Study Groups – Spring 2019

This is a newly updated list of the Study Groups for the Spring 2019 term at SLR. The choices are shown in the chart below. A detailed listing follows, beneath the chart.

Registrations will be accepted immediately. These 8-week courses have a fee of $50 per course.

Day Time Dates Titles
Monday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Apr 22 – June 17
Folk Traditions
Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Apr 23 – June 11 Canadian Comedy and Comedians
Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Apr 24 – June 12 Really Current Events
Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 a.m. Apr 24 – June 12 Encor

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

Spring 2019 Study Groups (pdf)

Here is the detailed Study Group listing for the Spring 2015 term. We hope you will find a group that piques your interest and you will join us in April.

For some cues on preparing your subject see Resources Available beneath the courses list, below.

Monday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30
April 22 – June 17 (no classes on May 20, Victoria Day)
Moderators:  Jean Surry, Heather Vedova

Many of us have memories of celebrating folk traditions. These are the common beliefs, practices, customs and other cultural elements that we grew up with and perhaps still celebrate through arts and crafts, songs, music, dance, foods, drama and storytelling. In this study group, we will share folk traditions that we remember, still practice, or would like to explore.

Possible Topics:  Particular events: Scottish Burns Night, Holi Spring Festival, Chinese New Year, weddings, Advent, Christmas and New Year, Walpurgis Night, etc.; Ancient, pagan or religious ceremonies; Cultural traditions: Japanese, Caribbean, European, Turkish, Russian, Inuit, etc.; Personal family traditions. How old? How widespread? Surviving today?

CANADIAN COMEDY AND COMEDIANS with Margaret Cowan and Ron Coristine
Tuesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
April 23 – June 11

This study group will focus on Canadian humour and comedians. What distinguishes Canadian humour from that of others? Margaret Atwood describes Canadian Humor as “the laughter of recognition and identity.” It has been said that Canadian comedy in its purest form, is crafted primarily for our own enjoyment and makes us feel better about ourselves. Join us in the laughter as we explore our unique comedic perspective and comedians.

Possible Topics:  TV Shows:  Kim’s Convenience, This Hour has 22 minutes, Air Farce, Individuals: John Candy (Uncle Buck) Rick Mercer and his Rants, Mary Walsh (“Marg, Princess Warrior”,) Russel Peters, Howie Mandel, Mike Myers, West Coast Comedians, East Coast Comedians- the list is endless.

Wednesday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30
April 24 – June 12
Moderators:  Anne Hutchinson, Roslyn Moorhead

Start your summer off with this stimulating class.  This study group looks at stories that have an immediate time frame: stories that have made the news within the past week.  Each participant, in turn, brings three media stories for the whole group to discuss.  Animated discussion is guaranteed.

Wednesday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30
April 24 – June 12
Moderators:  Brenda Jackson, Roy Hind

This is your opportunity to inform and entertain our group with a topic that you have presented previously.  Choose one of your favourites to share with a new and enthusiastic 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.

Other Resources

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

Do You Have An Idea For a Course?

Courses 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: 
Course Proposal (Pdf)

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