Learning in Almonte: All New for Fall 2019 - theHumm August 2019
Learning in Almonte: All New for Fall 2019 - theHumm August 2019
By — Glenda Jones
After an enlightening year with courses on everything from flying pigs to harmonics, Learning in Almonte is now heading for the stars, literally. The course line-up for the fall will include stars of all sorts, from movie stars to the universe and the Big Bang, with a dose of Shakespeare to bring us back to earth.
Following on the success of the first evening course (offered last spring), the group has partnered with Almonte Lectures to offer Beyond Politics: the Workings of Municipal Government. This joint venture will feature local authorities on topics ranging from “who does what” to town planning, as well as the onerous task of being a councillor. The course will provide an overview of the governing process, and will steer away from the political angle entirely. This session has been in the works for some time, and the organizers are confident it will be an excellent primer for everyone, taxpayer and interested citizen alike. The presenters are highly qualified in their particular fields, and all have extensive knowledge of municipal governance. There will be an opportunity for discussion in order to gain true insight into the process that influences the very nature of our municipality. This course will run from September 11 to October 16, from 7–9pm on Wednesday evenings at the library, with a variety of speakers over the six sessions.
The regular afternoon series will celebrate the return of Tom Shoebridge with The Magic of Cinema — six movies to enjoy and study. Every week is a surprise with a twist — be it plot, characters or setting. Movies reveal their true art form after a lively discussion with Tom. There’s no popcorn, but a lot of scope for increasing awareness of the whole movie industry. Tom’s course will run from 1–4pm on Tuesdays, from September 10 to October 15.
From one type of stars to another… Peter Watson, whose lectures on astronomy a few years ago led us into the realm of quantum physics in a manner we could all understand, will present a unique course in two parts, called From Babylon to the Big Bang. The first six-week session begins on Thursday, September 12 and runs to October 17 (1:30–3:30pm). It is not a pre-requisite for the second session, which will run from October 24 to November 28.
Paul Marland is bringing his humour and extensive knowledge to help us Brush Up on Shakespeare. He is promising we won’t have to read or memorize anything. Paul’s lectures have always brought insight and information along with a healthy dose of laughter, and this course will provide it all on Tuesdays from October 22 to November 26 (1:30–3:30pm).
New Courses in the New Year
Looking to the New Year, Heather Loube (who introduced the flying pigs and other Greek flying animals) is turning her attention to Ancient Greeks Behaving Badly. Will they be riding the flying pigs? Heather is steeped in Greek history and archeology, and her lectures are so full of legends and mythology that the audience is left wondering what is fact and what is fiction — it all seems so real when Heather tells it. A trip to Greece as winter descends here from January 7 to February 11 is just what we will need!
If Greece isn’t tempting, perhaps a horse ride would be! Joanna Dean presented a talk on horses in urban settings for the Almonte Lectures, and will expand on that topic with the History of Horses in Canada. Hitch up your wagon in January for those lectures!
Just when our brain will need a lift, Heather Douglas will investigate the intricacies of math. No calculators will be required, as Heather will emphasize all aspects of math, how we process it, how it relates to society, how it fits in the total literacy picture. We take math for granted, but its implications are far-reaching.
Ian Douglas’ evening course on music was such a resounding success he has agreed to do another in the spring. More on this later, he promises.
The courses are held at the Almonte library, and cost $75 for each six-week session. Since space is limited, pre-registration is required, but fees are not payable until the first class. Participants may register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also call 256–6739 for additional information. The library is totally accessible, and parking is convenient.
All courses are listed on the Learning in Almonte website at learninginalmonte.com where you will find lecture outlines, lecturer biographies, and other information.
By Sally Hansen
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