Course Descriptions for Fall 22 and Winter 23


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LLIR Fall 2022 at Glendon
September 16th to November 18th, 2022

(AM) From Gold to Bitcoin: Making Sense of Global Finance with Ian Roberge
This survey course provides an aerial view of global finance beginning with the Bretton Woods system to present day. We consider, among other topics, the resilience of global finance during the pandemic and contrast it with the collapse that took place during the global financial crisis just ten years prior. How resilient is global finance? What is the relationship between governments and global finance? What do new technologies, including the rise of cryptocurrencies, mean for the future of finance? Through these questions and many others, we are interested in thinking about and discussing the role that finance plays in the economy and in society more broadly, and how best to ensure that finance benefits everyone.

(AM) From Foraging to Fast Food: A 60,000 Year Journey with Donna Gabaccia
This course will examine the role of food in world history from the origins of the human species to the present. Its focus will be on persistent and recurring movements of people, foodstuffs and culinary cultures between and among the earth’s varied regions and ecologies. Key topics to be addressed will include the search for food and humans’ populating of the earth; the first agrarian revolutions and the differentiation of “civilized” and “barbarian” peoples; food as a marker of religious and secular civilization; the Columbian exchange; hunger and abundance; the origins and spread of industrialized food production systems; globalization, human migrations, and the cultural dynamics of eating and cooking; and contemporary critiques of industrial systems of food production and distribution.

(PM) Ludwig van Beethoven – The Universe in Music with Rick Phillips Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) remains one of the most popular of all composers. His symphonies, chamber music, piano sonatas, concertos and choral works continue to reach audiences around the world, regardless of country, creed or culture. Beethoven’s music seems to “strike a chord” with our lives, our experiences, our troubles, and our hopes and aspirations. It is ageless immortal music, it seems, as summed up by one of his patrons, who said, “….there is scarcely one listener who would be sufficiently enlightened to enjoy the full beauty of this music.” In this LLIR series, using classic recordings from the past and present, Rick Phillips will uncover the man and his life, the influential age in which he lived, and how it influenced what he composed, revealing the reasons behind Beethoven’s undying popularity.

This Course is full at this time and no longer available.
This course highlights some of the issues, cases and people that are, or have been, of importance in our justice system. We will discuss Medical Assistance in Dying, Solitary Confinement, Delay in the Courts, the epidemic rise in the development of violent gangs and a similar rise in the use of guns on Toronto streets. In the latter context we will examine the infamous trials known as the Just Desserts and Jane Creba cases- both of which lead to the death, by gunshot, of innocent young women in Toronto. Guest speaker, Lucy Cechetto, who appeared as Appellate Counsel in the Creba case, will also discuss the Grange Inquiry, in which she appeared as counsel. That inquiry famously examined the failure of Sick Children’s Hospital to recognize the spate of infant deaths on one of its wards, leading to the wrongful indictment of Susan Nelles!
Guest Speaker Lorna Poplak, Canadian author of “The Don” and “Drop Dead,” will discuss her works in the context of the history of the death penalty in Canada and its final execution (to coin a phrase) at the Don Jail. Guest speaker Nate Hendley, author of “The Boy on the Bicycle” and “The Beatle Bandit” will focus his discussion on the case of the Beatle Bandit. That case involved a murderous rampage in 1960’s Toronto; a case which fueled a national debate about the death penalty, gun control and the defense of insanity.

LLIR Fall 2022 Online

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The Story of Photography with Barbara Isherwood, M.A
This survey course presents a chronological overview of the art of photography, from the medium’s genesis in the mid-19th century through to contemporary photo-based art. Outstanding images by key artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Steichen, Tina Modotti, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Stephen Shore, Cindy Sherman and Edward Burtynsky will illustrate developments in portraiture, landscape, street photography, photojournalism, colour, experimental processes, digital and more. Prepare to be amazed!
What You Will Learn:
1. Major photographers and their contributions to the art form
2. Significant photographs from the past 150 years
3. How developments in technology have impacted photography
3. Various philosophies of fine art photography
4. Photography’s place within contemporary art

Modern Monarchies: Connections and Continuity with Carolyn Harris
In the 19th century, most European countries were monarchies. Some of these royal houses fell from power during wars and revolutions but others reinvented themselves and endured as modern institutions into the 21st century. In this course, we will examine reigning royal houses in a wide range of countries including the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Norway as well as the former royal houses, including those of Russia, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Greece. A number of these royal houses were closely related to each other through descent from Queen Victoria and/or King Christian IX of Denmark. We will discuss why some royal houses were able to weather the social, political, and cultural changes of the past two hundred years while others quickly fell out of step with their times. The lectures will take us across Europe to compare key themes such as royalty in wartime, popular responses to royal weddings and childrearing, how future monarchs are educated, the relationship between the monarchy and the media, the evolution of constitutional monarchy as a system of government, and how royalty are portrayed in popular culture. Join Carolyn Harris, historian and author of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting for a look at the connections and continuity amongst European monarchies over the past two hundred years

LLIR Winter 2023 at Glendon
January 13th to March 17th, 2023

(AM) Religion: Up Close and Personal with Michael Coren
This is a course where we will meet representatives of most of the world’s main religions, almost all of which are now represented in modern, diverse Canada. The first week will be an introduction into what religion is – and isn’t – and a chance for attendees to ask Michael Coren questions. After that, each week will be devoted to a specific faith, with a cleric or official from that faith being interviewed by Michael Coren, followed by a Q&A session. In other words, religion made human. The course will conclude with a discussion and round-up.

This Course is full at this time and no longer available.
(AM) Pride and Prejudice. Social Conflict in the Modern World with Brian Singer
With the rise of right-wing populism across much of the western world, we have witnessed increasing social divisiveness, associated with immigration, longer standing divisions relative to racial, religious and sexual minorities, not to mention culture wars and the tensions associated with increasing economic disparities. With this in mind, these set of lectures will seek to explore this contemporary divisiveness, what serves to temper it, and what serves to exacerbate it. This provides an opportunity to think about what tempers and what sharpens conflicts around these differences. These series of lectures proposes to examine the topic by moving in two directions. One direction will be comparative: why are some countries better or worse at dealing with their internal differences, with a particular emphasis on Canada and the United States, but with a glance towards other, not necessarily western countries. The other direction will be more oriented towards contemporary developments that help explain the present exacerbation of these differences. Both directions will require an examination of different sets concepts with which to orient our analysis, but such an examination will be leavened by examples.

(PM) Plays from a Small Island: The Irish Entertain the World with Philippa Sheppard
We will explore a representative sampling of the best Irish drama, from 1773-1998. These ten plays include the dramatization of Irish myths, colonialism, religious conflict, diaspora, assimilation and protest. In every case, they consider the fashioning of identity, both personal and national. They run the gamut of styles, from late Restoration anti-sentimentalism, through Aestheticism, Revivalism, and Absurdism, to Post-Modernism. For a nation with a small population, the Irish have made a remarkably powerful impact on Western drama. We will consider, through illustrated lecture, Q & A, and the viewing of brief clips from filmed productions, the ways in which this disproportionate influence has come about, is deserved, and has endured through three centuries.

(PM) Greening Our Screening: Film as a lens onto environmental and cultural concerns with Stephen Scharper
This course introduces participants, through the lens of feature films, to both the scope and seriousness of present ecological concerns, as well as to some core principles and concepts in the intersection of environment and culture. Some of the topics to be examined will be the precautionary principle, urban/rural dualisms, ecofeminism, deep ecology, and the overwhelming burden placed on poor populations by environmental destruction.

LLIR Winter 2023 Online

Members who register for online courses can view both courses.

Canadian Politics from the Inside Out… Or why our politicians keep making such bizarre decisions with Adam Chapnick
Has a decision made by the Canadian government ever left you scratching your head? Have you ever wondered why Ottawa pays so much attention to some issues and so little to others? Do you know what multiculturalism really means? Or what our military is supposed to be doing when there hasn’t been a physical war on Canadian soil since the War of 1812? This course will help you understand how politics works, and doesn’t work, in the liberal democracy that is Canada. It begins with a lecture about major events in Canadian political history, and uses those events as a launch pad to explore a variety of contentious themes beginning inside the country, and ending in the wider world.

Learning from the City of Light: a thousand years of culture, food, and revolution in Paris with Lisa Pasold.
Parisians have been inventing the city for a very long time. From the muddy beginnings of Paris to today’s cosmopolitan centre, the City of Light has helped define Western ideas about city life. We’ll look at urban planning from Philip Augustus’ 12-century wall to Mitterand’s Grands Projets. We’ll discuss the famous Belly of Paris and the invention of restaurant dining and the café as we know it. We’ll talk about literary Paris, with celebrities like cigar-smoking George Sand and ex-pat Gertrude Stein, and how artists have recreated the city and its citizens. We’ll look at the invention of photography and the 7th art, ie Cinema. And of course, we’ll look at the fights–both actual and philosophical–that have torn up the city’s streets. We’ll wrap up with a look at Paris today and what the city has to offer the future.