Study Groups – Spring 2017

This is a newly updated list of the Study Groups for the Spring 2017 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 25 – June 13
Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Apr 26 – June 14 What’s Music to your Ears
Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Apr 26 – June 14 Armchair Travel
Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Apr 27 – June 15 Canada at 150
Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 a.m. Apr 27 – June 22 Really Current Events

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

Spring 2017 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 25 – June 13
Moderators:  Carl Silke, Brenda Jackson 

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 26 – June 14
Moderator:  Gina Barber and Gail Morrow

What is music to your ears?  What’s on your personal play list?  It could be jazz, folk, classical, country and western, pop, opera, or maybe even reggae or rap.  Share your favourite artist, instrument or style with the group.  Say it, play it and we will listen.

Wednesday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30
April 26 – June 14
Moderators:  Phyllis Simner, Marvin Simner 

Many SLR folks are travellers.  We have favourite trips or we might be looking for new destinations. Each of us will share one of our trips, using slides, maps, itineraries and experiences to give everyone a taste of our destination. For some, this will be “armchair travel” – the only chance they will have to visit there.  For others, it may spur them to go. Let’s travel together.

Thursday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30
April 27 – June 15
Moderators:  Richard Waring, Cheryl Whipp 

It’s 2017 and our country is 150 years old.  Most of us feel lucky that we live here compared to almost anywhere else in the world. Canada is still under construction.  What is it about Canada at 150 that makes it such a special, desirable place?  Let’s find out.


Possible topics: freedoms, geography, environment, education, weather, seasons, cultural mosaic, arts and culture, politics, Canadian sports, achievements, history, health care, bilingualism, native people, eccentricities, music, festivals, movers and shakers

Thursday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30
April 27 – June 22 (Fall Preview Day, May 18 – no class)
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.

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.