CALL Cafés are monthly get-togethers where members can socialize, learn about and sign up for interest groups, propose new interest groups, and have a short, stimulating program ( a speaker, or some other sort of participatory event). Free for members. Guests are welcome; donation appreciated. No registration.

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  • Monday, November 10th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The Grizzly Trophy: A Philosophical Dialogue

Trudy Govier’s dialogue on environmental ethics and trophy hunting will be presented by three readers followed by a discussion, which she will conduct. In philosophical dialogues, back-and-forth arguments for several viewpoints can be illustrated and considered in a lively way, and this one is no exception. Questions raised include those of species extinction and preservation; eco-tourism; post-colonialism; and the moral weight of tradition.

Dr. Trudy Govier is an author and recently retired University of Lethbridge professor of philosophy. Trudy has facilitated several philosophical interest groups for CALL, including one in the winter of 2013 on “Writing Philosophical Dialogues.” Trudy is facilitating a group on this topic again this fall, as well as one on “Philosophy in Everyday Life.”

  • Monday, December 8th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Holiday Party!

Enjoy seasonal treats and activities.

  • Monday, January 12th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

What Filmmakers Can Tell Us About Canadian Cities

Canadian filmmakers have expressed their own experience of Canadian cities in numerous films. Because Canadian cinema is a director-centered cinema, the vision of the auteur director is a way of understanding or interpreting our cities. George Melnyk asks what we can learn from iconic Canadian films with urban settings about filmmakers, our cities and ourselves.

George Melnyk is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Calgary. He is the author of FILM AND THE CITY: The Urban Imaginary in Canadian Cinema (2014)

  • Monday, February 9th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Tai Chi: An Ancient Chinese Art and Health Practice Gaining Traction in the Western World

Enjoy a visit with friends and learn more about Tai Chi. A growing body of research demonstrates that this mind body practice benefits many aspects of health, including brain plasticity, flexibility, balance and bone density. Taoist Tai Chi Internal Arts of Health is an ancient Chinese art and system of holistic health practice which involves the movement of the spine and all parts of the body. The Taoist Tai Chi set is a sequence of 108 slow and graceful movements designed to help the body regain natural health by strengthening and relaxing both body and mind. Everyone, regardless of age, level of fitness or state of health can benefit from the practice of Taoist Tai Chi.

A qualified Tai Chi instructor will discuss the benefits of Tai Chi and demonstrate a set. At the end of their set, you are welcome to ask questions and perhaps even try out a few moves.

  • Mark your calendars – the CALL Café will be held at Rosedale Community Centre from 1:00-3:00 pm. on the following dates in 2015. Specific details about programs will be available soon.

Monday, March 9
Monday, April 13.
Monday, May 11
Monday, June 8
Monday, July 13