Sketch by Brenda Pfleger, member of the Sketch Club Interest Group
Announcing: a pan-Canadian Study Group devoted to reading and discussing the book Seen But Not Seen by CALL member Dr. Don Smith. It is a fascinating history of the systemic blindness on the part of Canadians who sought to understand the plight of indigenous peoples in Canada. Perceptions have varied over time and place. Dr. Smith approaches his subject biographically, documenting the thinking of sixteen influential Canadians over 130 years (1840-1970), including John A. Macdonald, George Grant and Emily Carr. This will be a collaborative pilot project between four adult learning organizations across Canada:
Each learning organization will have six members. Given CALL expects more than six individuals who may wish to participate the following process will be followed:
All interested people may apply. There will be a draw by the chair of the Program Committee to pick the six participants. Those not selected will be placed on a waiting list.
Register by Tuesday, June 1 at 6pm at SpecialPrograms@calgarylifelonglearners.ca.
Please Note: This peer learning program will require active participation by all members. It is expected the participants will commit to attending all 11 sessions.
Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 pm
Sept. 16, 23, 30
Oct. 7,14, 21,28
Facilitator: Dr. Lorne Huston, McGill Community for Lifelong Learners
“Donald B. Smith’s Seen but Not Seen could not possibly be more timely – and more welcome. This is the lifework of one of the country’s greatest historians. Canadians will see themselves in this book; they will not like much of what they see, but they will finish with a sense that reconciliation with First Nations is possible – so long as we first face the truths. These truths are here, in a remarkable work that covers everything from a re-evaluated John A. Macdonald to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is peopled with remarkable characters, many admirable, some despicable – Duncan Campbell Scott, John McDougall, Crowfoot, Long Lance, Kathleen Coburn, Emily Carr, Pauline Johnson, Harold Cardinal – and is wonderfully illustrated with archival photographs and maps.”
Roy MacGregor, columnist and feature writer for The Globe and Mail
Check the CALL website for details of the following events. Registration is required for all these online events. You must be a member to register.
Avoid disappointment: the gerbils in the intertubes need a little time to deliver emails. They recommend registering at least a couple of hours before an event to ensure the registration confirmation email with the event link arrives in your inbox in time.
June 5, 12:00pm; June 6, 6:00pm. CALL to Lunchbox Theatre: Plays in Development
As part of Lunchbox Theatre's First Stage new play development program, eight plays will be presented in a Zoom reading format. The CALL group will watch two of the plays and then have an interactive Zoom discussion among themselves afterwards.
Two play readings:
Saturday, June 5 12:00pm followed by a CALL Zoom discussion
Sunday, June 6 at 6pm followed by a CALL Zoom discussion
** you may register for one or both play reading discussions. Maximum 20 members per discussion.
For more information and to register, go to the CALL to Lunchbox Theatre page.
June 16, 7:30 - 9:00pm. Treks and Travels
China 2017: A Glimpse Behind the Bamboo Curtain
Presenters: Patricia Fosbrook, Margaret Verenka
China has become a powerhouse on the world stage. In the last few decades, it has undergone a tremendous change from a secluded communist country to an active participant in the global economy. It is an unusual blend of capitalism and communism, mystery and intrigue.
We bring you two perspectives – one from Patricia’s experienced eyes and the other from Margaret’s, looking for ancestral roots.
For more information and to register, go to the Treks and Travels page.
By Maryvonne Farrand, Facilitator of the Needlecraft Circle Interest Group
Some members of the Needlecraft group have been busy for the last few months, knitting or crocheting baby hats and blankets for newborns to be donated to the Samaritan Club of Calgary.
The Samaritan Club of Calgary has been in existence for more than 100 years. It provides short-term help in a variety of ways to Calgarians in need who are identified by Health Care professionals. The help may take the form of vouchers for food, bus passes, responding to special funding requests, scholarships for students, or layettes distributed to families of newborns in need.
The handmade donations from the Needlecraft group are added to the layette supplies prepared by the Samaritans, ready to be distributed when needed. Participating in this program provides members of the Needlecraft group an opportunity to develop their needlework skills, sharing ideas and techniques, while contributing to a worthwhile project in the community.
The CALL Newsletter is our way to communicate what is going on in our community. Usually we communicate to members about upcoming events, however, since all CALL gatherings are postponed for an undetermined period of time, we decided to use the newsletters as a way to ‘peek behind the curtain of CALL’, to give some general information about CALL groups and members.
You are invited to send your ideas and suggestions for future issues to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know what your Interest Groups are doing and your strategies for coping with this situation in which the whole world finds itself. We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity; not every submission will necessarily be published.
Meanwhile, be well, stay well in every sense of the word.
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