Study Groups – Spring 2018

This is a newly updated list of the Study Groups for the Spring 2018 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
Tuesday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Apr 24 – June 12
Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Apr 25 – June 13 Really Current Events
Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Apr 26 – June 14 Laughter in the Media – What Tickles You and Why
Friday 1:30 – 3:30 a.m. Apr 27 – June 15 Cuisines of the World

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

Spring 2018 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.

Tuesday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30
April 24 – June 12
Moderators:  Brenda Jackson, Carl Silke

 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.

Wednesday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30
April 25 – June 13
Moderators:  Jacqui Griffin, Lynn Hamilton

From the slapstick comedy of Charlie Chaplin to the socially critical humour of M.A.S.H. to the political satire of Saturday Night Live, humour can both delight us and make us uncomfortable.  Choose a comedian who exemplifies a kind of humour and tell us about him/her, or choose a style of humour and tell us how it is effective.
Possible topics:  women in humour, racial/ethnic humour, black humour, political humour, SCTV, Stuart McLean, The Debaters, Wayne and Shuster, Lily Tomlin, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Jon Stewart, Seinfeld, Catherine O’Hara, This Hour has 22 Minutes, George Carlin, Dave Barry, Bob and Doug McKenzie, Rick Mercer’s rants, The Red Green Show, Flanders and Swan.

Wednesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
April 26 – June 14
Moderators: Richard Waring, Barbara Decker Pierce

Start your summer off with this stimulating class.  This study group will look at stories that have an immediate time frame – stories that have made the news within the past week.  Each participant in turn brings in three such media stories for the whole group to discuss.  No research paper is required.  Animated discussion is guaranteed.

Friday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
April 27 – June 15
Moderators:  John Husband, Diane Price

This group will discuss different foods from diverse countries — methods of preparation and typical meals with menus and recipes.  Other topics could include the history and/or social history of the country of a particular food or the health benefits of some types of cuisine.  No food preparation is expected.

Possible topics:  National or regional specialties (e.g., Thai, French, Moroccan, Italian, Sichuan), growing or preparing specific foods or food groups, the political or social history of foods (e.g., potatoes, olive oil, pineapple), diets around the world, regional food preparation or preservation techniques, unusual ingredients, health foods or health fads.

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.