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YCMS 047 Inside The New Yorker
Automne 2019
Jeudi
THE NEW YORKER (TNY) magazine is the resource for this SG. Each class consists of three discussions: a topical issue, usually TNY's weekly Comment, an article chosen by a class member, and a short story from current or past issues. Class members are expected to do 1-2 hours of reading in advance of each class and to participate in all discussions. Internet and email access are essential as weekly reading assignments and discussion questions are posted on the class website. Before registering, please visit our 2017 website to get a sense of the structure and content of this SG: https://itny2017.wordpress.com/about/
YCMS 070 Music to Enrich and Inspire
Automne 2019
Lundi
We will explore operatic and symphonic works and incredible documentaries. Discussion is most desirable.
YCMS 079 Drama for Fun
Automne 2019
Lundi
Improvisation and drama games are used to allow participants to enjoy social situations that were awkward for them in the past. Laughter is an important factor in helping people feel comfortable and confident in groups.
YCMS 080 Bridge for Fun
Automne 2019
Mardi
We will discuss bridge play, bidding and defense. There will be practice hands played under supervision. As before, the group will do better with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 24 participants. Some bridge experience required.
YCMS 086 The Harmony of Civilisations
Automne 2019
Mercredi
It is time to shift our attention from the clash of civilisations that we are witnessing around the world, to a consideration of the harmonious mosaic of cultures that make up the Canadian population. Why not step into an exploration of new cultures, with everyone describing the lands of their ancestors? A quick sight-seeing tour in pictures or short video, then perhaps geography and demography, traditional clothing, artisanal handcrafting, turning points in history and their implications, or current political context. And finally a taste of their culinary art.
YCMS 087 AIGLE : L’histoire positive d’une adolescence difficile
Automne 2019
Jeudi
Un cours de discussion - en français - basé sur mon scénario didactique AIGLE ** comme matériel de base : diction, jeux de rôle, échange d’idées sur les thèmes abordés, observation de la langue écrite, révision grammaticale, entre autres. Une connaissance de base intermédiaire du français serait préférable. ** À acheter ($ 25) à la librairie Le James de McGill, 680 rue Sherbrooke O.
YCMS 125 Debating the Debates
Automne 2019
Jeudi
Each week we discuss a debate from Intelligence Squared (IQ2) (intelligencesquared.com; iq2us.org). IQ2 is an Oxford debating forum for informed discussion on a vast variety of provocative topics. It operates in the UK, the US, Australia and Hong Kong. Other debates such as Munk (munkdebates.com/the-debates) and TRT World Roundtable (TRT stands for Turkish Radio TV, not Talking Real Turkey) will be included. So let’s keep calm and enjoy a stimulating afternoon!
YCMS 129 Downsizing Your Home Means Rightsizing Your Lifestyle
Automne 2019
Jeudi
There comes a time where we want to or need to move from our comfortable and perhaps spacious home to a different type of accommodation. The real-estate market can be daunting at the best of times. Come explore options for seniors and the real-estate market. In this study group, we will cover a variety of topics, from how to establish the market value and maximize the sale price of your home to the pros and cons of downsizing and all the challenges it represents. A five-week lecture packed with useful information for those contemplating a life transition.
YCMS 151 Lives of Great Artists
Automne 2019
Jeudi
Enjoy the history of visual imagination through the ages with a combination of dramatic reconstruction and spectacular photography. This study group will feature a series of ten part hour-long films, one each week in chronological sequence, showing the lives and works of the world’s great artists chosen from a list that includes Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Bernini, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, and Rothko. Discussion and short presentations on other artists of the same period will follow. Participant presentations will be appreciated but are not mandatory.
YCMS 152 Montreal Landscape Architecture History – Encore
Automne 2019
Mardi
This second study group will examine further examples of Montreal’s landscape architecture, from the time of Canada’s First Peoples and its early colonists to later immigrant communities, to the remarkable landscape innovations of 19th century industrial Montreal. We will also cover public parks and gardens, cemeteries, private gardens, the City Beautiful movement and contemporary landscape design. One walking tour: Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) Sculpture Garden
YCMS 153 Art, Science, and Technology
Automne 2019
Jeudi
This study group will explore the interconnections between art and other fields of human endeavors such as medical and physical sciences, pure and applied mathematics, industrial design, haute couture and haute cuisine, business and the automotive and aerospace industries. Presentations by participants are expected. Interventions by invited speakers including outside speakers.
YCMS 154 Gothic Cathedrals
Automne 2019
Mardi
In this study group, we are going to follow the development of the Gothic Cathedral from the 12th century to the 16th century. We will cover the reason for building the cathedrals, the changing architecture, the stained-glass windows, the sculptures and the reliquaries. Participants will pick a cathedral of their choice and talk about its history and special features.
YCMS 155 Protest Art: The Artist as Activist
Automne 2019
Mardi
More and more in this age of anxiety, artists are turning their talents towards making social statements. Artists like Ai Wei-Wei consider a variety of problems, from the refugee crisis to rampant materialism. Others like Nan Goldin focus on a particular problem, in this case, sexuality and sexual identity. From well-known figures like Andy Warhol to lesser known artists like Tania Bruguera, the range is limitless. The moderator will provide a list of possible artists to choose from, but the field is open. An exciting field of exploration.
YCMS 157 History of Western Architecture
Automne 2019
Jeudi
Lavishly illustrated with 400 images, this study group covers 200,000 years of architecture in the Western Hemisphere from prehistoric times to today. The evolution of architecture is traced through basic theory of architectural design to associated disciplines of structural design and a broad palette of applied arts. We will discuss the challenges that all buildings must meet to qualify as architecture. Some revelations about Canadian Indigenous architecture are included.
YCMS 158 Looking at paintings – What do we see?
Automne 2019
Mercredi
We will consider the nature of paintings from the caves to contemporary art by examining artists' use of line, form, colour, perspective, and iconography. Handouts about critical analysis, reproduction, and curatorship will be examined in group discussions. As an independent extension to the five weeks of classroom discussions, we intend to visit some nearby museums and exhibitions to look at original works.
YCMS 159 Extraordinary Women in Early Canadian Sport and Society
Automne 2019
Mardi
A combination of gender studies and an investigation of the historic role of clubs/sporting groups in early Canada reveals the stories of many interesting, sometimes strident and accomplished female athletes. As Canada took its place in a more connected world, some female athletes challenged our cultural views and changed the social fabric. Do you know or remember who they were?
YCMS 160 Donald J. Trump - A Second-Term President?
Automne 2019
Mercredi
The battle lines are drawn. It's the Trump Administration versus Congress. But is it on this battleground the voters will make their final determination on the candidate in the 2020 presidential election? Over a 10-week period, we will focus on the challengers heading into the primaries and the issues that resonate with the public. Will Trump prevail or suffer the ignominy of defeat? Exciting ain’t the word for it.
YCMS 161 Dialogue on Africa's Development Opportunities Part 1
Automne 2019
Mercredi
What can development scholars and entrepreneurs at McGill learn from the experiences of MCLL members, and vice versa? MCLL participants will join Dr Nii Addy of McGill's Max Bell School of Public Policy and scholars/change-makers from Africa currently at McGill, to engage in an intergenerational-learning initiative about international development. Participants will reflect on past approaches as contrasted with what each host country needs today, and in the future. These reflections will include the applicability to African countries, of lessons learned from Canadian approaches to key issues—for example in nutrition, finance, agriculture, healthcare, education, climate change and industry.
YCMS 162 Dialogue on Africa's Development Opportunities Part 2: Selected Topics
Automne 2019
Mercredi
This study group will address, in more detail, specific topics related to the intergenerational-learning initiative on international development launched in Part 1 during the first five weeks of the term. As in Part 1, MCLL participants will join Dr Nii Addy of McGill's Max Bell School of Public Policy and scholars/change-makers from Africa currently at McGill.
YCMS 163 Neoliberalism- The Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems
Automne 2019
Mardi
Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us. It has played a major role in a remarkable variety of crises: the financial meltdown of 2007-8, tax havens, of which the Panama Papers offer us merely a glimpse, the slow collapse of public health and education, resurgent child poverty, the epidemic of loneliness, the collapse of ecosystems, the rise of Donald Trump. So pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom even recognize it as an ideology. We will explore neoliberalism and its negative role in formulating public policy.

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