An archive of some of our past Partners In Learning courses from 2012 and prior.
COURSE 1 SPREADING THE NEWS Moderator: Don Santor
10 weeks Sept. 17 to Nov. 26 Time: 2-4 PM
From the beginning of time men and women have had to figure out how to spread the news. We could not have survived had we not found ways to alert or inform those around us about what has happened, was happening, or was about to happen. Sometimes the news is nothing but gossip, and sometimes it is high level diplomacy. Regardless, “spreading the news” is what makes us human and is the cornerstone of civilization.
COURSE 2 GROUP OF SEVEN AND FRIENDS
Moderator: Nancy Winters/Dinah Taylor
5 weeks Sept. 17 to Oct. 22 Time: 10 AM-12 Noon
The Group of Seven – sometimes known as the Algonquin school – were a group of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933. Believing that a distinct Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature, The Group of Seven is most famous for its paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape, and initiated the first major Canadian national art movement.
COURSE 3 THE STARRY SKIES ABOVE ~ Part 1
Moderators: Mike Ash/Lynn Larouche
5 weeks Oct. 29 to Nov. 26 Time: 10 AM-12 Noon
From the Celestial Sphere to the Big Bang: Our fascination with the sky has led generations of astronomers to new discoveries. Part 1 focuses on the evolution of telescopes, cosmological theories, new discoveries and the luminaries that made it all happen. What does the future hold? Will we find habitable exo-planets and can we get there? Part 2 will focus on the impact that star gazing has had, and will have, on human development and evolution.
2012 SPRING POTPOURRI PROGRAMME
Memory and Aging Moderator: Nancy Winters
Can’t find your keys? Think you may be on the verge of something serious? This presentation will help to put your mind at rest (but not asleep!) and offer some strategies for upgrading your memory.
Leaving a Trace – Journaling and Memoirs Moderator: Beckey Jackson
This thought-provoking session will stimulate and illuminate reasons to re-create your past experiences through journaling. Your stories will be amazing revelations to be enjoyed by yourself, your family and perhaps generations to follow.
Legal Ease Moderator: Joseph Santoro
This is an interactive presentation on issues involving estate planning. Topics to be discussed include wills, living wills and powers of attorney for health and financial decisions.
Sun and Wind Moderators: Philip Winters; Craig Scott
Got questions about alternative energies? This is one to attend! Two experts in the field are coming to inform and debate.
Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum Field Trip (Guided Tour – $6)
Carpool from the GB Legion 8:45 AM
Location: Longwoods, Mount Brydges Lunch (not included) 1 PM Fireside Restaurant, Komoka
Ska-Nah-Doht features a full-size village with 3 longhouses, palisade with maze & 15 more structures to make the past come to life.
The Native People of Canada: A Struggle for Survival
Moderator: Don Santor
When the Europeans “discovered” North America, they found Native People everywhere living in harmony with nature. This course will examine the Native People of Canada as they existed before the arrival of the Europeans, their conquest by the Europeans, and their subsequent struggle for cultural survival.
Kings and Queens: Rogues and Rascals, Saints and Sinners
*Kings and Queens course has been extended to replace My Music*
Moderator: Molly Russell
Kings and Queens have captured our imagination since the beginning of recorded history. They are the stuff that legends are made of. Some were famous, others infamous. A good many were “Rogues and Rascals,” but just as many were “Saints and Sinners.” Some were great warriors, others great lovers. This course will examine the kings and queens that left their indelible mark on the historical record.
*Cancelled* – *Kings and Queens course has been extended to replace My Music*
Moderator: Nancy Winters
This winter we make our first foray into the huge subject of music. This course will allow each participant to choose from a virtually endless range of topics, for example – favourite composer, favourite style, favourite compositions, favourite instrument(s), favourite musician(s), and so on.
Course 1 Trials of the Famous and Infamous Moderator: Don Santor
From the dawn of history, trials of the famous and the infamous have attracted the curiosity and the attention of millions. Today, millions are glued to their television sets waiting for justice to be done, and they express their outrage when the courts fail to convict, or sometimes acquit, the accused. From Socrates and Jesus, Thomas More and Mary Queen of Scots, and finally to Louis Riel and Conrad Black, both heroes and villains have become part of our judicial history. This course will examine the famous trials that have captured the public interest and that have influenced our national histories.
Course 2 Pitch Your Passion Moderator: DinahTaylor
This is your opportunity to share your favourite topic of interest with other members of PIL. Be it a famous or infamous person, place you’ve travelled to, period of history, collection, hobby or social/philosophical ideal, the group wants to hear about it. Each week two or more participants will enlighten us on something of importance to them.
Course 3 Bridges Moderator: Jim Southcott
The dictionary defines a bridge as a “structure erected across an obstacle to afford passage.” When you and I think of a bridge we may conjure up a great movie, or a card game, or an expensive piece of dental work, but there are many types of bridges that have affected our lives on this planet. Construction of bridges are defined as Bascule, Cantilever, Drawbridge, Pontoon, and Suspension and all have played their part in deciding wars and how we live together. My course will offer the opportunity to explore the many aspects of Bridges past and present. We will learn how Bridges have impacted mankind.
SPRING POTPOURRI 2011
April 11 Narcisse Cantin Moderator: Joe Wooden
April 18 The Artist Within Moderators: Tristan & Anne Eekhoff
May 2 From the Ground Up Moderator: Mike Ash
May 9 Wine Tasting Moderator: Kyle Harrison
May 17 Organic Oasis Farm Tour
Weather Moderators: Cam Taylor/Mike Ash
Great Cities of the World Moderator: Dinah Taylor
Poets and Poetry Moderator: Nancy Winters
Food: Issues and Options Moderator: Lori Szwarz
Ghost Towns And Graveyards Moderators: Jim Southcott/Mike Ash
“Isms” That Are Changing The World And Shaping Our Lives Moderator: Don Santor
SPRING POTPOURRI 2010
Powerpoint for Everyone Moderator: Mike Ash
Aliens In Our Midst Moderator: Alistair MacKenzie
In Memory of Her Moderator: Bernice Santor
London Art Museum Field Trip
Photography 101 Moderator: Casey Lessard