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Fall 2021 Session
Summer 2021 Session


• Activities are for members only unless otherwise indicated.

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Fall 2021

(Fall registration opens August 25th)
Free Activities
Discussion Series
In-house (Halpern Room)
Wed., 10:00-11:30

Open to all for thought-provoking, stimulating, educational, challenging and fun discussions! To register, contact Suzette at swk57@icloud.com

 

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Diversity Lecture Series
In House (Halpern Room) or On Zoom
2nd Fri of each month, Sep 10 - Dec 10, 10:30-12:30
To register for In-House, select a lecture topic from the list on the right.

Register for Zoom series. 
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Esther Birney Lecture Series
In House (Halpern Room) or On Zoom
Thu.,  Sep 16 - Dec 9, 10:30-12:00

If you were enrolled in the Winter, Spring and Summer sessions, you do not need to re-register. If you have not previously attended this series, please register following these directions:


To register for In-House, select a lecture topic from the list on the right.

To register for Zoom, contact BevAnn directly at bevannld@gmail.com.
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IP401 Indigenous Literature & History
On Zoom
Tue., Sept. 14 - Nov. 2, 4:00-5:30

Register for series.

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Jill Goldberg will offer an introduction to Indigenous literature and the history of contact between First Nations and settlers in a Canadian context. Through a discussion of readings from the anthology Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island, we will explore topics including storytelling as a means of learning, the meaning of Land and language, as well as the ongoing impacts of residential schooling and other colonial policies and how these persist in the post-TRC era. If possible, we will be joined by 1-2 guest speakers.

Indigenous Studies Review Session
(replay of IP403 followed by questions & discussion)
Halpern Room
Thur., Sep 16 - Nov 4, 1:00-3:00

Register for series.

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Jill Goldberg will offer an introduction to Indigenous literature and the history of contact between First Nations and settlers in a Canadian context. Through a discussion of readings from the anthology Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island, we will explore topics including storytelling as a means of learning, the meaning of Land and language, as well as the ongoing impacts of residential schooling and other colonial policies and how these persist in the post-TRC era. If possible, we will be joined by 1-2 guest speakers.

Pop-up Presentation - Plautus, From Rome to Jericho
Halpern Room
Wed, Sep 8, 1:00-3:00

Register for lecture in Halpern Room.

Register for lecture on Zoom.

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Toph Marshall, Artistic Director of United Players of Vancouver and Professor of Greek at UBC, talks about his forthcoming production of an ancient Roman comedy from 190 BC, Plautus’ Amphitruo, which he is directing and translating. He discusses the legacy of the play and why a Roman comedy is the meaningful for a Vancouver audience. He also will discuss the show’s music, and some of the production decisions being made to help make the play relevant for today.

Seniors Services Series
In House (Halpern Room) or On Zoom
Thu.,  Sep 29 - Oct 27, 1:00-3:00
To register for In-House, select a lecture topic from the list on the right.

Register for the series on Zoom. 
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Travel Series
In House (Halpern Room) or On Zoom
Mon., Sep 13 - Dec 20, 10:30-12:00
To register for In-House, select a lecture topic from the list on the right.

To register for the series on Zoom, please send an email to John at
brock.house.point.grey@gmail.comgiving your name and membership number.

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Tuesday Lecture Series
In House (Halpern Room) or On Zoom
Tue, Sep 14 - Dec 14, 10:30-11:30
If you were enrolled in the Winter, Spring and Summer sessions, you do not need to re-register. If you have not previously attended this series, please register following these directions:

To register for In-House, select a lecture topic from the list on the right.

To register for the series on Zoom, contact Allan at bhtuesdaylectures@gmail.com
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Paid Activities
IP402 Legendary Performers
Halpern Room
$108/6 weeks
Fri,  Sep 10 - Oct 15, 10:00-12:00

Register for this activity.

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Neil Ritchie continues to examine what makes a performer great in this series, including Oscar Hammerstein, Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton and others. 


Sept 10 Oscar Hammerstein

Oscar Hammerstein meets Richard Rodgers. "Oklahoma".

 

Sept 17 Big Band Singers

All the greats cut their teeth in Big Bands including Bing, Ella, Frank, Peggy, Anita and Sarah.

 

Sept 24 Nino Rota

Perhaps the best of the film composers famous for his Godfather scores and Federico Fellini films.

 

Oct 1 Lady Gaga

Equally talented as a singer and actress and self promoter.

 

Oct 8 Agnes de Mille

Ground-breaking choreographer and intellectual.

 

Oct 15 Dolly Parton

Another brilliant entertainer who created her own history.

 

IP403 The Music of Chopin and Liszt
In-house (Halpern Room) or on Zoom
$108/6 weeks
Mon,  Nov 15 - Dec 20, 1:45-3:45

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Register on Zoom

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We will explore a selection of the most ambitious large-scale works of Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) and Franz Liszt (1811-1886), including Chopin’s piano sonatas, chamber works, and piano concertos, and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor, piano concertos, and oratorios.


Week 1: Chopin’s upbringing and early musical training, his works for piano and orchestra.

Week 2: Chopin moves to Paris, his piano sonatas and other works.

Week 3: Chopin’s chamber music, his illness and death.

Week 4: Liszt’s remarkable development and years as a travelling virtuoso, his piano concertos.

Week 5: The Weimar years, Liszt conducting and teaching, his Piano Sonata in B minor and other works.

Week 6: The years in Rome, Liszt’s religiosity and the oratorios, St. Elisabeth and Christus.

IP404 The Music of the 70s
In-house (Halpern Room) or on Zoom
$108/6 weeks
Wed,  Nov 3 - Dec 8, 12:00-2:00

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Join John Mitchell on a musical journey back to the 70s.


Critics often say that the music of the 70s pales in comparison to the music of other decades. Well, in this course, we’re going to prove them wrong. Many of the artists that began their careers in the 60s released some of their best work in the 70s, add to that, new artists like Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and the Jackson 5 and the evolution of soul music into Funk with Sly and the Family Stone and of course the BeeGees ushering in the age of Disco with Saturday Night Fever, then mix in the silky smooth Philly sound and you have music that started the world dancing. Not to leave out the rockers who started in the 60’s but came to the fore in the 70s like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and a host of heavy metal artists, all of which adds up to a fantastic decade of music.

IP405 Canadian Monuments to Central and Eastern European History 
In-house (Halpern Room) or on Zoom
$108/6 weeks
Fri,  Oct 29 - Dec 3, 10:00-12:00

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Join Florian Gassner on a journey through Canadian Monuments to Central and Eastern European History.


Canadians claiming Central and Eastern European heritage make up roughly 20% of the country’s population. Numerous monuments across the nation document their immigration story, the history that led to their move to Canada and their contributions to their new communities. We can even find some of these public artworks on our own campus, such as the bust dedicated to Béla Bartók in the School of Music or the memorial dedicated to the Sopron group outside the Forestry building. This course will introduce participants to these contexts, familiarize them with this aspect of Canadian history and foster the cultural literacy necessary to read and interpret these features of Canada’s symbolic geography. As we explore the histories connected to these monuments, participants will learn to situate them in topical debates about immigration, diversity, and multiculturalism. This discussion will include approaches from the fields of memory studies, Indigenous studies, art history, urban planning, cultural history and transnational studies.

IP406 Vladimir Nabokov, A Literary Wizard 
In-house (Halpern Room) or on Zoom
$85/6 weeks
Mon,  Oct 18 - Nov 22, 5:00-6:30 pm

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Join Marina Sonkina on discovering the magical literary works of Vladimir Nabokov.


There are only few precedents in the world literature when writers produce the major bulk of their work simultaneously in two languages. Despite that, Vladimir Nabokov, a style virtuoso, whose artistry lies in immense linguistic ingenuity, both in Russian and English, was denied The Nobel Prize four times because of his novel Lolita. The most stunning quality of Nabokov's prose is his unexpected point of regard: by uncovering the metaphysical lining of the mundane, he  turns the familiar universe on its axes. Fresh metaphors; paradoxical denouements; an unreliable narrator – these are just some features of his style that reward an attentive reader with great aesthetic pleasure.


In this course I will focus on Nabokov's earlier, “Russian” period, less known to the North American audience. That was the time when a penniless refugee in prewar Berlin, then in his 20s and 30s, created in Russian dozens of superb short stories, several novels and volumes of poetry later translated into English by his son under the supervision of the author. I will supplement the discussion with social, political and biographical contexts that will equip us with better understanding of the texts. Since Nabokov's stories allow numerous interpretations, I'm looking forward to hearing your takes on them.


Reading:

1. The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 1995 (I recommend to get the actual book. Libraries. Amazon or ABE Books are some of the sources).

2. Mary, any edition. (This is the first novel Nabokov wrote; small in volume; an easy read).  


List of Short Stories to be Discussed:

1. A Letter That Never Reached Russia

2. The Admiralty Spire

3. First Love

4. Tyrants Destroyed

5. Signs and Symbols

6. Terror

7. Cloud, Castle, Lake

8. The Return of Chorb

10. The Aurelian

11. The Potato Elf

9. Mademoiselle O.

IP407 Wines of the Northern Hemisphere
Halpern Room
$120/6 weeks
Tue,  Sep 21 - Oct 26, 1:30-3:15

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Dr. Clinton Lee returns to entice members with the wines from the Northern Hemisphere.


Welcome back to the lovely World of Wine after a long hiatus.


This Fall we have a spectacular offering from Dr. Clinton Lee, our wine expert and lecturer, who will take us through the wines of the northern hemisphere.


From the Northern most reach of the Sonoma desert placing us in the Okanagan Valley to the United States, Europe and beyond come and join us as we share the wine culture, history and wines of the region. There will be tastings at each session and a valuable Q and A at the end. We look forward to seeing you all again.

 



Summer 2021

IP303 Mendelssohn, Schumann, and the Romantic Spirit
In-house (Halpern Room) or on Zoom
$105/6 weeks
Mon.,  Aug 16 - Sep 27, 12:30-2:30

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We will explore some of the most beloved musical works by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) and Robert Schumann (1810-1856).


Week 1: Mendelssohn – music history’s greatest prodigy? The String Octet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture and Hebrides Overture.


Week 2: Mendelssohn’s Italian and Scottish Symphonies.


Week 3: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. The oratorios, St. Paul and Elijah, and questions of religious identity.


Week 4: Schumann – a litterateur among composers. His piano and chamber music, including the Piano Fantasy and Piano Quintet.


Week 5: Large-scale ambitions: the Spring Symphony and Piano Concerto.


Week 6: Greater ambitions, including the Rhennish Symphony and the oratorio, Paradise and the Peri. Schumann’s illness and death.


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