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Arts & Ideas Speaker Series

Speaker: Dr. Robert Wright
Date: Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Prosserman JCC
Pierre Trudeau’s entry into federal politics came as a breath of fresh air after John Diefenbaker and Lester B. Pearson. While many young voters were enamoured of him, he did not triumph in 1968 through charisma and cunning, as his critics claim. Rather, he provided a cogent diagnosis of the crises facing Canada and the world, and a uniquely Canadian set of solutions: the need to distinguish between sin and crime; the rejection of nationalism; and the importance of a constitution that binds both citizens and governments. This talk will conclude with observations of Trudeaumania’s second incarnation, during the federal election campaign that saw Justin Trudeau elected Prime Minister of Canada. Dr. Wright is a best-selling author and professor of history at Trent University Durham, with a focus on modern Canadian political, cultural and diplomatic history.
The Trump Administration: What Does It Mean for Canada?
Speaker: Dr. Robert Bothwell
Date: Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Schwartz/Reisman Centre
Donald Trump has overturned decades of American policy, both foreign and domestic, and his actions will have considerable significance for 36 million Canadians living next door to 318 million Americans. This lecture will delve into some of some of Trump’s most controversial decisions and make informed predictions regarding their potential impact on Canada. Dr. Bothwell is a renowned specialist in political and foreign policy history. He is a professor in the Department of History and the Munk School of Global Affairs at U of T, as well as the author of numerous books, including Your Country, My Country: A Unified History of the United States and Canada (2015).
Artificial Intelligence: Technology of the Not-So-Distant Future
Speaker: Dan Falk
Date: Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Schwartz/Reisman Centre
We’ve long been fascinated by the idea of a “thinking machine” and the wide-ranging effects it could have on our society. In this talk, Dan Falk looks back on the history of this quest, from the pioneering ideas of Alan Turing to today’s groundbreaking work on neural networks, while exploring some of the philosophical questions that crop up along the way. Dan Falk is a science journalist, author, and broadcaster. His work has appeared in publications such as Scientific American and The Walrus, and he is the author of three popular science books, The Science of ShakespeareIn Search of Time and Universe on a T-Shirt. He’s a regular contributor to CBC radio and has won several international awards for his radio documentaries.
Hineni: Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Montreal
Speaker: Dr. Rachel Seelig
Date: Thursday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Prosserman JCC
The title track of Leonard Cohen’s final album, You Want It Darker, features the voice of Cantor Gideon Zelermyer of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in Canada, where Cohen celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in 1949. The album takes listeners into the world of Jewish liturgy and messianic faith, as well as to the heart of Jewish Montreal. Emerging as a wall-less ghetto bounded by competing Anglo-Protestant and French-Catholic communities, Jewish Montreal was a “third solitude” within a divided city, but was transformed by upward mobility, the decline of Yiddish, and secularization in the post-WWII era. This talk offers a glimpse of this cultural space through the prism of Cohen’s music, along with texts by other writers. Rachel Seelig is a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.
Program Type: Education,
Age range: 19-64, 65+
Classes Start: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Classes End: Thursday, July 06, 2017
Days of the week: Tuesday
Day Time # of lessons Spots Available Member Value Fee Regular Fee Code
Trudeaumania (Speaker: Dr. Robert Wright) 7:00 - 9:00 PM 1 CA$15.00 AID3
The Trump Administration: What Does It Mean for Canada? (Speaker: Dr. Robert Bothwell) 7:00 - 9:00 PM 1 CA$15.00 AID4
Artificial Intelligence: Technology of the Not-So-Distant Future (Speaker: Dan Falk) 7:00 - 9:00 PM 1 CA$15.00 AID5
Hineni: Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Montreal (Speaker: Dr. Rachel Seelig) 7:00 - 9:00 PM 1 CA$15.00 AID6

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    Program type Education
    Time 7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Age Range 19-64, 65+
    Day of the week Tuesday
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