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University of Toronto Later Life Learning presents Toronto City Builders on the Future of Our City



Only Later Life Learning active members may register for courses. There are NO refunds

The Fall 2019 Later Life learning lectures are:

Please Note: There will be NO Lectures or Discussion Group sessions on Monday, October 14, 2019 for Thanksgiving. 

Also, there will be no Lectures at Innis College or Discussion Group session at Innis Residence during the week of November 4 - 8, 2019 for Reading Week

Series A – Monday mornings - Toronto City Builders on the Future of Our City @ 10:00 am to 11:45 am – September 16, 2019 to December 2, 2019 - at Innis Town Hall. THIS COURSE IS FULL

Series B – Friday mornings - World Religions @ 10:00 am to 11:45 am - September 20, 2019 to November 29, 2019 - at Innis Town Hall. THIS COURSE IS FULL

Series C – Friday afternoons - The Music of Duke Ellington in Nine Themes @ 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm - September 20, 2019 to November 29, 2019 - at Innis Town Hall. Some spaces available - Registration form

Series E - Tuesday mornings - Truth at 24 Frames Per Second: The Artistic and Political History of Documentary Cinema @ 10:00 am to 11:45 am - September 17, 2019 to November 19, 2019 - at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Some spaces available - Registration form

Discussion Groups:

D - Current Events - Mondays @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - September 16, 2019 to December 2, 2019 - at Innis Residence. FULL

F – Books and Beyond - Thursdays @ 10:00 am - Noon - September 19, 2019 to November 28, 2019  - at Innis Residence. FULL

Series A, B and C Lectures are held in the Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, a short walk from the St. George TTC subway station.

Series E Lectures are held at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Bloor Street, a short walk from the Bathurst TTC subway station.

Series D and F, The Discussion Groups (Monday afternoon Current Events and Thursday morning Books and Beyond) are held at the Innis Residence, Main Floor, 111 St. George Street (across from the Town Hall). 



Fall 2019 lecture series and the Discussion Groups is via online registration: 

  • online registration for Monday and Tuesday lecture series or for the Discussion Group, opens on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

  • online registration for a Friday lecture series and for Books and Beyond, opens on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. 

  • if spaces are still available, online registration opens for those on the Membership Waiting List on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. 

  • online registration closes on Sunday, April 21, 2019 or earlier if the series is full.


    There are NO refunds

If a Waiting List member does not enrol in an offered course, they remain on the Later Life Learning Membership Waiting List.


Online Registration:
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Fall 2019 - September to December

No Lectures on Monday, October 14, 2019 for Thanksgiving. 

Also, no Lectures at Innis College or Discussion Group Sessions at Innis Residence during the week of November 4 - 8, 2019 for Reading Week

A: Toronto City Builders on the Future of Our City – at Innis College - Various Speakers.

Over the past two decades, Toronto has experienced enormous growth and change. With its population and density increasing at an explosive rate, making the GTA the fourth most populous region in North America, its growth can sometimes feel intimidating. Will we recognize Toronto in 10 years?  Will its neighbourhoods still offer housing and public spaces and schools for people of 
all ages and economic backgrounds?  Can community be built?

This series gives the podium to a group of outstanding Toronto architects, urban planners and city advocates who will discuss their ‘blueprints’ for building a human-centred city. Among them, author and former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto, Ken Greenberg, will address Toronto in transition;  Terry Montgomery and David Sisam, founding principals of the award-winning  architecture firm, Montgomery Sisam Architects, will explore how architecture impacts our sense of place, health, and well-being; Professor and researcher David Hulchanski will wake us up to how race and income are dividing our city,  and Gil Penalosa, founder of the internationally-recognized non-profit organization, 8-80 cities, will offer proof that when citizens come together, they can create vibrant, healthy and equitable cities that work for everyone.

B: World Religions – at Innis College

Lecturer: Andrew Knight-Messenger. Andrew Knight-Messenger is an adjunct professor atBrescia University College (Western University), Sheridan College and McMaster University. He iscurrently completing his doctoral degree in early Judaism and early Christianity at McMaster University. Andrew’s research focuses on the Dead Sea Scrolls, early Jewish and Christian apocalypticliterature, and the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Andrew enjoys teaching on topics related to world religions, biblical literature, Jewish and Christian traditions, and the influence of religion upon popular culture.

Humans have long speculated about their origins, wondered about their relationship with the world around them, and pondered the meaning of life. Different answers to these issues have been offered by the world’s religions. In this course, we will examine the founding narratives and figures, beliefs, development, understanding of life and death, ethics, and rituals of nine religions. The course explores these religious traditions and illustrates the diversity of world religions. Suggested Reading: Hopfe, Lewis M., Mark R. Woodward, and Brett Hendrickson, Religions of the World.  13th ex. Boston: Pearson, 2016 

B-Weekly Outline


C: The Music of Duke Ellington in Nine Themes – at Innis College

Lecturer: Professor Jack Chambers.  Jack Chambers is professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. He is the author of the prize-winning biography, Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis (1998), and Bouncin’ with Bartok: The Incomplete Works of Richard Twardzik (2008).  Professor Chambers is a long-standing member of the Duke Ellington Society (Toronto). Texts and playlists of his annual presentations to the Society are available at: (Archives).

Composer/bandleader/pianist Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899-1974) produced some of the most enticing, provocative, and enjoyable music of the 20th century. Starting with an overview of his character and his personal style, this course will pursue nine themes that fascinated Ellington throughout his 50-year career.  We will celebrate Ellington’s musical encounters with Louis Armstrong, the American Ballet Theatre, and William Shakespeare and pay homage to the range of Ellington’s genius from low to high, including gutbucket brass and absinthe ballads, jitterbugs and pas de deux, stride piano and indigo moods and more! 

C-Weekly Outline


E:  Truth at 24 Frames Per Second: The Artistic and Political History of Documentary Cinema – Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 

Lecturer: Adam Nayman:   Adam Nayman is an author and critic in Toronto. He has an MA in Cinema Studies (University of Toronto) and teaches at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.  Adam writes regularly about film for The Ringer and Cinema Scopeand has programmed films and hosted for TIFF’s “Reel Talk” series and the Jewish Film Society. Adam’s latest book, The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together (2018), is available now through Abrams Books.

Rooted in historical practices of ethnography, travelogue and journalism, documentary cinema holds a mirror up to the world - or does it wield a hammer? 
This course will examine the aesthetic, technological and ethical development of non-fiction cinema. Using clips ranging from 1920s silent films to 21st century viral videos, we will chart the evolution of a practice that has always juxtaposed artifice and authenticity. Films covered include: Nanook of the North; Las Hurdes; Let There Be Light; Warrendale; Hearts and Minds; Harlan County, USA; Paris is Burning; Cameraperson; and Hale County.

Discussion Groups:

Note:  Active Later Life Learning members may register in a Discussion Group as well as ONE Lecture Series.

D: Current Events:

Maximize your Later Life Learning experience!  Join our current events Discussion Group. 
Topics are selected by participants at the first session
 Space is Limited.

F: Books and Beyond:

This is the third session of a new program which centres on discussions of four books. The four titles are determined in advance after receiving input from registrants. Each book is discussed one week and then topics inspired by reading the text are chosen for presentations and discussion the following week. 

Registrants take turns facilitating sessions and can offer to share short presentations. The program fosters lively thoughtful discussions and provides the opportunity to get to know fellow members of LLL. Come and join us. Space is Limited


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