1. The History of Medicine in NS from Confederation to Medicare
The History of Medicine in NS from Confederation to Medicare
INSTRUCTOR Allan Marble DATE & TIME Tuesdays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Oct 10 to Nov 14 HYBRID PRESENTATION In-Person: Hope United Church, Halifax Virtual: Zoom webinar
COURSE DESCRIPTION Six lectures on the history of vaccination in Nova Scotia, the establishment of hospitals in Halifax and in rural Nova Scotia, the medical and nursing support given by doctors and nurses in Nova Scotia during the Halifax explosion and the Spanish Influenza, and finally the response of doctors and nurses in Nova Scotia to the War in South Africa and to the First and Second World Wars.
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Allan Marble was born in Truro and educated at Dalhousie. He taught Physics and Mathematics at St. Francis Xavier University before coming to Dalhousie as a member of the Medical and Engineering Faculties. He served as Director of Research in the Department of Surgery and carried out research on the cardiovascular system. He published approximately eighty journal papers on aspects of the cardiovascular system. He served as Chair of a Grant Committee of the Medical Research Council of Canada. He received over a million dollars in research grants between 1970 and 1996. He was appointed a Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie in the year 2000.
2. A Guide to Energy Efficiency for Active Citizens
A Guide to Energy Efficiency for Active Citizens
INSTRUCTOR Claire Morley and Chris Benjamin DATE & TIME Tuesdays 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Oct 10 to Nov 14 (no class on Nov 7) HYBRID PRESENTATION In-Person: Church Hall - Hope United Church, Halifax Virtual: Zoom webinar COURSE DESCRIPTION The goal of this course is to introduce energy efficiency as a key element of climate action and the clean energy transition. Course participants will leave with a clear definition of energy efficiency, an understanding of potential energy savings in Nova Scotia and individual residences, and different pathways that can help energy efficiency act as a mechanism for climate action.
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Class organizers and instructors
Claire Morley represents the Ecology Action Centre, an environmental non-profit that was established in 1971. The EAC takes leadership on critical environmental issues from biodiversity protection to climate change to environmental justice. Claire works to promote energy efficiency literacy, green workforce development, and connect people with resources to make energy efficiency more accessible. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a BES in Honours Environment and Business.
Chris Benjamin is a communications professional and experienced environmental campaigner with two decades of experience. He was the Sustainable City columnist for The Coast for number of years and has also authored four books. He has worked at ENGOs in Toronto and Halifax. His work has had a strong educational and community-building components, including delivering online and in-person workshops that have varied from training aspiring writers to informing grade-school children and senior citizens about the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools. He lives in Halifax with his partner, two children and an 80-pound lapdog.
Guest Speakers Introduction to Energy Efficiency
Brian Gifford is retired, living in HRM with his wife Lee Seymour and visits with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He has a BA and MBA from Dal. After helping start the Ecology Action Centre in 1971 he home parented then worked in various housing non-profits, a daycare and Ottawa's municipal social housing branch. He lived in and was active in coop housing for 21 years. He now volunteers with the Ecology Action Centre, the Affordable Energy Coalition, the Universalist Unitarian Church and 2 startup Community Land Trusts primarily intended to create permanently affordable housing. Brian has a keen interest in affordable housing, climate change and ensuring low-income households benefit from the transition to zero carbon energy.
Efficiency Nova Scotia Programs and Rebates
Barry Walker is originally from Shelburne Nova Scotia, attended Acadia University in the faculty of science and engineering. Later the Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute in Lawrencetown. Started with Nova Scotia Power Commission as an Energy Advisor in 1980, retired April 11,2012. Began with Efficiency Nova Scotia April 12, 2012. He currently works as Business Development Manager for the residential sector. He can be heard on CBC Maritime Noon each month talking about home energy programs and heat pumps.
Roadmap to Net-Zero Ready Buildings Zzap Architecture is an architecture and planning firm based in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. The team at zzap comes with decades of experience in Architecture and Planning, a keen appreciation of relationships and strategy, and a laid-back creative vibe. Kinda like a blues band, actually.
CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Standards
William Marshall is a Professional Engineer with extensive process and project management experience in commercial, residential and industrial sectors. For the last 12 years, he has been directly involved in the design and implementation of sustainable buildings, energy efficiency, and high-performance mechanical systems. During his career, William has worked as the Environmental Manager for Michelin North America, as the lead Faculty in the Nova Scotia Community College’s Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology Program (ESET), and currently is an active faculty member with both the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
HalifACT – A Coastal City’s Climate Plan
Kevin Boutilier is the Manager of Community Energy with the Halifax Regional Municipality. After receiving a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 2013, Kevin began working in the renewable energy industry, gaining knowledge of solar energy system design, feasibility, installation and operation. In his current position, Kevin is responsible for the successful delivery of the Solar City program, a new Retrofit Pilot program and the Municipal Electric Vehicle Strategy. In addition, Kevin is the technical expert supporting the implementation of HalifACT, the municipality’s climate action plan that aims to reduce community-wide emissions by 75% over 2016 levels and achieve net-zero by 2050. Kevin uses his experience and passion of clean energy to educate and lead the community in reducing their carbon footprint.
VIRTUAL Class (Online)
3. The Science of What We Eat
The Science of What We Eat
INSTRUCTOR Nancy Pitts DATE & TIME Wednesdays 10:00 AM-11:55AM Oct 18 to Nov 22 ONLINE PRESENTATION Zoom webinar COURSE DESCRIPTION The course will start by exploring the science of the major components in foods. By week 3 some of the focus will shift to selected micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals). Then week 4 will be a zoom-class with a difference: I hope that everyone will set up in their own area to do the sensory testing that I will attempt to guide you through!! The last two weeks will include information on food safety and the regulatory systems that protect the Canadian food supply. The anticipated schedule is: Week 1: Introduction, Water Week 2: Proteins, Carbohydrates Week 3: Fats/Lipids, Vitamins, Minerals, Phytochemicals Week 4: Sensory Week 5: Canadian regulations and resources Week 6: GMO, Food Biotechnology, Food Safety
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Dr. Nancy Pitts is trained in both food chemistry and analytical chemistry and for years has a personal interest in nutritional science. After doing several years of research and extension work with Alberta Agriculture, she then spent almost 30 years teaching and doing food chemistry research at NSAC (now the Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University). In addition to a doctorate in food science, she has also earned a B.Ed. and a Masters in Adult Education. Since retiring, she has continued her life-long learning to become trained as an end-of-life doula.
Halifax Regional Municipality
4. Is Punctuation Passe? Can The Semicolon Survive?
Is Punctuation Passe? Can The Semicolon Survive?
INSTRUCTOR donalee Moulton DATE & TIME Wednesdays 1:30 PM-3:30 Oct 11 to Nov 15 PLACE Cameron Hall, Parkland Clayton Park, 114 Fairfax Drive, Halifax COURSE DESCRIPTION This course will explore the mechanics of language – grammar, punctuation, usage, and structure – and how this is changing (or not) in the wake of advanced technology and greater strides to be inclusive. We'll look at the language of today. And tomorrow.
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY donalee Moulton has more than 25 years’ experience as a professional writer and editor. She is a professional freelance journalist whose byline has appeared in more than 100 magazines and newspapers including The National Post, Investment Executive, The Lawyers Weekly, and The Globe & Mail.
donalee is also a professional educator and trainer. She has taught communication credit courses at Dalhousie University and Mount Saint Vincent University. Currently, she teaches courses (among others) in Saint Mary’s Executive and Professional Development Program.
donalee is the author of the book The Thong Principle: Saying What You Mean and Meaning What You Say. Her first mystery novel is Hung Out to Die.
5. Canadian Politics: Origins and Future Challenges
Canadian Politics: Origins and Future Challenges
INSTRUCTOR Michael MacMillan DATE & TIME Thursdays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Oct 12 to Nov 16 PLACE Church Hall - Hope United Church, 3055 Connaught Avenue, Halifax
COURSE DESCRIPTION This course offers an overview of the origins of our Canadian political system, the current state of Canadian society, and considers some of challenges it faces in the coming years, as well as proposals for reforming our political system. We will look at the origins of the Canadian political system, the patterns of regional and linguistic conflict that have shaped our evolution, and the impact of the introduction of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the character of Canadian politics. We will also assess proposals for changing our electoral system to enhance our democracy.
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Dr. Michael MacMillan is Professor Emeritus in Political Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. He received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. He has taught courses at Mount Saint Vincent University for four decades in democratic theory and practice, political behavior, Canadian politics and Canadian public policy. His principal areas of research and teaching interest are human rights and democratic theory. His book, The Practice of Language Rights in Canada, published in 1998 by the University of Toronto Press, was short-listed for the prestigious Donner Prize for the best book in public policy published in that year.
6. Ambition, Hi-Tech Fusion, and the Global Impact of the Ongoing Ukraine Conflict
Ambition, Hi-Tech Fusion, and the Global Impact of the Ongoing Ukraine Conflict
INSTRUCTOR Ian MacVicar DATE & TIME Thursdays 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Oct 12 to Nov 23 (no class on Nov 2) PLACE Church Hall - Hope United Church, 3055 Connaught Avenue, Halifax
COURSE DESCRIPTION Russia’s “Special Military Operation” in Ukraine has deep roots in the see-saw between Russian dominance and Ukrainian independence over a millennium. This updated course builds on three previous courses presented in Fall 2022, and Winter and Spring 2023. The evolving conflict will be analyzed through five lenses: 1) Military operations for the layperson; i.e. understanding strategic, operational, and tactical warfighting in the era of information operations; 2) Ambition, i.e. national and international political manoeuvring, (e.g. the standoff between President Putin, and Yevgeni Prigozhin of the Wagner Group); 3) Hi-Tech Fusion, i.e. weapons Research & Design and Capability Development, (e.g. drones and cluster bombs); 4) Global Impact, i.e., in the spheres of evolving alliances, (e.g. Why is Ukraine not a NATO member and why are Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea attending NATO Summits?); energy, financial, and food security shocks; and 5) Anticipatory Governance, i.e. How does technological innovation influence warfighting and legal norms?
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY LCol (Retd) Dr. MacVicar served for over 40 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, serving in numerous intelligence-related posts. He spent five years as an On-Site Arms Control Verification inspector on multi-national inspection teams as a Team Leader, Photographer, Inspector, and as a Russian interpreter. He participated in over 50 inspections in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and the nations of the former Warsaw Pact in eastern Europe. He is now the Director/Principal Analyst of Ian MacVicar Universal Security Intelligence Cognitive Solutions (I-MUSICS) Consulting, Inc., which hosts 17 networked consultants from military, intelligence, police, business, legal, and healthcare backgrounds. He is a Senior Writer with Calian Group, Ltd., where he has been employed as the lead writer in the revision of the Canadian Army’s principal tactical manual, the Combat Team Commander’s Handbook, and in disaster response exercise design.
He is a graduate of the Canadian Armed Forces Joint Staff College and of the Canadian Army Staff Course. Dr. MacVicar has presented his research on cognitive traps (i.e. distortions in thinking) in security planning at conferences in the United Kingdom and Canada. His SCANS SpySchool 101 and 201 lectures delivered with colleague Hugh Williamson, specialize in the history of intelligence, espionage, and associated legal oversight regimes. His SpySchool 301 course examines the psychological aspects of intelligence analysis.
He has published articles on leadership, human security, and the Responsibility to Protect doctrine. His most recent article, “What About the Camp Followers” is published in the Spring 2020 edition of JD-Journal for Deradicalization. Ian has also presented on how to develop psychological resilience in leaders to government and business audiences. He is a 2017 graduate of the Veteran Trainers to Eradicate Child Soldiers program, and his current research includes developing intelligence protocols for addressing the phenomenon of child soldiers.
Dr. MacVicar is a Director with numerous Boards, including (formerly) the Halifax Military Heritage Preservation Society; the Army Cadet League of Canada - Nova Scotia Branch, Canadian Military Intelligence Association Halifax Chapter, and the Canadian Intelligence Network-Réseau canadien de renseiegnement. Dr. MacVicar is a Royal United Services Institute Nova Scotia Director and Research Fellow, specializing in intelligence and security policy issues, and in veteran’s issues.
Ian is also a Certified Yoga Teacher, specializing in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Certified teaching, and Trauma Informed Mindfulness. He is a Member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Accessibility Network and a Certified Supplier with the Inclusive Workplace Suppliers Council of Canada.
7. The Making of the Atomic Bomb
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
INSTRUCTOR Cameron Reed DATE & TIME Fridays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Oct 13 to Nov 17 PLACE Church Hall - Hope United Church, 3055 Connaught Avenue, Halifax
COURSE DESCRIPTION The use of atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 were pivotal events of the twentieth century. These bombs were developed under the auspices of the United States Army’s “Manhattan Project,” which had its origins in 1939. This course will explore the scientific background to nuclear weapons, how the Manhattan Project came to be organized, some of its leading personalities, its facilities, development of the bombs, the context of the war in the summer of 1945, and the bombing missions. Nine countries now possess nuclear weapons, and we will also briefly survey the current status of nuclear weapons deployments, the most lasting legacy of the Manhattan Project. Background: A high-school physics or chemistry class would be beneficial; the first couple classes will review the scientific basis, after which the material becomes more descriptive.
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY A native of Toronto, Dr. Cameron Reed is the Charles A. Dana Professor (Emeritus) of Physics at Alma College, Michigan. In 2018 he retired to the Halifax area after a 35-year career of teaching and research at universities and colleges in Canada and the United States. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Waterloo in 1984. His research interests have included both astronomy (properties of stars within our home Milky Way galaxy), and the history and physics of the Manhattan Project. He has published over 200 articles in scientific journals as well as eight textbooks, including five on the Manhattan Project. He keeps active by teaching classes at local universities and serving as an editor with American Journal of Physics.
8. A Literary Analysis of Genesis 1 and 2
A Literary Analysis of Genesis 1 and 2
INSTRUCTOR Victoria Rosenberg DATE & TIME Fridays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Oct 13 to Nov 17 PLACE Hoyt Room - Hope United Church, 3055 Connaught Avenue, Halifax
COURSE DESCRIPTION Rather than a theological approach, this reading of the King James’ translation of Genesis will be concerned solely with the words of the text. The meaning of the words will be discussed not according to any set of beliefs but rather on what the order and definition of the individual words reveal. Accordingly, discussion will centre more on questions than answers. The King James’ translation has been chosen only because of its availability.
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Dr. Rosenberg’s approach to literature is one of word-by-word analysis. She believes that by a close examination of its words, the text will yield its intent and its characters’ purposes. Her interest is not in imposing themes on the text but rather in allowing the text itself to reveal the points of views of its characters in order to describe how those points of view determine its characters’ actions and responses.
9. Women in Jazz
Women in Jazz
INSTRUCTOR Ted Blackbourn DATE & TIME Fridays 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Oct 13 to Nov 17 PLACE Church Hall - Hope United Church, 3055 Connaught Avenue, Halifax
COURSE DESCRIPTION Reading existing jazz histories could easily give the impression that if women were involved at all in the development of jazz, it was in a secondary or insignificant role. The truth is that women have played a major role in the creation and development of jazz from its earliest days through to today. Certain male jazz artists have always been held up as the most important figures in jazz history – Buddy Bolden, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie… - but from the beginning, women have mad vital contributions to the development of jazz as performers, composers, arrangers, and bandleaders. This course will highlight the contributions of women jazz musicians while examining some of the challenges faced by women in the workforce, and in the world of jazz, from the early 20th century through to today. Throughout the course, audio and video examples will showcase the talents of many of the amazing women in jazz history. INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Ted Blackbourn is a graduate of the music programs at Humber College and York University, and a graduate of the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Toronto. From 1983 until 2012, Ted taught high school for the Peel District School Board in Mississauga and Brampton, Ontario. Throughout his years as a student and as a teacher, Ted performed with various jazz groups including his own jazz trio. In 2014, Ted and Cathy moved to Nova Scotia to enjoy retirement on the South Shore. Since then, Ted has focused on writing music for large jazz ensembles and has recorded four albums with his own big band. Ted is a member of the Chester Brass Band, The Tuesday Night Big Band, and Ocean Blue Jazz Quartet.
10. Poetry Appreciation
INSTRUCTOR Robin Metcalfe DATE & TIME Fridays 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Oct 13 to Nov 17 PLACE Hoyt Room - Hope United Church, 3055 Connaught Avenue, Halifax
COURSE DESCRIPTION In many cultures, poets are the most highly estimed creators, and poetry can express people's deepest feelings, experiences and convictions. Yet many people in our time find poetry difficult or intimidating. This course will engage participants in a process of discovering ways into poetry, as readers and, potentially, as creators. No background is needed, other than a curiosity and openness to discovery. We will discuss why we like some poems, or find others difficult to understand, and look at the ways that language can be made to sing.
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Robin Metcalfe is a writer, curator, and Queer cultural activist, born in Nova Scotia of Acadian and Newfoundland ancestry. His poetry, journalism, art criticism and short fiction have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, and been translated into French, Japanese, Mi’kmaw, Spanish, and Swedish. His work has won the 2000 Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-Fiction and been short-listed for a Canadian National Magazine Award in 2004. Robin has long experience in facilitating group discussions, and favours a colearning model where the voices of all participants contribute to the process of building knowledge.
11. A Medley of Art History LectureS
A Medley of Art History Lectures
INSTRUCTOR Greg Galbraith DATE & TIME Tuesdays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Oct 10 to Nov 14 PLACE Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street, Mahone Bay
COURSE DESCRIPTION Excuse my selfishness, but the only common factor the six lectures below share is they are of particular interest to me. Many have a Renaissance lean, but the others may be of interest to some. 1. The Sistine Chapel: A tour without the crowds. 2. Sublime Artists: Michelangelo and Bernini. 3. Renaissance Brainiacs: Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci 4. Part 1. A Hint of Venice. Part 2. Baroque Greats: Caravaggio and Rembrandt 5. Iconic Portraits 1434 to 1882: Ten notable portraits and the story behind each. 6. Gothic Churches and the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Greg Galbraith is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick who thoroughly enjoyed 34 years teaching secondary school English, history and physical education in Vancouver and Halifax. Early in his career he was asked to develop a new Western Civilization 12 course that radically changed his approach to learning and teaching. Being a visual learner who loves stories, he began taking art history courses and soon realized that images, particularly of art and architecture, greatly enhanced his students’ interest and ability to recall significant events/eras. Frequent trips to Italy, with and without students, fostered his passion for the Italian Renaissance, a topic he has lectured on frequently since retiring from teaching in 2014.
12. Photography from the South to the North, Travels with Latitude
Photography from the South to the North, Travels with Latitude
INSTRUCTOR Alan Griffiths DATE & TIME Thursdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Oct 12 to Nov 16 PLACE Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street, Mahone Bay
COURSE DESCRIPTION Starting with the South Pole we’ll journey to the North Pole traveling through bands of latitude. Each lecture will address the photographic history of one of these bands and we’ll examine why they are so different. We’ll journey with explorers through frozen wastes, jungles and deserts, visit towns and villages and meet with people along the route. Strange tales of archaeological sites, encounters with fish, missionary mishaps and unsavory colonial disputes will be covered. Each lecture will be illustrated with rarely seen photographs from collections around the world. This will be like a travel brochure for trips you might want to avoid. Come along you’ll be safe… most of the time. INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Alan Griffiths has lectured on multimedia and consulted worldwide for organizations as diverse as the British Library, IBM, the Portuguese Air Force, the European Union and Eastman Kodak. He has lectured at the University of Sheffield, been Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts and Chief Information Architect for a dot com start-up. He has maintained an interest in photography throughout. Alan started developing www.luminous-lint.com in 2005 as a personal exploration of the history of photography. To date photographs from over 4,000 organizations, photographers, photographic galleries and private collectors around the world have been included.
13. From Here to There: Uncovering Your Roots Through Genealogy & History
From Here to There: Uncovering Your Roots Through Genealogy & History
INSTRUCTOR Linda Rafuse DATE & TIME Wednesdays 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Oct 11 to Nov 15 PLACE Trinity Church Hall, 196 Church Street, Liverpool
COURSE DESCRIPTION An educational series of lectures on how to gain skill and understanding of genealogical and historical research. Genealogy, the study of family history and lineage, allows us to understand our origins, preserve our heritage and connect with our ancestors on a profound level. In this course, you will learn the essential skills and techniques necessary to research and construct your family tree, at the same time learning how to breathe life into your ancestors’ stories by incorporating historical context and social dynamics. Whether you are a beginner or have already dabbled in genealogy and history, this course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to become a skilled and confident genealogy and history enthusiast. We will also delve a bit into gaining an understanding of DNA testing for genealogical purposes.
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Linda Rafuse, who has lived in Milton most of her life, is the Director of the year-round Queens County Museum & Provincial Museum Perkins House where she has been employed since 1988. Administration is her background, but genealogy and history are her passion. Linda delivers Historical & Cultural programming to Queens County School classes from Pre School to Grade 11 on various Queens County local history and cultural topics. Besides educational programming, she has spoken at various group meetings and organizations She sits on the Heritage Advisory Committee for the Region of Queens Municipality.
14. Understanding the Brain: From the New Kingdom to New Scotland
Understanding the Brain: From the New Kingdom to New Scotland
INSTRUCTOR Heather Schellinck DATE & TIME Fridays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Oct 27 to Dec 1 PLACE Trinity Church Hall, 196 Church Street, Liverpool
COURSE DESCRIPTION The earliest records about the brain have been found in Egyptian papyri during the New Kingdom period Currently our thinking of how the brain works was first proposed by Donald Hebb from Chester, Nova Scotia. In the first two lectures, you will learn how our understanding progressed through history to modern day. Along the way, you will be introduced to both the gross anatomy of the brain and how it functions on a microscopic level. Once these basic concepts have been covered, I will pick several topics that should be of general interest including how neurotransmitters as well as drugs work in the brain both in health and disease. The last lecture will describe the different kinds of memory and how we can take advantage of a variety of techniques to keep our memory intact as possible.
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Heather (MacIntosh) Schellinck is a native of Pictou County who has lived in Halifax for many of the laat 50 years. She received a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Dalhousie University in 1995 and subsequently completed a Canadian government funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, U.K. She worked at the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie from 1997-2013. During that time, she taught several undergraduate courses and coordinated an introductory psychology class of one thousand students. She also had an active research career and along with her many wonderful students maintained a behavioural neuroscience lab devoted to understanding olfactory memory in rodent models of human neurological disorders.
15. The French ImpressionistS
The French Impressionists
INSTRUCTOR Dee Appleby DATE & TIME Tuesdays 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Oct 3 to Nov 7 PLACE Parkland Truro, 356-378 Young St, Truro
COURSE DESCRIPTION In the early 1860s, four young artists - Monet, Renoir, Sisley and Bazille - met while studying fine art in Paris. Leaving the constraints of academic art and the studio behind them, they ventured out into the countryside and the streets of Paris to paint en plein air. By painting in sunlight directly from nature, using the vivid synthetic pigments available in portable tubes, they began to develop a lighter and brighter manner of painting. Modern art was born.
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY After managing a private art gallery for three years, Dee Appleby published two books on Nova Scotia artists, presented as gifts from the Province of Nova Scotia to delegates at the Vancouver Olympics. Passionate about art history, she is a graduate of the University of Montreal ('79) and has visited many of the major museums in North America and Europe. She has taught art history with the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia for over ten years.
16. Diversity in Art
Diversity in Art
INSTRUCTOR Members of the Truro Arts Society DATE & TIME Wednesdays 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Oct 18 to Nov 22 PLACE Douglas Street Recreation Centre, Room A, 40 Douglas Street, Truro
COURSE DESCRIPTION Seven artists from the Truro Arts Society will describe the nature of their media, the process(es) involved in using their medium, the challenges they face and their personal experience with their creations. Included will be sculpture, fibre art, acrylic painting, animation, rug hooking, and graphic design. With the exception of November 15th, each artist will present for a two hour class. Many artists plan to display their works as well as describe the basis of their art type.
October 18: Sculpture - Carolyn Bedford
October 25: Printmaking & pyrography - Donna Vigliucci
November 22: Web design graphic design - Rebecca D Hill
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Each artist is a member of the Truro Art Society and recognized by their peers. More individual information will be given as each artist is introduced.
17. Gaelic 2 -Gaelic Rising - Gàidhlig ag èirigh
Gaelic 2 -Gaelic Rising - Gàidhlig ag èirigh
INSTRUCTOR Wayne MacIntyre DATE & TIME Fridays 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Oct 13 to Nov 17 PLACE Douglas Street Recreation Centre, Room A, 40 Douglas Street, Truro
COURSE DESCRIPTION This course continues from Gaelic 1 (Scottish Gaelic). It starts with a look back at what we covered there. Building on that, it then proceeds into the next level where the course will continue to employ various teaching strategies that help learners: Total Physical Response (movement-based learning), Visuals, authentic Audio, Songs, pronunciation, and writing. Learners will again hear repetitions of words in context to help facilitate absorption of the language. As in Gaelic 1, this course will offer opportunity for language learning while still incorporating elements of history and culture of the Gaels. To complement this we will concentrate on expressions of greetings, departures, and verbs, both regular and irregular (darn, it seems every language has irregular verbs). By the end of the six sessions, you should be able to make simple yet meaningful sentences in Gaelic! And- we’ll see what Mathan Sam is up to in book 2! Please join me in this class for language learning and some good chuckles (Gaels love to laugh) while at the same time making many doctors delighted to see people working to take care of their neurological well-being. I will continue to foster a stress-reduced atmosphere as we move through the course, to wit: still no exams, no tests!
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY I am a retired teacher/administrator from the Halifax Regional School Board (now HRCE). Though I was not aware of it at the time, I laid the groundwork for my profession back in 1972 when I began traveling around the world. This guided me to what would become my teaching career path. In the classroom I taught modern languages and social studies. After twenty-four years in the classroom, I became a vice-principal. One of my duties was to assist teachers with the delivery of curriculum. During my time as a vice-principal, I successfully accomplished the steps and interviews needed to advance into the principal’s pool.
The principal purpose of language is to communicate with others. Being able to communicate with others helps broaden my understanding of the world while helping me get my needs met. Communicating with others also allows me to expand my circle of friends and acquaintances filling one of my needs: sharing with others. Because of this, I see every language as valuable. Upon retiring, I began learning my family’s history, of which Scottish Gaelic forms a large part. Had history unfolded differently, Gaelic would have been my mother tongue. I turned my attention to learning this language with the understanding that language is perhaps the very core of culture. Along the way, I took classes in person (before COVID) in Halifax, spent week-ends a few times a year immersed in Gaelic at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, took the Gaelic College’s one month immersion course, enrolled in the total immersion program (2 weeks) at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (the Gaelic Institute on the Isle of Skye), and continue to study and use Gaelic online in multiple language groups from Scotland to Vancouver, Canada. Learning Gaelic assists me in reconnecting with a culture that was in many ways lost to me. More than that, it allows me to make new friends and acquaintances in that culture. And this can happen for anyone who wants to learn about the Gaelic language and culture: one does not have to be a Gael. So, to all who are interested in this language and culture, I say “Failte oirbh,” Welcome to you all.”
18. Play and Creativity as We AgE
Play and Creativity as We Age
INSTRUCTOR Jockie Loomer-Kruger DATE & TIME Fridays 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Oct 13 to Nov 17 PLACE Douglas Street Recreation Centre, Room A, 40 Douglas Street, Truro
COURSE DESCRIPTION This is a two-fold course. During the first half of each session, we will hear about the benefits of play for older adults, and the value of continuing to be creative people as we age. After the break, each session will be participatory. We will do activities that allow us to play and create. We’ll draw for the fun of it, without expectations or criticism (self, or otherwise), fire up our imaginations with some creative drama activities, and write for the joy of writing. Chatter and laughter are anticipated. Because the room will be set up with tables, registration will be limited. Session 1: Introducing Play and Creativity, and introducing ourselves through activities Session 2: Play—from Childhood to Us, plus activities Session 3: Creativity overview, plus activities Session 4: Benefits of Play and Creativity as we age, plus activities Session 5: Hanging on to our imaginations. The value of daydreaming. What to do with it all. Writing as a creative activity for seniors Session 6: Our own favourite older “Creatives”, plus activities. Good-bye hugs.
INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Jockie attended Acadia University for a Junior Diploma in Education. She has had a varied career which included, but is not limited to, nursery school teacher, receptionist/bookkeeper, florist, as well as being a small business owner (antiques and collectibles shop). For several decades she has developed her own creativity as a folk artist. Her most recent recognition was being invited to participate in the 2022 Lunenburg Folk Festival, and again in 2023. Her work is on display at Gallery 215, Maitland, and in private collections Coast to Coast, as well as in the collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Acadia University Art Gallery. She is also a published author (Valley Child – A Memoir, 2016, and a novel, Until the Day We Die, 2021). Her original folk art illustrations from her first book are on permanent display in the West Hants Historical Society Museum, in Windsor, NS. Through the past summer she helped facilitate a SCANS based memoir writing group at the Truro Library.