Study Groups Winter 2017

Below is a newly updated list of the study group choices for the Fall 2015 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.

Day Time Dates Titles
Monday 9:30-11:30 am Jan 23 – Apr 3 CURRENT EVENTS
Monday 1:30-3:30 pm Jan 23 – Apr 3 CANADIAN SETTLERS
Tuesday. 9:30-11:30 am Jan 24 – Mar 28 THE MYSTERIOUS, MAGICAL BRAIN
Tuesday. 1:30-3:30 pm Jan 24 – Mar 28 PERSONAL ATTIRE THROUGH THE AGES
Wednesday. 9:30-11:30 am Jan 25 – Mar 29 OUR LONDON ON THE THAMES
Wednesday. 1:30-3:30 pm Jan 25 – Mar 29 AFRICA: FROM “LUCY” TO MANDELA
Thursday 9:30-11:30 am Jan 26 – Mar 30 THE OLYMPICS AND PARALYMPICS
Thursday 1:30-3:30 pm Jan 26 – Mar 30 POTPOURRI
Friday 9:30-11:30 am Jan 27 – Mar 31 150 YEARS OF CANADIAN AUTHORS

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

Fall 2015 Study Groups (pdf)

Here is the detailed study group listing for the Fall 2015 term. All groups listed will run for 10 weeks. We hope you will find one that piques your interest and you will join us in September.
For some hints on preparing your presentation see Resources Available, at the foot of the courses list, below.

Monday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30
Jan 23 – Apr 3 (no class Feb 20, Family Day)
Moderators:  Cam Dockstader, Jacqui Dockstader

 This is a flexible program to discuss newsworthy topics. If you are interested, we are interested.  Presentations can be drawn from any source covering the current political or social scene, even historical events with relevance to today’s world.  Issues may be local, national or international.  Controversial topics are most welcome since they generate discussion.  If it is in the news, we want your views. 

Monday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30
Jan 23 – Apr 3 (no class Feb 20, Family Day)
Moderators:  Karen Cory, Sandy Morton

 They came to hunt and fish. They came as military personnel. They came for land and greater opportunities. Who were these intrepid souls who endured hardships crossing the ocean to settle a harsh, dangerous land?  Was it worth it and did they prosper?  Come tell us of the early settlers across Canada – their dreams, realities, hardships and successes.

Possible topics:  Fur traders, Hudson’s Bay Company, Metis, Fort Louisburg, Acadians, United Empire Loyalists, the Moodie sisters, Doukhobors, Black settlers, Chinese railway workers, Daughters of the King . . .

Tuesday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30
Jan 24 – Mar 28
Moderators:  Susan Booth, George Cranton

 The brain is the central processor for the human nervous system.  It is a three-pound convoluted mass of 85 billion nerve cells and their connections that coordinate our mental and physical actions. What is science now revealing about the brain? Can our brains really change? Join us in an exploration of recent neurological research, deepening our understanding of the brain’s capacities, possibilities and requirements.

Possible topics: Neuroplasticity, continuous learning, nutrition, fitness, sleep, medications, music, brain games, brain imaging, memory loss (dementia, Alzheimer’s), laughter, creativity and play, mindfulness/meditation, socializing/volunteering, Autism, the vestibular system, debilitating brain diseases (Parkinson’s, ALS, cerebral palsy etc.), concussions, environmental factors, effects of viruses (Zika, Epstein-Barr, etc.), depression . . .

Tuesday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30
Jan 24 – Mar 28
Moderators:  Peter Andreae, Jane Auger

 Fashion mirrors social, economic and political trends, cultural identity, women’s emancipation, and rebellious youth.  Fashion is not just clothing, but makeup, hair style, accessories and body art. Think about Louis XIV, Cleopatra and Prince.  Clothes can be alluring, display social status, or be a piece of art. Attire is rich with social implications. 

 Possible topics: Cultural appropriation, undergarments, footwear, uniforms.  Personal preferences: zombies or goth? Why piercings and tattoos? The business of the fashion industry. Work clothes. Safety clothes. Nudists? Fashion in art. Influences on fashion. Fashion in the future. Exoskeletons? Wearable sensors? . . .

Wednesday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30
Jan 25 – Mar 29
Moderators:  Ray Jones, Linda Vandusen

 London began as a tiny settlement at the forks of the Thames and grew into Canada’s eleventh largest city, considered by most to be a good place to live and do business. We will explore London’s past and present to explain how we got to where we are today.  What is London’s future?   Where are we going and how do we get there?

Possible topics: Architecture, famous citizens, geography, parks, mayors, expansion, current issues (the river, the dam, rapid transit, the economy, downtown), economic history, scandals, vision for the future, immigration . . .

Wednesday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30
Jan 25 – Mar 29
Moderators:  Diana Lloyd, Shari McNeill

Africa’s story is the oldest and most event-filled chronicle of human activity on the planet.  Examine Africa through its traditions and rich ancient cultures. It continues to struggle to move from slavery, tribalism, colonialism and religious intolerance into modern political and economic independence. Share the story of a country, a people, an event or an issue.

Possible Topics:  Animal survival, blood diamonds, disease, the Fair Trade movement,  changing role of women, archaeology, trade, West Africa’s “Golden Age”, rise of nationalism, segregation and apartheid, genocide . . .

Thursday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30
Jan 26 – Mar 30
Moderators:  Dorothy Mulligan, Bob Bryan

 The modern Olympic Games look very different from the ancient Olympics and have changed dramatically since 1896.  There have been controversies, highs and lows. What have these meant to the host countries, athletes, and the Olympic and Paralympic movements?  Are the economic and social costs worth it?  What particular sports, host sites, teams or individual participants should be highlighted? 

Possible topics: Host cities, successful athletes and teams, controversial athletes and teams, Olympics and national pride, IOC, doping, bribery, boycotts, terrorism and violence, racism, sexism, amateurism vs professionalism, the effect of television, Clara Hughes, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, Ben Johnson . . .

Thursday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30
Jan 26 – Apr 6 (no class Feb 16 – Founders’ Day Luncheon)
Moderators:  Brenda Jackson, 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. 

Friday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30
Jan 27 – Mar 31
Moderators:  Gina Barber, Margaret Cowan

 2017 is Canada’s sesquicentennial year and a time for celebrating all things Canadian. During the last 150 years, Canada has had a richness of wonderful writers. In this course we will be celebrating Canadian authors!  Tell us about one of your favourites and why you admire his or her work.

 Possible topics: Lucy Maud Montgomery, Susanna Moodie, Pierre Berton, Margaret Lawrence, Lawrence Hill, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Rohinton Mistry, Emma Donoghue, Joan Barfoot, James Reaney, Bonnie Burnard, Stephen Leacock, Stuart McLean, Kathleen Pearson, Yann Martel, Miriam Toews, Joseph Boyden, Mordecai Richler . . .

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 (Word) -or- 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 (Word) – or – Study Group Proposal (Pdf)

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