Course Descriptions for Winter 2021


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Course Descriptions for Winter 2021

Winter 2021, Jan. 15 – Mar. 19, 2021

Astronomy: The Inspiring Universe Experience with Tom Vassos, BES (University of Waterloo), MBA (University of Toronto); Author, The Ultimate Guided Tour of the Universe; Founder, 

Take a fascinating tour of the universe and learn about remarkable astronomy discoveries. Immerse yourself in the life of an astronaut on space exploration missions to the International Space Station, Moon, Mars and beyond. Explore the most bizarre and extreme happenings in the universe such as supernova explosions, the Big Bang, supermassive black holes and planets that rain diamonds. Major scientific breakthroughs are actually revealing the puzzle pieces of the birth, evolution and eventual fate of the universe (cosmology) that could stir self-reflection and challenge your core beliefs. And what about alien life in the universe – Are we alone? Multimedia animations, images and videos will supplement lectures to educate, entertain and inspire attendees of all ages.

 China since 1949: Modernization and World Conquest with Olivier Courteaux PhD in Contemporary International Relations, University of Paris-Sorbonne.

Seventy years ago Mao and the Communists seized power in China. Until the 1970s, Taiwan held China’s permanent seat at the United Nations. When Deng Xiaoping came to power in 1979 his primary objective was to re-engage China on the world stage. Deng negotiated Hong Kong’s retrocession in 1997 and, more importantly, China’s admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO). China has since become the new world superpower. When looking at China in the 21st century, the key questions are: what is China up to and what her true ambitions?

The European Union: Integration and Disintegration with Dr. Heather MacRae Associate Professor, Department of Politics, York University.

Until recently, it was generally accepted that the European Union was the most successful example of regional cooperation in the post WWII era. However, since 2012, the EU and its member states have bounced from one crisis to the next. Many believe that the European Union has outlived its usefulness, while others think that the solution to the myriad of crises lies in further integration rather than disintegration. In this course, we will trace the evolution of European cooperation and the European institutions and look at some of the crises of the Union. These investigations will lead us to consider what the future might hold for the EU and its member states.

 Impressionists and the City with Osnat Lippa.  Ms Lippa is a practising digital artist and photographer with diplomas in Art and Design and post grad in Digital Imaging and Animation,  London Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan University, London, England).

Although as a group impressionist artists are primarily known for their lush landscapes, they did not look only to nature for their inspiration. Many of their paintings are grittier and focus on the city, especially Paris that was pulsing with life in the 1870s with its rapid growth, urbanization and transformation into a busy industrial centre. Part of their unique modernity was this ability to capture the new realities of urban life in the industrial age.  This course will look at how artists such as Renoir, Monét, Pissarro, Cézanne and Van Gogh depicted the changes that industrialization brought to the city.