room, Memorial Hall, North York Civic Centre
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S56
Category: History
Instructor/s: James A.S. Thompson
Term: Spring 2019
spaces available
Russia Under the Romanovs: From Splendor to Revolution
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In 1613, the House of Romanov was offered the throne of Russia. From 1613 to 1917, 15 monarchs (including three women) transformed Russia into a key player in European and world affairs, while imposing and maintaining an autocratic form of government. Yet, this exceptionally ... read full description
Limited to 200 participants
Dates: May 4 - June 22 (7 sessions, no class May 18)
Time: Saturdays, 1 - 3 p.m.*
Location: LIB72
Fee: $83.00
Course Number: S72
Category: History
Moderator/s: Olivier Courteaux
Term: Spring 2019
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Self and God in the Western World NEW
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This course will survey the history of conceptualizations of selfhood as expressed in masterpieces of
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Limited to 60 participants
Dates: April 30 – June 18 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S24
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Svitlana Kobets
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Social Innovation: New Ideas for Old Problems NEW
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“Social innovation is the process of developing and deploying effective solutions to challenging and often systemic social and environmental issues in support of social progress”. (Stanford University)

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Limited to 50 participants
Dates: May 1 - June 5 (6 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S29
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Rick Blickstead
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Sorting Out Your Photographs: An Introduction
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You now have many photos stored in your camera … what comes next? This course will teach you how to get photos from your camera to your PC computer and how to name and organize them. You will also learn how to e-mail photos and search for photos that have previously been ... read full description
Limited to 10 participants
Dates: May 2 (1 session)
Time: Thursdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC607A
Fee: $25.00
Course Number: S50
Category: Pastimes
Instructor/s: Nan Weiner
Term: Spring 2019
class full
Spirituality of Colour in the Age of Invention and Abstraction (The)
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In the early part of the twentieth century many art movements formed and have developed new ways of seeing and interpreting the world around them. Some of these artists particularly focused on the spiritual power of colour and created a new artistic language. One of these movements, The Blue ... read full description
Limited to 90 participants
Dates: May 30 – June 20 (4 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC205
Fee: $56.00
Course Number: S57
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Osnat Lippa
Term: Spring 2019
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Spring and Summer Walks 2019
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The Beltway. Along the Don. The Brickworks. Baby Point. Chinatown. Earl Bales Park. The Ward….

Just reading that list makes us long for Spring! And those are just a few of the special Toronto areas LIFE Walkers will enjoy during the 30+ Spring and Summer Walks, 2019.
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Limited to 250 participants
Dates: May, June and early September - Tuesdays and Fridays July, August – Tuesdays only
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 noon (approximately)
Location: Various GTA Locations
Fee: $30.00
Course Number: S73
Category: Walks
Coordinator/s: LIFE Walks Committee
Term: Spring 2019
class full
Story of Science, Part II (The)
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This course will consider how science has developed over the centuries. We have
discovered much about how the world works and learned many ways to control it. By considering the history of science, we may perhaps understand more clearly what we now know and discover how to learn new ... read full description
Limited to 60 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 26 (8 sessions; no class June 12)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC303
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S30
Category: Science
Instructor/s: Terry Picton
Term: Spring 2019
spaces available
Stratford Festival Preview
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These spirited lectures will enrich your theatre‐going experience. Talks on selected plays being offered this season at the Stratford Festival will be spiced with lively anecdotes, readings, short scene presentations, discussions, and background information on authors and
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Limited to 30 participants
Dates: April 23 – May 14 (4 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. noon*
Location: VIC502
Fee: $83.00
Course Number: S17
Category: Theatre
Instructor/s: Vrenia Ivonoffski
Term: Spring 2019
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Theatre Alive!
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Wednesday, May 8 – 1:30 p.m.
Tarragon Theatre
30 Bridgman Avenue (Dupont/Bathurst area)
A 2B theatre company production
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
By Hannah Moscovitch
With songs by Ben Caplan
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Limited to 83 participants
Dates: May 8, 15, 22, June 12 (4 plays)
Time: Wednesday afternoons (see times above)
Location: See above
Fee: $125.00
Course Number: S36
Category: Theatre
Coordinator/s: Rayna Jolley assisted by Sharon Stibbard
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Transformations – Eight Novels That Continue Literary Classics NEW
THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED
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Curious about what went on below stairs in the household of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy or what might have happened next to Isobel Archer? This course offers participants a chance to enjoy the imaginative re-creations, transformations, extensions and re-imaginings of some of the most deeply loved ... read full description
Limited to 50 participants
Dates: May 1 – June 19 (8 sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S31
Category: Literature
Instructor/s: Jeffrey Canton
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Trump: Is He Making America Great Again? NEW
THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED
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In the 2016 election, Trump promised to Make America Great Again. We will assess how successful he has been in achieving this goal by examining several of his actions, policies, and interactions with

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Limited to 35 participants
Dates: April 29–June 10 (6 sessions, no class May 20)
Time: Mondays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $50.00
Course Number: S09
Category: Politics/Public Affairs
Instructor/s: Paul Rook
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
Understanding Islam NEW
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This course will guide you through the facts and myths surrounding Islam and its more than 1.7 billion followers. How familiar are you with the world's second largest

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Limited to 60 participants
Dates: April 30 – June 18 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S21
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Uzma Siddiqui
Term: Spring 2019
registration closed
War and Peace in the Middle East
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This lecture series is for participants who are interested in understanding the underlying issues and conflicts that have besieged the Middle East,

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Limited to 60 participants
Dates: April 30 – June 18 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC303
Fee: $60.00
Course Number: S25
Category: Cultural Studies
Instructor/s: Amnon Zohar
Term: Spring 2019
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Watercolour Painting for Beginners
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This class is for the raw beginner who wants to start painting in watercolours. We cover all the basics and start with washes, followed by colour mixing, composition and values. A trip to High Park
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Limited to 18 participants
Dates: April 30 – June 18 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 12:10 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: VIC200
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S22
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Lorraine Ireland
Term: Spring 2019
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Watercolour: Beginners Plus
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This class is all about making better paintings, by learning more techniques and enhancing the basics. If you have taken a beginner class, or Beginners Plus before, this class will be a continuation as we explore how values increase realism; how salt effects add interesting textures to
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Limited to 18 participants
Dates: April 30 – June 18 (8 sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 3:50 p.m.
Location: VIC200
Fee: $92.00
Course Number: S26
Category: Art/Art History/Architecture
Instructor/s: Lorraine Ireland
Term: Spring 2019
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What’s Up Doc? Your Health and the Healthcare System
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Most of us feel blessed to have the universal healthcare system in Ontario. It is not perfect. It never was and never will be. Your interaction with it, and your family doctor, should be of utmost importance to you.

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Limited to 30 participants
Dates: May 2 - 30 (5 sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 10:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: VIC201
Fee: $45.00
Course Number: S41
Category: Health
Instructor/s: Dr. Mark Wise
Term: Spring 2019
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Why Music?
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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Music has been a constant element in all cultures around the world. This course will explore the manifold ways in which music is an important – and to many a necessary – component of human life.
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