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On the second Friday of the month, at cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room 310, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Guest speakers will enlighten, inspire and entertain us on selected topics in the arts and humanities.  There will always be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required. Free parking available on the north side of the building and plenty of on-street parking.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome.  Please contact: Carol Gerein; Pat Hogan or Marje Wing 

Coming Presentations 

Friday, March 8


How many connections could there possibly be between the aristocratic English world of the Downton Abbey TV series and the colonial outpost of Calgary? You might be surprised. From overlapping names, places, events and characters to Calgary’s own titled and landed Earl, you’ll hear of at least a dozen, some of them quite amazing. You don’t have to have watched the show to enjoy the presentation.

Presenter: Doug Coats

Photo courtesy of D. Coats

 When: Friday, March 8
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Where: cSpace Room 310
  1721 - 29th Ave. SW

Friday, April 12th

'Writing historical fiction: Consulting the Ouiji Board and the Act of Raising the Dead.'

History fails time and again. Records disappear, ancient libraries burn, artifacts degrade and crumble. As a result, the vital questions we pose in our attempts to surmount the barriers raised by the passage of centuries go unanswered. Yet, what archaeology cannot do on its own may yet be achieved through research-based creativity. Historical fiction is an exercise that is part leg work, part desk work, part séance.

In this presentation Professor Clem Martini will discuss the conjuring required to summon the ancient comedian, Plautus, to the page for his historical novel, The Comedian.  The writings of Titus Maccius Plautus are the earliest Latin Literary works to have survived in their entirety, so he is a historically significant figure, and his plays continue to influence how comedy is expressed today. 

Bio: Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter with over thirty plays, and twelve books of fiction and nonfiction to his credit, including the W.O. Mitchell Award-winning Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, the recently launched The Unravelling, and The Comedian. His texts on playwriting, The Blunt PlaywrightThe Greek Playwright, and The Ancient Comedians are employed widely at universities and colleges across the continent. He currently teaches in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.

 When: Friday April 12th
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Where: cSpace Room 310
1721 - 29th Ave. SW

Past Presentations 

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