CALL Programs FALL 2016
Calgary Film Festival Intensive
The group will view FIVE films at the September 2016 Calgary International Film Festival.
Members of the group will view the discussion leader’s selected films and discuss each film after it is screened.
NEW FILMS: NEW IDEAS
Registrants will be advised each week by e-mail of that week’s choice of film from current commercial offerings. After viewing the film on their own, the group will meet and analyze how the film presents various cultural grammars associated with its genre and its nationality. While dealing with the film’s visual, oral and spatial construction in general, the discussion will focus on authorship, the conventions of a film’s genre, cinematic innovation, market and audience response.
OUR LIVES, OUR STORIES Groups 1, 2, and 3
Our life stories may not have changed the course of history, but our stories shape us. We want to invite you to be part of a group interested in writing stories based on our life experiences. We will share and discuss approaches to writing our memories. What gives our stories life will be explored together. As a group we will use prompts, old pictures and special mementos to start our writing process.
Art Gallery – Studio Visits
We will meet at a variety of public and commercial galleries and individual artist’s studios to enjoy, learn about and appreciate the exhibited art. Whenever possible we will take advantage of presentations by gallery experts, including joining publicly advertised tours and talks. We will also welcome guest speakers and tour leaders, particularly CALL members.
Buddha, Body and Brain
In this course we will experience the health benefits of the meditative practices of, “paying attention on purpose, in the moment, without judgement”, as well as the benefits to health and well being of paying attention to the transitory nature of experience. The connection of these processes to the brain will also be discussed.
Early Christianity: The First Thousand Years
This seminar is an introduction to and exploration of the development of Christianity from an obscure mystery offshoot of Judaism to the dominant religious tradition in Europe. The time period covers Christianity’s origins in the “New Testament” period of the First Century, and up to but not including the First Crusade in the late 11th Century.
Exploring Philosophy of Religion
We will explore varying conceptions of the divine; the significance of religious experience; proposed proofs and disproofs of God’s existence; issues of pluralism, diversity and tolerance; struggles over religiously motivated terrorism; and conceptions of immortality.
Falling in Love with Who You Really Are
This group will read and discuss several short works on spiritual liberation — or what is called “moksha” in the Indian philosophical tradition of Advaita Vedanta. This philosophy holds that the individual soul is one with the oversoul. A fundamental tenet is “Tat Twam Asi,” or “Thou art That.” God, in other words, is to be found within.
Friday Morning Hiking Group
In the spirit of CALL members will be asked to volunteer to lead a hike they are comfortable with. Each week the meeting place will be emailed out, in advance, to registered participants.
THE FINAL CHAPTERS: EXPLORING THE END OF OUR LIVES WHILE LIVING FULLY IN THE PRESENT
In this 6-week group, through presentations, small group discussions, personal reflection and light hearted good humor, we will explore a variety of topics which will help us be less avoidant of discussing death and dying. Topics will include: how medical practices have impacted our societal view of longevity, cultural and religious practices, whether or not to plan a funeral, how to talk with family about end of life planning, meditative practices to address our fears of thinking about death, and community resources.
GREAT DIRECTORS: The Coens and Tarantino
Arguably the most original and influential independent filmmakers of “Generation Jones” (the youngest Boomers and the oldest Gen Xers) the Coen Brothers (Ethan and Joel) and Quentin Tarantino have garnered numerous awards, ardent fans and equally ardent critics. Although denounced by some for their excessive fascination with violence, others laud these auteur directors for their sophisticated parodies of a wide range of fictional genres and for their insightful satires of contemporary North American society.
HUMAN CONFLICT AND ITS IMPACT
Throughout the ages, humankind has engaged in conflict and wars that have shaped the course of history. From the building and dismantling of empires and nations through to the dissemination of strongly held ideologies, ordinary people have been caught up in extraordinary events – from leaders to despots; from generals to soldiers; and from those who aspire to power and greatness through to everyday citizens. Having previously looked at Canada’s involvement in 20th century conflicts, the group continues to expand its interests – looking at conflict and its ramifications across the centuries and around the world.
Jewish Influence on 20th Century Social Change
Many 20th century political movements – from both left and right – had Jewish standard bearers , from Karl Marx to Daniel Cohn-Bendit (Paris 1968 and current day European politician) to the intellectual origins of neo-liberalism
Personal Finances for Grownups
Financial Planning 101, Investment Management 101, Investment Selection 101, Estate Planning
PHILOSOPHY IN EVERYDAY LIFE
Believe it or not, we can encounter philosophical issues when thinking about mundane matters such as pot-luck suppers and ungrateful grandchildren. We will see how this happens, considering how varying perspectives and values point to philosophical questions.
What is Pickleball? Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.
So You Want to Write a Novel
I’ve published seven of them and written at least three more and thus have the temerity to claim I know something about how to do it that would make me happy to pass on. But this is as a knowledgeable facilitator only, not a “seven steps to a bestseller” kind of rigid authoritarian or lecturer.
Shakespeare – Richard III
This interest group hopes to cultivate an enjoyment of Shakespeare’s works. The facilitator shares his knowledge of the material while encouraging the participants to share in the discussion. Each meeting will deal with a different act of the play. Group members are expected to have read the relevant acts prior to the meetings.
Unlocking the New Films
We meet seven alternate Tuesday’s each “semester” and discuss the best new films playing in Calgary theatres.
Walking Wednesdays with David Peyto
This interest group will explore paths and trails in some of Calgary’s newer communities. Each of the walks will include one or more of the following features: escarpments, ponds, wooded areas and ravines.
CALL Programs Summer 2016
No previous experience is needed to lawn bowl, and three free coaching sessions, with qualified coaches, are offered to all new players. After the third session, the cost is a very reasonable $5 per person per session.
CALL Programs Winter/Spring 2016
The purpose of this group is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of indigenous peoples. Films, discussions, possible trips will occur. Emphasis will be placed on the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Conversations About Change
Our lives are constantly changing. We need to adapt to all kinds of shifts in relation to work, family, relationships, health, housing and lifestyle. How we identify and manage these transitions is crucial to our wellbeing. This group will meet, over bag lunches, to share experiences, listen to speakers on the topic, view film and video, explore print resources and discuss their meaning in our lives.
The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in 1945 near ruins of Qumran.
There are geopolitical implications of their discovery both in current times as well as what they can teach us about the historical, social, political and religious makeup of 2nd century BCE to 2nd century CE.
Come learn about the history of the dead sea scrolls.
Genealogy for Fledglings
Develop a clear personal rationale that will drive their work on their family story. Develop a set of personalized strategies that will enable them to determine and chronicle their family history.Understand the role of computer technology as a tool in researching, crafting, recording and sharing a family’s story. Develop a personal system for recording and communicating their family story.
Matinees, Theatre in the Afternoon
Join us in this interest group as we plan to explore a variety of theatre genres, companies and venues. During this theatre season, February – May, the group will attend shows that are held during the daytime.
THE MUSIC OF CANADA
Participants in this relaxed and friendly group will have the opportunity to explore Canadian musical performers, songwriters, producers, managers, promoters and music venues.
The urban artists will paint again! The major aim of this talented group is to continue developing one’s painting skills whether a beginner or advanced artist. Participants will experience painting in a group with individual and group instruction as required. Themes of the workshops will range from value studies, composition, colour, and plein (outdoors) air.
GREAT DIRECTORS: WOODY ALLEN Part 2
Controversial in both life and art, Woody Allen is clearly a cultural force to be reckoned with. His career as an actor, writer, director, comedian and playwright spans more than fifty years, and he has garnered much acclaim, including four Academy Awards.
The group will continue its look at Allen’s artistry by viewing and critiquing five of his mature films.
WOMEN IN THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
The purpose of the group is to explore aspects of the phenomenon of the relatively small number of recognized women philosophers in the history of western philosophy. Various theories about the causes and significance of phenomenon will be discussed. We will research the biographies and contributions of women philosophers, considering figures of ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary times.
HUMAN CONFLICT AND ITS IMPACT
Throughout the ages, humankind has engaged in conflict and wars that have shaped the course of history. From the building and dismantling of empires and nations through to the dissemination of strongly held ideologies, ordinary people have been caught up in extraordinary events – leaders and despots, generals and soldiers, those who aspire to power and greatness, as well as everyday citizens.
The purpose of this group is to provide a basic introduction to Judaism. Group instruction will be done by the Facilitators, the three clergy of Beth Tzedec Synagogue.
Shakespeare – Taming of the Shrew
Come to St. Matthew’s to take part in discussions of William Shakespeare’s views on marital relations as portrayed in “The Taming of the Shrew”. The traditional understanding of this play is that the wilful woman, Kate, is made to submit to her dominant husband. It’s a play about the good old days when men were men and women were women … and liked it. In our time, we might be able to see that Shakespeare thought that marriage was a lot more fun between equals.
Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it seems that love conquers all as the play ends with the celebration of multiple marriages. All characters are content and all conflicts are reconciled in despite of dreams and sleep and threats to life. Still, some outcomes have been coerced, and some resolved through trickery. We might well ask whether this is indeed a “happily ever after” conclusion.
Shakespeare at St. Matt’s
Come to St. Matthew’s to take part in discussions that will explore why “Hamlet” is among the greatest plays ever written.
Participants in this group will explore some of the major themes of aging through the lens of living alone. Through readings and discussion group members will explore topics such as; negative views of aging, finding meaning, growing from life experience, strengthening relationships, healthy attitudes and moving into the future.
The purpose of this group is to provide a basic introduction to Hinduism. The facilitator will introduce the topics, provide brief written overviews for each session and lead discussion. Participants will not be expected to do any preparatory reading, though the facilitator will suggest resources for those who wish to explore the topic more fully. Sessions will have feature Q & A and discussion.
WHO CARES: SOCIAL ACTIVISM IN CALGARY
This Speaker Series showcases the work of agencies and volunteers helping the disadvantaged and disabled in the Calgary area. Each event will typically feature a panel presentation consisting of one speaker from the agency’s executive, one of its volunteers, and a beneficiary of the agency’s work (where possible). Panelists’ talks will run approximately 15 minutes each followed by a Q&A from the audience.
Potential Place: Assisting Calgarians Coping with Mental Illness
The Food Bank: Helping the Working Poor
The Mustard Seed and Beyond: Pat Nixon
Have you ever felt frustrated when composing a letter in Microsoft Word, or been baffled by unexpected things happening in the spreadsheets you are working on? Have you wondered about those suspicious emails telling you that your bank account has been compromised? Are you worried about social media and the information that can be collected about you via the internet? Have you ever wondered about all the wireless devices and applications that can keep track of everything from your pulse to where your cat is roaming?
Climate Change: Basics and Issues
Climate change has been called the defining challenge of the 21st century. The Interest group will use peer learning to explore the meaning of the terms used to discuss climate change, e.g. greenhouse gases.
CALL Programs Spring/Summer 2015
Science and the Environment Lecture Series
DNA: Exciting Insights and Pandora’s Box
Water Fluoridation – Evidence vs Risk Perception
Art Gallery Tours
Oh, Canada, a major exhibition of more than 100 artworks by over 60 contemporary Canadian artists and collectives, will be featured at the Nickle Galleries, U of C, Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), Esker and the Glenbow Museum starting January 31st in Calgary.
Reading the New Films
Registrants will be advised each week by e-mail of the week’s choice of film from the current commercial offerings. After viewing the film on their own, the group will meet and spend an hour analyzing how the film’s myriad components–plot conventions and inflections,dialogues,characterozation, sets, composition of frame and scene, editing, music, lighting, camera elements–in a word, the whole shebang, work to establish the film’s meaning.
Walrus Magazine Discussion Group
Every month Walrus (www.thewalrus.ca) has articles that intrigue, provoke and challenge and beg conversation. And that’s what we do. Members take turns leading a discussion on an article, and we cover 3 or 4 articles per meeting.
Democracy in Canada: What Works and What Doesn’t
The functioning of Canadian Federal and Provincial democracies will be used as the main areas for study.
The purpose of this group is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of indigenous peoples. Films, discussions, possible trips will occur.
Theatre! Calgary’s Hidden Gems
“Famous Puppet Death Scenes“
“As You Like It”
The Music of Canada
Participants in this group will have the opportunity to explore any dimension of the music of Canada in which they have an interest. Such explorations could include the performers, songwriters, agents, recording studios or record labels.
Getting to Know Classical Music
Lorraine Kneier will lead participants to experience personally the great works of cherished composers from several periods of music history.
Attending Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Rehearsals
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), hear the interaction between the orchestra and the conductor, and experience glorious live music at the Jack Singer Hall, Downtown.
“Travelers West” will look at 19th century visitors to Western Canada, some of whom visited and settled here— fur traders, scientists/explorers (such as, Palliser and Hind), Christian missionaries (McDougalls, Father Lacombe), “Tourists” (Earl of Southesk, Cheadle), early NWMP (Macleod, Steele), early railway surveyors (Fleming)— all kinds of possibilities! Another thought–one or more participants might like to report on how the original inhabitants viewed the non-Aboriginal visitors in their homeland.
Canada at War in the 20th Century – Personalities and Conflict
Participants will have sufficient latitude to return to aspects of WW I, continue examining WW II or if desired move on to researching The Cold War, Korean War or Canada’s Peacekeepers. This group includes peer learning and relevant field trips of interest.
This fun interest group is for those who love wine and would like to learn more about it. Wine tasting is definitely on the agenda, as well as learning more about the kinds of grapes, wine regions, history, and lots more.
Writing Illustrated Prose and Poetry
During the course of the meetings, we will be capitalizing on the experiences (collective knowledge) of group members as material for writing. Prose and poetry will be the primary tools to be developed through the processes of exposure to music, pictures, descriptive words, feelings, reflection, and finally to the written word. Various poetic structures and rhythms will be discussed, but not as an academic exercise.
Evaluating Antiques and Collectibles
Identify and evaluate antiques, collectibles, heirlooms and keepsakes! In-class discussions, history of objects and field trips will be arranged throughout this 7 week program. You will learn how to evaluate curios that you may have in your home for both insurance purposes and disposing of them.
Great Directors: Stanley Kubrick
The group will view and critique five films directed by Stanley Kubrick with a view to increasing their understanding and appreciation of the collaborative art of filmmaking.
Canada’s North: Current Issues
Canada’s three northern territories – Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut– comprise about one-third of our landmass. Each territory has a unique and fascinating history, demographics, governance and economics. This CALL interest group will examine these and other issues as decided by group members.
Considering Voices of Humanism
A variety of current issues will be explored, with an emphasis on pertinent assumptions, values, and arguments. Sample topics include conservation dilemmas in the Galapagos Islands; expertise and the lay person; the relation between morality and religion; the nature of conscience; skepticism; and thinking within the bounds of faith.
CALL Programs Fall 2014/2015
King Lear at St. Matt’s
For each of the five weeks, one act will be read and discussed. After completing the read there will be a video performance of the play at a time suitable for everyone. The Facilitator has agreed to give another Shakespeare Interest Group in the Fall 2015.
Science and the Environment Lecture Series
Oil Sands Tailings Ponds: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Climate Change – Hoax or Crisis
Art Gallery Tours
Vanishing Ice: Alpine And Polar Landscapes in Art 1775 – 2012
Personal Finances for Grownups
Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Selection, Estate Planning.
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Calgary’s involvement in World War One. “Calgary 1914,” will focus on the war’s impact on the community.
The Final Chapters: Exploring the end of our lives while Living Fully in the Present
In this 6-week group, through presentations, small group discussions, personal reflection and light hearted good humor, a variety of topics were explored which will help us be less avoidant of discussing death and dying.
Reading the New Films
After viewing the film on their own, the group will meet and spend an hour analyzing how the film’s myriad components–plot conventions and inflections,dialogues,characterozation, sets, composition of frame and scene, editing, music, lighting, camera elements–in a word, the whole shebang, work to establish the film’s meaning.
CALL Programs Spring/Summer 2014
Your Favourite Films!
Do you have a favourite film that you can watch again and again? One of those films that you must watch every Christmas, or Easter? Is it an “indy” film that no one has ever heard of? Is it a documentary, a film noir, a foreign film, or just plain funny? The group will view together and then discuss five films suggested by group members, and chosen by consensus of the group.
Our Stories, Our Lives
Our life stories may not have changed the course of history, but our stories shape us. We want to invite you to be part of a group interested in writing stories based on our life experiences.
Gathering Our Wisdom
Through presentations, small group discussions and personal reflection, we will examine a variety of topics such as life review, letting go of the past hurts, living with purpose, mentoring and leaving a legacy, relationship changes, expanding interests, and exploring the impact of our mortality as we live our life in fullness.
Personal Finance for Grownups
Over the course of four weeks Heather Compton plans to review “Financial Planning 101”, focusing on the key financial report cards for those 45+ years of age.
Art Gallery Tours
May 2nd – Made in Calgary: The 1990s
May 8th – Esker Foundation
Searching for Civilization
Interested in searching for civilization? John Armstrong has written a delightful prospect In Search of Civilization that will be our map for explorations of ‘Belonging’, ‘Material Progress’, ‘the Art of Living’ and ‘Spiritual Prosperity’. Participants will be invited to prepare and share their thoughts from this and other texts as a dialogue and discussion. Armstrong’s thesis of ‘core values’ will focus the reflections for our concluding discussions.
Theatre! Calgary’s Hidden Gems
January 25th – “Munich Now”, One Yellow Rabbit’s annual High Performance Rodeo
March 2nd – “Reservoir Dogs”, Pumphouse Theatre
March 14th – “Rumour of Fire”, the Grand
May 9th – “Michel & Ti-Jean”, the Studio at Vertigo Theatre
CALL Programs Fall/Winter 2013/2014
Previously “Conversations About the Autumn of Life”, this group will continue to explore recent ideas of interest to its participants through internet clips, books, film, speakers and discussion. Each member is encouraged to take a turn starting one of the conversations by bringing forward ideas from a work of fiction or non-fiction, from media or from personal experience.
Philosophy of Everyday Life
Believe it or not, we can encounter philosophical issues when thinking about mundane issues like pot-luck suppers and ungrateful grandchildren. We will see how this happens, considering how varying values and assumptions can point to philosophical questions. On this basis, we will see how philosophical reflection can enrich daily life, taking off from examples provided by participants or drawn from novels in the ‘Isabel Dalhousie’ series (Alexander McCall Smith).
Six (Other) Philosophical Ideas
We explore key ideas from the history of western philosophy, through reading and discussion. Our focus will be on Socrates (ignorance); Plato (justice); Aristotle (cause); Descartes (certainty); Hume (the self); and Kant (time). As background, participants may use T. Govier Socrates’ Children (Broadview Press 1997, provided at a discount) and original materials available on the internet.
Great Directors: Canadians, Part One
The group will view and critique five films by a selection of Canadian directors with a view to increasing their understanding and appreciation of the collaborative art of film making. To this end, members will share their responses and insights into various aspects of the films, such as screenplay, direction, action, setting, performances, cinematography, themes and symbols, editing, and sound. Specific films will be announced to members at a later date.
Reading the New Films
After viewing the film on their own time and dollar, the group will meet and spend an hour analyzing how the film’s myriad components–plots conventions and inflections,
dialogues, characterization, sets, composition of frame and scene, editing, music, lighting, camera elements–in a word, the whole shebang, work to establish the film’s meaning. While any opinion will be welcome, opinions based on “evidence” from the film (as sampled above) are preferred. That way the group will work toward a sense of how the parts of a film interact, and of the film’s uniqueness and effect.
Continuing the tradition established in Aboriginal Education: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Challenges, this group will discuss issues affecting Aboriginal peoples in Canada, such as treaties, the challenges of living in “two worlds,” the role of storytellers, and other topics as determined by the interests of the group. Activities will include watching films and going on field trips as appropriate. Facilitator Barbara Barnes is an Aboriginal woman who recently obtained her Ph.D. specializing in Aboriginal identity. She has also worked with emotionally troubled youth for 35 years.
Canada and World War 2
This interest group looks at 20th century world-wide conflict that involved Canada. Subsequent to previous successful sessions examining Canada’s Role in World War 1 and then the War’s Aftermath, we’ll continue with the emphasis on Canada and World War 2. Using the Peer Learning Model, participants choose topics of interest to investigate and present from the range of military, social, economic, political, domestic, or personal ramifications.
Aging Gracefully in Place: International Approaches to Seniors Having It All While Staying in Their Homes
Research and discuss various U.S. and Canadian models which facilitate seniors staying in their homes while enjoying shared services and other benefits. The group will look at examples such as Boston’s Beacon Hill Village and the U.S. “Naturally Occurring Retirement Villages”, alongside some Canadian approaches and policies. Discussion will also focus on how these examples can be applied in Calgary.
Calgary Characters – Exploring the 1950s & 60s
Special focus on exploring the life and times of people in Calgary and region during the 1950s and 60s. Who were our Calgary Characters and how were they involved in endeavours such as business, music, schools and sports?
Chatting at God’s Hotel
Following the thesis of God’s Hotel written by Victoria Sweet, we will look at four aspects of our institutional culture and their changes on our watch. In a manner similar to those at Laguna Honda Hospital, we have lived through a transition from ideologies of commitment, to those of bureaucracy; in health, education, our food supply and the care of children. Over seven weeks of discussion we will explore and attempt to understand the transformation of values and the consequences our culture that impact these four dimension of our public living.
Housing for Seniors: Exploring Alternatives
Participants will explore various options for seniors to “age in place” and live independently in a supportive, cooperative environment. We will research and discuss models existing locally, across Canada and North America, and beyond.
CALL Programs Spring/Summer 2013
Opera Appreciation: Live at the Met
Attend Met Operas in HD at the Westhills Cineplex Theatre, 165 Stewart Green SW, with a discussion session immediately following each opera at a nearby coffee shop. This is an opportunity to get together with other CALL members to enjoy live Metropolitan Opera productions and share information and reactions afterwards through informal discussion.
Writing Philisophocal Dialogues
Experience the charm of dialogue while developing your ability to understand perplexing issues from several perspectives. Participants will work together to explore topics and write a philosophical dialogue. Our study of several classical and modern works will provide opportunities to discuss matters of character, setting, fairness, and balance. You can choose to develop your dialogue on your own or with a colleague.
Bird Identification and Nature Appreciation
Right now, many feathered beauties are flying our way from their faraway wintering grounds. The spring season will present many great opportunities to increase your knowledge of these fascinating and valuable creatures. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert, this interest group will enable you to readily learn to identify the newly arriving migrant birds, and allow you to become familiar with the valuable bird habitats near you.
Great Directors: Top Five Films of All Time – Part Two
The group will view and critique five of the first ten films in the list of TOP 50 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME, as deemed by the critics who took part in the British Film Institute’s most recent poll available at www.www.bfi.org.uk and posted in the September issue of SIGHT & SOUND, with a view to increasing their understanding and appreciation of the directors’ artistry. The films that the group will view are: TOKYO STORY(Yasujiro Ozo, 1953); MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dzigu Vertov, 1939); THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Dreyer, 1927); L’ATLANTE (Jean Vigo, 1934), and BREATHLESS (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960.)
A Taste of the Camino
What is the Camino? Camino simply means “way” in Spanish. This Camino is the a series of pilgrim routes stretching across Europe, which all end at the same point at Santiago de Compostela in northeastern Spain, where the bones of St. James are said to rest. Pilgrims have walked these roads for more than a 1000 years, and now more and more people have rediscovered it. People walk for different reasons, religious, spiritual, for exercise, and companionship. If you are interested in learning about this fascinating journey come join us for this four week session it will serve as an introduction to the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
An Introduction to Orienteering & Beyond the Basics of Orienteering
Orienteering involves navigating your way through varied terrain using a map and compass. It is a sport for all ages and physical abilities. You can enjoy the great outdoors and get off the beaten path in a safe and fun way.
Living Your Best Healthy Lifestyle
This interest group will explore ideas on how to live our best possible lifestyle to promote optimum health. This is a great opportunity to explore current health research, socialize and learn from each other.
Some of the possible topics may include:
o How to boost one’s immune system
o Laughter Yoga
o Herbal remedies
o Exercises for all ages and condition
Art Gallery Tours
Made in Calgary: The 1960s and
Fred Herzog: Street Photography, at the Glenbow Museum.
Aboriginal Education: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Challenges
This group will begin with discussions about Aboriginal education, with the hope that it can lead to further discussions on the concept of identity and on identity and problems among youth. Aboriginal education had rocky beginnings with the residential school experiences, which have had both positive and negative impacts on present-day Aboriginal people. Despite the difficulties, Aboriginal people see the needs of their young and are striving to make education successful. The hope of the elders in the 1800s was to have young Aboriginal children educated. Today, more students are achieving university degrees, including M.A.s and Ph.D.s. The hopes and dreams of the elders from past generations are thus being fulfilled. Our discussions and films will center on past, present and future education efforts.
Cooking with CALL
Enjoy a fun cooking and eating experience in a group setting, and learn how to prepare five different dishes. Jon Fisher of the Willow Park Golf and Country Club welcomes CALL members to learn from his Food and Beverage team managed by Monty and Herb, and to have an entertaining and unforgettable evening with food and wine.
The fee for the cooking class, food and wine is $35 a person, a fabulous bargain, and it is to be paid at the start of the evening.
CALL Programs–Fall/Winter 2012 (through March 2013)
How can we create a more equitable distribution of wealth?
Two books, The Soul of Money by Lynn Twist and The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, have powerful ideas with the potential to transform our personal lives and society by changing the way we think about money. Twist makes the universal symbol of materialism transparent, eliminating its capacity to intimidate or diminish us and showing how it can be a vehicle to fulfill our highest ideals. Wilkinson and Pickett provide compelling evidence that greater equality makes societies stronger. Let’s discuss these books (which should be read before the first session) and how we might implement their ideas on both the personal and social level. Both books are available through the Calgary Public Library. Facilitated by Jackie Flanagan.
Healthy and Liveable Cities
What makes a city healthy and liveable? Is it the economy, culture, civic engagement, local politics, walkability, parks and recreation, good schools, interesting mix of people? Does size matter — is there an optimum size for a healthy and liveable city? What cities would you nominate for great liveability? Does Calgary qualify? This discussion group will encourage participation from its members. Facilitated by Bob Stamp, a retired University of Calgary professor. He is the author of “Suburban Modern: Calgary’s Postwar Dreams”, an examination of Calgary’s development in the 1945-1970 years. Most of all, he is a lover of cities.
The Canadian Parliamentary System Gets No Respect
Canada’s parliamentary system is flexible, intelligent and complex; but, unfairly, it is judged by many solely by the antics of MPs during Question Period. Even a cursory look at how the system functions will demonstrate why it has the potential to deliver strong accountability but also why citizens should not hit the snooze button between elections. Possible topics include the historical and contemporary, as well as comparing Canada with other parliamentary democracies like Britain and Australia.
CALL Programs–Spring 2012 (through June 2012)
Issues in Adult Education–The Radical Humanities Program:
This discussion series will enable you to learn more about a program that reaches out to adult learners living on the margins of society and offers transformative insights not only to them, but also to those who deliver it. In 1995, in response to his research into the alienating effects of poverty across America, journalist and social critic Earl Shorris launched the Clemente humanities program directed toward the poor and disenfranchised in New York City. Behind this initiative was the idea that studying the humanities empowers learners by giving them the knowledge and tools they need to better understand the inter-related economic, political, social, and cultural forces that have shaped their circumstances, and thus to become increasingly engaged citizens and proactive agents in their own lives. The facilitators have been involved in Calgary’s own Radical Humanities program as working committee members and researchers focused on the transformative potential of the humanities not only to change individual lives, but also to change institutions of higher education.
Acrylic Landscape Painting for Beginner to Intermediate: Express your creative side by learning the skills and techniques needed for acrylic painting, and experience the joy of painting with peers while you produce your own masterpiece.
Attending Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Rehearsals: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the CPO, hear the interaction between the orchestra and the conductor, and experience glorious live music.
Bird and Nature Walks 3: Continue to learn to identify birds and observe other flora and fauna. All sessions will take place outdoors. Visits will be to different natural areas each week within Calgary.
Introduction to Orienteering: Orienteering involves navigating one’s way through varied terrain with only the aid of a map and compass. Participants navigate a series of checkpoints marked on a detailed map. The goal is to find each checkpoint or “control” as quickly as you can. Anyone can compete regardless of age or fitness.
Readers Theatre: Readers theatre is a stylized art form that combines many features of traditional theatre with those of interpretive reading. Performers sit at music stands with their scripts and read from them. No memorization is required. In readers theatre, movement and character interaction are suggested rather than played out. Readers theatre scripts do not have to be a traditional play and can be made up of many types of literature, assembled and grouped around a theme.
CALL Programs–Winter 2012 (through March 2012)
Peer Group Learning
Conversation about the Autumn of Life: Many current authors of fiction and non-fiction (e.g., Joan Didion, Julian Barnes, Mary Catherine Bateson, Jane Rule) address aging or reflect on life in their work. Members of this peer learning group will choose a book and take a turn starting a conversation from their personal perspective and/or from the perspective of the author they are reading.
Calgary House Stories–Stories about Century Homes and Their Occupants: Come share the story of your home or one with which you are familiar. Discover how the City of Calgary was influenced by the residential architecture and the people who lived there circa 1912.
Characters and Causes in Early Calgary: What and who made Calgary tick in the early 1900s? Explore the challenges of living in this city of galloping growth, with concerns and passions that were heartbreaking, inspiring and heartwarming.
The Rivers of the Bow Valley–Past, Present and Future: Rivers both ancient and modern have played an important role in creating the geography of Calgary and proving the basis for a modern metropolis.
The Silk Road of Central Asia: From about 2,000 to 500 years ago, the silk trade expanded greatly to China from the Mediterranean Sea through the oasis towns of Central Asia. Contact between people increased, as well as the movement of trade goods, artistic styles, and technological and religious ideas. This peer learning group will emphasize aspects of great historical change.
Alberta Buzz: An ongoing forum addressing issues of current interest to Canadians, Albertans and Calgarians presented by Mount Royal University in partnership with CALL.
Emergent Writers’ Sunday Salon: This series introduces CALL members and the public to the work of emergent local writers in different genres–Short Story, Travel Writing, the Novel and Creative Nonfiction. (An emergent writer is defined as one who has published a maximum of two books.) Part of the rationale is that because emergent writers tend to publish with smaller presses, their works are often not widely distributed or publicized. Two authors at each session do a short reading from his/her work; then the facilitator leads a discussion among the writers and the participants.
My Favourite Films–Series 1 and 2: The facilitator presents a 2- to 3-hour illustrated lecture on some of his favourite films, classics of various sorts.
Treks and Travels: A monthly evening of discovery and discussion in an informal and intimate setting! CALL members are an adventurous group and have covered the globe in active and interesting pursuits. Each month we will have an interactive presentation from a different CALL member.
Geology of the Alberta Oil Sands for Beginners: In a combination of lectures, viewing of core samples, and discussion, learn the geological history and formation of the oil sands from professional oil patch geologists.
The Nation Discussion Group: U.S. and International Current Events: Readers of The Nation will discuss articles and topics of choice from recent issues of this weekly progressive American print magazine published in New York since 1865.
The California Report–An On-line Discussion Series: A virtual discussion group via an e-mail report on the weird and wonderful world of California–the latest in eco trends, tech news from Silicon Valley, political correctness, public-sector bankruptcy, dysfunctional politics, etc., all through the eyes of two Calgarians who regularly spend their winters in Santa Cruz, California.
Going to the Theatre: In this discussion series, we will attend four plays in Calgary. Participants will book tickets and see plays on their own. Our discussion group will meet shortly after the end of each run.
Attending Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Rehearsals: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the CPO, hear the interaction between the orchestra and the conductor, and experience glorious live music.
Bird and Nature Walks 2: Winter is the best time to begin to learn to identify birds because they are easier to see with the leaves off the trees, there are fewer species and they often occur in large flocks. Also, given the opportunity, we will observe other flora and fauna. All sessions will take place outdoors. Visits will be to different natural areas each week within Calgary.
Village Life in the South of France: Discover the highlights of village life in the South of France and find out about the many attractions in this area.
The Sunday Winter Walking Group: Explore Calgary on foot! Calgary has a plethora of urban pathways and historical walks suitable for winter that take you on walking adventures in the heart of the city.
An Introduction to Snowshoeing: An introduction to this healthy and popular outdoor activity. This program will include an indoor 1.5- to 2-hour information session and 2 outdoor excursions with snowshoes.
CALL Programs–Fall 2011
Peer Group Learning
Calgary 1912: The group will look at many aspects of Calgary in 1912, at the height of its first big boom, when the city expanded tenfold in size in just ten years, from roughly 4,000 to over 40,000 people.
Are We Losing Our Democracy? The general focus of discussion is envisioned as an examination of contemporary threats to democratic institutions in Canada and the United States.
Alberta Buzz Speaker Series: In cooperation with Mount Royal University, this series addresses issues of current interest to Canadians, Albertans, and Calgarians.
World in Flux: Human and Economic Development Around the World: Lecture series that examines key problems and approaches to development issues, locally and globally, held in cooperation with Calgary Public Library.
Assessing Works of Controversial Non-Fiction: The books under discussion this session are Andrew Nikiforuk’s Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent (2008) and Ezra Levant’s Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands (2010). The objective is to establish a context and a strategy for assessing works of controversial non-fiction generally, using these two books as timely, local examples of the genre.
Film Series 1–Contemporary Films Showing in Calgary: After viewing the film on their own time and dollar, the group will meet and spend an hour analyzing how the film’s myriad components – plot conventions and inflections, dialogues, characterizations, sets, composition of frame and scene, editing, music, lighting, camera elements – in a word, the whole shebang, work to establish the film’s meaning.
Film Series 2–Films From Denmark: The group will look at the best of Danish filmmaking over the past two decades.
Travel and Learn–All about Italy: This series of three evenings will explore Italian travel, culture and history, looking at three distinctive regions of Italy, beginning with Tuscany.
The Sunday Urban Walking Group: Using the source book Calgary’s Best Hikes and Walks, by Lori Beattie, and the urban knowledge in the group, participants will select appropriate walks of interest to explore the cultural history and geography of the urban areas that we walk in.
Art Gallery Tour: Four CALL members who have been associated with Calgary’s art scene offer a unique approach to art gallery tours.