Study Groups – Fall 2019

Below is a newly updated list of the study group choices for the Fall 2019 term at SLR. They are shown in the chart below. Detailed descriptions can be found beneath the chart.

These 10-week study groups have a fee of $65 each except for Favourite Screen Actors which is 8 weeks and $50

Day Time Dates Titles
Monday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sept 16 – Dec 2 THE SUPERNATURAL AND BEYOND
Tuesday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sept 17 – Nov 26 WATER
Tuesday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sept 17 – Nov 12 FAVOURITE SCREEN ACTORS
Wednesday 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Sept 18 – Nov 27 PICK A YEAR, ANY YEAR
Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sept 18 – Dec 4 JAPAN
Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Sept 19 – Nov 28 BUSINESS INNOVATIONS SHAPING OUR FUTURE
Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sept 19 – Nov 28 THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME (GOAT)
Friday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Sept 20- Nov 29 GREAT CITIES
Friday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sept 20 – Nov 29 POTPOURRI

To obtain your own detailed listing, you may print this page or you may click the pdf document below:

Fall 2019 Study Groups (pdf)

Here is the detailed study group listing for the Fall 2019 term. All groups listed will run for 10 weeks with the exception of Favourite Screen Actors (8 weeks). We hope you will find one that piques your interest and you will join us in September.
For some hints on researching and preparing your presentation see Resources Available, at the foot of the courses list, below.

Monday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
Sept 16 – December 2 (No class Oct 14, Thanksgiving, or Oct 28, GL Fundraiser)
Moderators: Jane Skinner and Sheila Brown

Ghoulies and ghosties, and things that go bump in the night. Why are we humans so fascinated with the supernatural and paranormal? Are you a believer or a skeptic? Join us for an open-minded exploration on a wide array of topics: ghosts and spirits, psychics, angels and demons, the supernatural in popular culture, cryptids, alien visitations and abductions … and more!

Possible Topics: Aliens, Alien abductions (Betty and Barney Hill; Whitley Strieber), ESP, Clairvoyance, Loch Ness Monster, famous believers in psychics/supernatural (Mackenzie King, Nancy Reagan, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc.), haunted places, telepathy, mind control, Bermuda Triangle, Project Blue Book, faeries and leprechauns, tarot cards, palmistry, crystal balls, séances, witchcraft.

Tuesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
September 17 – November 26 (No class October29, GL Fundraiser))
Moderators: Ron Coristine and Lynn Hamilton

 From the point of European contact, flourishing and contented Indigenous societies were set adrift in a land no longer their own with little opportunity to succeed or to hold the respect of the soon-to-be-larger culture. For the past several centuries our indigenous people have been the “have-nots” of Canadian society. What has their past experience been? What is being done to provide them with greater opportunities? What are they doing to shape their own future?

Possible Topics: Treaty Rights and the Doctrine of Discovery; Traditional Ways
Contact and Relationships with the Courier Du Bois; The Fur Trade and Fur Trading Companies; Metis; Inuit; First Nations; Spread of Disease; Languages; Music; Literature; Urban Natives; Pipelines; Residential Schools; Friendship Centres; Life on a Reserve/Reserve Administration; Health Care; Education; Housing; Potable Water on Reserves; Incarceration; Social Justice; Suicide and Death Rates; The Myth of Not Paying Taxes; The Myth of Getting Handouts; MMIW; Racism; Reconciliation; Self Determination. 

Tuesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
September 17 – November 26 (no class Oct 29, GL Fundraiser)
Moderators: Asok Sengupta and Herman Sahrmann 

Air aside, water is the most essential compound needed for survival of all life in our world. It has domestic, agricultural, industrial, recreational, power generation, and trade uses. Yet, water has both been treasured and loathed by mankind. Humans cannot live without water, but the threat of flooding and consumption is increasing every year. Let’s find out about this element that is essential to our survival.

Possible Topics: Properties, composition and structure, hydroelectric power, flood control, desalination, methods of purification, industrial use, agricultural use, heavy water, water restrictions, water pollution, water as a political tool, drought and flooding, ways to reduce water use.

Tuesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Dining Room)
September 17 – November 12 (8 sessions; no class on October 29)
Fee: $50; Maximum 15 members
Moderators: Diana Lloyd and Linda Vandusen 

Who is your favourite actor and why? Are they convincing in their role? Captivating to the audience? Do they have good interpretative skills? Are they highly imaginative? Do they understand and reflect human behaviour? Are their talents learned or innate? How have their performances impressed you? Share stories of your favourite actor, the films they have starred in, and why you admire them.

Possible Topics: Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Dame Judi Dench, Mary Pickford, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Halle Berry, James Stewart, Paul Newman, Maggie Smith, Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Natalie Portman, Sean Connery.

Wednesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
September 18 – November 27 (No class on Oct 30; GL Fundraiser)
Moderators: Don Efron and Bob Aggerholm

Pick a year and tell us about its significance.  What distinguishes that moment in time? It could be about events that affected the world, a nation, or a community.  Was the year characterized by social or political upheaval, a break with artistic norms, pioneering developments in science and technology – or a sea-change in popular culture and fashion? Throw a dart at a calendar or a globe and join our foray into the past.

Wednesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
September 18 – December 4 (No classes on Oct 30, GL Fundraiser or Nov 27, SLR Program Preview)
Moderators: Margaret Cowan, Barbara Miles

Japan is a key player in the global economy with rich cultural traditions and a long history of technological innovation. Its military history is extensive with major wars fought against China and Russia and participation in WWI and WWII. Japan has a highly educated, but rapidly aging and shrinking, population. Tell us what intrigues you about this island nation.

Possible Topics: Tea Ceremony, 2011 Tsunami, Aging Population, Martial Arts, Shoguns, Whaling, Geisha, WWII Internment Camps, Wars with China, Royal Family, Role of Women in Society, Automotive Industry, Anime, Video Games, Robots.

Thursday a.m. 9:30 -11:30
September 19 – November 28 (No class October 24 GL Fundraiser)
Moderators: Shari McNeill and Sandy Kecknie 

Rapid advances in technology have revolutionized how Canadians live, work and interact with one another. For example, mobile technology, robotics and artificial intelligence have significantly changed our economy and opened the floodgates for new industries and new competitors to reshape the Canadian marketplace. Join us to explore up and coming technologies, innovations and inventions that tomorrow’s businesses and our grandchildren will use every day.

Possible Topics: Algae agriculture; Technologies changing farming methods, converting barnyard waste into drinkable water or eco-friendly plastics; Sadoway’s revolutionary battery that uses liquid metals and molten salt to power entire neighbourhoods; bringing hi-speed internet to rural and remote areas using abandoned UHF TV signals; turning avocado waste into biodegradable cutlery; artificial neutron networks in your brain using electronic synapses; quantum cryptography making communication impossible for hackers to eavesdrop; edible electronics;
new applications for block chain technology; finding the right balance between human intelligence and artificial intelligence; building smart buildings using on-site 3D printers; using real-time Big Data and analytics to maximize urban transit systems without needing to build more.

Thursday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
September 19 – November 28   (No class October 24 GL Fundraiser)
Moderators: Ed Jambor and Jeff Keenor

You are invited to tell us about the person you feel is the “Greatest of All Time.” You can choose someone from the political, arts or sports realms, or you may choose to make you presentation more personal and tell about a friend, neighbour or relative who has made a difference. Come and explore with us the world of exceptional people and how they have molded the world they live in.

Possible Topics: Living or dead sports stars, World leaders, Famous artists, architects, singers, musicians, sculptors, People you know (a friend, relative or teacher who has made a huge difference in your life) or famous humanitarians such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mother Teresa, Oskar Schindler, Oprah Winfrey, Johns Hopkins, etc. Anything goes or pick more than one!

Friday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
September 20 – November 29 (No class on Oct 25, GL Fundraiser)
Moderators: Patricia Robinson, Mary Frances O’Hagan

For centuries, cities have been centres of culture, learning, religion, politics, and economics. Describe a great city of the past (e.g., ancient Athens, Machu Picchu, Fez), a unique heritage city (e.g., Venice, Istanbul, Quebec City), a vibrant, modern city (Singapore, Sydney, Dubai) or a city that is becoming great. Let’s explore a special city. 

Possible Topics: Kyoto, Japan; Chicago; Madrid; Shanghai; Udiapur, India; San Francisco, Cape [Town; Ubud, Indonesia; Oaxaca, Mexico; ancient Rome; Chiang Mai, Thailand, Jerusalem, Wellington, New Zealand; Zurich; Quito, Ecuador, Copenhagen; Casablanca; Vienna; Buenos Aires; Quebec; Montreal; Toronto; New York.

Friday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
September 20 – November 29 (No class October 25, GL Fundraiser)
Moderators: Brenda Jackson and Roy Hind 

The field is wide open for any topic you think will challenge the intellect, tickle the funny bone, provoke controversy, stimulate discussion or just keep us informed. Do you have some insight that you have always wanted to share with others? Here you have an attentive and appreciative audience.

Resources Available

A Presentation Workshop is offered before each term and is led by an experienced presenter. Please see the Calendar for dates and times.
For a comprehensive checklist on preparing your presentation, click on either:
Prepare a presentation (Pdf)

Other Resources

– Access to UWO Library
– DVD and large screen
– Overhead projector and transparencies
– Laptop and projector for PowerPoint presentations
– External speakers
– CD/tape player
– Photocopier
– Microphone

Do You Have An Idea For a Study Group?

Study Group programs are selected by the Curriculum Committee one year in advance and proposals are always welcome. Forms may be obtained in the office or you may obtain a copy of the document here:
Study Group Proposal (Pdf)

Please mail or deliver the completed form to the SLR office, Attention: Chair, Curriculum Committee.